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Ex-Qatari premier calls for support of Saudi ballistic missile programme
Qatar's former Prime Minister, Hamad Bin Jassim Al-Thani, yesterday called on the Gulf Cooperation Council to support Saudi Arabia's plans to establish facilities for building ballistic missiles.
Al-Thani described the Saudi step as "important in developing defensive capabilities that would bring about a military balance in our region."
"The rest of the Gulf countries must support and encourage this step [Saudi Arabia]," he stressed on Twitter.
Satellite images released by US intelligence showed that Saudi Arabia was manufacturing ballistic missiles with assistance from China."
US intelligence officials also released evidence of "multiple large-scale transfers of sensitive ballistic missile technology" between the Saudis and the Chinese, according to CNN.
US approves $2.5bn arms sale to Egypt, despite rights concerns
The announcement comes as US legislators again call on the Biden administration to withhold military aid to Egypt.
UAE: Ras al-Khaimah inks deal with casino giant Wynn Resorts
Casino giant announces multibillion-dollar deal with the emirate that will see a luxury hotel with a ‘gaming’ area.
Lebanon inks deal with Syria, Jordan to address power crisis
The project, funded by the World Bank, will send 250 megawatts of Jordanian energy to power-starved Lebanon via Syria.
Qatar’s foreign minister set to visit Iran to meet top officials
The Qatari diplomat is expected to discuss regional issues with Iranian officials in Tehran on Thursday, sources say.
Human Rights Watch says staffer was targeted with Israeli-made Pegasus spyware
The Israeli NSO Group’s technology has been used by governments to target political opponents, activists and journalists.
Nord Stream 2: Why Russia’s pipeline to Europe divides the West
The Russia-owned pipeline is at the centre of a disagreement between Germany and the US, which sees the project as a way for Moscow to increase leverage in Europe.
Twitter receives record number of gov’t requests to remove posts
Ninety-five percent of demands in January-June 2021 came from five countries – Japan, Russia, Turkey, India and S Korea.
China, Saudi Arabia agree to enhance military relations
Chinese State Councilor and Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe on Wednesday held talks via video link with Saudi Arabia's Deputy Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman.
Out-of-control SpaceX rocket to smash into Moon, experts warn
A derelict rocket booster from a 2015 mission will likely create the first-ever accidental lunar impact in early March
IMF urges El Salvador to remove bitcoin as legal tender
The IMF on Tuesday called on El Salvador to change course and stop using bitcoin as legal tender, citing "large risks" posed by the cryptocurrency.
Prepare for liftoff: Fed signals March interest rate hike
The US Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged, but Powell said the Fed is ‘of a mind’ to raise them in March.
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