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Weekend Roundup 12/12/16

Weekend Roundup 12/12/16

Here are the headlines from over the weekend:

Donald Trump Rejects Allegations of Russian’s interference in Elections

Over the weekend trump dismissed the assessment and the competence of the CIA intelligence apparatus. Legislators overseeing the CIA and other intelligence agencies have ensured they will be vigilant about reprisals from Trump over an internal assessment that Russia intervened in the elections to assist Trump’s victory. Trump has asserted that the Democrats were putting out reports because they were embarrassed at the scale of the election defeat. Furthermore, Russian officials have repeatedly denied the hacking accusations. President Obama has ordered a review of the hacks which targeted emails at the Democratic Party and emails of presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Read more in The Guardian, on the BBC and in The New York Times.

Iran signs $16bn deal to purchase 80 Boeing aircrafts

State airline Iran Air has signed a deal to buy 80 passenger planes from US aircraft maker Boeing. This is the biggest US-Iran deal since the 1979 Islamic revolution. The first aircraft are schedule for delivery in 2018. This deal comes after the US and other nations lifted sanctions on Iran, in exchange for it ceasing its nuclear activities. Last month , the House of Representatives passed a bill approving for a sale of commercial aircraft to Iran. The deal is for 10 years and includes 50 of the 733 Max 8 aircraft , and 15 of the 777-3000 ERs planes plus 15 777-9s jets. Sourced from LexisNexis.  Read more here.

U.K. and Saudi Arabia relations candour

Boris Johnson has said that there is candour in UK – Saudi relations.
Last week the foreign secretary was criticised by Downing Street after suggesting the country backed “proxy wars” in the Middle East. Johnson stated that “And it’s also fair to say that we believe in candour in our relationship. Now is the time for us to talk about the positive things that we are doing together.” He also said, “I’m here to emphasize the friendship that exists between the UK and Saudi Arabia, and that is something that is developing and expanding,”” The foregin secretary also met King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. Discussions revolved around counter – terrorism , the Syrian conflict and Yemen. Read more on the BBC or Reuters.

Further Reading:

  1. Saudis Signal Deeper Cuts After Deal With Non-OPEC Countries (Bloomberg)
  2. Kurdish militants claim responsibility for Istanbul attack (Reuters)
  3. Syrian rebels get proposal to quit Aleppo, jihadists retake Palmyra (Reuters)
  4. Risk adversity is hampering us to tackle present challenges (The Economist)
  5. Brexit: UK’s WTO status ‘could be blocked over territorial disputes (The Independent)
  6. Anger in Egypt after deadly Cairo church blast (Al Jazeera)
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