• U.S. looks into new Syria chemical weapons attack claims

    Washington Post | Loveday Morris | 4.14.14

    The United States said Sunday that it was looking into claims of a new chemical weapons attack in Syria, after rebels and the government traded accusations over the use of chlorine gas in a central village. The alleged attack on Kafr Zeita, a ... Continue Reading rebel-held village 125 miles north of the capital, ­Damascus, has not been independently verified but has been acknowledged by both sides. hide

    U.N. Climate Change Report Says Worst Scenarios Can Still Be Avoided

    Wall Street Journal | Gautum Naik | 4.14.14

    A United Nations report suggests that governments can still avert the more serious consequences of climate change provided they act quickly and aggressively to cut the accelerating pace of greenhouse-gas emissions. According to the report, ... Continue Reading global greenhouse-gas emissions have risen more rapidly between 2000 and 2010 than in each of the three previous decades. The global economic crisis of 2007 and 2008 temporarily reduced emissions but didn't change the trend, the report says. hide

    Deadly Virus’s Spread Raises Alarms in Mideast

    Wall Street Journal | Ellen Knickmeyer and Ahmed Al-Omran | 4.14.14

    Last week marked the biggest number of cases since the outbreak began, Dr. Ian M. Mackay, an Australian epidemiologist who has tracked the outbreak, wrote on Sunday. About 50 of the overall cases have been in health-care workers, he said, a ... Continue Reading strong warning sign about measures being taken to control the outbreak, he and others have said. "As far as we know, MERS-CoV does not spread easily from person-to-person, so these clusters suggest a breakdown in infection prevention and control." hide

    Penguin Dance, Goofy Wedding Staple, Sweeps Saudi Arabia

    Wall Street Journal | Ellen Knickmeyer | 4.12.14

    Penguin Dance, Goofy Wedding Staple, Sweeps Saudi Arabia "Penguin dance," or "raqsat al-batriq" in Arabic, is sweeping school playgrounds, wedding parties and rug-draped living rooms of Saudi Arabia, Saudis say, and videos posted online attest. Saudis share videos of themselves—the men in white robes ... Continue Reading called thobes; and, dancing out of sight of the men, the women in all-enveloping black abayas—on the social-networking site Keek and on YouTube. hide

    April 11th, 2014 Edition

    Cash still king as Saudis shun credit cards

    Asharq Alawsat | 4.11.14

    Cash still king as Saudis shun credit cards Credit card use in Saudi Arabia has been on the decline since 2008, according to recent data released by the country’s central bank, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency. The figures show that credit card revenues in the Kingdom, which stood at ... Continue Reading 9.4 billion Saudi riyals (2.5 billion US dollars) in 2008, have fallen 22.3 percent between then and 2013. hide

    Al-Jazeera trial: Defendants denounce ‘joke’ hearing

    BBC News | 4.11.14

    Three Al-Jazeera journalists have denounced as a "joke" the latest hearing in their trial on terrorism charges in Egypt. On Thursday, prosecutors presented as evidence footage allegedly filmed by the defendants, including wildlife scenes and ... Continue Reading news conference. hide

    Gulf private aviation is a $500m business

    Al Arabiya | 4.11.14

    Gulf private aviation is a $500m business Private aviation in the Gulf generates revenues of $500 million, a figure that will likely double by 2019, Ali al-Naqabi, the chairman of Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA), said in an interview published Thursday by the ... Continue Reading Saudi-based al-Eqtisadiah. hide

    UK companies win £850m worth of education contracts with Saudi Arabia

    Asian Image | 4.11.14

    In January 2014, Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise Matthew Hancock visited Riyadh to underline the UK Government’s support for the UK bids. Matthew Hancock said: “These deals are a vote of confidence in the UK’s improving education ... Continue Reading system. Exporting helps companies grow and is a vital part of the Government’s long-term economic plan to create jobs and reduce the deficit. hide

    Warily, Jordan Assists Rebels in Syrian War

    New York Times | Ben Hubbard | 4.11.14

    When rebels want to return to Syria to fight, Jordan’s intelligence services give them specific times to cross its border. When the rebels need weapons, they make their request at an “operations room” in Amman staffed by agents from Jordan, ... Continue Reading Saudi Arabia and the United States. hide