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Ramadan period drama with Jewish characters stirs debate in Middle East

27 Apr 2020

DUBAI A period drama about the trials of a Jewish midwife airing on Saudi-controlled MBC for Ramadan has drawn both criticism as an attempt to promote Arab "normalisation" with Israel and praise for a rare exploration of the Gulf's social history.

U.S. and France vie to bolster Gulf security after Saudi oil attack

25 Nov 2019

MANAMA The United States and France are boosting Saudi Arabia's radar systems following crippling drone and cruise missile attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure in September, which Washington blames on Iran.

Saudi Arabia seeks action against Iran after oil attack, allies wary

22 Sep 2019

DUBAI/RIYADH Saudi Arabia will seek to make a case at a global gathering in New York this week for concerted action to punish and deter arch-foe Iran after strikes on Saudi oil plants rattled global markets and exposed the kingdom's vulnerability to attack.

Explainer: Saudi Arabia struggles to hold Yemen coalition together as allies face off

02 Sep 2019

RIYADH/DUBAI Saudi Arabia is struggling to hold together a military coalition fighting Iran-aligned Houthis in Yemen after local allies turned on each other in a power struggle that has strained Riyadh's alliance with its main regional partner, the United Arab Emirates.

Separatist takeover of Yemen's Aden leaves Saudi Arabia in a bind

11 Aug 2019

RIYADH/DUBAI The southern separatists' takeover of Aden, the interim seat of Yemen's government, could leave Saudi Arabia struggling to hold together a military coalition fighting the Iran-aligned Houthis.

Explainer: Separatist takeover of Yemen's Aden leaves Saudi Arabia in a bind

11 Aug 2019

RIYADH/DUBAI The southern separatists' takeover of Aden, the interim seat of Yemen's government, could leave Saudi Arabia struggling to hold together a military coalition fighting the Iran-aligned Houthis.

Explainer: UAE military drawdown raises stakes in south Yemen

05 Aug 2019

DUBAI Attacks on Yemeni forces that form a core component of the Saudi-led military coalition in the south of the country risk further destabilising Aden, seat of the government, and complicating United Nations peace efforts.

U.S. and Gulf allies face tough task protecting oil shipping lanes

15 Jun 2019

DUBAI The United States and its allies may need to start escorting commercial vessels to prevent further attacks in Gulf oil shipping lanes, Gulf sources and experts said.

U.S. and Gulf allies face tough task protecting oil shipping lanes

14 Jun 2019

DUBAI The United States and its allies may need to start escorting commercial vessels to prevent further attacks in Gulf oil shipping lanes, Gulf sources and experts said.

U.S. and Gulf allies face tough task protecting oil shipping lanes

14 Jun 2019

DUBAI The United States and its allies may need to to start escorting commercial vessels to prevent further attacks in Gulf oil shipping lanes, Gulf sources and experts said.

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