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Saudi Arabia recalls ambassador to Germany over “outrageous and unjustified” comments by German Foreign Minister Gabriel comments

FILE PHOTO: German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel presides the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, August 2, 2017. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

Reuters

CAIRO (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia has summoned its ambassador in Germany home for consultations over comments by German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel about the political crisis in Lebanon. 321 more words

Macron welcomes Lebanon's Hariri to Elysee Palace

AFP

© AFP | French President Emmanuel Macron (right) greets Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the Elysee Palace in paris, on November 18, 2017… 209 more words

New Winds In Saudi Arabia

It is true that Saudi Arabia stoked the Sunni-Shia conflict in the region after the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, but the jurisprudence of the intra-Islam war of the sects was dug up from the Saudi past and its embrace of Wahhabism in the 18th century. 23 more words

Politics

RetroSaudi: Embassies

The next piece in my RetroSaudi series is about various diplomatic outposts in Saudi Arabia, and some of the more unusual things that took place in them. 1,409 more words

UK

Saudi Graft Settlements Could Reap Billions -- Saudi officials may be able to recover as much as $100 billion from settlement talks

Bloomberg

By Riad Hamade and Alaa Shahine

November 18, 2017, 1:45 AM EST

  • Official estimates $50 billion-$100 billion may be recovered

  • Corruption probe widens to include retired military officers…

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Israel and Saudi Arabia: the strange couple and their common enemy, Iran

Things are changing quickly in the Middle East: in Saudi Arabia the hereditary crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, is ready to take the reins of the country when his father King Salman will not reign anymore and he plans deep changes in the country (then if these will be real is another matter and only time will tell us). 530 more words

International Relations

Egypt stalls dam talks with Ethiopia and Sudan

Malek Awny | Published — Saturday 18 November 2017

Above, officials and stakeholders during the press conference on the Renaissance Dam project in Ethiopia.

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