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  • Saudi Aramco
    Air Liquide pumps hydrogen to Saudi Aramco unit in shift from oil

    Air Liquide Arabia (ALAR) on Tuesday began pumping hydrogen through its $400 million pipeline network in Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea city of Yanbu and will supply a Saudi Aramco refinery as the kingdom seeks to shift towards cleaner fuel. Pressure has mounted on the world’s biggest fossil fuel producers to reduce their carbon emissions as concern mounts among policy-makers, investors and the general public about their impact on global warming.

  • U.S.-Saudi Relations
    Jared Kushner Says Saudis Will Like Much of Peace Plan in Interview with Bloomberg Television

    Saudi Arabia shares common goals with Israel and its leadership will approve of much of Donald Trump’s peace plan unveiled on Tuesday, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner said in an interview. Like Israel, the Saudis view Iran and Islamic militant groups as their primary threat, and it’s in their interest to solve the regional conflict with Israel, Kushner, who is close to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, said in the interview on Tuesday with Bloomberg Television.

  • Entertainment
    Saudi Arabia to inaugurate National Theater Initiative

    The curtain has risen on an ambitious new era for Saudi theater — and its future looks bright, if the launch of the National Theater Initiative at the King Fahd Cultural Center on Tuesday night is any indication. The evening’s entertainment began with a speech from Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, in which he offered his thanks for the “unprecedented” level of support for the theatrical arts the ministry has received, especially from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

  • Hail Season
    Saudi Arabia’s Hail Season launches mountain bike racing

    Hail Season is organizing four days of mountain bike racing on Aja Mountain starting on Wednesday, with the participation of 150 bikers from all over the world, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

  • Iran Cyber
    Explainer: How Iran’s military outsources its cyberwarfare forces

    Iran’s cyberwarfare capability lies primarily within Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a branch of the country’s military. However, rather than employing its own cyberforce against foreign targets, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps appears to mainly outsource these cyberattacks.

  • Afghanistan
    The US is bombing in Afghanistan reaches nearly 10-year high

    According to U.S. Air Forces Central Command, U.S. aircraft dropped 7,423 munitions in 2019 — that’s the highest number of bombs released in nearly a decade. In 2018, U.S. warplanes dropped 7,362 bombs — the second highest total in a year thus far since AFCENT began publishing the number of munitions released in Afghanistan.

  • Arms Producers
    China now 2nd largest arms producer

    In its annual report, SIPRI said it had “identified information from 2015–17 on the value of arms sales by major Chinese arms companies,” and looked at four companies that cover three sectors of conventional arms production: aerospace, electronics and land systems, “for which credible financial information is available.”

  • Iran
    Perspective: Iran’s Leadership Works to Heal Rifts Opened Amid Protests, U.S. Pressure

    The spat between the president and the armed forces, is a “struggle to apportion blame for the tragedy,” said Mr. Harris. While the military says a single officer was at fault, he said, “Rouhani and his bureaucrats want to shift the blame onto the whole military as an institution, to hopefully claw back some political capital from the tragedy.”

  • Mining and Minerals
    A New Year in Saudi Mining

    Saudi Arabia’s mining and metal and mineral processing industry contributes about $17 billion to the kingdom’s gross domestic product per year and employs approximately 250,000 people. Mining activities comprise 15% of the sector’s contribution while the remaining 85% is linked to the value created by the midstream and downstream processes that follow extraction.

  • Jamal Khashoggi
    Saudi FM: The killing of Khashoggi was a terrible crime: Video

    Saudi Arabia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud discusses the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi with CNN's International Diplomatic Editor Nic Robertson.