Oil fall may trigger Opec emergency meeting

Growing alarm over impact on members’ economies


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

Yemen on brink of civil war, warns UN

Resistance to Houthi takeover turns violent and spreads

Saudi king faces tough fiscal climate

Reforms likely to be hampered by plunging oil revenues

Gulf countries to invest in Egypt fund

Mideast allies help finance energy and infrastructure projects

Bahrain strips dissidents of nationality

Critics of regime and jihadi fighters among those made stateless

New Saudi king stamps his authority

Salman overhauls security, political and economic officials

West must tell hard truths to the Saudis

In US and UK, public opinion will harden unless the kingdom reforms

Saudi king faces balancing act

Salman must navigate liberal and conservatives forces

Cheaper oil hits Gulf states’ reforms

Economists warn region risks slipping into hole of oil dependence

US hurries to cement ties with Saudis

Obama hastily assembles delegation for King Abdullah

Saudi Arabia to maintain expenditure

Kingdom will continue to invest despite drop in oil price

Yemen chaos puts drone strikes in doubt

Government failure against Houthi advances a problem for Obama

Thousands of Yemenis stage anti-Houthi protest

President’s resignation has left political vacuum

World leaders pay respects to Abdullah

Obama cuts short his visit to India to meet King Salman

New Saudi king faces immense challenges

Salman must try to introduce religious reform

UK flag tribute to Saudi king criticised

Angry politicians point to kingdom’s human rights record

Saudi’s new king pledges continuity

Salman seeks to reassure markets and allies in kingdom

Interactive: Saudi Arabia’s royal family tree

Lines of succession in the House of Saud

Saudi throne in line for historic shift

Salman moves quickly to settle succession and project stability

Traditionalist Salman takes Saudi throne

Pragmatic 79-year-old expected to continue with cautious reforms