Report: Saudi-backed SoftBank Earnings Surge on Vision Fund Valuation

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and CEO of Softbank.
SoftBank has reported a 49.2 percent surge in its latest quarterly earnings due in part to a $2.2 billion gain at its tech-focused Saudi-backed Vision Fund, Zawya reports.

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Saudi state airline Saudia suspends flights to and from Toronto

Saudi state airline Saudia said in a post on its official Twitter account that it was suspending flights to and from Toronto, the latest in ...


Saudi Foreign Policy

Commentary: From Germany to Canada, Saudi Arabia is becoming less afraid of confronting critics

“Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy is an extension of that domestic balancing act. By confronting Canada, Saudi Arabia is sending the message anyone who interferes in ...


Saudi Economy

Saudi Arabian GDP Growth To Increase

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Saudi Aramco

Saudi Aramco, Malaysia’s Petronas tap banks for jumbo financing

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Saudi FDA

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Climate Change

Saudi Arabia and Climate Change: From Systematic Obstructionism to Conditional Acceptance

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East Asian Soft Power Strikes Hard In The Middle East

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