SAUDI ECONOMY

Fitch Ratings Affirms ‘A+’ Outlook for Saudi Arabia as Finance Ministry Pushes Back Date of Deficit Elimination

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Fitch Ratings on Thursday affirmed Saudi Arabia’s long-term foreign-currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at 'A+' with a stable outlook.

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Fiscal Policy

Saudi Arabia to push back balanced budget goal to 2023, sources say

Saudi Arabia's government plans to push back the target date for eliminating a state budget deficit caused by low oil prices to 2023 from 2020, ...

 

Economy

Fitch affirms Saudi Arabia outlook stable at ‘A+’

Fitch Ratings on Thursday affirmed Saudi Arabia’s long-term foreign-currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at 'A+' with a stable outlook. ...

 

War in Yemen

Saudi Arabia slams UN for supporting Al Houthis

Saudi Arabia has strongly condemned the United Nations’ decision to give $14 million in aid to the Al Houthi-controlled Ministry of Education. Riyadh says the ministry ...

 

Cyber Security

Saudi Arabia sets up National Cyber Security Authority

In September this year, Saudi Arabia, which is believed to be one of the most vulnerable nations to cyber attacks, featured in the list of ...

 

GE

Saudi Company Agrees to Use GE Solution in Solar and Desalination Plants

The facilities generate more than 22,000 megawatts of electricity and more than 2.5 million cubic meters of water per day; they are located across Saudi ...

 

Tourism

Tourist visa, archaeology convention latest in Saudi drive to open up to the world

“Tourist visas will be introduced soon,” Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), told a ...

 

Travel and Tourism

Saudi Arabia archaeological award-winners named

The General Secretariat of the Abdul Rahman Al-Ansari Award announced winners of the first session of the award which honors pioneers and young archaeologists in ...

 

Traffic and Safety

Saudi Arabia’s Saher traffic cameras getting speed update

According to Sabq, the General Directorate of Traffic has started modifying speed limits in the Saher cameras system, following the order of the interior minister ...

 

Saudi-Russia

Saudi Arabia, Russia enhance commercial and investment partnership

Following the meetings, the two sides expressed satisfaction with the fraternal and constructive atmosphere that prevailed in the meetings and bilateral relations between the two ...

 

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In a highly unusual move, an American general is sentenced to confinement at Guantanamo Bay

Brig. Gen. John G. Baker, the chief defense counsel for military commissions at Guantanamo, received 21 days of confinement in his trailer at Guantanamo after ...

 

U.S.-Iran

Supreme Leader Khamenei says U.S. is Iran’s ‘number one enemy’

The United States is Iran’s “number one enemy” and Tehran will never succumb to Washington’s pressure over a multinational nuclear deal, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah ...

 

Syria

War of All Against All

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Osama Bin Laden

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Baghdadi’s greatest achievement was the capture of physical territory he dubbed the Islamic State, but with that mostly gone, so goes his legacy. Bin Laden, ...

 

Syria

US, Russia Offer Rival Measures to Pursue Syria Violations

The United States and Russia have circulated rival U.N. resolutions on extending the work of experts seeking to determine who is responsible for chemical weapons ...

 

State Department

‘I’m The Only One That Matters,’ Trump Says Of State Dept. Job Vacancies

"Let me tell you, the one that matters is me," Trump said in an interview that aired on Fox News Thursday night. "I'm the only ...

 

Islamic State

Islamic State says New York truck attacker is a ‘caliphate soldier’

The Islamic State militant group has claimed responsibility, without giving evidence, for a truck attack in New York City earlier this week that killed eight ...

 

Department of Defense

McCain Says No More Defense Industry Execs for Top DOD Posts

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After four months jail, Turkey’s Amnesty director says trial is ‘surreal’

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