Will Saudi Arabia Purchase a Stake in Hollywood’s Largest Agency?

Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook.
Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) is in talks to buy a 5-10% stake in Endeavor, the holding company for Hollywood talent agency William Morris Endeavor (WME), for $500 million, according to reports.

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Yemen Civil War

Saudi Arabia to Transfer $2 Billion After Urgent Yemen Plea

Saudi Arabia's King Salman ordered the transfer of $2 billion to Yemen on Wednesday, a day after Yemen's Saudi-backed prime minister made an urgent appeal ...


Saudi Aramco IPO

Exclusive: Saudi Aramco snubs UBS and Bank of America for listing roles – sources

Saudi Aramco has not invited UBS and Bank of America Merrill Lynch to pitch for senior advisory roles in its stock market listing because they ...


Saudi Aramco

Why Saudi Aramco is trying to make vehicle engines more efficient

Electric vehicle purchases are expected to surge in the coming years, but making conventional, gas-powered cars and trucks more efficient will be the most effective ...


Women's Rights

Saudi Woman Who Attended Historic Soccer Match: ‘No Words Can Describe How Amazing It Was’

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Corruption Crackdown

Commentary: What Now for the Saudi Corruption Purge?

At the last publicly disclosed count in early December, there were 159 detainees in the Ritz, though some have been released since then. The Saudi ...



Man Wanted for ‘Terrorist Crimes’ Killed in Eastern Saudi Arabia

Saudi security forces shot and killed a man suspected of involvement in "terrorist crimes" in an exchange of fire in the eastern part of the ...



Saudi Arabia shoots down Yemeni missile: Ekhbariya TV

A ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s armed Houthi group towards Saudi Arabia’s southern Jizan region was shot down by Saudi forces on Tuesday, Saudi state ...



Saudi government announces tender to build 60 schools, ease burden on state

Saudi Arabia’s education ministry announced on Wednesday a tender for private companies to build and maintain 60 schools, as part of economic reforms designed to ...



Saudi Arabia and Oman agree to set up joint investment fund

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Kingdom Tower Jeddah

Jeddah Tower: What does the world’s next tallest skyscraper look like now?

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Women Drivers

Saudi Arabia Holds Car Show Just for Women

Car manufacturers are wasting no time preparing for the day when Saudi Arabian women will be permitted to drive. ...


ACWA Power

Saudi and Chinese businesses join forces on Egyptian solar projects

Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power has awarded an engineering, procurement and construction contract to China's Chint Group for three solar photovoltaic power plants in southern Egypt. ...


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Turkey Warns U.S. That Border Force Could Irreparably Harm Ties

Turkey warned the U.S. that the deployment of an American-backed, Kurdish-led force in northern Syria along the Turkish border could cause irreparable harm to the ...


U.S. Aid

The U.S. just cut $65 million in aid to Palestinians

After threatening to pull all of its funding, the Trump administration announced it would deliver only $60 million of the scheduled $125 million aid installment ...


Iran Nuclear Agreement

The Iran Nuclear Deal at Two: A Status Report

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U.S. Middle East Policy

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Shell in the Region

Shell bids a long goodbye to Middle East oil

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Qatar Crisis

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Saudi Cabinet condemns Israeli plans to build more settlements in Palestine

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