INTELLIGENCE

Crown prince chairs first meeting on reform of Saudi intelligence services

Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, affirmed that the case of citizen Jamal Khashoggi is very painful for all Saudis in particular, and for every human being in the world.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman chaired the first meeting on Thursday of a special committee to reform Saudi Arabia’s intelligence services.

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FII

Saudis trumpet $56 billion deals as conference ends amid partial boycott

Saudi Arabia said it signed $56 billion of deals at an investment conference this week and expected the United States to remain a key business ...

 

FII

Saudis Return to Business After Jamal Khashoggi Murder

Companies and investors, however, have been more cautious and nuanced in how they respond. Especially interesting has been their approach to MBS’s Future Investment Initiative, ...

 

Intelligence

CIA director briefs president on audio purportedly capturing the killing of Jamal Khashoggi

CIA Director Gina Haspel briefed President Trump on Thursday about her trip this week to Turkey, where she listened to audio purportedly capturing the killing ...

 

Defense Industry

Defense contractors stand with White House on Saudi arms sales

“Most of these agreements that we have are government-to-government purchases, so anything that we do has to follow strictly the regulations of the U.S. government,” ...

 

Oil Industry

Oil Industry Sticks With Saudi Arabia Through Khashoggi Scandal

Earlier this week, Aramco said it had signed 15 agreements potentially worth $34 billion if they are all seen through, including with Total, Halliburton, Schlumberger ...

 

Lobbying

Saudi Lobbyists in D.C. Hunker Down After Khashoggi’s Killing

Five lobbying firms announced shortly after Khashoggi disappeared that they were exiting their Saudi contracts. But at least 18 firms appear to be sticking by ...

 

Public Investment Fund

Khashoggi crisis may test Saudi PIF’s expansion ambitions

the outcry over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul this month has made some Western firms reluctant to deal ...

 

Investment

Norway wealth fund plans to double Saudi investments, CEO says

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund expects to double its investments in Saudi Arabia when the country is included in the fund’s reference index a few months ...

 

Saudi Workforce

(Saudi and Non-Saudi) Unemployment Rate Drops to 6%, and Stabilizes at 12.9% for Saudi Citizens

Saudi economic participation increased by (42.0%) compared to (41.9%) in the previous quarter. Saudi male economic participation rate stabilized at (63.5%); on contrary, Saudi female ...

 

Intelligence

Crown prince begins reform of Saudi intelligence services

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman chaired the first meeting on Thursday of a special committee to reform Saudi Arabia’s intelligence services. The restructuring was ordered ...

 

WWE in KSA

WWE moving forward with Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia

In March, WWE announced a 10-year strategic multiplatform partnership in support of Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia's social and economic reform program. ...

 

Maaden

Saudi miner Ma’aden actively looking for overseas investments, CEO says

Saudi Arabian Mining Co 1211.SE (Ma’aden), the Gulf’s largest miner, is actively looking for investment opportunities overseas that would complement and strengthen its business inside ...

 

Tourism

Saudi Red Sea Project ‘to have 40-50 hotels’

As many as 50 hotels will be part of Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Project, for which investment partners are due to be courted over the ...

 

Jamal Khashoggi

Khashoggi’s Son arrives in US from Saudi Arabia

The eldest son of the murdered Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, has arrived in the US from Saudi Arabia along with his family. Salah Khashoggi had previously ...

 

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OPEC

OPEC Should Boost Crude Production at Next Meeting, the IEA Says

“Global oil markets are going through a very sensitive period -- global economic growth as well,” IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said in an interview ...

 

Iran

Bank Debt, Growing Money Supply, and Inflation Hobble Iran’s Economy

Money supply, its link to inflation, and its impact on the foreign-exchange market have created an intense national debate in Iran because of widespread negative ...

 

War in Yemen

U.S., U.N. seek to identify weapons seized off the coast of Yemen

The U.N. inspectors will seek to identify the origin of about 2,500 AK-47s seized in the Gulf of Aden on Aug. 28, U.S. officials ...

 

Jamal Khashoggi

Turkey’s Erdogan urges Saudis to say who ordered Khashoggi’s killing

Erdogan said Turkey had more information than it had shared so far about the killing of Khashoggi, a prominent U.S.-based critic of powerful Saudi Crown ...

 

European Parliament

MEPs back call for EU members to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia

MEPs voted on Thursday on a non-binding resolution further demanding a unified move by the bloc’s 28 member states to “impose an EU-wide arms embargo ...

 

Syria

How $100,000 of pay-for-play access changed U.S. Syria policy

The money that New Jersey cardiologist Rim Al-Bezem paid for short audiences with Trump pales in comparison with the millions spent by some corporations or ...

 

Iran

US Sanctions on Iran Pressure Tehran’s Regional Allies

Giant posters on the streets of Beirut's southern Shi'ite suburbs display an armed Hezbollah fighter in uniform, holding the group's yellow banner and Lebanon's national ...

 

Refugee Children

Syrian refugees and the schooling challenge

In 2017, 61 percent of refugee children were in primary school, compared to 92 percent globally and 23 percent were in secondary school compared to ...

 

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