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Saudi Economy

Saudi to get $21.3bn boost from expat fees but may face 2017 recession

Saudi Arabia is expected to get a $21.3bn boost to non-oil revenues next year from new taxes and expat fees but could face a recession ...


Al-Rajhi Bank

Admirers Grow for Biggest Saudi Bank on Index-Addition Bet

Saudi Arabia’s largest lender has become a favorite among equity analysts and investors as its business improves and the potentially lucrative inclusion in an emerging-markets ...



Saudi Arabia nudges yields down in 13 bln riyal sukuk sale

Saudi Arabia's finance ministry pushed yields down slightly in its second monthly sale of domestic Islamic bonds on Tuesday, a sign of healthy appetite for ...


Women in Saudi Arabia

One daring Saudi biker’s dream to put women in the saddle

Saudi woman breaks taboos in effort to establish a professional biking group in the kingdom and she looks like her efforts could have a powerful ...



Saudi renews Iraq ties in bid to distance Iran

"We're still a long way from Iraqi-Saudi relations coming anywhere near the depth or complexity of Iraqi-Iranian ties," he said. ...


Oil Supply

Saudi Arabia’s Incredibly Shrinking Inventories

Balloning inventories would mean that Saudi Arabia could in the future release such inventories, and the eventual destocking would again repeat what occurred in Q4 ...


Qatar Dispute

Qatar criticizes Saudi “political manipulation” of hajj

Qatar’s Foreign Ministry is criticizing as “illogical” Saudi Arabia’s decision to only fly Qatari pilgrims to the kingdom on Saudi aircraft, and cautioned against exploiting ...


Ambassador Rumors

Saudi ambassadorship is latest job rumor for Trump’s Pa. campaign head

The senior advisor to President Donald Trump's campaign in Pennsylvania, where roughly 44,000 votes helped secure victory for the Republican, could soon be named the ...


Saudi Lobbying

Avenue calls for investigation into pro-Saudi group

A lobbying firm co-founded by President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is calling for the Justice Department to investigate a pro-Saudi group that ...


Epicenter X

Art brings contemporary Saudi life into focus

An exhibition of contemporary Saudi art at the Arab American National Museum outside Detroit is giving Americans a new and different look inside the kingdom. ...


Dancing in Jeddah

Saudi teen dancing to ‘Macarena’ in front of traffic sets Twitter ablaze

Twitter has been abuzz with debate over a 40-second video of the incident as tweeps took to the social media platform to air their conflicting ...


Nouf Al-Numair

Should scientists be on social media? Meet the groundbreaking Saudi researcher who thinks so

Al-Numair is now one of the first Saudi scientists to major in molecular genetics and programing biological information, a precise science that enables practitioners to ...


Palestinian Authority

Saudi Arabia transfers $31m for PA budget

Saudi Arabia has transferred a total of $31 million to the Palestinian Authority, Riyadh’s ambassador to Egypt announced yesterday. Ahmed Bin Abdul Aziz Kattan added ...


Worker's Tax

Public sector contractors in Saudi Arabia exempt from workers’ tax

The exemption was decided after the Council of Saudi Chambers approached Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense and head of ...


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Trump announces new strategy for Afghanistan that calls for a troop increase

President Trump outlined a revised vision for the U.S. war in Afghanistan on Monday, pledging to end a strategy of “nation-building” and instead institute a ...


Mattis in Iraq

Pentagon chief, in Baghdad, says militants are ‘on the run’

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday he is confident that U.S.-backed Iraqi forces will finish off the Islamic State militants clinging to strongholds that ...



Egypt lures back investors with higher rates, quickening growth

Egypt's civil conflict isn't scaring off investors, who have flocked to the country's high interest rates. ...



Lebanon monitored Australia bomb plot suspects: minister

Lebanon monitored the brothers accused of plotting to blow up a flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi for more than a year and coordinated with ...



Palestinians have spent decades battling Israel. Now they’re battling each other.

Palestinians are facing an existential crisis over the future of their struggle for independence, but this time the enemy isn’t just Israel. Instead, they’re fighting ...



Erdogan says Turkey and Iran discussing joint action against Kurdish militants

Turkey and Iran have discussed possible joint military action against Kurdish militant groups, after talks in Ankara last week between the chief of staff of ...


USS John McCain Collision

Missing USS John McCain Navy Sailors’ Remains Found

The commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet said some remains of Navy sailors were found in a compartment of the USS John McCain on Tuesday, ...


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