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A Saudi Arabia airlines plane stands at Riyadh Airport | Commons

Saudi Arabia suspends flights to and from India amid surge in Covid cases

Saudi Arabia's aviation authority said it was suspending travel to and from India, Brazil & Argentina including any person who has been in any of these countries in last 14 days.
File photo of Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's crown prince

China and IAEA are helping Saudi Arabia achieve its nuclear ambitions

Although Saudi Arabia has pledged that its nuclear program is strictly peaceful, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman said the kingdom would develop a bomb if Iran did so.
Empty Sheikh Zayed Road during lockdown in Dubai | Bloomberg

For UAE, Saudi Arabia & Egypt, recovery from Covid is taking the ‘W’ shape

Between aftershocks of the oil-market rout and the pandemic, the path to recovery has further stumbled over region specific issues such as austerity measures in Saudi Arabia.
An El Al Israel Airlines Ltd. plane | Commons

Israeli plane makes historic first flight over Saudi skies

The opening up of Saudi air space gives Emirates and Etihad an opportunity to route Israelis through airports hubs in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and connect them to more destinations.

Pakistan’s Saudi marriage not over. But with China on its side, MBS mood swings won’t work

Pakistan sent Qureshi to China and Bajwa to Riyadh. Its design of the new Middle East policy is likely to be made in Rawalpindi not Islamabad.
PM Modi in Saudi Arabia

Israel-UAE deal can boost India’s PoK plans. Modi just needs to keep the balancing act on

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s refusal to allow a stand-alone meeting on Kashmir issue signals a new era of understanding of New Delhi’s position.
US President Donald Trump and Iran's President Hasaan Rouhani

Arab states aren’t backing Trump’s Iran snapback strategy

There was never going to be any help from Iraq and Lebanon. Iran exerts decisive influence in Baghdad and Beirut through its control of powerful Shiite militias and political parties.
Donald Trump and Mohammed bin Salman

Saudis expected to join historic Israel-UAE peace deal, Trump says

Despite US policy on providing Israel 'qualitative military advantage' over its Arab rivals, Trump hints at selling UAE one of the most advanced fighters in the world.

India is good in the Arab world now. But Delhi must quickly move to contain Turkey’s Erdogan

UAE-Israel deal signals a realignment in the Middle East that will have wider ripples, which will reach India soon.
UAE Crown Prince Muhammed Bin Zayed (left) and Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu (right) | Commons

UAE is the ‘Sparta’ of Middle-East. It needed Israel on its side to punch above weight

While lip service will be paid to the Palestinian cause, it will be a distant concern when compared to the need by the Gulf states to contain Iranian influence.

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A participant at the 'Love World Peace Parade' in Berlin on 21 September

Why we’ll need masks even with a coronavirus vaccine

One study has shown that if everyone wears masks that are only 75% effective, the number of people infected by each coronavirus carrier will shrink fourfold.
Mukesh Ambani | Pankaj Nangia/Bloomberg

Investors continue to flock Mukesh Ambani, now KKR to invest $754 million in Reliance Retail

US private equity group KKR will hold a 1.28% stake in Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Retail, valuing India’s biggest retailer at Rs 4.2 lakh crore or $57 billion.


Indian pilots climb out of a Rafale fighter jet that was operationally inducted into the IAF on 10 September 2020 | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

CAG report flags vendors’ ‘dilly-dallying’ on offsets deals, cites Rafale as example

The CAG made the observations in its latest report, which was tabled in Parliament Wednesday.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?