Trump reversed decades of US policy on Wednesday with his announcement and instructions to begin the process of moving the embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, once seen as a leading contender to the throne, was among dozens of royal family members, ministers and senior officials who were rounded up in a graft inquiry.
“The cost of this blockade is being measured in the number of lives that are lost.”
An extract from ‘The Islamic Connection: South Asia and the Gulf’, edited by Christophe Jaffrelot and Laurence Louër.
He indicated the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Lebanese in the Gulf could be at risk, as well as trade, vital to the stability of the Lebanese economy.
We can expect the worst in the Middle East in the next few months after the purge in the Saudi royal family.
A key Western ally and host to the US Fifth Fleet, Sunni Muslim-ruled Bahrain has for years grappled with protests and sporadic violence coming from its Shi’ite majority.
The Saudi-led military coalition fighting the Houthi movement in Yemen has closed all air, land and sea ports to the Arabian Peninsula, a move that will likely worsen the humanitarian crisis there.
Lebanon has been thrust to the centre of regional rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran since the Saudi-allied Lebanese politician Saad al-Hariri quit as prime minister on Saturday, blaming Iran and Hezbollah in his resignation speech.
Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Iran-backed Hezbollah, said there should be no political escalation in response to Hariri’s declaration on Saturday, which was made from Saudi Arabia and came as surprise even to his aides.
With an opposition-less Prince Mohammed cosily ensconced with his American and Israeli allies, the three belligerent powers in the region are squaring up for a battle to rid Israel and Saudi Arabia of any challenge to their dominance.
Russia and Saudi Arabia are leading a deal between OPEC and non-OPEC producers to cut global oil production, with the aim of propping up oil prices.
The cabinet reshuffle saw Prince Miteb bin Abdullah replaced as minister of the National Guard by Khaled bin Ayyaf, while economy minister Adel Fakieh was removed in favour of his deputy Mohammed al-Tuwaijri.
Last month Saudi Arabia announced that from June 2018 women would be allowed to drive cars, ending the world’s only ban on female driving.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt have cut diplomatic, transport and trade ties with Qatar, the world’s top seller of liquefied natural gas, accusing it of financing terrorism.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan region on Monday to resolve their conflict over Kurdish self-determination and disputed territories through dialogue.
What’s going on in Venezuela is the unintended consequence of Saudi Arabia’s policy of keeping oil prices deliberately low for political reasons.
Royal Guards killed the gunman, who was identified in the statement as Mansour al-Amri, a 28-year-old Saudi national.
The Twitter user was alleged to have referred to men who support women driving as “cuckolds who should be killed”.
The new rules will be effective from June 2018.
Five air strikes hitting four family homes and a grocery store were carried out either deliberately or recklessly, causing indiscriminate loss of civilian lives in violation of the laws of war.
The Houthis, whose territory includes Sanaa, are fighting Yemen’s internationally-recognised government that is backed by the Saudi-led military alliance.
The Qatari decision comes amidst a row between Doha and fellow Gulf Cooperation Council members Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE.
Instead of calming down, the situation in the Gulf is becoming even more complicated. It is likely that the crisis will go on for a while still, and new relations will emerge from it.
Qatar filed a wide-ranging legal complaint at the World Trade Organisation on Monday to challenge a trade boycott by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates.
Iran boycotted the haj last year after hundreds of people, many of them Iranians, died in a crush at the pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia in 2015.
The foreign ministers of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE met in the Bahraini capital, Manama, to discuss the Qatar crisis.
The coalition fighting the Iran-allied Houthi militia in Yemen has, however, denied carrying out the attack that killed 42.
The visit to Gulf heads of states is an attempt to ease the pressure on Turkey’s ally Qatar, where, under a 2014 agreement, it maintains a military base.
Iranian defence minister Hossein Dehghan announced the launch of the Sayyad 3 missiles with improved altitude and range, as a response to arms acquisitions by its middle east neighbours.
King Salman ordered that junior Prince Saud bin Musa’id be arrested for assaulting a bloodied Yemeni driver to demonstrate he would punish “any transgression or violation by a person no matter his station, condition or rank”
An official who has seen the accord said it specifies actions for Qatar and placing two US Department of Justice officials in Qatar’s general prosecutor’s office.
According to sources, Mohammed bin Nayef had to abdicate his position as heir in favour of the king’s favourite son due to his issues with addiction.
By ramping up the violence and allowing the Saudis to wreak carnage in the Yemen war, the US is essentially repeating the process that birthed ISIS.
Saudi woman arrested for a widely shared video showing her strolling along an empty street wearing a skirt and crop top, Saudi state TV reported on Tuesday.
The UAE, on its part, has labelled the Washington Post report untrue and said that four Arab powers were discussing imposing new sanctions on Qatar.
Tensions have been rising since a Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen’s civil war in 2015, backing government forces fighting Iran-allied Houthi rebels.
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Tillerson met Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, to discuss Doha’s feud with four Arab states that cut ties with Qatar on June 5 over allegations it funds extremist groups