Aya Batrawy
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South Korean named Interpol president in blow to Russia
by Aya Batrawy - November 21, 2018 - 3:58pm
South Korea's Kim Jong Yang was elected as Interpol's president on Wednesday, edging out a longtime veteran of Russia's security services who was strongly opposed by the U.S., Britain and other European nations...
Muslim fasting month of Ramadan to start Thursday
by Aya Batrawy - May 16, 2018 - 9:10am
Millions of Muslims around the world will begin the fasting month of Ramadan on Thursday.
First Saudi cinema opens with popcorn and 'Black Panther'
by Aya Batrawy - April 19, 2018 - 1:36pm
The lights dimmed and the crowd of men and women erupted into applause and hoots as Hollywood's blockbuster "Black Panther" premiered in Saudi Arabia's first movie theater.
Arab leaders meet to unify ranks with eye on Iran, Jerusalem
by Aya Batrawy - April 16, 2018 - 2:32am
Saudi Arabia used its perch as host of an annual gathering of Arab leaders on yesterday to push for a unified stance against rival Iran as the regional powerhouses vie for the upper hand in wars in Syria and Ye...
Bahrain's largest oil find estimated at 80 billion barrels
by Aya Batrawy - April 5, 2018 - 2:06am
The small island-nation of Bahrain on yesterday announced the discovery of 80 billion barrels of shale oil, its largest oil and gas find ever.
Survivors of school shooting take gun control message abroad
by Aya Batrawy - March 18, 2018 - 9:50am
Student survivors of the worst high school shooting in U.S. history took their message abroad for the first time on Saturday.
India's Modi in UAE to boost ties with Gulf Arab states
by Aya Batrawy - February 12, 2018 - 1:37am
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi started the second day of his visit to the United Arab Emirates on yesterday by unveiling a model of the first Hindu temple that will be built in the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi...
Saudi Arabia hosts world chess games, testing reform limits
by Aya Batrawy - December 26, 2017 - 8:23pm
Saudi Arabia is hosting a world chess tournament for the first time on yesterday nearly two years after the country's top cleric issued a religious edict against playing the board game.
Saudi Arabia heralds biggest spending plans yet amid deficit
by Aya Batrawy - December 20, 2017 - 12:00am
Saudi Arabia is preparing for the biggest budget in its history, announcing yesterday record expenditures of 978 billion riyals ($261 billion) this coming fiscal year as the government forecasts a boost in revenue...
Saudi Arabia's next king is a young, ambitious risk taker
by Aya Batrawy - June 22, 2017 - 12:48am
He is known as MBS and his rise through Saudi Arabia's corridors of power has been shockingly swift.
Qatar Airways profits $540 million, braces for Gulf crisis
by Aya Batrawy - June 11, 2017 - 11:02pm
Qatar Airways announced on yesterday its net profits rose to $540 million in its latest financial disclosure before the airline took a hit and was blocked from flying to major Arab states.
Qatar Petroleum says production not impacted by Gulf crisis
by Aya Batrawy - June 10, 2017 - 6:12pm
State-run Qatar Petroleum sought to reassure the public on yesterday, saying its production of oil and gas has not been impacted by tensions in the Gulf that saw several Arab states block their airspace, ports and...
Qatar's crisis is impacting business and millions of people
by Aya Batrawy - June 7, 2017 - 2:21am
The effect of Monday's punitive measures on Qatar was immediate.
Q&A: Qatar's falling out with its Arab neighbors
by Aya Batrawy - June 6, 2017 - 1:28am
The move reflects longstanding anger at Qatar's support for Islamist groups that are outlawed by other Arab nations, as well as the increasingly bitter rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Here's a look at the...
A Saudi woman's plea for help exposes risks runaways face
by Aya Batrawy - April 16, 2017 - 5:35pm
A young Saudi woman's plea for help after she was stopped in an airport in the Philippines en route to Australia where she planned to seek asylum has triggered a firestorm on social media and drawn attention to the...
Duterte discusses labor, anti-narcotics with Saudi king
by Aya Batrawy - April 12, 2017 - 9:13am
President Rodrigo Duterte met Tuesday with King Salman in Saudi Arabia, where hundreds of thousands of Filipinos work as nurses, domestic helpers, drivers, waiters and technicians. It was Duterte's first time meeting...
IMF chief says fiscal reforms key to Mideast stability
by Aya Batrawy - February 23, 2016 - 12:43pm
The head of the International Monetary Fund on yesterday called for greater taxation and fiscal reforms as a pathway to political stability in her second speech this week in the Middle East.
IMF chief says fiscal reforms key to Mideast stability
by Aya Batrawy - February 23, 2016 - 7:38am
The International Monetary Fund's managing director is pressing the need for greater taxation and fiscal reforms as a pathway to political stability in the Middle East.
Tumultuous 1st year for Saudi King Salman's 'decisive' reign
by Aya Batrawy - January 23, 2016 - 4:10pm
Within hours of ascending to the Saudi throne, King Salman announced sweeping changes that would recast the kingdom's line of succession, and rework its security and economic decision-making processes.
Saudi beheadings soar in 2015 under discretionary rulings
by Aya Batrawy - January 1, 2016 - 1:40pm
Saudi Arabia carried out at least 157 executions in 2015, with beheadings reaching their highest level in the kingdom in two decades, according to several advocacy groups that monitor the death penalty worldwid...
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