"Of all the kings Saudi Arabia has had, King Salman’s ascension to the throne comes at the worst time in the history of the kingdom," Kamran Bokhari, adviser for Middle Eastern and South Asian affairs at Texas-based consulting firm Stratfor, said by telephone from Toronto. “He comes in with so many domestic and external challenges."
"Regardless of the technical and political purpose behind the decision to implement quantitative easing, and however defensible it is on its own grounds," Friedman writes, "the moral lesson is that Europe ultimately is a continent, not an idea."
"... effectively the Houthis are kingmakers. While they do not dominate Yemen, they control the largest piece of real estate and they are the single-largest group," said Kamran Bokhari, an adviser on Middle Eastern and South Asian Affairs for Stratfor.
Rebels with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement - North (SPLM-N) detained six Bulgarians working for the United Nations on Jan. 26 after their U.N.-marked helicopter made an unexpected landing, the U.N. World Food Program said, AFP reported Jan. 28.
Jordan will hand over a woman convicted of a botched suicide bombing in 2005 in exchange for the Jordanian pilot held hostage by the Islamic State, Reuters reported Jan. 28, citing a Jordanian government spokesman.
The EU Foreign Affairs Council will prepare proposals for sanctions on Russia Jan. 29 but will not decide until February 9, New Europe reported Jan. 28, citing Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics.
The Islamic State has threatened to kill Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh and Japanese journalist Kenji Goto if Jordan fails to release a detained militant within 24 hours, Al Bawaba reported Jan. 27, citing unconfirmed Arabic media reports.