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Saudi Aramco selling crude oil at discounted prices to Asia, U.S.

Saudi Aramco's top customers will enjoy a significant discount in November.

Special to As demand continues to slide, Saudi Aramco is slashing crude oil prices to Asia and the United States. Saudi Aramco is offering a $3.20 per barrel (below the regional benchmark) discount to Asia, the main market for […]

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Yemen loyalists reclaim strategic waterway, Iran-backed rebels still hold capital


Special to Yemeni forces, bolstered by the Saudi-led coalition, have regained control of one of the world’s most strategic waterways. “The Bab al-Mandab Strait is now under the total control of our troops,” Yemeni Gen. Turki Ahmed told AFP on […]

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Judgement day: Khamenei demands Saudi apology, sheikh calls tragedy ‘beyond human control’

Ayatollah Ali Khameni. /Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader

Special to Judgement Day came twice this month in Saudi Arabia and the leader of one of two warring factions of Islam wants the world to know that the other faction is responsible. Iran’s Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, […]

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Memo to the West: Moscow’s increasing role in Syria and against the jihadist threat since 2012

Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu meets Russia's Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Sept. 21. / Ria Novost i/ AFP / Getty

Special to By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs [Editor’s note: The following full-length report by Yossef Bodansky details Russia’s unambiguous response to the growing jihadist threat in Syria and the Middle East […]

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Khamenei blames Saudi ‘mismanagement’ for deadly hajj stampede

Saudi ambulances arrive with pilgrims who were injured in a stampede at an emergency hospital in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca.  /Getty Images

Special to Saudi Arabia’s “mismanagement and inappropriate conducts” caused the stampede that killed over 700 hajj pilgrims near Mecca, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sept. 24. The Saudis came back with a quick response on social […]

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More than 700 die in stampede at Mecca pilgrimage

Over two million pilgrims are taking part in the hajj in Mecca in 2015.

Special to More than 700 people were killed in a stampede on the third day of the hajj pilgrimage near Mecca on Sept. 24. Saudi authorities said at least 800 more were injured at Mina when two large groups […]

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Saudi king makes ‘urgent’ appeal to UN, White House after Temple Mount clashes

Palestinians shout in front of Israeli security forces who block a road leading to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City on Sept. 13.  /AFP/Ahmad Gharabli

Special to Saudi King Salman has urged the United Nations to intervene after three days of clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters at the Temple Mount’s Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. Salman “expressed strong condemnation of the dangerous Israeli […]

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WORLD MATTERS: Flood of Refugees exposes America’s fatal flaw: Impatience and democracy

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Special to By Uwe Siemon-Netto The flood of Middle Eastern refugees into Europe exposes a fatal flaw of the current democratic system in the United States. The defect is the innate inability of the fast-paced American system to bring […]

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Excessive Saudi oil output puts the squeeze on U.S. shale energy industry

Saudi Aramco oil field.  /Reuters

Special to Saudi Arabia’s continued flooding of the crude oil market has ushered in cheap prices that could stop the U.S. shale energy industry’s growth in its tracks, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). High-cost producers like U.S. […]

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Top Iran space scientist killed in Sept. 11 crane disaster at Mecca

Collapsed construction crane in Mecca's Grand Mosque.

Special to A leading Iranian space scientist was among the 107 killed in a construction crane collapse on Sept. 11 in Mecca’s Grand Mosque. An Iranian minister confirmed to Fars news agency that Dr. Ahmad Hatami, a member of […]

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