U.S. Removes Laptop Ban on Flights from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Riyadh to be Inspected by U.S. Officials ‘This Week’


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Oil Output

Saudi Arabia technical problems at oilfields could wipe out the world’s oil glut in weeks

OPEC exports have come under pressure this week from technical threats to oil fields, with Saudi Arabia’s Manifa problems grabbing the headlines. ...


MSCI Inclusion

MSCI’s Biggest Emerging Hopeful Falters as Saudi Earnings Stall

Analysts have been slow to raise profit estimates for the $461 billion exchange -- the biggest among markets seeking emerging status on MSCI indexes -- ...


Domestic Sukuk

Saudi finance ministry says 13 banks qualify for domestic sukuk program

Saudi Arabia's finance ministry said on Tuesday that 13 domestic banks had qualified to participate in the government's planned issuance program for local currency Islamic ...


Saudi 'Energy City'

Planned energy city to contribute $6bn to Saudi economy

The planned industrial energy city project, to be developed in Saudi Arabia's oil-rich Eastern region, will provide thousands of direct and indirect jobs and contribute ...


Saudi Aramco IPO

Tokyo Seeks Return to Glory Days With Piece of Saudi Aramco IPO

When members of Saudi Arabia’s royal family visited Japan last September and again in March, the Asian country made sure at least one message got ...


Laptop Ban

US lifts laptop ban on flights to the US from Saudi Arabia

The Trump administration on Monday lifted the laptop ban on passengers flying on Saudia, the last airline facing in-flight restrictions on electronics, from Jeddah, Saudi ...


Yemen Civil War

Iran’s Zarif hopes Yemen war does not lead to Iran, Saudi conflict

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday that he hopes Yemen's war will not spark direct confrontation between Iran and Saudi Arabia and ...


Saudi Students

Execution feared “imminent” for Saudi-Arabian man arrested en-route to visit WMU

A human rights organization says a Saudi-Arabian man who was traveling to visit Western Michigan University when Saudi officials arrested him for allegedly attending pro-democracy ...


Saudi Aramco

An American suburb in Saudi Arabia

Photographer Ayesha Malik was born and raised inside the Saudi ARAMCO community in the 1990s, and her new book, "ARAMCO: Above the Oil Fields," explores ...



Probe into second cell of Iran spies completed

The attorney general has completed the investigations into a new batch of Saudi citizens accused of spying for the Iranian intelligence, according to informed sources. ...


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Qatar Crisis

Qatar Opens Its Doors to All, to the Dismay of Some

This is the atmosphere of intrigue and opulence for which the capital of Qatar, a dust-blown backwater until ...



Turkey holds six rights activists on charges of aiding terror group

Amnesty International’s Turkey director among those ordered to remain in custody in case described as ‘travesty of justice’ ...



16-year-old German girl who ran away to join Isis ‘rescued alive’ from Mosul rubble

Pictures of teen arrested by Iraqi security forces believed to be Linda W, originally from Saxony, who has not been seen since July 2016 ...



Commentary: Could mercenaries end America’s longest war?

Afghanistan has become the war without end. The United States cannot win it and cannot afford to lose it. The country consumes American wealth and ...


Qatar Dispute

The other Gulf conflict: How the Qatar crisis is playing out in D.C. back rooms

Parallel to these government-to-government meetings, officials from these countries and their paid representatives are working hard to sway the views of what can be described ...



$1.4bn Royal Atlantis to complete in 2019, despite design changes

Despite adjustments to its design, Dubai’s The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences is still on course to complete and open in 2019, according to Six ...



Far-Right Group Plans to Patrol Mediterranean to Turn Back Migrants

A pan-European far-right group with a history of violent direct action has charted a 422-ton ship and says it plans to confront people-smugglers and turn ...


U.S. Military

Ron Paul Warns The Big Military Spending Boost Threatens the U.S. Economy And Security

On Friday the House overwhelmingly approved a massive increase in military spending, passing a $696 billion National Defense Authorization bill for 2018. President Trump’s request ...


Syria-Lebanon Border

Lebanon preparing for military operation near Syria border

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri says the army is preparing for a security operation along a lawless section of the border with Syria. ...


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