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UAE, keen to maintain safe-haven image, tempers tanker attack response

While its close ally Saudi Arabia unleashed a barrage of tweets accusing their mutual enemy of ordering drone strikes on its oil installations on Tuesday, the UAE held off blaming anyone for Sunday's attacks pending an investigation. Abu Dhabi pledged restraint and de-escalation during what it called a "difficult situation" caused by Iranian behavior in the region. Iran has distanced itself from the attack, which no-one has claimed.
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Abu Dhabi, Uae


Rising U.S. oil output helps fill gap left by Iran, Venezuela: IEA

The world will require very little extra oil from OPEC this year as booming U.S. output will offset falling exports from Iran and Venezuela, the International Energy Agency said on Wednesday. "However, there have been clear and, in the IEA's view, very welcome signals from other producers that they will step in to replace Iran's barrels, albeit gradually in response to requests from customers," the Paris-based IEA said in its monthly report. "There is certainly scope for other producers to ste...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Opec, Iran, Paris, IEA, Venezuela, International Energy Agency, Iran Venezuela


Oil prices jump nearly 2% on drone attack on Saudi Aramco facilities

Oil prices rose nearly 2% on Tuesday after top exporter Saudi Arabia said explosive-laden drones launched by a Yemeni-armed movement aligned to Iran had attacked facilities belonging to state oil company Aramco. Saudi Arabia said armed drones had struck two oil pumping stations in the kingdom on Tuesday in what it called a "cowardly" act of terrorism two days after Saudi oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. U.S. national security agencies said they believe prox...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Iran, United Arab Emirates U S, Aramco Saudi Arabia


Saudi Arabia oil facilities attacked, U.S.-Iran tensions flare

The attacks took place against a backdrop of U.S.-Iranian tension following Washington's decision this month to try to cut Iran's oil exports to zero and to beef up its military presence in the Gulf in response to what it said were Iranian threats. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said there would not be war with the United States despite mounting tensions over Iranian nuclear capabilities, its missile program and its support for proxies in Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.
Tags: Science, Washington, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Syria, United States, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Yemen, Gulf


Oil prices rise over 1% on drone attack on Saudi Aramco facilities

Oil prices rose over 1% on Tuesday after top exporter Saudi Arabia said explosive-laden drones launched by a Yemeni-armed movement aligned to Iran had attacked facilities belonging to state oil company Aramco. The poll was conducted ahead of weekly reports from API at 4:30 p.m. EDT (2030 GMT) on Tuesday and the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) at 10:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday. Saudi Arabia said armed drones had struck two oil pumping stations in the kingdom on Tuesday in what it call...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Api, Aramco, U S Energy Information Administration EIA


Iran's Zarif warns of risk from "extremist" individuals in U.S. government

Mohammad Javad Zarif was in New Delhi for talks with Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj after New Delhi stopped purchases of Iranian oil this month in the wake of renewed U.S. sanctions. Tensions have risen again after Saudi Arabia said armed drones had struck two oil pumping stations in the kingdom on Tuesday in what it called a "cowardly" act of terrorism two days after Saudi oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. A U.S. official familiar with American intelligen...
Tags: Science, Washington, Saudi Arabia, Iran, United Arab Emirates, New Delhi, Sushma Swaraj, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Zarif


Saudi Arabia says oil facilities near Riyadh attacked

The energy minister of the world's largest oil exporter said the attack on two oil pumping stations had not disrupted oil production or exports of crude and petroleum products. Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih, in comments run by state media, said the two recent attacks threatened global oil supplies and proved the need to counter "terrorist groups behind such destructive acts" including the Iranian-backed Houthi militias in Yemen. Houthi-run Masirah TV earlier on Tuesday cited a military offic...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Riyadh, Khalid al Falih, Houthis, Masirah TV


Saudi Arabia says oil facilities outside Riyadh attacked

The energy minister of the world's largest oil exporter said the attack caused a fire, now contained, and minor damage at one pump station, but did not disrupt oil production or exports of crude and petroleum products. Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih, in comments run by state media, said the drone attack and Sunday's sabotage of four vessels, including two Saudi tankers, off Fujairah emirate, a major bunkering hub, threatened global oil supplies. "These attacks prove again that it is important...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Riyadh, Khalid al Falih, Iran Falih


Iranian lawmaker blames 'Israeli mischief' for tanker attacks off UAE coast

The tanker attacks off the coast of the United Arab Emirates were "Israeli mischief," an Iranian parliamentary spokesman said on Tuesday, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). "The events that took place in the Emirates were Israeli mischief," Behrouz Nemati said, without providing any details on what role Israel may have played in the attacks. Saudi Arabia said on Monday that two of its oil tankers were among those attacked off the coast of the Emirates and described it as an ...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Israel, United States, Emirates, United Arab Emirates, Uae, Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA, Behrouz Nemati


Report: WhatsApp Vulnerability Used to Secretly Infect Phones With NSO Group's Notorious Spyware

Powerful spyware developed by Israeli cyber-intelligence company NSO Group exploited a vulnerability in encrypted messaging app WhatsApp to transfer itself to targeted devices, the Financial Times reported on Monday.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Cybersecurity, Whatsapp, Pegasus, Espionage, NSO Group, Cyberweapons, Cyber Intelligence


Saudi Arabia oil tankers among those hit off UAE coast amid Iran tensions

The UAE said on Sunday that four commercial vessels were sabotaged near Fujairah emirate, one of the world's largest bunkering hubs lying just outside the Strait of Hormuz. The UAE on Monday identified the vessels as two crude oil tankers owned by Saudi shipping firm Bahri, a UAE-flagged fuel bunker barge and a Norwegian-registered oil products tanker. The UAE's state news agency said Fujairah port was operating normally.
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Uae, Fujairah, Bahri, Strait of Hormuz The UAE


Saudi ship leaves Spain with ceremonial, exhibition materials: source

On Friday, rights groups prevented the Bahri-Yanbu from receiving arms at the French port of Le Havre due to concerns they would be used by Saudi Arabia against civilians in Yemen's war. The vessel, that carries a separate consignment of arms loaded in Antwerp, set sail from Santander at 1:50 p.m. (1150 GMT) bound for Genoa, Italy, according to ship tracking data. The Spanish source said the material could be used for cannon salutes in military ceremonies in Saudi Arabia.
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Yemen, Le Havre, Antwerp, Genoa Italy, Bahri Yanbu


Saudi Arabia says its oil tankers among those hit off UAE coast

The UAE said on Sunday that four commercial vessels were sabotaged near Fujairah emirate, one of the world's largest bunkering hubs lying just outside the Strait of Hormuz, but did not describe the nature of the attack or say who was behind it. The UAE had not given the nationalities or other details about the ownership of the four vessels. Iran, which is embroiled in an escalating war of words with the United States over sanctions and the U.S. military's presence in the region, moved to dista...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Iran, United States, Uae, Strait Of Hormuz, Fujairah


Saudi Arabia says oil tankers hit off UAE coast, Iran calls for probe

The UAE said on Sunday that four commercial vessels were sabotaged near Fujairah emirate, one of the world's largest bunkering hubs lying just outside the Strait of Hormuz, but did not say who was behind the attack or describe the nature of it. Iran, embroiled in an escalating war of words with the United States over sanctions and the U.S. military's presence in the region, moved on Monday to distance itself. The foreign ministry called the incidents "worrisome and dreadful" and asked for an i...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Iran, United States, Uae, Strait Of Hormuz, Fujairah


Rights groups try to block Saudi vessel loading French arms

The move comes weeks after an online investigative site published leaked French military intelligence that showed weapons sold to the kingdom, including tanks and laser-guided missile systems, were being used against civilians in Yemen's war. France is one of Saudi Arabia's main arms' suppliers, but Paris has faced increasing pressure to review its sales because the four-year-old conflict has shattered Yemen's economy and created one of the world's worst humanitarian crises. Speaking on behalf...
Tags: Science, France, Saudi Arabia, Paris, Yemen, Reuters, ACAT, Joseph Brehem, Bahri Yanbu


OPEC in the dark on oil supply as Russia, Iran cut exports

DUBAI/LONDON (Reuters) - OPEC is in the dark on the oil supply outlook for the second half of this year, with Iranian and Russian outages looking increasingly significant but Saudi Arabia reluctant to pump more due to fears of a price crash, sources in the organization said. An oil contamination forced Russia to halt flows along the Druzhba pipeline, a key conduit for crude into Eastern Europe and Germany, in April. Iran's oil exports are likely to drop further in May as the United States tigh...
Tags: Europe, Science, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Russia, Opec, Iran, United States, Tehran, Reuters OPEC, Russia Iran, DUBAI LONDON


US is hotbed of climate change denial, major global survey finds

Exclusive: Out of 23 big countries, only Saudi Arabia and Indonesia had higher proportion of doubters Donald Trump refers to temperature change as he announces his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement in 2017. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters The US is a hotbed of climate science denial when compared with other countries, with international polling finding a significant number of Americans do not believe human-driven climate change is occurring. A total of 13% of Americans ...
Tags: Asia, Europe, UK, New York, Science, London, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, China, Germany, Global, US, Earth, Labour, Paris, Poland


US is hotbed of climate change denial, international poll finds

Out of 23 countries, only Saudi Arabia and Indonesia had higher proportion of doubters Donald Trump refers to temperature change as he announces his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement in 2017. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters The US is a hotbed of climate science denial when compared with other countries, with international polling finding a significant number of Americans do not believe human-driven climate change is occurring. A total of 13% of Americans polled in a 23-...
Tags: Asia, Europe, UK, New York, Science, London, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, China, Germany, Global, US, Earth, Labour, Paris, Poland


Qatar Finalizing Plans for Spy Plane Project in South Carolina

GettyThe Qatari military is finalizing plans to invest in South Carolina as part of its efforts to develop and produce surveillance aircraft, according to company documents and two sources with knowledge of the project’s timeline.The project, led by Qatari-owned firm Barzan Aeronautical, has been in the planning stages for the last several years. Qatari officials have visited South Carolina, where the firm is registered, to meet with state and local officials to promote the idea of investment an...
Tags: Science, Washington, Saudi Arabia, Berlin, Qatar, United States, United Arab Emirates, Qatar Investment Authority, Graham, State Department, Department Of Justice, Boeing, Justice Department, Doha, South Carolina, Lindsey Graham


Bahrain court rejects request for alternative sentence for activist Rajab - lawyer

A Bahraini court has rejected a motion filed by lawyers of prominent activist Nabeel Rajab asking it to pass an alternative to the jail term he is currently serving, his lawyer said on Monday. Rajab, an outspoken critic of the Bahraini government who played a prominent role in pro-democracy protests in 2011, is serving a five-year sentence over social media posts criticizing Saudi Arabia’s air strikes in Yemen. "Our motion has been rejected," his lawyer, Mohamed Al Jishi, said.
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Bahrain, Nabeel Rajab, Rajab, Mohamed Al Jishi


Arab states support Sudan transition, want stability: UAE minister

Arab states support a transition in Sudan that balances the ambitions of the people with stability, a senior United Arab Emirates minister said on Wednesday. The UAE and Saudi Arabia last month pledged $3 billion in aid to Sudan, throwing a lifeline to the country's new military leaders who ousted president Omar al-Bashir after weeks of mass protests. Protesters and activists have been negotiating with the Transitional Military Council (TMC) to form a joint civilian-military body to oversee a ...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Uae, Omar al Bashir, Transitional Military Council TMC


How We Can Dim the Sun to Survive Climate Change

Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyClimate change is here, whether you believe in it or not. Fighting climate change is a different matter entirely. It’s political. The U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has suggested carbon farming, or laying compost on undeveloped land to absorb carbon dioxide, as one of many viable plans that could help fight climate change.But what if we could inject particles into the stratosphere to actually dim sunlight and...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, United States, The Daily Beast, University Of California San Diego, CDR, Rutgers University, Russell, Janos Pasztor, SRM, Sarah Rogers, Alan Robock, Pasztor, Lynn Russell, The Daily Beast Russell


Just In Time For Its Big IPO, Uber Loses $1 Billion

Step right up, join the fun, the headline IPO of 2019 is about to take center stage.Read more...
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Uber’s Early Investors Poised to Reap $1.3 Billion in IPO Sale

SoftBank Group Corp. is offering 5.5 million shares, while Uber co-founders Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp expect to sell holdings worth $176 million and $147 million, respectively. Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund and Alphabet Inc. haven’t offered any of their shares for sale. The selling shareholders will still control about $36 billion worth of the San Francisco-based firm’s stock after the offering, according to calculations by Bloomberg.
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, San Francisco, Travis Kalanick, Garrett Camp, SoftBank Group Corp, Alphabet Inc


Rouhani says Saudi Arabia, UAE owe their existence today to Iran: TV

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates owed their existence to Iran because it had refused to help former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein invade the two countries, state TV reported. "Had it not been for Iran's rational decision back then not to cooperate with Saddam, there would have been no trace of these countries today," Rouhani said. "They owe their existence today to Iran." Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, which resulted in the seven...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Hassan Rouhani, Saddam Hussein, Kuwait, Rouhani, Saddam, Iran Iraq, Saudi Arabia UAE


Any move by Iran to close Strait of Hormuz unacceptable - senior U.S. official

Any move by Iran to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz in response to the United States ending oil waivers for purchases of Iranian oil would be unjustified and unacceptable, a senior administration official said on Monday. The official, who briefed a small group of reporters on condition of anonymity, said President Donald Trump is confident that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will fulfill their pledges to make up the difference in oil for the eight countries that had received wai...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Iran, United States, United Arab Emirates, Donald Trump, Strait Of Hormuz, Strait, Strategic Petroleum Reserve


Iraq hosts regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia at conference

Iraq hosted senior parliamentary officials from arch-rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran on Saturday as Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi sought to bolster his country's nascent role as a mediator in the region. Abdul Mahdi recently returned from visits to Iran and Saudi Arabia, both oil-super-powers that have long been vying for dominance in the Middle East. It is unusual for Saudi and Iranian officials to attend the same events.
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Middle East, Adel Abdul Mahdi, Abdul Mahdi


Iraq to host regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia at conference

Iraq will host senior parliamentary officials from arch-rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran on Saturday as Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi seeks to bolster his country's nascent role as a mediator in the region. Delegations including the heads of parliament from Turkey, Kuwait, Syria and Jordan will also attend the one-day conference in the Iraqi capital to discuss regional security, diplomacy and economic issues. Abdul Mahdi recently returned from visits to Iran and Saudi Arabia, both oil-super-powe...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Adel Abdul Mahdi, Abdul Mahdi, Turkey Kuwait Syria


Oil prices steady despite Saudi export cuts, U.S. inventory draw

Oil prices were little changed on Thursday as a drop in crude exports from OPEC's defacto leader Saudi Arabia and a draw in U.S. oil inventories supported prices, while the strengthening dollar and weak equities kept futures in check . Brent crude futures were at $71.70 a barrel by 11:24 a.m. EDT (1524 GMT), up 8 cents from their last close and near Wednesday's five-month high of $72.27 a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were down 10 cents at $63.66 a barrel.
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Opec


Iraqi PM Abdul Mahdi met Saudi crown prince in Riyadh

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi met with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, his office said on Thursday, a day after his first official visit to the kingdom which has been wooing Baghdad to stem the influence of Tehran. Abdul Mahdi's meeting with the crown prince came after he met King Salman on Wednesday.
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Tehran, Baghdad, Riyadh, Mohammed bin Salman, Salman, Adel Abdul Mahdi, Abdul Mahdi



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