US declassifies 9/11 report’s Saudi pages

Hijackers ‘had support from two alleged intelligence officers’

Analysis

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

Low oil price and austerity weigh on Saudis

Consumer confidence takes a hit from public spending cuts

Young Saudis on the spot in jobs shake-up

Millions face rude awakening from cutbacks to civil service

Saudi Arabia: drip irrigation

There is a thirst for the desert kingdom’s first bond sale, but it might have to pay a premium

Signages of National Bank of Abu Dhabi and First Gulf Bank
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Abu Dhabi banks agree $29bn merger

Deal will create the Middle East’s biggest lender

Saudi Arabia — the Gulf’s new hotspot

As the government reaches out to foreign investors, demand for high-end housing will only increase

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Saudi Aramco sale heralds new market

Saudi Arabia is preparing privatisations designed to attract foreign investors

Bahrain crackdown fans the sectarian flames

Appeasement is no answer to the brutal suppression of civil liberties

Bahrain revokes Shia cleric’s citizenship

Sheikh Isa Qassim accused of encouraging sectarianism and violence

America infuriates both Sunni and Shia

Saudi Arabia and Iran are convinced the US has tilted against them in the wake of nuclear deal

Bahraini court suspends opposition group

Suspension of Bahraini opposition group follows concerns of crackdown against dissent and activists

Saudi economic transition plan unveiled

Ambitious goals to slash state salary spending and raise non-oil revenue

How Israel can marshal the ‘good news’

It is basking in a convergence of interests with Arab states

Iran boycotts Hajj in row with Saudis

Annual pilgrimage falls victim to regional rivalries

Bahrain doubles opposition leader’s sentence

Sheikh Ali Salman jailed for nine years

Saudi in talks with banks over bond sale

Raising debt will help slow decline in foreign exchange reserves

Senate votes to allow 9/11 Saudi suits

Move to allow families of victims to sue Riyadh could be vetoed

Moody’s downgrades Saudi credit rating

Agency puts long-term rating on par with Japan with stable outlook

Saudi Arabia raising oil output ahead of IPO

State oil company at centre of reform programme

Vision 2030: Five key Saudi reforms

Technocrats charged with reducing kingdom’s reliance on oil

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