WORLD CUP

Saudi World Cup Squad Beats Greece in Friendly, Will Play Cup Host Russia on June 14

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Saudi Arabia's World Cup squad won a friendly match against Greece 2-0 on Tuesday as the Kingdom sets its sights on its first tournament bid since since 2006.

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Ramadan

Saudi Arabia announces Thursday start for Ramadan

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan will begin on Thursday (May 17) in Saudi Arabia, the land of the religion's two holiest sites, authorities said. ...

 

Banking and Finance

Saudi banks reach $5bn deal to create third-largest lender

Saudi British Bank and Alawwal Bank have reached a preliminary agreement to merge, in a deal that would create the kingdom’s third-largest lender with $77bn ...

 

Economy

Investing in Saudi Arabia: New FTSE Russell ETF for investment in the fast-changing economy

"There aren't many channels of investments towards the capital market in Saudi Arabia...so international investors are really asking for exposure to Saudi Arabia — no ...

 

SoftBank

Japan’s SoftBank to open Saudi Arabian office: sources

The Japanese technology investor already has close links with Riyadh after Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund contributed to SoftBank’s $93 billion Vision Fund, the world’s ...

 

Travelling in Saudi

Commentary: What it’s like to visit Saudi Arabia as a woman

I was surprised by how much freedom I – a young, unmarried, female journalist – enjoyed. I moved freely around the city in Ubers and ...

 

Social Reforms

Perspective: Will Saudi Arabia’s Social Revolution Provoke a Wahhabi Backlash?

Saudi Arabia’s new de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is pushing his country at breakneck speed into major social reforms, rousing concern about ...

 

Yemen Civil War

Activists Want to Use the British Courts to End Saudi Arabia’s War in Yemen

The U.K.-based Campaign Against Arms Trade was granted permission to appeal against a 2016 court decision that allowed Britain to continue the sale of arms to ...

 

Saudi Football

Saudi Arabia’s squad, new coach might struggle to come together

While Saudi Arabia are on their third coach in less than a year, the squad is built on a solid core of players. ...

 

Referee Banned

World Cup-bound referee Al Mirdasi handed life ban in Saudi Arabia

World Cup-bound official Al Mirdasi, 32, was hit with a life-long suspension by the SAFF having confessed to offering to fix Saturday's King's Cup final ...

 

Saudi Women

AboutHer.com spotlights Saudi Arabian women

From sports, to style, to government, AboutHer.com addresses the contributions and important role of Saudi women in the Kingdom’s advancement and journey toward modernization. ...

 

Saudi Solar

Early Talks to Fund Saudi Arabia’s Giant Solar Power Project

The two parties have started preliminary talks in the past few weeks with Saudi Arabian and some international banks to assess which financing tools would ...

 

Housing And Real Estate

Saudi Housing Ministry allocates over 100,000 residential units

The launch of the fifth batch of the Sakani (housing) program for 2018 was announced by the Ministry of Housing and the Real Estate Development ...

 

NCB

Saudi Arabia’s National Commercial Bank changes CEO

National Commercial Bank, Saudi Arabia’s largest bank by assets, said on Wednesday that chief executive Saeed al-Ghamdi had resigned, with sources familiar with the matter ...

 

Women Drivers

Saudi car show puts women in the driving seat

A car show in the Saudi capital is drawing in many women, who from next month will be allowed to drive in the kingdom as ...

 

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Oil Prices

IEA warns global oil demand may suffer as crude nears $80

Global demand for oil is likely to moderate this year, as the price of crude nears $80 a barrel and many key importing nations no ...

 

Gaza Clashes

Israel, U.S. criticized for Palestinian deaths in Gaza clashes as death toll rises

Israel and the United States came under harsh, global criticism Tuesday as both countries defended Israel’s use of live ammunition against Palestinians protesting at the ...

 

Iran Sanctions

Corporate exposure, reactions to new Iran sanctions

Some sanctions take effect after a 90-day “wind-down” period ending on Aug. 6, and the rest, most notably on the petroleum sector, after a 180-day ...

 

U.S.-Iran

Commentary: The Enemy Gets a Vote

You can be sure the Iranians will actively seek to undermine the U.S. move, and it is not hard to imagine how. ...

 

Iran Nuclear Agreement

Iran hails ‘good start’ to talks with Europe aimed at salvaging nuclear deal as Trump imposes more sanctions

Iran’s foreign minister heralded a “good start” to talks with Europe to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal even as the US imposed a second round of ...

 

Counter Terrorism

How Much Has the US Spent to Fight Terror? Here’s a Guess

Seventeen years after the fall of the twin towers and the beginning of the “Global War on Terror,” the United States still has no clear sense ...

 

War in Yemen

Saudi-led coalition masses troops for push on Yemen’s Hodeidah

In the last week, thousands of fighters backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have made advances to frontlines south of Hodeidah in al-Jarahi and ...

 

Syria Civil War

Inspectors Confirm ‘Likely’ Use Of Chlorine As Chemical Weapon In Syria In February

Two cylinders that were dropped on the rebel-held Syrian city of Saraqeb in February – sending nearly a dozen people to seek medical help for ...

 

Syria Civil War

Syrian rebels pull out of their last besieged area

It further cements President Bashar al-Assad’s dominant position over the most populated parts of Syria after years of fighting, but means any new military campaign ...

 

Iraq

Iran’s Soleimani holds talks about future Iraqi cabinet

Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani is holding talks with politicians in Baghdad to promote the formation of a new Iraqi cabinet which would have Iran’s ...

 

Rock the Red, Go Caps!

Metro will stay open later for Caps-Lightning Games 3 and 4 — thanks partly to … Qatar?

On Tuesday, Evans told The Washington Post that the tiny, wealthy nation of Qatar has agreed to pay the $100,000 fee to keep Metro open ...

 

Egypt

Egypt’s President Sisi pardons over 330 mostly youth prisoners

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has pardoned more than 330 people, many of them youths jailed for demonstrating in recent years. ...

 

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