Fifa turmoil draws in Russia and Qatar

Moscow and Doha won the World Cup bids for 2018 and 2022 but face problems developing infrastructure
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Scale of corruption scandal rattles nerves in host countries


The Israeli settlement of Har Homa (foreground), built in East Jerusalem, is seen in front of the West Bank city of Bethlehem (background) on September 1, 2014. Israel said it would expropriate 400 hectares (988 acres) of Palestinian land around Bethlehem, and allowed 45 days for any appeal. The Israeli army said the move stemmed from political decisions taken after the June killing of three Israeli teenagers snatched from a roadside in the same area, known to Israelis as the Gush Etzion settlement bloc. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images) ©AFP
Israel’s plan to build thousands of settler homes in East Jerusalem is sparking international ire
– John Reed

Saudi Arabia: outta gas

The kingdom has its own energy problem to fix

Over half world’s nations hatching jihadis

Al-Qaeda and Isis have 25,000 new members, UN says

Isis suicide bomb kills 20 in Saudi Arabia

Attack raises fears of growing jihadi threat in oil-rich kingdom

Iranian cargo ship mystery deepens

Shahed’s voyage highlights suspicious shipping activity

US sanctions Iraq airline over Iran case

Order imposes economic clamp on al-Naser

Saudi Arabia foresees fossil fuel phase-out

Oil minister says kingdom will switch to renewables this century

Saudi vies for Great Satan status in Iran

Persian-Arab enmity goes back centuries; Iranian-US hostility is only a few decades old

Drill deeper than oil for Saudi prosperity

Important reforms centre on energy, which kingdom uses wastefully, writes John Sfakianakis

US offers Gulf allies help over Iran

Military assistance to deal with potential missile attacks

Saudis claim oil price strategy success

World’s largest crude exporter seeks to douse US shale surge

Saudis spend despite low oil price

Kingdom insists it can weather crude fall despite fears of slowdown

Obama’s hard truths for the Gulf states on Iran

US must not be deflected from pursuit of a nuclear deal with Tehran

Tehran dismisses US-Gulf summit

Meeting will have no bearing on Iranian nuclear negotiations, says Khameini’s foreign policy adviser

Gulf Arabs fear Iran with cash as much as Iran with the bomb

They have seen how much Tehran can do with hardly any money

Saudi king pulls out of US meetings

Apparent signal of discontent over Washington’s proposed nuclear deal with regional rival Iran

Middle East: The Iran conversation

Gulf leaders fear what a US nuclear deal with Iran presages

Yemen faces ‘humanitarian catastrophe’

Conflict intensifies ahead of ceasefire as UN warns country is about to come to a standstill

Saudis announce 5-day Yemen ceasefire

Diplomatic efforts to end weeks of bombing finally bear fruit

Saudi Arabia presses on with big projects

Finance minister warns Riyadh of need to ‘rationalise’ spending