In Win for Saudis, OPEC Agrees On ‘Modest’ Increase in Oil Production

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) agreed on Friday on a modest increase in oil production from July, Reuters reports, after its de-facto leader Saudi Arabia "persuaded arch-rival Iran to cooperate."

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Women Drivers

Saudi female accident inspectors prepare for women driving

Saudi Arabia’s first batch of women car accident inspectors are training to respond to incidents involving female drivers, who will be allowed to drive in ...


MSCI Inclusion

Opinion: Saudi index win is stepping stone not step change

The elevation is well deserved, but a more important catalyst for internationalising its capital market would be listing national oil champion Aramco. ...



Saudi Arabia backs cease-fire in Afghanistan, suggesting new role in quest for peace

The kingdom of Saudi Arabia threw its weight behind the Afghan government’s attempts to kindle a peace process with the Taliban this week, reflecting growing ...


Foreign Aid

Saudi Arabia gives $31 billion aid to 78 countries, Yemen tops list

Saudi aid is in cash and in-kind  assistance, provided in humanitarian and charitable grants and soft loans to promote development. The aid data also includes ...


Vision 2030

Radical reforms in Saudi Arabia are changing the Gulf and the Arab world

Saudi Arabia is becoming less exceptional. The quest for normality is part of a remarkable revolution; an attempt to refashion Saudi society away from ultra-strict ...



‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ to Be First U.S. Indie in Saudi Arabia

Lionsgate’s “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” is set to become the first U.S. indie title released in Saudi Arabia following the recent removal of the ...


Asian Cup

Saudi Arabia take positives for Asian Cup after Russia exit

Saudi Arabia are looking toward the Asian Cup with hope after they showed signs of progress in their 1-0 defeat to Uruguay as they exited ...


Qatar Crisis

Saudi Minister Tweets Barb at UEFA Chief in TV Rights Row, UEFA Tweets Back

"UEFA was quite surprised by a tweet of @Turki_alalshikh, as the UEFA President has never heard of this person and he therefore would have no ...


Shale Gas

Saudi Aramco looks to expand shale gas production

Saudi Aramco initiated an unconventional gas programme seven years ago and reportedly recently began producing shale gas from one location and is exploring in the ...


Saudi Radio

Saudi Arabia Puts Radio to Work in Yemen Conflict

The station’s audience is the Saudi military deployed in the country’s southern border provinces of Jizan and Najran, according to Saudi media reports. ...


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OPEC ministers strike deal on oil production levels

Analysts say supply increases are more likely to fall in a range between 600,000 to 800,000 bpd. ...


Middle East Peace

Kushner meets with Egypt, Qatar leaders about Mideast plan

White House adviser Jared Kushner met separately on Thursday with the leaders of Egypt and Qatar, two in a series of meetings Kushner has held ...


Yemen Civil War

Saudi-led coalition faces tough battle for Yemen’s Hodeidah port

A Saudi-led coalition riding high over its successful capture of Hodeidah airport from the Iran-aligned Houthis faces a daunting challenge to seize Yemen’s main seaport, ...


Oil Prices

America’s oil boom and gasoline prices: It’s complicated

U.S. oil production has more than doubled over the last decade, but American drivers haven't always reaped the benefits. ...



The war in the desert

Djenne’s grand mosque is the largest mud-brick building in the world. Until recently Mali’s rich history attracted hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. But all ...



A Canal Through Turkey? Presidential Vote Is a Test of Erdogan’s Building Spree

From soaring bridges to a giant mosque to plans for the world’s biggest airport, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has used gargantuan building projects ...



South Sudan Peace Deal Attempt Fails as Kiir Rejects Machar

The latest attempt at ending South Sudan's five-year civil war failed Friday as President Salva Kiir rejected working again with rival Riek Machar after their ...



Bahrain court acquits opposition leaders in spying case

In November, the public prosecutor accused Sheikh Ali Salman, opposition al-Wefaq group secretary general, and Sheikh Hassan Sultan, a former member of the Bahraini parliament ...


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