- Egypt Independent
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled to Saudi Arabia on Monday, meeting with the oil-rich nation's king and crown prince as he seeks to cement Moscow's political and energy ties across the Mideast. Putin received all the trappings of a state visit, with a mounted guard escorting his limousine to King Salman's Al-Yamamah palace in Riyadh on his first visit to the kingdom since 2007. In the intervening years, the Arab Spring roiled the wider Mideast as Putin would partner with Iran in backing Syrian President Bashar Assad in that country's still-raging war. The kingdom unsuccessfully backed those trying to oust Assad. But more recently, Russia joined OPEC
- Al Jazeera
The first-ever World Beach Games are underway in Qatar. The games are a multisport event featuring beach classics such as volleyball and wakeboarding. Al Jazeera's Sohail Malik reports from Doha.
- Al Jazeera
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's top police chief has been forced to resign following allegations in a Senate hearing that he intervened as a provincial police chief in 2013 to prevent his officers from being prosecuted for allegedly selling a huge quantity of seized drugs. General Oscar Albayalde said on Monday Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano had accepted his resignation over the weekend but insisted he was innocent, saying he had never been criminally or administratively charged for the alleged irregularity. Albayalde resigned about three weeks before he was scheduled to retire on November 8. The allegations against Albayalde were the latest dark cloud to loom over the national police force, amid a bloody anti-drug crackdown that has left thousands of people dead.
- Arabian Business
The UAE should implement a real estate masterplan, for both residential and commercial properties, to not only increase investor confidence but to provide more transparency on investment opportunities for ongoing and future projects. That was the view of panellists and invited guests during ICAEW's Corporate Finance Faculty (CFF) roundtable on the future of supply and demand of both commercial and residential properties in the country. Alexander Gross, senior director of Drooms, who moderated the event, said: “Dubai has seen rapid transformation and significant growth over the last few years, in terms of both population and FDI. As the real estate sector becomes increasingly balanced, the government
- Al Jazeera
The national security adviser of the United Arab Emirates, Tahnoun bin Zayed, has been visiting Tehran on a secret mission aiming to defuse the tensions in the Gulf, a senior security source in the UAE told London-based news outlet Middle East Eye (MEE). MEE contacted the UAE Embassy media office in London but did not receive a reply by the time their story was published. The visit by Zayed, also the younger brother of UAE crown prince Mohammed bin Zayed, marks the highest-level meeting between Abu Dhabi and Tehran after four tankers off the Emirati port of Fujairah were attacked in May. The US military accused Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) of being directly responsible for attacks
Russian President Vladimir Putin has met with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Monday, where both leaders expressed their commitment to cooperation between the two countries. During the meeting, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince said that cooperation between the Kingdom and Russia in the energy sector will achieve stability, while the Russian President said that Russia and Saudi Arabia are cooperating to solve conflicts in the region and the world.
- Al Jazeera
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has said there is video footage of an Iranian tanker being hit by at least two rockets in the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia. His comments on Monday came during a wide-ranging news conference in which Rouhani also addressed Turkey's ongoing offensive in Syria, the war in Yemen and the crumbling 2015 nuclear deal. Authorities in Tehran had said that the Iranian-owned oil tanker, the Sabiti, was struck on Friday. However, there has been no independent report on the cause of the damage. During the news conference, which was broadcast on Iranian state television, Rouhani said that footage of the alleged attack existed - even though it has not yet been released.