Gulf in the News – January 23, 2014

Syria peace talks stuck over Assad’s future

Source: Al Jazeera English (Read full story)

Wednesday’s meeting at an hotel in the lakeside city exposed sharply differing views on forcing out Assad both between the government and opposition, and among the foreign powers which fear that the conflict is spilling beyond Syria and encouraging sectarian violence abroad.

NDC Extends Hadi’s Term For One Year on a Day Marked by an Assassination

Source: Yemen Times (Read full story)

On the same day one NDC representative was assassinated and the son of a well-known political figure survived an alleged assassination attempt in Sana’a, the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) on Tuesday approved its final comprehensive document, which was 10 months in the making.

New Labor Proposals Opposed

Source: Arab News (Read full story)

Saudi businessmen and economists have opposed the new proposals made by the Labor Ministry to restrict the stay of foreign workers to seven years and discourage them from bringing their families to the Kingdom, saying such measures are counterproductive. These proposals will push 70 percent of private companies into the red category of the Nitaqat nationalization scheme, they said.

Riyadh Donates $100m to Counterterrorism Center

Source: Arab News (Read full story)

Saudi Arabia has donated $100 million to the International Center for Counterterrorism (ICCT), an umbrella organization of the United Nations.

Earlier, the Kingdom had supported the establishment of the New York-based ICCT by providing $10 million.

Expansion of Doha Port in Full Swing

Source: The Peninsula (Read full story)

The first and second phases of the New Doha Port, work on which is going on, are to be merged and the third phase that was originally slated to be completed in 2030 is now planned to be over by 2020.