U.S. Preparing to Send 500 Troops to Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia

The Trump administration is preparing to send 500 troops to Saudi Arabia amid increasing tensions with Iran, CNN reports.

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On The Fast Track: Saudi Arabia’s Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

Saudi Arabia is a land of immense opportunities in many spheres, and this is also true when it comes to entrepreneurship. According to the 2019 ...


U.S.-Saudi Relations

House votes to block sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia

Congress is heading for a showdown with President Donald Trump after the House voted to block his administration from selling billions of dollars in weapons ...



US preparing to send hundreds of troops to Saudi Arabia amid Iran tensions

The Trump administration is reinforcing its controversial military relationship with Saudi Arabia by preparing to send hundreds of troops to the country amid increasing tensions ...


Gulf Shipping

Saudi Arabia: Riyadh, Others Ready to Help Fund Increased Security for Persian Gulf Shipping

Saudi Arabia and other countries in the region are ready to help fund U.S. plans to boost protection for oil tankers and other vessels in ...



Things Not Always What They Seem as Saudi Arabia Loosens Up

One by one, many of the stringent social restrictions that have defined life in Saudi Arabia for decades are being abandoned. But things aren’t always ...



Saudi Arabia commits $25mn to UNESCO for preserving heritage

Saudi Minister of Culture Prince Badr Bin Abdullah Bin Farhan Al-Saud and Director General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, have signed a letter of intent formalizing ...



Women can drive in Saudi Arabia, but personal drivers are still hired

As women in Saudi Arabia were given the right to drive last year, the number of personal drivers was expected to drop ⁠— but that ...



Saipem to develop Saudi Arabia’s first offshore wind scheme with UAE firm

Italian energy services firm Saipem and the UAE’s Plambeck Emirates signed a memorandum of understanding to build Saudi Arabia’s first offshore floating wind farm, as ...


Red Sea Project

Exploring The Red Sea Project’s construction with John Pagano – Projects & Tenders

Envisioned as a resort destination built across a lagoon of more than 90 untouched natural islands, the gigaproject will be located minutes from the kingdom’s Red ...



Saudi Arabia calls on Qatar to allow its pilgrims to perform Hajj

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has created a new webpage for Qataris who wish to perform the pilgrimage this year. Qatari Hajj pilgrims can ...


U.S.-Saudi Relations

House rejects Saudi weapons sales; Trump to veto

The U.S. House of Representatives backed resolutions on Wednesday to block the sale of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, sending ...



WHO notes clusters in recent MERS cases, unveils environmental sampling guide

In a profile of MERS-CoV cases in Saudi Arabia for May, the World Health Organization (WHO) today provided more details about 14 cases and noted ...


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Oil Dips as Russian Pipe Flow Is Restored, Earnings Are Mixed

Oil stumbled amid signs of increased Russian crude output and continued nervousness over the global economy. Futures lost as much as 0.6% shortly after 9 a.m. ...



US removes Turkey from F-35 program after S-400 fiasco

In a widely expected move, the White House has formally begun the process to remove Turkey from its advanced fighter jet program. Turkey has opted ...



Spanish Connection Emerges In Case Of Mysterious Qatari Missile Seized In Italy

Qatar has all but said that the French-made Matra Super 530F air-to-air missile that Italian authorities recently recovered was among those it sold to Spain ...



Pakistan ordered to review death sentence of Indian accused of spying

he International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ordered Pakistan to review and reconsider a death sentence handed down to a former Indian Navy officer convicted ...



Why Afghanistan peace talks between the Taliban and U.S. have promise — but more potential pitfalls

The current peace talks underway are between elements of the Taliban leadership — some of it part of the 1990s regime that ruled the country, ...



Two killed in suicide bombing, four beheaded in Egypt’s North Sinai, sources say

A suicide bombing killed at least two people in Egypt’s North Sinai region on Thursday, a day after four headless bodies were found there, security ...



Migrants in Libya detention center detail dire conditions

Migrants held at a small, dilapidated detention center in the southern Libyan city of Sabha say they are being neglected by international organizations and often ...



Russian Special Forces Enter Syria Battle After Assad’s Troops Fail To Take Rebel Bastion

Russian officers and troops had been directing operations and using snipers and anti-tank missiles so far in the fight, but this is the first time ...



How Africa Measures Up on Governance by Marie Laberge

Data on governance, like any other official statistics, are a public good and should be accessible to all. Otherwise, the true scale of violence, exclusion, ...



India’s Women Warriors

Millions of pilgrims from across India flock to one of the country's most sacred Hindu shrines every year. But Sabarimala Temple has long been off-limits to ...


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