WORLD NEWS | Trump Awards Kuwaiti Emir ‘Prestigious’ Decoration, White House Says

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump awarded the U.S. Legion of Merit, Degree Chief Commander, to Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, the White House said in a statement on Friday, adding that it was the first time the honor had been given since 1991. The 91-year-old emir arrived in the United States in July … Continue reading WORLD NEWS | Trump Awards Kuwaiti Emir ‘Prestigious’ Decoration, White House Says

BUSINESS | Israel, Dubai Diamond Exchanges Begin Strategic Collaboration

DUBAI – The Israel and Dubai diamond exchanges have signed an  agreement to promote cooperation in a deal certain to boost direct trade between the Middle East’s main diamond hubs. The agreement was announced on Thursday two days after Israel and the United Arab Emirates signed an historic agreement to normalize ties and marks a … Continue reading BUSINESS | Israel, Dubai Diamond Exchanges Begin Strategic Collaboration

NEWS ALERT | Bahrain King Reiterates Necessity For Peace Based On Two State Solution After Israel Normalization Agreement

MILAN | ITALY – The king of Bahrain reiterated the necessity of reaching a fair and lasting peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, based on the two state solutions, in a call with U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Bahrain’s state news agency BNA said on Friday. Bahrain joined the United … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Bahrain King Reiterates Necessity For Peace Based On Two State Solution After Israel Normalization Agreement

NEWS ALERT | Trump Says Bahrain Agrees To Normalize Relations With Israel

MILAN | ITALY – Bahrain has joined the United Arab Emirates in striking an agreement to normalize relations with Israel, President Donald Trump said on Friday, a dramatic move aimed at easing tensions in the Middle East. Trump tweeted out the news after he spoke by phone to both Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Trump Says Bahrain Agrees To Normalize Relations With Israel

POLITICS | Trump Says Another Country Could Join Israel – UAE Accord

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday it was possible another country could soon join a diplomatic accord between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Trump is to host a signing ceremony next Tuesday that will include delegations with Israel and the UAE. His negotiators have been trying to get other Gulf nations, … Continue reading POLITICS | Trump Says Another Country Could Join Israel – UAE Accord

NEWS | Israel Says It Expect Bahrain And Oman To Follow UAE In Formalising Ties

DUBAI – Bahrain and Oman could be the next Gulf countries to follow the United Arab Emirates in formalizing ties with Israel’s intelligence minister said on Sunday. ‘In the wake of this agreement (with the UAE) will come additional agreements, both with more Gulf countries and with Muslim countries in Africa’, Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen … Continue reading NEWS | Israel Says It Expect Bahrain And Oman To Follow UAE In Formalising Ties

NEWS | GCC Unites To Seek U.N. Extension of Iran Arms Embargo

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has asked the United Nations to extend an international arms embargo on Iran, a mpve pushed strongly by the United States. The secretariat of the GCC, made up of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, said in a statement … Continue reading NEWS | GCC Unites To Seek U.N. Extension of Iran Arms Embargo

NEWS ALERT | Kuwait Ruler Had Successful Surgery, State News Agency Says

KUWAIT – Kuwait’s 91-year-old ruler Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah underwent successful surgery on Sunday morning, his office said, after having been admitted to hospital on Saturday for medical checks. Sheikh Sabah has ruled Kuwait since 2006. His office, in a statement carried by state news agency KUNA, did not specify what kind of surgery … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Kuwait Ruler Had Successful Surgery, State News Agency Says

HEALTH | WHO Says Mideast At ‘Critical Threshold’ Virus Numbers

GENEVA – The World Health Organization warned Wednesday the Middle East was at a decisive moment in the fight against the novel coronavirus, with cases surging as countries ease lockdown. ‘We are at a critical threshold in our region’, the WHO’s Middle East head, Ahmed al-Mandhari, said in an online press conference. According to figures … Continue reading HEALTH | WHO Says Mideast At ‘Critical Threshold’ Virus Numbers

NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia Says It Forces Three Iranian Boats Out Of Its Waters

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia Forced three Iranian boats to retreat from its waters on Thursday after firing warning shots, a spokesman for Saudi boarder guards said on Saturday. The spokesman, quoted by Saudi news agency SPA, said the Iranian vessels refused to stop after they entered Saudi waters despite repeated warnings, which … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia Says It Forces Three Iranian Boats Out Of Its Waters