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China and India face the biggest dependency on external energy supplies among the world’s rising powers. Having outgrown their domestic energy sources both countries are looking abroad to meet their growing power needs. 1,169 more words


MERS death toll reaches 71 in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabian Health Ministry has reported two more deaths related to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the country’s western region.On Wednesday, Saudi authorities said the 52-year-old victim had died in the western city of Jeddah and that at least five others, including two medics, had been infected.This comes a day after the Saudi health ministry reported the death of a 59-year-old in the same city. 40 more words


Saudi intelligence chief Bandar bin Sultan removed

Prince Bandar bin Sultan (2008)Prince Bandar bin Sultan was appointed head of the General Intelligence Presidency in July 2012
Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, has been removed from his post “at his own request”, state media report.
Prince Bandar,…


Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – update

On 13 and 14 April 2014 United Arab Emirates (UAE) reported a cluster of ten laboratory-confirmed cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection among health-care workers identified through screening of contacts of a previously laboratory-confirmed case from Abu Dhabi who died on 10 April 2014. 45 more words


Raytheon's Payday in Syria

Raytheon hardware on the Syrian battlefield: “Guided Missile Surface Attack / BGM-71E-3B” – by “Hughes Aircraft Company” (now Raytheon). Notice that the serial number has been scratched off. 831 more words

Rebel Crimes

Caught in the Syrian tempest Saudi Arabia replaces chief spy

By Claude Salhani –

A Saudi royal decree announced that the kingdom’s top spy, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the head of the country’s intelligence services was being relieved of his post, at his own request, and that his deputy would replace him. 805 more words

Deserts in Oman.

One of the reasons I find the deserts here in Oman so fascinating is the amount of archaeological sites that can be found, usually helped by word of mouth from the Bedouin. 276 more words

Rock Art