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UAE evacuates embassy staff from Yemen capital ABU DHABI: The United Arab Emirates has suspended operations at its embassy in Yemen and evacuated staff over security concerns after a Shiite militia seized power, the foreign ministry said Saturday.The move comes a day after Sunni-dominated regional powerhouse Saudi Arabia announced it had also evacuated all its staff from the embassy in Sanaa.The Shiite Huthi militia, accused of receiving backing from Shiite-dominated Iran, dissolved Yemen's government and parliament on February 6 after seizing the presidential palace and key government buildings.The UAE foreign ministry said in a statement carried by the official WAM news agency that it "has suspended embassy operations in the Yemeni capital Sanaa and evacuated all staff."This decision comes in light of the increasingly deteriorating political and security situation" and the "unfortunate events with the Huthis undermining legitimate authority in the country."France, Germany and Italy took similar action on Friday, two days after Britain, the Netherlands and ...

UN official warns of further conflict in Gaza RAMALLAH: A top UN official warned Thursday of another potential conflict in the Gaza Strip, urging Israel to lift its blockade and the Palestinians to end in-fighting to avoid further violence.The United Nations also called for an additional $705 million (622 million euros) in humanitarian aid to the Palestinian territories, most of it for Gaza which saw its bloodiest and most destructive war last year."Right now, things are not going well, and we're very concerned ...
Suicide bomber kills at least 12 in north Baghdad BAGHDAD: A suicide bomber struck in area of north Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 12 people, security and medical officials said.The blast in Kadhimiyah, which is home to a revered Shia shrine, also wounded at least 42 people, the officials said.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
US drone kills senior Qaeda militant in Yemen: AQAP DUBAI: Al-Qaeda said Thursday that one of its top militants, Harith al-Nadhari who threatened more attacks on France after the Charlie Hebdo killings, died in a US drone strike in Yemen.Nadhari and three other militants were killed in a January 31 "crusader American drone strike against their car in the Saeed area of Shabwa province in southern Yemen," Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) said on Twitter.Nadhari had threatened France with further attacks like those ...
Saudi King orders big bonuses for all state employees RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's King Salman ordered two months bonus salary for all state employees, plus two months bonus pension for all retired state employees in a decree on Thursday. He also ordered two months of bonus payments for students who receive state grants and for social security beneficiaries. Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...
Double suicide attack on Iraq militia base kills six BAGHDAD: A double suicide attack on a base housing Shiite groups fighting alongside the government north of Baghdad killed at least six people on Thursday, medical sources said."The car rammed an army checkpoint protecting access to the base" in Mishahada, a Baghdad hospital official said. The first blast killed at least three people, including a civilian.Around five minutes later, a suicide bomber wearing an explosives belt blew himself up at the nearby entrance of the ...
Tourist arrivals in Jeddah increase by 70pc ISLAMABAD: The influx of tourists to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has increased by 70 percent with the festivals and activities, drawing huge crowds to the historical city.Hotels and furnished apartments have also recorded an increase of 75 percent as tourists take advantage of online bookings to rent accommodations in advance.Tourist spending has also risen by 50 percent with restaurants and fast food capturing the most sales and high quality restaurants registering a 45 percent increase, Arab ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
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WeeklyFebruary 26, 2015
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