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Pablo Zabaleta eyes Middle East career finale

Pablo Zabaleta eyes Middle East career finale

LONDON: Pablo Zabaleta’s first Gulf experience came 15 years ago.It was the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in the UAE, a tournament that saw home hero Ismail Matar named best player as his side reached the quarterfinals, while Saudi Arabia just failed to qualify for the last 16.Zabaleta, then 18, was in Argentina’s squad alongside Carlos […]

Felföldi looks to grow in Middle East with new Let's Cheese! line

Felföldi looks to grow in Middle East with new Let's Cheese! line

Hungarian food company Felföldi has unveiled a range of dry cheese snacks as it targets sales in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Called Let’s Cheese!, the line is available two variants – natural and cheddar – and is aimed at young adults. Mindful that a third of the Middle East’s population is […]

Is Major Realignment Taking Place in the Middle East?

Is Major Realignment Taking Place in the Middle East?

Having long criticized U.S. policy in the Middle East, President Donald Trump has outlined the contours of a fresh approach to the region. Last month, his administration unveiled its new Syria strategy, marking a departure from a mission focused on countering the Islamic State (or ISIS) to one aimed at containing Iran. But these new […]

Top US General in the Middle East Stands by US-Saudi Military Alliance

Top US General in the Middle East Stands by US-Saudi Military Alliance

The top U.S. General, CENTCOM Commander Joseph Votel, says he “understands why our members of Congress are expressing concerns” over the killing of journalist and Saudi critic Jamal Khashogghi and the humanitarian situation created by the Saudi-led siege in Yemen, but that the Saudi-U.S. military alliance remains strong and “extraordinarily important.”   “There’s no change with any military […]

UK academic charged with spying in UAE released on bail

UK academic charged with spying in UAE released on bail

A British academic charged with espionage in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been released on bail, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday, Reuters reports. Matthew Hedges, a 31-year-old doctoral student at Durham University, was arrested on May 5 at Dubai airport after a two-week research visit. He was formally charged this […]

REVEALED: Hundreds of Rohingya imprisoned 'indefinitely' in Saudi Arabia

REVEALED: Hundreds of Rohingya imprisoned 'indefinitely' in Saudi Arabia

Dozens of children are among Rohingya detainees forced to live indefinitely inside Shumaisi detention centre in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (Supplied) Hundreds of Rohingya men, women, and children have been held indefinitely for several years without charge inside a detention centre in Saudi Arabia. Many members of the persecuted group came to Saudi Arabia after 2011 […]

MEMO hosts event to remember Jamal Khashoggi

MEMO hosts event to remember Jamal Khashoggi

The Middle East Monitor (MEMO), in association with Al Sharq Forum, is hosting an international memorial in honour of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The event will be held tomorrow evening with many prominent journalists, politicians and rights activists expected to take part. Jamal, a leading journalist and columnist on the MENA, and an outspoken critic […]

Oman says 'Israel is a state' in the Middle East

Oman says 'Israel is a state' in the Middle East

Oman has described Israel as a “state” in the Middle East, a day after the Israeli prime minister returned home from a visit to Muscat. At a security summit in Bahrain on Saturday, Oman’s foreign minister said the sultanate was offering ideas to help Israel and the Palestinians in efforts to secure regional peace but is […]

UN aid convoy to Syria's Rukban refugee camp delayed

UN aid convoy to Syria's Rukban refugee camp delayed

Screenshot of rare footage showing remote Rukban camp near Syria-Jordan border (YouTube) United Nations-led aid delivery, critically needed by thousands of civilians stranded in a camp on the Syrian-Jordanian border, has been postponed and will not arrive on Saturday as was expected by community leaders, a UN official said on Friday. “The planned joint UN-Syrian […]

Treading the trade war tightrope

Treading the trade war tightrope

Trumpʹs latest campaign to put pressure on China, with the option of raising existing trade tariffs of 10% to 25% by year-end, is just part of an escalating trade war between two super economic powers that could have disastrous effects – with the fragile Middle East destined to feel the pinch. By Stasa Salacanin One […]