Saudi Arabia opens high-speed train linking Islam’s holiest cities

Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Tuesday inaugurated a 6.7 billion euro (6 billion pounds) high-speed rail linking the two holiest cities in Islam, part of efforts to boost tourism revenues as the country seeks to shed dependence on oil exports. The 450-km (280-mile) Haramain Railway connecting Mecca and Medina with the

Unannounced Qatari aid to Jordan equivalent to all Gulf aid

BY Middle East Affairs Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman al-Thani visited Jordan on June 13 following protests in the Jordanian capital of Amman and several provinces that forced Prime Minister Hani al-Mulqi to resign. The visit resulted in $ 0.5 billion in financial aid to Jordan as a