U.S.-SAUDI RELATIONS

Trump Vetoes Three Bills Limiting U.S. Military Sales to Saudi Arabia and UAE

President Trump and King Salman.
President Trump vetoed three congressional resolutions aimed at blocking his administration from selling billions of dollars of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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U.S.-Saudi Relations

Donald Trump vetoes bills prohibiting arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Donald Trump has vetoed a trio of congressional resolutions aimed at blocking his administration from selling billions of dollars of weapons to Saudi Arabia and ...

 

Saudi Aramco

Aramco to Finish Pipeline Expansion, Reducing Reliance on Hormuz

Saudi Aramco expects to complete the expansion of an oil pipeline that runs east-west across the country by September, according to a person familiar with ...

 

U.S.-Saudi Relations

U.S. Air Force expands operating base in Saudi Arabia

Several hundred U.S. Air Force personnel are expanding an operating base in Saudi Arabia, which will host fighter planes and Patriot missiles, officials said. The move ...

 

NEOM

Saudi Prince’s Megacity Shows Signs of Life

It’s been two years since Mohammed bin Salman announced his $500 billion project. Now the construction begins. ...

 

Saudi Economy

Old habits die hard: Saudi Arabia struggles to end oil addiction

When Saudi Aramco was on the verge of a deal last year to buy a stake in an Indian oil refinery, its boss quickly boarded ...

 

Technology

Arabic-speaking smart TVs to debut in Saudi Arabia

The world’s first AI-powered TVs with Arabic voice recognition will debut in Saudi Arabia, South Korea’s LG Electronics has announced. The new range of AI-focused TV ...

 

Debt Finance

Saudi sovereign fund to cut banks’ returns with new $10 billion loan

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) is putting together a $10 billion loan and plans to more than halve the returns it gave banks last ...

 

Saudi-Kuwait

Kuwait Working With Saudis to Resume Neutral Zone Oil Output

Kuwait said it’s working with Saudi Arabia to resume oil production in the neutral zone between them that has been shuttered for at least four ...

 

Real Estate

JLL: Major projects for promoting non-oil economic growth to boost Saudi real estate sector

According to JLL, Saudi Arabia’s real estate market set to benefit from major projects aimed at promoting non-oil economic growth. ...

 

Clariant

Saudi’s Sabic, Clariant suspend talks on $3.1bn chemicals project

Clariant and anchor investor Saudi Basic Industries suspended talks on their planned $3.1 billion specialty plastics venture as a sharp downturn in the global chemicals ...

 

Al-Jouf Airport

Work on Saudi Arabia’s Al-Jouf Int’l Airport to begin in Sept 2019

The Governor of Al-Jouf, Prince Faisal bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz, said work on Saudi Arabia's 4.7ha Al-Jouf International Airport was scheduled to begin in September ...

 

Hyperloop

Hyperloop track to be built in Saudi Arabia

Virgin's Hyperloop One company has signed a deal with the government of Saudi Arabia to build a test track for its futuristic transport concept. The hyperloop ...

 

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U.S.-Turkey

Turkey has ‘no patience left’ with U.S. on Syria safe zone

U.S. special envoy for Syria James Jeffrey held talks in Ankara this week on the zone and other issues, including progress on a roadmap agreed ...

 

U.S. Military

US military aims to ensure safe passage of American commercial ships in Persian Gulf

The U.S. military intends to protect American commercial ships against Iranian threats in the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz but will not provide naval ...

 

Vision Fund

SoftBank to commit $40 billion to second Vision Fund: WSJ

Tech conglomerate SoftBank Group Corp (9984.T) will invest $40 billion in its forthcoming second Vision Fund, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. ...

 

Tanker Tiff

Suggesting a Tanker Swap, Iran Hints at a Compromise

Iranian officials had previously implied such an offer might be forthcoming, describing the capture of the British tanker as “retaliation” for the British having impounded ...

 

Drone Jammer

This Is the ATV-Mounted Jammer That Took Down an Iranian Drone

The U.S. Marine Corps used a new portable jammer system last week to jam an Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle, forcing it to pitch into the ...

 

Pakistan

IMF Will Either Make Or Break Kahn’s Pakistan

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is Pakistan’s new government. When it comes to major economic decisions, that is. IMF sets the policies that will either ...

 

Israeli Arabs

Israeli Arabs Edge Toward Single Ticket as Crucial Revote Looms

Israeli Arab political parties are close to reconstituting a joint list to run in upcoming elections, a senior lawmaker said, after the breakup of the ...

 

Khaleeji City

Defying Transience: Urban Landscapes in the Gulf States

One of the fascinating aspects of life in the Gulf city is how people personalize their living environment. Spaces appear to be lived in – ...

 

Egypt

IMF approves last instalment of $12 billion loan to Egypt

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved the last instalment of a $12 billion loan programme, marking the end of a three-year programme that helped ...

 

Egypt

‘They’ll be cut’: Egyptian minister threatens to behead dissidents abroad

"Egypt will remain in our hearts... We will not tolerate anything being said about it," she said in an appearance that was caught on video and ...

 

Rohingya Crisis

Satellite images reveal scale of Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis

Despite repeated assurances by the Myanmar government that it would repatriate the 700,000 Rohingya who fled over the border from Rakhine state after a military-led ...

 

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