Saudi Arabia is the World’s Largest Arms Importer, Qatar Third – UK Study

Saudi Arabia is the largest arms importer in the world by total sales amount, with regional rival Qatar surging to third largest importer, according to a data released by the UK's Ministry of Justice.

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Global Oil Markets

Oil rises as inventory overhang erodes and Saudi cuts exports

Oil prices rose on Thursday, lifted by a sustained decline in inventories and as Saudi Arabia prepared to cut crude supplies to its prized Asian ...



Iraq’s oil minister meets Saudi crown prince in Jeddah

Iraq’s oil minister met with the Saudi crown prince and other senior officials on Wednesday in Jeddah to discuss Opec’s policies to stabilise oil prices, ...


Airport Privatization

Every Saudi airport will be privatized this year

First, control of the airports will be transferred to companies owned by the Saudi Civil Aviation Holding Co. Then they will be ...


Saudi Aramco

Saudi Aramco In Talks To Buy $2B Stake In PetroChina Refinery

Saudi Aramco is negotiating a deal to buy a stake of more than 30 percent in a 260,000-bpd refinery in China owned by state firm ...


Energy Subsidies

Saudi Aramco IPO pits foreign investors against Saudi citizens

For would-be subscribers to Saudi Arabia's forthcoming IPO, the national oil company’s huge subsidy burden is emerging as a major bone of contention. ...


Qatar Dispute

Commentary: Does Qatar Support Extremism? Yes. And So Does Saudi Arabia.

To be clear, it is not that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been directly funding terrorist organizations, and certainly not in Western countries. What ...



Saudi security forces flatten old quarter of Shi’ite town

A security campaign against Shi'ite Muslim gunmen in eastern Saudi Arabia has reduced dozens of buildings in the town of Awamiya to ruins and forced ...


Hajj: 2017

Kaaba’s kiswa raised

The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques took this measure as an annual procedure to ensure that Kaaba’s kiswa is protected ...



Mamba ransomware is back, it targets Brazil and Saudi Arabia

Mamba ransomware is one of the first malware that encrypted hard drives rather than files that was detected in public attacks. Mamba leverages a disk-level encryption strategy ...


University Positions

University jobs for expats only in absence of Saudis

Expatriates will no longer be hired in the academic faculties of government universities unless there are no qualified Saudis to take up the job. The ...


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Regional and related topics

Iran Nuclear Agreement

Exclusive: U.S. envoy to U.N. will go to Vienna to review Iran nuclear activities – U.S. official

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley will travel to Vienna later this month to discuss Iran's nuclear activities with U.N. atomic watchdog officials, ...



Perspective: Are Mercenaries Really a Cheaper Way of War?

The founder of Blackwater says privatizing the 16-year war could save taxpayer money. History, both recent and farther back, suggests a different outcome. ...



Egypt Inflation Surges to 33 Percent After Fuel Subsidy Cuts

Egypt's official statistics agency says the country's inflation rate has jumped to 33 percent in July - up from 29.8 percent in June. ...



Iran cabinet: President Rouhani criticised over all-male line-up

A new Iranian cabinet unveiled by President Hassan Rouhani has prompted criticism of the all-male line-up. Mr Rouhani is regarded as a relatively moderate figure, and ...



The Taliban is sowing terror in remote, new areas of Afghanistan

The Taliban, making a summer show of force as the Trump administration weighs its options in the nearly 16-year war, has been stymied in earlier ...



Search Underway for Smugglers After Migrants Drown Off Yemen

The International Organization for Migration says it is searching for smugglers who it says forced 120 Somalis and Ethiopians into the sea as their vessel ...



Kuwait tells AP: North Korean workers welcome amid crisis

Stalwart U.S. ally Kuwait will continue to grant visas to North Korean laborers whose wages allegedly aid Pyongyang in evading international sanctions, its government told ...


Iranian Drones

Statement regarding Iranian UAV unsafe and unprofessional interaction with US Navy F/A-18E

The F/A-18E maneuvered to avoid collision with the QOM-1 resulting in a lateral separation of approximately 200 feet and a vertical separation of approximately 100 ...


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