Don’t bully Riyadh, Saudi columnists tell Biden administration

Saudi Arabia’s sovereignty is a red line, Saudi columnists said on Sunday, ramping up rhetoric in defense of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after a U.S. intelligence report implicated him in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Prince Mohammed, de facto ruler of the U.S.-allied Gulf powerhouse, has denied any involvement in the 2018 murder … Read more

U.S. says Saudi crown prince approved Khashoggi killing, imposes visa restrictions on 76 Saudis

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved an operation to capture or kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, according to a U.S. intelligence report that could further strain U.S.-Saudi relations as the White House reassesses ties with Riyadh. The report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, released Friday, cited the crown prince’s … Read more

View: India should head to London climate talks with a definitive plan of action

Climate change is manifesting itself across the world, whether through unprecedented wildfires in Australia, droughts in Sub-Saharan Africa, or winter freezes in Texas. By some counts, India is among the countries most threatened by climate change. It’s in our interest to listen to our climate activists and press for global action. While no country alone … Read more

Biden’s snub of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is a ‘warning’ signaling a relationship downgrade

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, October 14, 2019. Alexei Nikolsky | Sputnik | Kremlin via Reuters President Joe Biden’s press secretary delivered a striking message to Saudi Arabia’s de facto leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday. Jen Psaki told … Read more

Sri Lanka is now open to travelers — no quarantine, but no mingling with locals too

To quarantine or not to quarantine — that is the question. Or at least it has been for countries deliberating how to handle incoming international travelers. But that changed last month when Sri Lanka reopened its borders with a requirement unlike any country that had opened before it —  one that neither grants travelers free … Read more

Saudi Arabia, in a major step, announces legal reforms paving the way for codified law

Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman attends the 41st Summit of Gulf Cooperation Council in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia on January 05, 2021. Royal Council of Saudi Arabia | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images Saudi Arabia has announced new judicial reforms, putting the kingdom on a path to codified law — a huge step, … Read more

Blockbuster Q3 gives L&T “problem of plenty” due to order inflows: Key takeaways

MUMBAI: Larsen & Toubro’s blockbuster order inflows and earnings for the quarter ended December has made the company hopeful of the future, a sharp turnaround from the company’s position earlier this financial year when the national lockdown forced it to junk its order inflow and sales growth guidance for the first time in many years. … Read more

China starts smear campaign against India’s vaccine diplomacy

(This story originally appeared in on Jan 25, 2021) NEW DELHI: As India’s vaccine diplomacy puts China on the back foot in South Asia, Chinese government mouthpiece Global Times has sought to mount a smear campaign to try and discredit the Indian initiative. India has already gifted the Covishield vaccine manufactured locally by Serum Institute … Read more

Saudi Arabia expects ‘excellent relations’ with new US administration under President Biden

LONDON | DUBAI: Saudi Arabia‘s foreign minister said on Saturday the kingdom was optimistic that it would have “excellent relations” with the new U.S. administration of President Joe Biden and that it would continue to negotiate with Washington regarding the Iran nuclear deal. “I am optimistic. Saudi Arabia has built solid, historical relations where it … Read more

IEA cuts 2021 oil demand outlook as new Covid lockdowns weigh on fuel sales

A worker holds a fuel pump nozzle at a gas station in Shah Alam, Malaysia, on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. Samsul Said | Bloomberg | Getty Images LONDON — The International Energy Agency on Tuesday cut its 2021 global oil demand forecast, citing soaring Covid-19 cases and renewed lockdown measures that will further limit mobility. … Read more