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Aziz El Yaakoubi

Analysis: Reform momentum of Oman's new ruler faces headwind of COVID-19 reality

14 Oct 2020

DUBAI Oman's ruler has moved to overhaul the Gulf Arab state's creaking finances since taking power this year but the coronavirus crisis is likely to delay deeper reforms needed to shore up the economy at a time of low oil prices.

U.N. access to decaying Yemen tanker could take weeks, say sources

14 Oct 2020

DUBAI A United Nations team will have to wait several weeks to access a deteriorating tanker off Yemen's shore that is threatening to spill 1.1 million barrels of crude oil in the Red Sea, two U.N. sources told Reuters.

UN access to decaying Yemen tanker could take weeks, say sources

14 Oct 2020

DUBAI, Oct 14 A United Nations team will have to wait several weeks to access a deteriorating tanker off Yemen's shore that is threatening to spill 1.1 million barrels of crude oil in the Red Sea, two U.N. sources told Reuters.

Kuwaiti opposition hopes new emir permits political 'detente'

01 Oct 2020

DUBAI Kuwaiti opposition figures proposed electoral reforms and a pardon for dissidents in recent meetings with the prince who has since become the new emir, they said, seeking to improve stormy ties with the government that have sometimes flared into unrest.

In U.S. ally Bahrain, Israel deal rallies a weakened opposition

17 Sep 2020

DUBAI Bahrain may have won international praise for following in the United Arab Emirates' footsteps and establishing ties with Israel, but the dramatic move by the close U.S. ally could stir a new wave of opposition at home.

After UAE and Bahrain deals, is Saudi Arabia softening its stance on Israel?

15 Sep 2020

RIYADH/DUBAI When one of Saudi Arabia's leading clerics called this month for Muslims to avoid "passionate emotions and fiery enthusiasm" towards Jews, it was a marked change in tone for someone who has shed tears preaching about Palestine in the past. | Video

UAE official says Israel accord should dispel doubts over F-35 sale

15 Sep 2020

DUBAI The United Arab Emirates wants to modernise its military and a request for U.S. F-35 warplanes has been on the table since before a normalisation deal with Israel, the minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, said on Tuesday.

After UAE and Bahrain deals, is Saudi Arabia softening its stance on Israel?

15 Sep 2020

RIYADH/DUBAI When one of Saudi Arabia's leading clerics called this month for Muslims to avoid "passionate emotions and fiery enthusiasm" towards Jews, it was a marked change in tone for someone who has shed tears preaching about Palestine in the past. | Video

UAE official says Israel accord should dispel doubts over F-35 sale

15 Sep 2020

DUBAI The United Arab Emirates wants to modernise its military and a request for U.S. F-35 warplanes has been on the table since before a normalisation deal with Israel, the minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, said on Tuesday.

UAE official says Israel accord should dispel doubts over F-35 sale

15 Sep 2020

DUBAI The United Arab Emirates wants to modernise its military and a request for U.S. F-35 warplanes has been on the table since before a normalisation deal with Israel, the minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, said on Tuesday.

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