ECONOMY

Declines in Saudi unemployment continue as more women join workforce, report says

A construction worker in Saudi Arabia speaks on his mobile phone at a construction site in Riyadh.
A recently-released Jadwa Investment report on the Saudi labor market highlights gains made in edging down the Saudi unemployment rate, especially for women and youth in the Kingdom.

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Bond Sale

Gulf of Oman tensions cloud Saudi Arabia’s potential euro bond sale

Debt Management Office (DMO) officials are meeting investors in Europe to provide updates on the kingdom’s diversification of its economy, as well as tap potential ...

 

SAMI

L3 Technologies and Saudi Arabian Military Industries Enter Into Joint Venture

L3 Technologies (LLL) announced today that it has signed a joint venture agreement with Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) to collaborate on electro-optical and infrared ...

 

Oil Markets

Saudi urges world powers to secure waterways after twin attacks

Saudi Arabia's cabinet urged world powers Tuesday for firm measures to secure shipping lanes across the region, state media reported, after last week's twin attacks ...

 

Manufacturing

Toyota snub dents Saudi Arabia’s manufacturing drive

Securing a deal with a major automaker by 2020 for a car plant is a key target in the Gulf state’s national industrial strategy, part ...

 

MSCI Inclusion

MSCI Boost Turns Saudi Stocks Into Emerging-Market Millstone

Saudi Arabian stocks are benefiting from their inclusion in the emerging-market universe. But emerging-market stocks are suffering because of the Saudi presence. ...

 

Jamal Khashoggi

U.N. report: Saudi government responsible for Khashoggi death

There is "sufficient credible evidence" Saudi Arabia's crown prince bears responsibility for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and he should be investigated for it, ...

 

U.S.-Saudi Relations

Pompeo blocks inclusion of Saudi Arabia on US child soldiers list

Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, has blocked the inclusion of Saudi Arabia on a list of countries that recruit child soldiers, dismissing his ...

 

Women

A year on the road: Saudi women create first car club

The first Women’s Car Club has been created in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, celebrating a year on the roads since women driving was allowed ...

 

Women

Muallami at UN: 2018 was the year of women empowerment in Saudi Arabia

In a speech to the Executive Council of the United Nations Women's Authority in New York, Saudi Arabia's Permanent Representative to the UN Abdullah Bin ...

 

Society

Saudi de-fangs religious police but plans to enforce ‘decency’

Saudi Arabia has rendered toothless the once-feared religious police amid a liberalisation drive, but a planned "public decency" law is stoking controversy with some fearing ...

 

Insurance

Saudi insurers Walaa, Metlife AIG ANB consider merger

MetLife AIG ANB Cooperative Insurance Co said on Tuesday it had signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with bigger rival Walaa Cooperative Insurance Co to ...

 

Security

Saudi security say 2 Italians injured in apparent attack

Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki told The Associated Press security forces are pursuing the June 7 incident as a criminal act that appears ...

 

Saudi-Canada

For Saudi Military Vehicle Deal, Canada Weighs Jobs And Human Rights

Last year, the Royal Canadian Regiment Museum in London, Ontario, installed a monument for the country's armed forces who have served in the Afghanistan war. ...

 

G20

Saudi Crown Prince expected to stop by Seoul on his way to G20 Osaka summit

Saudi Arabia`s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) is expected to stop by Seoul to meet with the Korean government and business leaders on his ...

 

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U.S.-Iran

Trump characterizes alleged attacks by Iran on tankers as ‘very minor’

Democrats in both chambers of Congress are seeking votes on amendments to the annual defense bill that would require the president to seek authorization before ...

 

Iran

U.S. Allies in Middle East Respond to Tensions with Iran

U.S. allies in the Middle East have held back from a full-throated endorsement of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s claim that it is “unmistakable” Iran ...

 

Shipping

Don’t expect the US to secure Arabian Gulf shipping alone, top general says

Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, the vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, told reporters at a roundtable that countries that benefit most from ...

 

U.S.-China

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping confirm G20 meeting and restarting of US-China trade war talks

The G20 meeting confirmed by Trump’s tweet has been anticipated. Suggesting efforts to lay the groundwork for upcoming talks, Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang was ...

 

U.S. Department of Defense

Shanahan Out; Army Secretary Esper to Be Acting SecDef

In a shock announcement on Tuesday, President Trump tweeted that he has named Army Secretary Mark Esper to be his new acting defense secretary, and ...

 

Global Trends Report

UN: Nearly 71 million now displaced by war, violence at home

The annual “Global Trends” report released by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees counts the number of the world’s refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people ...

 

Syria

‘Humanitarian disaster’ unfolding in Syria’s embattled Idlib, UN chief warns

UN chief Antonio Guterres called on Russia and Turkey Tuesday to "stabilize the situation" in the Syrian province of Idlib, rocked by intense fighting that ...

 

Iran Sanctions

As Iraq Tries to Beat the Heat, U.S. Renews Sanctions Waiver on Power From Iran

The U.S. has allowed Iraq to import natural gas and electricity from Iran without risking sanctions for another four months, Iraqi officials said, as Baghdad ...

 

U.S. Military

Commentary: The Increasingly Dangerous Politicization of the U.S. Military

Using the U.S. military to score political points is a relatively recent phenomenon. Today, both major political parties assiduously recruit retired senior military officers to ...

 

Bahrain Conference

Why Jared Kushner’s Bahrain Conference Won’t Do Much for the Palestinian Economy

Workshop discussions, according to a buoyant White House statement, will facilitate “an ambitious, achievable vision and framework for a prosperous future for the Palestinian people ...

 

Pakistan

Locust Plague From Iran Raises Fears for Pakistan’s Cotton Crop

A massive swarm of locusts has migrated from Iran to Pakistan, raising fears that an attack on the country’s prized cotton crop could be imminent. Millions ...

 

Tunisia

Tunisia approves law excluding presidential candidate leading in polls

Tunisia’s parliament passed an amendment to its electoral law on Tuesday that would bar businessman Nabil Karoui, owner of a private TV station critical of ...

 

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