Saudi Arabia to maintain expenditure

Kingdom will continue to invest despite drop in oil price


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 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 where Abdullah failed

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

Yemen’s president quits amid fresh chaos

Hadi forced to make concessions to Shia Houthi rebels

Q&A: Who are Yemen’s Houthis?

The rapid rise of the militia group has unnerved many in the region

IMF urges Gulf states to reduce spending

GCC states to lose $300bn in oil revenue this year

Yemen official abducted by Houthi gunmen

President Hadi’s chief of staff seized as draft constitution talks fall apart

Protests grow against Bahrain crackdown

Detention of al-Wefaq party leader sparks upsurge in demonstrations

Saudi growth set to slow as oil falls

Brent price decline predicted to produce fiscal deficit

Q&A: The Saudi line

King Abdullah’s succession has been carefully planned

Saudi attack raises jihadi overspill fear

Suicide assault kills two guards near Iraq border

Rouhani threatens to hold referendum

Iran’s president could opt for public vote on nuclear deal with west

Saudi King Abdullah admitted to hospital

Kingdom’s stockmarket dips 5% briefly