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...
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.
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'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...
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.
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...
Saudi women vote for the first time in landmark election
by Aya Batrawy - December 12, 2015 - 1:31pm
Thousands of Saudi women headed to polling stations across the kingdom on yesterday, both as voters and candidates for the first time in a landmark election.
'Halal tourism' emerges as businesses serve Muslim travelers
by Aya Batrawy - October 21, 2015 - 12:52pm
A rental company in Orlando, Florida, is offering "halal vacation homes" with curtained pool decks and rooms with prayer mats and copies of the Quran.
Muslim pilgrims gather for pinnacle of hajj in Saudi Arabia
by Aya Batrawy - September 23, 2015 - 12:41pm
Muslim pilgrims from around the world gathered before dawn yesterday in the valley of Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia for a day of prayer that marks the pinnacle of the annual hajj pilgrimage.
More than 2 million Muslims in Saudi start hajj pilgrimage
by Aya Batrawy - September 22, 2015 - 6:03pm
More than 2 million Muslims on yesterday started the first rites of the annual hajj in Saudi Arabia, one of the world's largest religious pilgrimages that draws people from different countries to the holy city of...
Dubai, Saudi markets lose 7 percent after oil price dip
by Aya Batrawy - August 23, 2015 - 9:02am
Stock markets in Saudi Arabia and Dubai closed around 7 percent lower on Sunday on the back of a further slide in oil prices.
India's premier meets Abu Dhabi prince ahead of speech
by Aya Batrawy - August 17, 2015 - 5:16pm
India's prime minister and Abu Dhabi's crown prince said yesterday they have agreed to enhance defense, investment and trade relations as Narendra Modi prepares to wrap up his visit to the United Arab Emirates, where...
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