SUSRIS Daily News – Excerpts from International Media Reports
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Daily Beast | Kimberly Dozier | 5.5.14
But CIA officials told lawmakers this past week that with U.S. troops slowly closing bases across the country, the intelligence agency’s footprint also has to shrink. The CIA doesn’t want to face another high-risk situation like Benghazi, Libya, … Continue Reading
Saudi Arabia, which co-chaired the “Friends of Yemen Group” conference in London, has allocated most of the $3.25bn in aid it pledged to neighbouring Yemen, Arab News has reported.
Global Islamic bonds sales surged in April to $6.1bn last month, the most since September and almost double March’s $3.5bn, setting the stage for a record year as Middle East issuers fund infrastructure projects, Bloomberg has reported.
A Syrian monitoring group says heavy fighting between rival rebel factions in eastern Syria has killed more than 60 fighters and forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes in the past few days.
Through a combination of a few significant missteps, circumstances beyond his control, unreasonable expectations and his maddeningly bland demeanor, Mr. Obama has opened himself to criticism that he is not articulating a strong, overarching … Continue Reading
Now, with the collapse of the American-brokered Middle East negotiations, the Palestinian leadership is focusing on its diplomatic and legal struggle for international recognition of Palestine as a state under occupation and for Israel to be … Continue Reading
New York Times | Suliman Ali Zway and Kareem Fahim | 5.5.14
After a long search, Libya’s transitional Parliament appeared to have finally selected a new prime minister on Sunday, choosing Ahmed Maitiq, a businessman, during a chaotic legislative session.
Farmers in this remote region of Afghanistan had barely come running to save people trapped by a huge mudslide when, suddenly, the mountain above them heaved again.
Yemeni security forces have killed 37 suspected al-Qaeda militants in an offensive in the country’s south, the defence ministry says.
Saudi Arabia has set up grievance committees where household service workers (HSWs) there, among them Filipinos, could file their complaints.
Reuters | Yara Bayoumy and Angus McDowall | 5.5.14
Differences between the United States and Saudi Arabia over Middle East policy persist, despite attempts to shore up their old alliance, and may prove calamitous for Syrian rebels. Although there is evidence that some American weapons are … Continue Reading
A photo posted on Twitter purportedly showing a Saudi man’s generosity to the poor is being virally shared on the social network. The photo, shown below, apparently shows a refrigerator that a Saudi man placed outside his home to be stocked … Continue Reading
Spanish energy contractor Tecnicas Reunidas said on Sunday it had been awarded a contract worth close to $1.7 billion to build a large power complex in Saudi Arabia’s Jazan Province.
With the annual demand for water is increasing by 8.8 percent due to the 2.5 percent rapid growth of population, Saudi Energy 2014 is to exhibit cutting-edge technology and latest products in water desalination.
MEED | Jeff Florian | 5.4.14
Saudi Arabia is aiming to nearly double tourism revenues by 2020 as part of plans to diversify its economy, according to Fahd al-Rasheed, CEO and managing director of King Abdullah Economic City.
Al Arabiya | Theodore Karasik | 5.4.14
The Hafr Al-Baten Military Exercise, held near the Kuwaiti and Iraqi borders, included the cream of the crop of Saudi security officials and several royal observers from the Gulf states. Saudi Chief of Staff General Hussain Al-Qubail was quoted … Continue Reading
Arab News | Khalil Hanware | 5.4.14
When he moved to the US, his desire as a child was to make his own money as quick as possible. As a 9-year-old, he started earning by washing cars in the neighborhood and saved $1,200 to $1,500.
Bloomberg | Anthony DiPaola | 5.4.14
Saudi Arabian Oil Co., the world’s largest crude exporter, raised differentials used in determining its official selling prices for all crude grades to customers in the U.S. by 80 cents a barrel each and increased levels for its two lightest … Continue Reading
NBC News | Maggie Fox | 5.4.14
Saudi health officials reported 15 more people diagnosed with the deadly MERS virus on Sunday, while the first case seen in the United States, a health worker who had been in Saudi Arabia, was improving in an Indiana hospital.
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