Setback for Women in Saudi Arabia as Proposal for Women’s Sports Education Colleges Fails in Shoura

The Shoura Council failed to pass a proposal to establish sports education colleges for women this week. The proposal won the support of 73 members, but was opposed by 57. The minimum vote count to pass the proposal was 76.

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Banking and Finance

First Bank Merger in 20 Years Sets Saudi Up for More Deals

A combination of the Saudi Arabian ventures of HSBC Holdings Plc and Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc will break an almost 20-year drought for ...



Saudi Arabia says foils bombing attempt on Aramco fuel distribution terminal

Saudi forces have foiled an attempt to blow up an Aramco fuel terminal in southern Saudi Arabia using a high-speed boat laden with explosives, the ...



Bangladesh to build hundreds of mosques with Saudi cash

Bangladesh has approved a project to build hundreds of mosques with almost $1 billion from Saudi Arabia, an official said Wednesday, worrying minorities who fear ...


Cyberattacks in Saudi Arabia

Security Firm: Cyberattacks Against Saudi Arabia Continue

Researchers at U.S. antivirus firm McAfee say the cyberattacks that have hit Saudi Arabia over the past few months are continuing, revealing new details about ...



Saudi shake-up strengthens king’s powerful son

The goal, a foreign diplomat told AFP, is "to strengthen MBS (Mohammed bin Salman) and the Salman branch" of the al-Saud family which has ruled ...



Saudi Arabia temporarily limits mobile SIM card ownership

Saudi Arabia has imposed limits on the ownership of prepaid SIM cards for citizens and foreigners, restrictions that the regulator said aim to prevent the ...


UN women’s rights commission

On Saudi women’s rights, the UN has it shockingly wrong

It is not clear which Saudi individuals will be attending commission meetings at the UN to discuss women’s rights, but the overwhelming likelihood is that ...


Women Sports

Proposal for women sports colleges to Shoura falls 3 votes short

Only three votes stood in the way of passing a proposal Tuesday at the Shoura Council to establish sports education colleges for women. The proposal ...


Foreign Labor

Deadline reminder for illegal foreigners in Saudi Arabia

Foreigners staying illegally in Saudi Arabia were on Thursday warned that they had now only 60 days to avail of a grace period to regularise ...


Oil Supply

Oil market heading towards balance, more draws needed: OPEC sec-gen | Reuters

OPEC Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo said on Thursday that an overhang in global oil inventories was declining but stockpiles still needed to fall closer to the ...


Saudi Aramco IPO

Total CEO says could consider participation in Saudi Aramco IPO

French oil and gas major Total could consider taking a stake in the planned listing of part of Saudi Arabia's Aramco, the company's chief executive ...



Saudi Arabia sentences an atheist to death for uploading a video renouncing Islam and the Prophet Mohammed

The man, reportedly in his 20s, was deemed 'insane' by his lawyers because he was using drugs and alcohol when he committed blasphemy ...



Saudi offers size in drive to list shares of foreign companies

Saudi Arabia aims to start listing foreign companies on its stock market as soon as this year as it seeks to become a regional centre ...


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Israel seeks U.S. backing to avert permanent Iran foothold in Syria

Israel is seeking an "understanding" with the Trump administration that Iran must not be allowed to establish a permanent military foothold in Syria, Israel's intelligence ...


Flynn Investigation

Michael Flynn Under Defense Dept. Investigation Over Foreign Payment

Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s first national security adviser, is under investigation by the Defense Department’s inspector general to determine whether he failed to get ...


NASA Earth Photos

Where the Lights Are Brighter (And Darker) Than Four Years Ago

A lot can happen in four years. To get a sense of just how much, look no further than a set of maps from NASA ...



10 Iranian guards killed at Pakistani border

Ten Iranian border guards were killed by Sunni militants in a cross-border attack on the frontier with Pakistan on Wednesday, Tasnim news agency reported. ...



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At Mehmet and Pinar Ozcelebi’s basement home, it’s 8 in the evening. As their two daughters, Ada and Nisa, play with their neighbor girls, the couple ...


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New data released by international travel website Hotels.com shows that UAE-based destinations come out on top as the most popular choices for regional travelers from ...


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