Mideast Defense Spending Seen Growing Despite Oil Price Slump – Bloomberg

Defense spending in the Middle East and North Africa will start to grow again this year after dipping as oil prices slumped, IHS Jane’s analysts said in a report on Monday. The region’s defense spending is expected to rise to $180 billion by 2020, according to the report. Military outlays peaked at $160 billion in […]

MIDEAST STOCKS – Factors to watch – Aug 23 – Reuters

Aug 23 Here are some factors that may affect Middle East stock markets on Tuesday. Reuters has not verified the press reports and does not vouch for their accuracy. INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL * GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks edge up, dollar dips as markets await Fed clues * MIDEAST STOCKS-Region hit by lower oil, Fed worries; Dubai’s DSI sinks […]

Kerry on Africa-Mideast counterterror tour – Deutsche Welle

Terrorism US Secretary of State John Kerry travels next week to Kenya, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia on a three-nation tour focused on counterterrorism. DW’s Isaac Mugabi talks to Uganda-based political analyst and journalist Angelo Izama about what the Secretary of State hopes […]

Brookes: Russia muscles US aside in Mideast – Boston Herald

People seem plenty panicked about recent reports of Russian war planes using an Iranian air base for bombing runs into Syria as part of its ongoing support for the beleaguered regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. It’s not at all unreasonable to be concerned. On the other hand, we really shouldn’t be surprised by the […]

MIDEAST STOCKS – Factors to watch – Aug 22 – Reuters

Aug 22 Here are some factors that may affect Middle East stock markets on Monday. Reuters has not verified the press reports and does not vouch for their accuracy. INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL * GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares slip, dollar stands tall on Fed hike bets * MIDEAST STOCKS-Gulf edges down despite petchems; Telecom Egypt climbs * Oil falls […]

U.S. Vision for Mideast Stability Runs Through Gas Pipelines … – Bloomberg

The potential to benefit from new gas discoveries has created a rare opportunity for eastern Mediterranean countries including Israel and Turkey to forge closer ties, according to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s envoy on energy affairs. Countries in the region must work together if they hope to unlock multibillion dollar gas discoveries in Israel […]

N.J.’s Booker, visiting Mideast, says U.S. must do more to help … – NJ.com

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, touring a refugee camp in the Middle East, called on the U.S. to do more to help those fleeing the Syrian civil war and address “a humanitarian crisis of a scale rarely witnessed in the last 50 years.” Booker (D-N.J.) in a telephone interview with NJ Advance Media, called for both more […]