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Saudi Arabia Will Remove its Ban on Internet Phone Calls on Thursday

Prince Mohammed with a Saudi student.
Saudi Arabia will remove its ban on internet phone calls on Thursday, a government spokesman said, in a bid "aimed at stimulating online business as the kingdom looks to boost non-oil revenue," Reuters reports.

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Qatar Dispute

Trump says he expects Qatar, Arab neighbors to quickly resolve dispute

“We are right now in a situation where we’re trying to solve a problem in the Middle East. And I think we’ll get it solved, ...

 

Entertainment

Saudi Arabia creating $2.7B entertainment investment company

Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund is creating an entertainment investment company as the deeply conservative kingdom loosens the reins on fun. ...

 

Women in the Workforce

Saudi Arabia is creating 80,000 jobs for women, here’s how

The latest move not only targets large department stores selling women’s accessories including ready-to-wear clothes and fabrics, but "also covers smaller independent stores. ...

 

Vision 2030

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince scales back his ambitions

Something is afoot in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The absolute rulers of this most secretive of countries, their communiqués loyally echoed by a hierarchy ...

 

Governance

Saudi university to dismiss suspected Brotherhood-linked academics

A large Saudi public university announced it would dismiss employees suspected of ties to the banned Muslim Brotherhood, adding to concerns that the government is ...

 

Rohingya Refugees

Saudi Arabia offers aid to Rohingya refugees within hours

Abdullah Al Rabeeah, adviser at the Royal Court and general supervisor of the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Work, said that King Salman ...

 

Subsidy Reform

Saudi Arabia to Phase Out Fuel Subsidies

Al Ramz Capital Head of Research Talal Touqan discusses the impact of phasing out fuel subsidies in Saudi Arabia. ...

 

Mobile and Tech

Saudi Arabia to lift ban on internet calls

Saudi Arabia is lifting a ban on voice and video calling apps such as WhatsApp and Skype, in a move aimed at boosting productivity and ...

 

Culture and Society

The Saudi artists imagining Western pop icons in Bedouin style

Clad in Bedouin attire from head to toe, "Sheikh" William of Arabia is smiling, seemingly content with having swapped Kensington Palace for a humble tent ...

 

Saudi Aramco

American compound in Saudi Arabia: What’s life like inside?

Women behind the wheel of a car, residents drinking alcohol and baseball as a regular pastime: It doesn't sound like the Saudi Arabia of the ...

 

Saudi-UK

Britain and Saudi Arabia sign military cooperation deal

audi Arabia and Britain signed a framework deal for military cooperation, Saudi state media said on Tuesday, just two days after Gulf rival Qatar signed ...

 

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Trump at UNGA

Trump defends ‘America first’ foreign policy at U.N., threatens to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea

President Trump on Tuesday delivered a toughly worded defense of his “America first” foreign policy in his inaugural address to the United Nations and threatened ...

 

Iran Nuclear Agreement

Iran nuclear deal must change if U.S. to stay: Tillerson

The Iran nuclear deal must be changed if the United States is to remain in it, the top U.S. diplomat said on Tuesday, suggesting its ...

 

U.S.-Iran

Rouhani: US will pay a high cost if it quits Iran deal

Speaking in an exclusive interview with CNN in New York, Rouhani said: "Exiting such an agreement would carry a high cost for the United States ...

 

Anti-ISIS Campaign

ISIS Propaganda: U.S. Is The World’s Second-Biggest Audience For Online Jihadi Campaigns

The war against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) is slowly moving from the battlefield to cyberspace, and a new study shows that United States ...

 

Anti-ISIS Campaign

Why ISIS Is So Good at Branding Its Failures as Successes

The Parsons Green attack shows that governments and media outlets keep falling into the propaganda traps being set for them. ...

 

Syria

U.S. military closes outpost in southeastern Syria, ceding territory to Iranian proxies

The decision to vacate the Zakaf outpost, a small, barrier-walled compound just miles from the Syria-Iraq border, appeared to represent a tacit acknowledgment that U.S.-backed forces will ...

 

S-400s

Perspective: S-400s indicative of new Mideast alliances

Ankara and Moscow have signed an agreement to buy the S-400 surface-to-air missile defense system, valued at $2.5 billion, to establish a strategic alliance. This ...

 

Iraq

US faces WWII-scale explosives cleanup in Iraq after Islamic State fight

“This is ultimately going to have to be viewed as a long-term problem that’s in need of a local solution. It’s going to take years and ...

 

Bahrain

Bahrain goes public with shifting stance on Israel

It has been almost two full days since the declaration of the Bahraini king went public and, so far, no denial has been circulated. ...

 

Syrian Refugees

Germany jails Syrian refugee over UN observer’s abduction

A German court has convicted a Syrian refugee of being an accessory to a war crime against humanitarian operations over his participation in the 2013 ...

 

Russia in the Region

Russia Crosses the Euphrates: Implications

By helping Assad's forces bridge the river, Moscow is increasing the risk of direct confrontation while obstructing U.S. efforts to defeat IS, stabilize eastern Syria, ...

 

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