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Most Gulf stocks ease in early trade; Saudi rises

Reuters
(Reuters) – Most major stock markets in the Gulf were subdued in early trade on Thursday, with Dubai on track to end three sessions of gains, although Saudi Arabia bucked the trend to move higher. FILE PHOTO: A trader looks on near electronic boards showing stock market data at Bahrain......

Emirates airline offers COVID-19 vaccines to staff

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: Emirates airliners are seen on the tarmac in a general view of Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates January 13, 2021. REUTERS/Abdel Hadi Ramahi DUBAI (Reuters) – Emirates airline on Monday started offering employees vaccinations against the COVID-19 disease with priority given to front-line workers such......

Americans reflect on 30th anniversary of first Gulf War

CBS News
CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Remembrances are scheduled across the country and the world Saturday for those who lost their lives in the first Gulf War. It was a battle years in the making, and for millions of Americans watching on television, it was......

Bahrain says it will open airspace to Qatar as of Jan 11

Reuters
CAIRO (Reuters) – Bahrain will open its airspace to Qatar as of Jan. 11, the civil aviation affairs authority said on Sunday, following a U.S.-backed deal by Arab states last week to end a dispute with Doha. Bahrain, along with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, severed diplomatic,......

Iran tells South Korea not to politicise seized vessel, demands release of funds

Reuters
A South Korean-flagged tanker vessel which was seized by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards is seen in Gulf waters, Iran January 4, 2021. Picture taken January 4, 2021. IRGC/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran said on Sunday that South Korea should avoid politicising the seizure of its......

Lebanon’s Hezbollah chief says nuclear button with “crazy fool” Trump

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: Lebanon’s Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah gestures as he addresses his supporters via a screen during last day of Ashura, in Beirut, Lebanon September 20, 2018. REUTERS/Aziz Taher/File Photo BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday recent events in the U.S. would have......

Travel, trade may resume within a week to Qatar, says UAE

Reuters
DUBAI (Reuters) – Arab states boycotting Qatar could resume travel and trade links with Doha within a week under a U.S.-backed deal, but restoring diplomatic ties requires more time as parties work to rebuild trust, a United Arab Emirates official said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: UAE Minister of State for......

Qatar crisis: Gulf states vow ‘solidarity’ as Saudis end embargo

BBC
image copyrightEPA image captionQatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim Al Thani was greeted by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on arrival in al-Ula Gulf Arab leaders have signed an agreement on “solidarity and stability” at a summit aimed at ending an embargo against Qatar by its neighbours. The contents of the......

EU worried about Iran enrichment, aims to save nuclear accord

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif shakes hands with High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of European Commission Josep Borrell in Tehran, Iran, February 3, 2020. Tasnim News Agency/Handout via REUTERS BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission said on Tuesday it regretted......

UPDATE 1-OPEC ready to adjust oil output increases -Barkindo

Reuters
(Updates with details, background) LONDON/MOSCOW, Jan 3 (Reuters) – OPEC and its allies, led by Russia, stand ready to adjust their plans for a gradual increase in oil output by 2 million barrels per day in the next months depending on market conditions, OPEC Secretary General Mohammad Barkindo said on......

Israel may try to provoke war with attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq – Iran’s Zarif

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon August 14, 2020. Dalati Nohra/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday accused Israel of trying to provoke a war by planning attacks on U.S. forces in......

Congressional Veto, Tensions In The Persian Gulf, New Covid-19 Variant Spreads : Up First

NPR
NPR A normally divided Congress comes together to override Trump’s veto of a sweeping defense bill. On the one-year anniversary of the killing of a top Iranian general, both Washington and Tehran rattle their sabers. The new and more infectious variant of the coronavirus is detected in three U.S. states.......

Saudi shares set to finish 2020 higher, other Gulf markets subdued

Reuters
(Reuters) – Saudi Arabian Shares fell in early trade on the last day of the 2020, but were set to close the session with a yearly gain, overcoming the first-quarter shock triggered by a global recession fears on COVID-19 and the Saudi-Russia oil price war. FILE PHOTO: A trader looks......

Turkish-Russian ties not an alternative to NATO, EU – minister

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: A Turkish flag flies next to NATO logo at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, November 26, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s relations with Russia are not an alternative to its ties with NATO and the European Union, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told a joint......

Saudi court hands jail sentence to women’s rights activist: local media

Reuters
DUBAI (Reuters) – A Saudi terrorism court on Monday sentenced prominent women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul to five years and eight months in prison, local media reported, despite international criticism of her detention and pressure to release her. Hathloul, 31, has been held since 2018 after being arrested along with......

Major Gulf markets steady; Qatar extends losses

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: A trader looks on near electronic boards showing stock market data at Bahrain Bourse in Manama, Bahrain, November 8, 2020. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed (Reuters) – Most major Gulf markets were little changed in early trade on Wednesday, with Qatar extending losses for a third straight session. Saudi Arabia’s......

Germany to Iran: Don’t waste chance for rapprochement with U.S

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas addresses the media during a joint news conference with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres after a meeting in Berlin, Germany, December 17, 2020. Michael Sohn/Pool via REUTERS BERLIN (Reuters) – German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Monday urged Iran not to waste the opportunity......

Israel signals openness to future joint missile defence with Gulf partners

Reuters
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel could be open to future cooperation on missile defence with Gulf Arab states that share its concerns over Iran, a senior Israeli official said on Tuesday. But the official, Moshe Patel, who heads the Israeli Missile Defence Organisation which is part of the Defence Ministry, said......

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