Warring Parties in Yemen Announce Overlapping Cease-Fires

Both the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthi rebels said they would stop fighting, but further progress toward an end to the seven-year war in the country was uncertain.

#houthis, #iran, #persian-gulf, #saudi-arabia, #united-arab-emirates, #yemen

As the U.S. Pulls Back From the Mideast, China Leans In

China is expanding its ties to Middle Eastern states with vast infrastructure investments and cooperation on technology and security.

#belt-and-road-initiative-china, #china, #foreign-investments, #international-relations, #middle-east, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #persian-gulf, #saudi-arabia, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-states-international-relations

Seeking Backers for New Fund, Jared Kushner Turns to Middle East

Former President Donald J. Trump’s son-in-law is trying to raise capital for his investment firm and is turning to a region that he dealt with extensively while in the White House.

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Iranian Navy’s Largest Ship Catches Fire and Sinks

Efforts to save the vessel, the biggest in the country’s naval fleet and described as a “training ship,” failed. The authorities offered no cause for the blaze.

#gulf-of-oman, #iran, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #persian-gulf, #ships-and-shipping, #strait-of-hormuz

US Vessel Fires Warning Shots at Iranian Patrol Boats

The incident, in the Strait of Hormuz, was the third time in just over a month that vessels from the two countries have come dangerously close.

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Second Close Call Between Iranian and American Vessels Raises Tensions

The tense encounters come as the two countries have resumed talks over renewing the 2015 nuclear agreement. The latest episode ended only after an American warship fired warning shots.

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Israel’s Shadow War With Iran Moves Out to Sea

Israel and Iran have fought a clandestine war across the Middle East for years, mainly by land and air. Now ships are under attack in the Mediterranean and Red Seas.

#defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #hezbollah, #iran, #israel, #mediterranean-sea, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #persian-gulf, #politics-and-government, #red-sea, #ships-and-shipping, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

As Oil Prices Rise, Executives Aim to Keep Them High

An industry known for boom-bust cycles is resisting the temptation to pump more oil — for now.

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Iran Agrees to Free South Korean Ship’s Crew

In return, South Korea pledged speedy action to address Iran’s complaints about $7 billion impounded there as a result of U.S. sanctions.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #persian-gulf, #ships-and-shipping, #south-korea

Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, Kuwait’s Emir, Dies at 91

The emir steered the tiny, oil-rich country through the tumultuous rivalries of the Middle East.

#al-sabah-saad-al-abdullah, #deaths-obituaries, #kuwait, #middle-east, #persian-gulf

U.A.E. Becomes First Arab Nation to Open a Nuclear Power Plant

The launch is raising concerns about the growing number of nuclear programs in the volatile Middle East.

#abu-dhabi-united-arab-emirates, #middle-east, #nahyan-mohamed-bin-zayed-al-1961, #nuclear-energy, #persian-gulf, #saudi-arabia, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations

Annexing the West Bank Would Hurt Israel

A conservative American commentator on Middle Eastern affairs gives six reasons to believe that taking over Palestinian territory would harm both U.S.-Israel relations and Israel’s status as the Jewish state.

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Saudi Arabia’s ‘Um Haroun’ Ignites Arab Debate on Jews and Israel

Fans have praised a hit TV series for promoting religious diversity. Critics say it encourages “normalization” with Israel and betrays the Palestinian cause.

#jews-and-judaism, #mbc-group, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #muslims-and-islam, #palestinians, #persian-gulf, #politics-and-government, #ramadan, #saudi-arabia, #television

Trump Says He Told Navy to ‘Shoot Down’ Iranian Boats

The president’s statement came a week after the Pentagon accused Iran of sending 11 fast boats to conduct “dangerous and harassing approaches” to six American warships in the Persian Gulf.

#arabian-sea, #defense-department, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #persian-gulf, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy

Coronavirus Fears Terrify and Impoverish Migrants in the Persian Gulf

Millions of migrant workers in Gulf countries have found themselves locked down, laid off and stranded, with no place to turn for help.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-workers, #kuwait, #labor-and-jobs, #persian-gulf, #qatar, #remittances, #saudi-arabia, #united-arab-emirates