Saudi Aramco to press ahead with plan to boost output capacity, CEO says

DUBAI/RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Aramco (2222.SE) is moving ahead with plans to boost crude output capacity by 1 million barrels per day (bpd) to 13 million bpd despite cuts in capital expenditure this year and next year, the state oil group’s CEO said on Monday.

Saudi ex-spy chief’s lawsuit spotlights secret power plays

Graft allegations against Aljabri have met with scepticism in the American intelligence community, with one former CIA official telling AFP: “Everyone in the US who knows Dr Saad and Saudi Arabia and knows what MBS is capable of, would not believe that.”

Low oil prices shrink Gulf jobs for Indians

Saudi Arabia, but it faces an equally worrying and more intractable problem of declining remittances from the Persian Gulf region due to low crude oil prices that have rendered a large number of expatriates jobless.Remittances to India from the Gulf countries fell 2.2% in 2015-16 from that a year ago to $35.9 billion, declining for […]

Britain has sold £10billion of deadly weapons to oppressive regimes since 2015

Britain also sold arms to China, Egypt, Qatar, Turkey and Vietnam – all listed as “not free” by Freedom House – according to the Dept of International Trade arms statistics report for 2019.

Seoul Seeks to ‘Persuade’ US to Extend Iran Sanction Waivers After May Deadline

“The results of these external and internal contacts will be reflected in decision-making — Iran will soon make the required decision on this issue and announce it”, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said.

NAHCON: Managing hajj affairs despite COVID-19

Apprehension from the lethality of the virus was discernible from the regimental manner in which the Hajj was conducted. The covid-19 upset had crushed many worshippers yearnings on Hajj, yet many had remained undaunted until the last minute. The anxiety that accompanied Saudi Arabia’s much awaited decision on the 2020 pilgrimage was disturbing to Hajj […]

Israel hails UAE deal but Palestinians – and settlers – dismayed

Writing by Stephen Farrell; Reporting by Jeffrey Heller and Maayan Lubell in Jerusalem, Rami Ayyub in Tel Aviv, Ali Sawafta in Ramallah and Nidal al-Mughrabi in Gaza, Marwa Rashad in Riyadh and Lisa Barrington in Dubai.; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall

NEET 2020: Overseas exam centres not possible, NTA tells SC

“Further, the question papers and other exam materials are to be transported from NTA headquarters to a large number of examination centres in various cities, which would require meticulous planning for safe and secure delivery of the same at the examination centres on time,” the affidavit stated.

Islamic State group: Europe has ticking time bomb in prison camps

“The truth is that IS will struggle to reconstitute much past a low-level insurgency, but they’ll be an irritant for years to come,” he said. “A jail break would be highly worrying but the conditions on the ground are not really conducive to them simply rushing back in and filling vacuums in the way they […]

Factbox: Triple win or double-cross – analysts react to Israel-UAE deal

– Adnan Abu Amer, political analyst in Gaza: “The accord was a tough blow to Abbas and made him look alone, especially after the statements from Egypt and Bahrain that welcomed it. Israel is looking beyond the bilateral dimension of this accord. It may open doors to other Arab capitals.”