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Saudi Prince’s Oil Diplomacy Makes Mark at OPEC+ Meeting Debut

It was the prince, whose experience of brokering oil negotiations behind the scenes spans three decades, who gently but firmly persuaded Iraqi and Nigerian officials ...

 

Aramco IPO

Big U.S. Investment Banks Crowd Into Aramco IPO

Government-owned Saudi Arabian Oil Co. has so far chosen nine banks to underwrite its listing: JPMorgan Chase JPM 0.61% & Co., Morgan Stanley , Goldman ...

 

Economy

Saudi Arabia: Unemployment Declines to 12.3% in Q2

The unemployment rate among Saudi Arabian citizens dropped to 12.3 percent in Q2 2019 compared to 12.5 percent in Q1, according to data from the ...

 

U.S.-Saudi

9/11 attacks: US to reveal key name in Saudi lawsuit

It says the information will be shared with lawyers representing the victims' families. It is unclear if the person's identity will become public. ...

 

Saudi-Iraq

Saudi-Iraq border crossing to reopen next month

The border has been closed since 1990 when the Saudi-Iraq relations deteriorated in the wake of Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. ...

 

BinDawood

Saudi retailer BinDawood asks banks to pitch for IPO – sources

The group, which owns the Danube and BinDawood supermarket brands, has hired Moelis as an independent financial advisor, said the sources, who declined to be ...

 

International Atomic Energy Agency

Saudi Arabia Calls For New Accord To Control Iran’s Nuclear, Regional Ambitions

The UN nuclear watchdog, IAEA, confirmed on Monday, September 9 that Iran has reduced its commitments to the JCPOA in three phases and is installing ...

 

Cyprus

Saudi Foreign Minister Determined to Bolster Cyprus Ties

Al-Assaf, who is currently on a visit to Rome, told reporters: “Yes, we discussed the problem of Cyprus. We support the legitimacy and sovereignty ...

 

Art and Culture

‘We Have Our Own Individual Voices’: Saudi Artists Debate Their Place in the Kingdom as the West Becomes Wary of Its Politics

One anonymous American curator working for a US organization in the Middle East said that while she was interested in the country’s art scene, she ...

 

Yoga

Previously banned, yoga’s popularity is evolving fast in Saudi Arabia

In 2017, the country's Ministry of Trade and Industry announced it was officially recognizing the activity as a sport, and it did indeed. The decision was ...

 

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U.S.-Turkey

US Might Still Sanction Turkey For Buying S-400 From Russia

R. Clarke Cooper, assistant secretary for political-military affairs, said the potential new measures would supplement the Trump administration’s decision to kick Turkey out of the ...

 

Afghanistan

Coalition airstrikes soared even as US, Taliban talked peace

A coalition report released Tuesday showed that U.S. forces carried out 810 airstrikes in August, compared with 537 in July. About 700 airstrikes were carried ...

 

Syria

US could deploy 150 troops to Syria: report

The troops will conduct ground patrols with Turkish forces and the deployment is part of a series of steps taken by the U.S to reduce ...

 

Gulf Shipping

Middle East shipping stabilized by UK navy, says Fleet Commander

The Royal Navy last week said that nearly 90 British merchant ships - representing close to 6 million tonnes of cargo - had been “safely ...

 

OPEC+

OPEC Defers Decision on Oil Output Reduction

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its oil-producing allies put off any talk of further output reductions at a technical meeting Thursday, despite ...

 

Surveillance

Trump says he does not believe Israelis are spying on the U.S.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he does not believe Israel is spying on the United States after a published report said Israel was ...

 

Jerusalem

New data shows Israeli settlement surge in east Jerusalem

Jewish settlement construction in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem has spiked since President Donald Trump took office in 2017, according to official data obtained by The Associated ...

 

Tunisia

Tunisia’s presidential election to put young democracy to the test

The death in July of the country’s president, Beji Caid Essebsi, 92, a secularist who was instrumental in steering the country’s transition to democracy, forced ...

 

Egypt

Egypt to launch the largest logistics project in Middle East

The project includes a container terminal, a railway line, a dry port and a cargo distribution area, with a total investment of 750 million euros, ...

 

Bahrain

Bahraini crown prince to visit U.S., meet with Trump

The two leaders are expected to discuss maritime security, countering the threat from Iran, efforts to promote peace in the region, and counterterrorism, the statement ...

 

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