Tag Archives: Saudi Arabia

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Pakistan’s Khan in Saudi Arabia on maiden foreign visit

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Saudi Arabia Tuesday on his first foreign visit since coming to power, with speculation swirling that he may be seeking economic assistance from the oil-rich ally.

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IMF urges Saudi Arabia to contain spending and wages

The IMF on Friday warned Saudi Arabia against boosting spending in the wake of rising oil prices, urging the world’s top crude exporter to also contain its wage bill.

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Saudi Arabia expels Canadian ambassador over criticism

Saudi Arabia expelled the Canadian ambassador Monday and froze “all new business” with Ottawa over its criticism of the ultraconservative kingdom’s arrest of women’s rights activists — yet another warning to the West reflecting Riyadh’s newly assertive foreign policy.

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Malaysia shuts down Saudi-backed anti-terrorism center

Malaysia’s new government has shut down a Saudi-backed anti-terrorism center, just over a year after it was launched by the kingdom’s ruling monarch during a visit here last year.

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Saudi Arabia to relocate students from Canada

Saudi Arabia has suspended scholarships to Canada and will relocate students already there, state media said Monday, after the kingdom abruptly cut ties with Ottawa over criticism of its jailing of rights activists.

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Saudi Arabia executes seven in one day

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday executed seven death row inmates who had been convicted of murder and drug trafficking, state media reported.

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Saudi Arabia bans video games after children’s deaths

Saudi Arabia says it’s banning a long list of popular video games after allegations surfaced that two children killed themselves after being encouraged to do so in an online game.

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Saudi women allowed to become notaries for first time

Women in Saudi Arabia have for the first time been allowed to become notaries, with 12 granted permission to start working in the profession, the justice ministry said Monday.

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Saudi Arabia arrests two more women activists

Saudi Arabia has arrested two more women’s rights activists, in an “unrelenting crackdown” just days before the kingdom ends a decades-long ban on female motorists, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

Egypt’s National Arab Music Ensemble of the Egyptian Opera House debuted in Saudi Arabia with the singer Nihad Fathy performing before a 2,500-strong audience in Riyadh. This is the first time a woman singer performed on stage in the Kingdom before a mixed crowd. (Photo courtesy of GCA Saudi Arabia.)

Egypt’s National Arab Music Ensemble of the Egyptian Opera House debuts in the Kingdom

History was made in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday as a female singer performed before a mixed audience for the first time in the country.