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Pompeo Leaves Saudi Arabia, Arrives in Turkey

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo concluded his visit to Saudi Arabia and is now in Turkey to meet with Turkish officials including President Erdogan, according to reports.

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Jamal Khashoggi

Saudis Know to Act Fast on Khashoggi Probe, Pompeo Says

Saudi Arabia understands the need to conclude its investigation into the disappearance of government critic Jamal Khashoggi in a timely and rapid fashion, Secretary of ...

 

U.S.-Saudi

Saudi crisis complicates American bank deals

"There's a lot of pressure, in terms of PR, to make a statement regarding this Khashoggi incident," said Ellen Wald, author of the book "Saudi, ...

 

Hyperloop

Saudis still negotiating Hyperloop deal despite tensions with Branson

Saudi Arabia is still negotiating a deal with Virgin Hyperloop One, a source close to the company told CNBC, contradicting a report that Riyadh had ...

 

Tech Investment

Where Is Saudi Arabia Investing In Tech?

Below we outline the Kingdom’s investments over the past five years including not only PIF but also the Saudi Royal Family, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and ...

 

Economy

Opinion: Isolating Saudi Arabia and its Economy Will Be Harder Than It Looks

Here’s the truth: At this stage, it would be as hard to cut Saudi Arabia out of global finance as would be to imagine a ...

 

Economy

Christine Lagarde: IMF chief won’t attend Saudi event

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde will not attend an investment conference in Riyadh, as global concern over the disappearance of a Saudi journalist grows. ...

 

Construction

Saudi Arabia’s construction projects valued at $284bn in 2017

Saudi Arabia’s construction projects were worth more than $284.3bn (SAR1tn) in 2017, when 700 new schemes were expected to be launched in the following months. These ...

 

Power

Saudi power sector reforms ‘a step in the right direction’

Demand for electricity in Saudi Arabia has risen by 6.6% per year since 2006, and the government has previously invested in installed capacity to increase ...

 

Energy

Saudi Aramco says Yanbu oil terminal boosts export capacity

State oil giant Saudi Aramco said on Wednesday that the Yanbu South Terminal has added 3 million barrels per day of crude oil to the ...

 

Governance

Saudi Arabia orders restoring of annual allowances to state employees

Saudi Arabia ordered the restoration of annual allowances to all state employees starting from the new year, Okaz newspaper reported on Tuesday. The government linked Okaz ...

 

Art and Culture

Saudi-supported cultural festival goes forward at Smithsonian

A two-day celebration of Arab culture funded by a state-owned Saudi Arabian oil company opens Saturday at the Smithsonian, just as pressure mounts for organizations ...

 

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