U.S.-SAUDI RELATIONS

Energy Secretary Rick Perry Confirms KSA One of 16 Countries Approved for Unclassified Civil Nuclear Technology

Rick Perry and Khalid Al-Falih in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
The Trump administration has approved seven applications for U.S. companies to sell nuclear power technology and assistance to Saudi Arabia, but did not reveal the particular companies or specifics of those authorizations, the Energy Department said Thursday.

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Saudi Energy Policy

ARAMCO Prepares for the Coming Wave

The company, fully owned by the Saudi government since its nationalization in the 1970s, has a relatively small natural gas business today, which focuses on ...

 

Aramco-Sabic

Saudi Arabia’s `Win-Win-Win’ Megadeal Is No Dead Cert for Aramco

The priority of Aramco in the petrochemical sector had been to invest in so-called specialty chemicals where margins are large. Sabic is more involved in ...

 

Entertainment

Saudi Arabia Unveils New Film Initiatives, Including New Film Festival

Saudi Arabia’s recently established culture ministry has announced a slew of arts initiatives, including plans for the kingdom’s first film festival, a film school and ...

 

Detainees

Saudi Arabia temporarily releases three detained women activists

Blogger Eman al-Nafjan, retired lecturer Aziza al-Youssef and academic Rokaya al-Mohareb were freed after a second hearing on Wednesday in their high-profile trial at Riyadh's ...

 

Saudi-Germany

Merkel’s Government Extends Saudi Arms Embargo Until September

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government extended a weapons embargo on Saudi Arabia for six months, resolving a dispute in the ruling coalition over European defense ...

 

Nuclear Power

U.S. energy secretary unsure if Saudi nuclear approvals came after Khashoggi killing

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry told lawmakers on Thursday he did not know whether any of the approvals he authorized for U.S. companies to sell ...

 

Jamal Khashoggi

U.N. investigator urges Saudi Arabia to open up Khashoggi murder trial

Saudi Arabia’s secretive hearings for 11 suspects accused in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi violate international law and should be open to the public ...

 

Christchurch Shootings:

Al-Jubeir attends Christchurch memorial to honor victims of mosque attack

Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir attended a national memorial service in Christchurch to honor the 50 victims of the March 15 ...

 

Arab League Summit

Saudi King Salman receives warm welcome on arrival for Arab League summit in Tunisia

Saudi Arabia's King Salman received a warm welcome from Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi on his arrival in Tunis for the Arab League summit on ...

 

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Uber-Careem

Uber’s Acquisition of Careem Strengthens the Gulf’s Tech Credentials

The diversity of investors in Careem indicates the tech firm’s regional and global appeal. The United Arab Emirates-based Abraaj Group as well as STC Ventures, ...

 

Uber-Careem

Uber Gets An IPO Boost From Middle East Deal

They get a partial exit at a good price, at a time when Careem would struggle to list, given its lack of profitability and the ...

 

Turkey

Turkey: air defense purchase from Russia ‘a done deal’

Turkey will honor its air defense deal with Russia, Ankara said on Friday after four U.S. senators introduced a bill to ban the planned delivery ...

 

Gaza

As anniversary looms, Gaza protests bring bloodshed but scarce gains

Palestinians in Gaza will on Saturday mark a year since mass protests and deadly clashes began along the Israeli border, with a demonstration expected to ...

 

Terror Financing

UN Security Council binding resolution makes terror financing a serious crime

The body has threatened sanctions as a means to ensure that countries crack down on the problem. Though the topic has been addressed in part ...

 

U.S. Central Command

Meet CentCom’s new boss: Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr. takes command

McKenzie becomes the first Marine to lead CentCom since James Mattis did it in 2010-13. Those who know CentCom’s new leader lauded his experience and expertise. ...

 

War in Yemen

U.S. calls for probe of bombing of hospital in Yemen

“The United States urges a transparent investigation by the joint incidents assessment team into these alleged incidents as well as swift implementation of the resulting ...

 

Arab League

Arab summit in Tunisia to unite on Golan but rifts remain

Arab League spokesman Mahmoud Afifi said the 22-member bloc would aim to issue a proclamation on the Golan, but experts expect little more than a ...

 

Christchurch Shootings:

New Zealand hosts memorial service for victims

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten were among the thousands who are attending the ‘We Are One’ memorial service this morning in ...

 

U.S. Military

Military Families Are Struggling to Make Ends Meet

A recent Department of Defense survey found that a quarter of military spouses are unemployed—a rate roughly six times the 2017 national average of about ...

 

Trump Foreign Policy

US to delay peace plan talks until after Israel election

U.S. and Israeli officials told McClatchy they did not expect Trump to raise the administration’s proposals for peace with the Palestinians— largely complete, but not ...

 

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