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100 billion reasons to have non-reportable assets, by Simon Black

Just because you’re not a Saudi Arabian oil potentate, don’t think a government may not one day ask for a share of your assets. In which case, it makes some sense to have assets the government doesn’t know about. 343 more words

Governments

Lebanon crisis: PM Saad Hariri suspends resignation, vows to protect nation

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Wednesday said he was suspending his surprise resignation, pending talks, providing a potential way out of a political crisis that has rocked the country. 140 more words

"I tell them that I’m from Jerusalem, Israel. And their first reaction usually is: ‘Wow. Welcome’”

TIMES OF ISRAEL
From Qom to Medina: Israeli Jew visits holy sites across Muslim world
by Raphael Ahren
November 21, 2017

A Russian-born Israeli Jew has been visiting holy sites across the Muslim world, including mosques in Iran, Lebanon, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. 87 more words

Israel & Middle East

With Saudi Blockade Threatening Famine in Yemen, U.S. Points Finger at Iran

The White House is pressing to declassify intelligence allegedly linking Iran to short-range ballistic missile attacks by Yemeni insurgents against Saudi Arabia, part of a public relations blitz aimed at persuading America’s U.N. 1,721 more words

Iran

Yemen: Saudi-led coalition to reopen Hodeidah port, Sanaa airport for aid

REUTERS | Published — Thursday 23 November 2017

File: A cargo ship moored at Yemen’s rebel-held Red Sea port of Hodeida. (AFP)

DUBAI: The Saudi-led military coalition fighting against the Houthi movement in Yemen said on Wednesday it would allow aid access through the port of Hodeidah and UN flights to Sanaa airport. 198 more words

No Women Allowed At Nelly Concert In Saudi Arabia

Country Grammar rapper Nelly is due to perform for a concert in Jeddah on December 14, alongside Algerian singer Cheb Khaled.  But there’s one hiccup—women will not be allowed to view the concert, as it is a male-only event. 160 more words

Music

World Cup-bound Saudi Arabia fires coach Edgardo Bauza

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) World Cup-bound Saudi Arabia has fired coach Edgardo Bauza nine days before the draw.

The Saudi Arabia Football Federation announced the Argentine coach’s exit after only five friendlies in charge. 94 more words

AP Story