WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTIONS

In Boost to Corruption Reforms, King Salman Signs Order Protecting Whistleblowers

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has ordered protection for employees who report financial and administrative corruption, according to reports, an indication that the Kingdom is taking seriously its efforts to combat graft.

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Saudi Stock Market

Saudi Arabia – After The EM Upgrade

Saudi Arabia has rallied 15% year-to-date on the back of an anticipated upgrade to emerging market status which makes it one of the best performing ...

 

Shia in Saudi

Saudi Nationalism Raises Hopes of Greater Inclusion for Shias

But in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, attention was drawn to an official reception hosted by King Salman for a group of local notables. Saudi newspapers ...

 

War in Yemen

Saudi Airstrikes Hit Presidency Building in Yemen, Killing 6

Airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Shiite rebels targeted the presidency building in the heart of the Yemeni capital on Monday, leaving at least ...

 

Entertainment

Saudi sovereign fund plans entertainment centers across kingdom

Saudi Arabia’s main sovereign wealth fund will set up a network of entertainment centers across the kingdom as the government tries to jump-start a domestic ...

 

Saudi Stock Market

Saudi exchange establishes independent CCP, targeting new asset classes

Tadawal said the launch of the independent clearing house will help diversify investment opportunities with the creation of new asset classes, such as derivatives, and ...

 

Saudi Aramco

Saudi Aramco signs deals worth $7bn with local SMEs

Saudi Aramco has awarded purchase agreements to 16 Saudi pressure vessel manufacturers as part of an expansion of its 'In-Kingdom Total Value Add' (IKTVA) programme, ...

 

Transportation

Saudi Arabia plans tolls on highways

Saudi Arabia has held preliminary discussions with foreign firms about manufacturing buses domestically and plans to convert part of its highway system into toll roads ...

 

Saudi Tourism

Saudi tourism commission launches ‘Destination for Muslims’ initiative

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) has launched an initiative to make Saudi Arabia the preferred destination for Muslim tourists from all ...

 

Cybersecurity

SAFCSP appoints female executive head

The Saudi Arabian Federation for Cyber Security and Programming appointed Nouf Al-Rakan as its new executive manager, Al-Madina newspaper reported. ...

 

Women in the Workforce

Samar Saleh: First Saudi woman to be appointed commercial attaché

Minister of Commerce and Investment Dr. Majed Bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi has appointed Samar Bint Mazin Saleh as commercial attaché at the Saudi Commercial Attache’s Office ...

 

Reforms

Saudi king orders whistleblower protections in anti-corruption push

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has ordered protection for employees who report financial and administrative corruption, Al Arabiya TV reported on Sunday, as part of an ...

 

Human Rights

Saudi Arabia: Thousands Held Arbitrarily, Dramatic Increase in Detention Without Trial

Saudi Arabia is detaining thousands of people for more than six months, in some cases for over a decade, without referring them to courts for ...

 

Security

Saudi forces kill man wanted for deadly checkpoint attack

According to the announcement carried by state news agency SPA, the man shot, Khaled Mohammed Ali al-Shahri, was surrounded in his family home in the ...

 

Railways

Saudi’s 300km/h Haramain rail to begin operations in Q3 2018

The railway line connects Makkah with Madinah, passing through stations in King Abdullah Economic City, and King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah ...

 

Women Drivers

Saudi government to allow women to drive taxis

Saudi Arabia announced on Friday that it will allow women to drive taxis, following the royal decree issued last year granting permission for women to ...

 

Saudi Film

Film hailing Saudi progress on women’s rights branded ‘dreadful propaganda’

But the tone of the footage – which shows men urging women to follow their dreams and culminates with the tag line: “Next to every ...

 

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Boris Johnson to appear on Fox & Friends as he tries to save Iran nuclear deal

The foreign secretary is in the US as part of a last-ditch effort to convince the president not to pull out of the accord. During his ...

 

Global Oil Markets

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Oman

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Lebanon

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Iraq Elections

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In advance of national elections next weekend, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is the front-runner here, and if he ultimately prevails, he will make political history ...

 

Turkey

Erdoğan vows fresh military action against Kurdish militants

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Vladimir Puton

Putin Starts Historic Fourth Term As Russian Leader

Russian President Vladimir Putin took the oath of office for a fourth term as president – solidifying his place as the country's longest-serving leader since ...

 

Iran Nuclear Agreement

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Oil Prices

Iran Opposes Higher Oil Prices, Signaling Divide With Saudis

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Jerusalem Embassy

Road Signs Pointing To ‘US Embassy’ Go Up in Jerusalem

Jerusalem's city hall says it has put up road signs pointing to the new U.S. Embassy, which is set to move to the contested city ...

 

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