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Germany’s Scholz inks gas deal with United Arab Emirates
During two-day trip to the Middle East, the chancellor balanced securing energy supplies and raising human rights concerns.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman named PM
MBS is already de facto ruler of the kingdom, but the appointment formalises his role as head of government.
Analysis: Saudi prince's Ukraine mediation signals 'useful' Russia ties
Saudi Arabia has won a diplomatic victory by securing freedom for foreign fighters captured in Ukraine, signalling the value of the crown prince's alliance with Russia to Western partners seeking to isolate Moscow over the war there, ana...
Top EU official calls for ‘judicial guarantees’ to stop abuse of spyware
‘We need an EU approach to end the malicious use’ of hacking tools, Commission vice president says.
Saudi woman gets 45 years in prison for social media use
A Saudi court has sentenced a woman to 45 years in prison for allegedly damaging the country through her social media activity, according to a court document obtained Wednesday. It was the second such sentence that has drawn scrutiny of ...
CEO of Israeli NSO spyware company steps down amid shakeup
The CEO of Israeli spyware firm NSO Group, which has been accused of selling software allowing repressive governments to secretly eavesdrop on their critics, has stepped down as part of an internal reshuffle, the company said Sunday.
We can make our phones harder to hack but complete security is a pipe dream
Even the latest iPhone scare won’t persuade us to choose safety over convenience
British judge rules dissident can sue Saudi Arabia for Pegasus hacking
Ghanem Almasarir’s victory opens way for other hacking victims in UK to bring cases against foreign governments
Saudi woman given 34-year prison sentence for using Twitter
Salma al-Shehab, a Leeds University student, was charged with following and retweeting dissidents and activists
US lawyer released after UAE money laundering conviction
Asim Ghafoor, a prominent civil rights lawyer, was arrested while he was in transit through Dubai airport last month.
Spyware is huge threat to global human rights and democracy, expert warns
Cybersecurity expert Ron Deibert to testify to Canadian MPs about troubling spread of invasive surveillance tools
West Bank Palestinians to start flying from Israel’s Ramon Airport to Turkey
Palestinians from the West Bank will be able to fly on special flights from Ramon Airport, near the Red Sea resort city of Eilat, to destinations in Turkey, Israel’s Airports Authority said on Tuesday.
Austrian spy firm accused by Microsoft says hacking tool was for EU states
An Austrian firm which Microsoft (MSFT.O) said created malicious software that was detected on the computer systems of some of its clients in at least three countries has said its spying tool "Subzero" was for official use in EU states o...
Macron defies criticism to host Saudi Crown Prince MBS in Paris
Saudi leader’s visit to Paris comes two weeks after he held talks in Jeddah with US President Joe Biden.
Saudi Arabia, Greece to sign energy deal, Crown Prince MBS says
Saudi’s Mohammed bin Salman is visiting Greece and France on a his first EU visit since the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The huge offer submitted by UAE to fund the Pegasus spyware - and the Israel's refusal for fearing the Americans reaction
During Biden's visit to the Middle East, representatives of Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi and Jordan made it clear to the Americans that Israeli offensive cyber is now in danger of closing, which poses a danger to regional stability and the op...
Saudi crown prince to visit Greece to sign energy, telecoms deals
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will visit Greece on July 26 to meet Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Greek foreign ministry said on Friday, in his first visit to an EU country since the 2018 killing of Saudi journalist Jam...
Arrest of Saudi for lying to FBI shows kingdom’s reach in US
It began with a message that appeared on Danah al-Mayouf’s phone from an anonymous Instagram account — a promise to help her “crush” a $5 million lawsuit she faced from a pro-government Saudi fashion model.
Five takeaways from President Biden’s first trip to Middle East
Joe Biden reaffirmed old commitments to allies and pushed for further Israeli-Arab normalisation during visit to region.
Researchers say Thai pro-democracy activists, rich foreignness residents, hit by Pegasus spyware
Cybersecurity researchers reported details Monday of cases where Thai activists involved in the country’s pro-democracy protests as well as rich foreign investors and foreign residents had their cell phones or other devices infected and ...
Crown Prince to Biden: Every country has its own different values that must be respected
Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, reaffirmed that every country has its own different values and that must be respected. The Crown Prince said this while responding to US President Joe Biden’s rema...
Biden disputes Saudi minister’s account of meeting with MBS
Saudi foreign minister says he did not ‘hear’ the US president tell the crown prince he blamed him for journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s killing.
UAE arrests Khashoggi’s US lawyer on money laundering charges
The civil rights lawyer, who had represented the slain Saudi journalist, was arrested while transiting through Dubai airport, an official and a rights group say.
On Khashoggi killing, Saudi prince says U.S. also made mistakes
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told President Joe Biden that Saudi Arabia had acted to prevent a repeat of mistakes like the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and that the United States had also made mistakes, including in Iraq, a ...
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