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Kuwait  01/10/10

Interior minister finally attends panel probe; Education minister under fire

Increasing tensions between the Kuwaiti interior minister and education minister with parliamentary opposition appears to be heading towards a confrontation....
Bahrain  20/09/10

Protests in Bahrain as Shiites continue demonstrations against regime

Tensions continue to rise in Bahrain as local Shiites continue their demonstration against the government’s detention of leading Shiite activists in the run-up to the parliamentary elections....
 
Risk Watch  20/09/10

Al Qaeda threatens 55 Yemeni security officers by name

Al Qaeda in Yemen appears to have infiltrated the security forces in the south as the group strengthens its grip in areas in south Yemen....
Kuwait  20/09/10

Kuwait to announce launch of nuclear program this year

Kuwait’s announcement that it intends to launch its nuclear program this year is a significant step in the country’s efforts to tackle its chronic and severe power shortages. ...
 
Bahrain  03/09/10

Bahrain credit rating lowered as break-even price of oil rises

An increased break-even price of oil for Bahrain has prompted a major credit rating agency to downgrade the country’s credit rating. ...
Risk Watch  03/09/10

Japanese tanker struck by suicide bomber

Confirmation that the Japanese tanker hit in the Strait of Hormuz last month was by a suicide bomber indicates that there is an increased Al Qaeda activity in the GCC....
 
Yemen  03/09/10

Al Qaeda threat surges as government declares emergency

Fighting between Al Qaeda and the Yemeni government has escalated to levels not seen before. The government publically acknowledged that the Al Qaeda threat is now country-wide....
Saudi Arabia  17/08/10

Saudi cabinet approves US $384 billion development plan

Saudi’s announced five-year development plan is a very good step in helping diversify the economy and address the growing concern of an increasingly impoverished local population....
 
Yemen  17/08/10

New major gas discoveries in various governorates

Discoveries of gas in various Yemen governorates will help the country generate more income as its oil resources, the main source of income, rapidly dwindle....
Hungary  09/08/10

Step in the wrong direction

The government has decided to make it possible for any woman who has worked 40 years to retire no matter what her age. The rule represents a risky step in the wrong direction....
 
Yemen  02/08/10

Fragile truce in Saada appears to be collapsing as clashes intensify

The truce between the Houthi rebels and the Yemeni government appears to be cracking after several days of fighting....
Risk Watch  02/08/10

Opposition criticize Prime Minister’s visit to Latin America

Kuwait appears to be heading towards a serious political confrontation after leading opposition MP questions a trip by the prime minister to Latin America....
 
Risk Watch  02/08/10

Oil tanker damaged by explosion in Strait of Hormuz

The possible attack against a Japanese oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz may have been carried out by Iran, Al Qaeda or less likely pirates....
Hungary  20/07/10

IMF Casts Doubt on Hungary’s Fiscal Strategy

Although Hungary currently has no urgent need for outside financing, the IMF loan served as a safety net should the country find itself in a tight spot....
 
Risk Watch  16/07/10

Kuwaiti anger over Iraqi border comments

A spat between Kuwait and Iraq could lead into more serious crisis for Kuwait both internally and externally....
Yemen  16/07/10

Al Qaeda and separatists intensify attacks against government

Sustained attacks by Al Qaeda and mass demonstrations in the south put further pressure on the Yemeni regime....
 
Poland  05/07/10

Komorowski Takes Polish Presidency, but Kaczyński Poised for Comeback

Polish voters have picked Bronisław Komorowski of the governing Civic Platform (PO) party to be their president for the next five years....

Unified financial sector laws for UAE in pipeline

The UAE announced that a committee tasked with unifying the country’s financial laws has met....
 
Kuwait  01/07/10

Drama in Kuwaiti parliament

Fierce debate in the Kuwaiti parliament is likely to spill into major crises after the summer recess....
Risk Watch  01/07/10

Clashes reported in Aden as Yemeni forces hunt intelligence HQ attackers

The eruption of clashes between alleged Al Qaeda and southern separatists on one side against the government make south Yemen an Al Qaeda-sympathetic state....
 
 

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