'The end of an era': oil price collapse may force Saudis to rein in arms spending

The world’s fifth largest weapons buyer is eating up its reserves - and its political clout.

Saudi Arabia may be forced to forego new weapons contracts and delay already-agreed weapons purchases as a financial crisis grips the kingdom, experts predict.

The expected delay of new weapons deals could have long-term political repercussions for the country under the rule of Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince and de facto ruler who has waged a bloody war with neighbouring Yemen.

Saudi Arabia is facing an unprecedented budget crunch because of the collapse of the oil markets and the global economic turmoil caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has reduced oil demand for the foreseeable future.

“I have no doubt, this is the end of an era. The era of the Gulf having all this money is over,” said Bruce Riedel, a senior fellow at Brookings in Washington and 30-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency, who has served as an adviser on Middle East issues to several US administrations.

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China tells U.S. to stop 'unreasonable suppression' of Huawei

Beijing has urged the United States to stop the "unreasonable suppression of Huawei and Chinese enterprises" after Washington announced new export controls to restrict the tech giant's access to semiconductor technology.

The latest restrictions on the world's second-largest smartphone manufacturer, which is at the centre of US spying allegations, are a new escalation in the US-China battle for global technological dominance.

"The Chinese government will firmly uphold Chinese firms' legitimate and legal rights and interests," the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Saturday.

German website: Erdogan's involvement in the Libyan crisis worsens Turkey's position within NATO

Berlin,(ST)-A German press report confirmed that the involvement of Recep Tayyip Erdogan's regime in the Libyan crisis and its support for armed militias in this country worsens Turkey's position within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), pointing to the continued violation by this system of the UN Security Council's decision to ban the export of arms to Libya.

"Turkey's support for the Fayez al-Sarraj militia has exacerbated Ankara's isolation in NATO and has contributed to the deterioration of Turkey's relationship with the alliance," according to the German news website Telepolis, noting that "Turkey stands alone ... and the gap with the rest of the alliance members increases."

Several media reports revealed earlier that a large number of mercenaries from the Turkish regime had arrived from Syria to Libya through flights on Libyan Airlines and an airline owned by Abdel Hakim Belhadj, a terrorist al-Qaeda leader based in Turkey.

The German website confirmed that there is increasing evidence of the presence of al-Qaeda elements within the Fayez al-Sarraj militia, noting that the latter's relationship with extremist organizations, foremost of which is the Brotherhood, is clear, and therefore placing weapons in the hands of these organizations is very dangerous.

Turkish regime deploys child soldiers to Libya

Media reports have said that teenagers are being sent from Syria to Libya to take part in the ongoing war there.

The children are among well over 2,000 terrorists believed to have been deployed over the past year via Turkey in support of the Government of National Accord against the Libyan army. They are issued forged identity documents with false information about their date and place of birth.

Barack Obama labels Donald Trump's coronavirus response a 'chaotic disaster'

Former US president Barack Obama has attacked the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic, describing it as an "absolute chaotic disaster".

Obama made the comments during a conference call with 3,000 former members of his administration.

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Bachelet: Terrorist organizations using COVID-19 pandemic to regroup and escalate violence against Syrian civilians

GENEVA, (ST)- UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet expressed serious concern on Friday that the terrorists organizations, including ISIS are using the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to regroup and inflict violence on the population in Syria, describing the situation as a ticking time-bomb that must not be ignored by the international community, according to the United nations website.

  Bachelet made it clear that most of the terror attacks have taken place in the northern and the northeastern regions of Syria which are under the control of the Turkish occupation and its mercenaries or the control of the Kurdish-led "Syria Democratic Forces" (known as Qasad in Arabic).

In addition, the terrorists of the so-called "Turkistan Islamic Party", backed by the Turkish regime, destroyed the tower of the Zayzoun Thermal Station in Idlib countryside two days ago and they dismantled and smuggled Syrian irrigation networks.

Qatar’s migrant workers beg for food as Covid-19 infections rise

Desperation and fear mount in the Gulf state as thousands of labourers are left with no job, no money and no way out.
 
Low-wage migrant workers in Qatar, one of the richest countries in the world, say they have been forced to beg for food as the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic takes a devastating toll, following a surge in the outbreak that has seen one-in-four people test positive.