Saudi Arabia says the kingdom’s hands are outstretched to Iran

Saudi Arabia is seeing some progress on dialogue with its longtime adversary Iran, but not enough, the kingdom’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud told CNBC on Tuesday. In the meantime, the minister says it is eager to improve the two countries’ relationship. “In Saudi Arabia, and I think it’s the same in the … Read more

U.S. is taking ‘a close look’ at whether to label Russia a state sponsor of terrorism. Here’s what that means

WASHINGTON – As the international community seeks new ways to increase economic pressure on the Kremlin for its brutal war against Ukraine, the idea of ​​labeling Russia a state sponsor of terrorism has recently gained attention within the Biden administration. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy asked US President Joe Biden to designate Russia a state sponsor … Read more

U.S. envoy not confident Iran nuclear deal is imminent

A picture taken on November 10, 2019, shows an Iranian flag in Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant, during an official ceremony to kick-start works on a second reactor at the facility. ATTA KENARE | AFP via Getty Images US Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley said on Sunday he was not confident that a nuclear … Read more

Russia backs down on demands in Iran nuclear deal talks, making revival of 2015 pact imminent

A picture taken on November 10, 2019, shows an Iranian flag in Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant, during an official ceremony to kick-start works on a second reactor at the facility. ATTA KENARE | AFP via Getty Images Russia has walked back its threat to torpedo the revival of the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal over … Read more

Oil rises to the highest since 2008 before turning lower

Oil pipelines, pumping rigs, and electrical transmission lines dot the landscape along California’s “Petroleum Highway” (Highway 33) running along the northwestern side of the San Joaquin Valley. George Rose | Getty Images US oil surged to the highest level since 2008 Thursday before reversing course and dipping into negative territory as the market weighs supply … Read more

Attacks on UAE shows its strengths more than vulnerabilities: Analysts

Abu Dhabi city skyline, United Arab Emirates. kasto80 | iStock | Getty Images DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The recent volley of missile and drone attacks on UAE capital Abu Dhabi shook the Gulf and rattled local markets. While such events are far from uncommon in the Middle East, they were jarring in a country … Read more

Iran nuclear talks restart as critical time pressure and distrust builds

Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani arrives at Palais Coburg where closed-door nuclear talks with Iran take place in Vienna, Austria, February 8, 2022. Leonhard Foeger | Reuters Negotiations aimed at reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal restarted in Vienna this week, more than ten months after they first began and weighed down by … Read more