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  • King Salman: A Seasoned Statesman

    King Salman: A Seasoned Statesman
    Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat—It is difficult to do justice here to the remarkable traits of leadership and humanity possessed by Saudi Arabia's new King Salman Bin Abdulaziz, who succeeded ...

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Mina Al-Oraibi
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on : Thursday, 29 Jan, 2015

UN refugee chief: The world doesn’t understand the extent of the refugee crisis

Davos, Asharq Al-Awsat—António Guterres has one of the toughest jobs in the world today. As the UN high commissioner for refugees he has a mandate to help relieve the suffering of the world’s displaced peoples, at a time when there are more of them than there have been for years. Guterres has been in the post since 2005 and is now nearly at the end of his second five-year term. During his tenure the world has witnessed the worst refugee crisis in 20 years as a result of the Syrian c...

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Sawsan Al-Shaer
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on : Wednesday, 28 Jan, 2015

Opinion: America’s Saudi Confusion

Before I begin this article I would like to offer my condolences first to the people of Bahrain, and then to the King and people of Saudi Arabia, and the Arab and Islamic world on the passing of King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, may he rest in peace. He was like a gracious and merciful father to Bahrain, which he referred to as his “youngest daughter,” when he rushed to its rescue at the time of distress in March 2011. At the time he said to us: “I have been waiting for you. What took you so lo...

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Tawfiq Al-Saif
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on : Wednesday, 28 Jan, 2015

Opinion: Continuing with Reform

The process of reform, if it is to bear fruit and maintain momentum, must be continuous and sustained. According to writer and academic Homa Katouzian, any slowdown in the moderniz...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Wednesday, 28 Jan, 2015

Greek PM Tsipras promises radical change, markets tumble

Athens Reuters—Leftwing Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras threw down an open challenge to international creditors on Wednesday by halting privatization plans agreed under the c...

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Hisham Adra
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on : Wednesday, 28 Jan, 2015

Syrian fashion designer revives ancient Mesopotamian wardrobe

Damascus, Asharq Al-Awsat—As Syria’s archaeological gems are flattened and looted in the midst of war, one Syrian fashion designer is bringing the ancient civilization of M...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Wednesday, 28 Jan, 2015

Southern Yemen moves towards secession as Houthis call for reconciliation

Sana’a and Aden, Reuters/Asharq Al-Awsat—Yemen’s Southern Al-Hirak secessionist movement is poised to take further steps towards breaking away from the rest of the countr...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Wednesday, 28 Jan, 2015

Hezbollah claims responsibility for attack on Israeli convoy

Jerusalem, AP—The Lebanese Hezbollah group claimed responsibility for firing a missile that targeted an Israeli military convoy on Wednesday, an attack that prompted Israel to fi...

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Salman Aldossary
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on : Wednesday, 28 Jan, 2015

Opinion: Obama’s Four-Hour Trip to Riyadh

Two highly significant diplomatic messages were sent during US President Barack Obama’s four-hour visit to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. The first came from Washington when President ...

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Hamad Al-Majid
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on : Wednesday, 28 Jan, 2015

Opinion: Securing the Saudi Succession

As soon as he took the throne, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz took a historic decision regarding the Saudi succession, dispelling months, if not years,...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Wednesday, 28 Jan, 2015

Obama and Saudi king discuss Iran, energy in symbolic visit

Riyadh, Reuters—US President Barack Obama met with Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Tuesday to pay respects to the late King Abdullah and bolster a relationship that now stretches w...

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