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

Aramco’s capital spending plan for 2021 will be “significantly lower than previous guidance,” CEO Amin Nasser also said on a call with analysts and investors after the company’s second quarter results, which were published on Sunday.

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

– ‘Politically risky’ – The dispatching of a kill squad to Canada at the height of the global outrage over Khashoggi’s murder, if confirmed, shows Aljabri is seen by Riyadh as “politically risky”, said Middle East expert Bessma Momani.

Inside ‘the world’s most expensive student flat’ that cost wealthy dad £18.6m

Jeremy Gee, managing director of agency Beauchamp Estates, which was also involved in selling the flat, told the Standard: “The £18.6 million sale of the former Onassis residence in Grosvenor Square in Mayfair shows that global high-net-worth buyers still see prime London luxury property as a good long-term investment.

Google wants to help you travel safely in a post-COVID world with new Search tools

In another move that will help increase traveler confidence, Google will also start highlighting hotels that offer fee-free cancelation. While the pandemic is currently under some form of control, flare-ups may force some locations back into lockdown and make travel untenable as has already occurred in some parts of the United States and the United […]

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.

Palestinians Recall UAE Ambassador, Call Deal With Israel ‘Betrayal of Jerusalem’

Jordan expressed reservations toward the UAE-Israel rapprochement. The kingdom is a close U.S. regional partner that borders the West Bank, land internationally recognized as Palestinian but subject to gradual annexation by Israel, and was the most recent country to make peace with Israel in 1994. Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said the impact of the […]

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

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

– Hanan Ashrawi, member of PLO Executive Committee, on Twitter: “May you never experience the agony of having your country stolen; may you never feel the pain of living in captivity under occupation; may you never witness the demolition of your home or murder of your loved ones. May you never be sold out by […]

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.