Retired General Jim Jones, a former national security adviser to President Barack Obama, said in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, that the U.S. will continue to be challenged by terrorist groups operating in Pakistan even if the current standoff with Afghan President Hamid Karzai over the American troop presence in his country is resolved.
Oman, which faces Iran across the Strait of Hormuz, said it’s poised to start raising cash for a $3 billion rail line offering an alternative route for oil and freight shipments that funnel through the 21 mile-wide channel.
Jordan won’t choose companies for a $900 million project to desalinate Red Sea water and help rescue the Dead Sea, shrinking by a meter (3.3 feet) a year, until the second half of 2014, a government spokesman said.
As the conflict between South Sudan’s government and rebels worsens, President Salva Kiir has found succor from an unexpected source: Sudan, the country that southerners fought against for two decades to win independence.
Desert locust infestations are set to worsen along the Red Sea as a second generation of the pest insects breeds in Yemen and Sudan through January, the United Nations’ Food & Agriculture Organization said.
Saudi Arabia’s National Water Co. has allocated 800 million riyals ($213 million) to start implementing phases two and three of a 6 million-cubic-meter storage facility in the city of Jeddah on the Red Sea coast, it said in a statement on its website.
Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians signed a memorandum of understanding today that outlines regional water-sharing initiatives from the Red Sea to Dead Sea to relieve shortages in the arid lands, the World Bank said.
Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest state-run oil company, plans within this decade to produce natural gas at new fields in northern Saudi Arabia and off the Red Sea coast, Aramco’s chief executive officer said.