HAJJ 2017

Qatar Welcomes Saudi Decision to Open Border for Hajj Pilgrims

Emir of Qatar arrives to Jeddah
Qatar has responded positively to Saudi Arabia's decision to open its border with with the Gulf Arab nation for Hajj pilgrims, but also criticized a “politicization” of the key pilgrimage, according to reports.

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Saudi-Iraq

Saudis in talks over alliance to rebuild Iraq and ‘return it to the Arab fold’

Pact would give Saudi Arabia a leading role in rebuilding war-torn country, and allow it to shepherd Iraq away from its rival Iran ...

 

Qatar Dispute

Qatar welcomes Saudi decision to open borders to pilgrims

Qatar’s Foreign Minister, Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, announced on Thursday that his country welcomes Saudi Arabia’s decision to open the land border to Qatari pilgrims ...

 

Hajj: 2017

Saudi-Iraqi border sees heavy flow of pilgrims headed for Hajj

The Arar crossing on the Saudi-Iraqi border is seeing a heavy flow of Iraqi pilgrims heading to the Kingdom to perform Hajj. ...

 

MERS

WHO details recent Saudi MERS hospital outbreak

In new MERS-CoV developments today, the World Health Organization (WHO) shared details about the latest hospital outbreak in Saudi Arabia and researchers from Thailand reported ...

 

Yemen Civil War

Saudi coalition to blame for half of Yemen child casualties: draft U.N. report

A Saudi Arabia-led military coalition was responsible for an "unacceptably high" 51 percent of child deaths and injuries in Yemen last year, according to a ...

 

Saudi Banks

Higher interest rates and cost cutting lifts Saudi banks outlook 

Bank of America Merrill Lynch said it saw an improved outlook for Saudi Arabian banks due to higher interest rates and cost cutting measures that lenders have been taken to ...

 

Saudi Oil Policy

Saudi Arabia crude oil exports fall slightly in June

Saudi Arabia’s crude oil exports in June fell slightly to 6.889 million barrels per day (bpd), 35,000 bpd lower than the May level, official data ...

 

Cinema in Saudi Arabia

Cinema is finding its way to Saudi Arabia

Displaying movies in public is not new in the Kingdom. In the past, movies were screened in hotel lobbies and embassies. However, cinemas have been ...

 

Saudi Air Force

Saudi Air Force displays capabilities during war games

The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) is participating in the sixth “Red and Green Flag” exercise since its inception in the US. ...

 

UK 9/11 Report

Theresa May rejects appeal from 9/11 survivors to release suppressed Saudi Arabia terror report

Theresa May has rejected an appeal from survivors of the 9/11 attacks to make public a suppressed report into the role of Saudi Arabia in ...

 

Female Entrepreneurs

This is how 3 Saudi female students launched a mobile repair company

When Aljawharah Alqahtani was studying at the Princess Nora bint Abdul Rahman University in Riyadh, she noticed that some people, especially women, would rather throw ...

 

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U.N. hopes for Syria peace talks in October/November

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Merkel harming EU credibility over Turkey, minister says

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Qatar

Qatar’s Growth Prospects Dim as Saudi-Led Boycott Takes Toll

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Syria Civil War

Assad’s march east compounds West’s Syria dilemma

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Perspective: Iranian return to hajj could help end Saudi deadlock

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Analysis: Natural Gas Heads for Middle East Doldrums

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Regional Tensions

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