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The Saudi monarch has approved a list of economic measures put forward by his son Mohammed bin Salman, designed to boost the private sector, with emphasis on technology and housing.

A news website has become the first mainstream Saudi outlet to run an article co-written by a serving Israeli army officer, adding further credence to reports of growing Saudi-Israeli relations.

Israeli intelligence minister invites Saudi crown prince to visit

Diana Alghoul

Israeli intelligence minister invites Saudi crown prince to visit

Israel's intelligence minister Yisrael Katz told Saudi media that Israel would be happy to host Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman amid rumours of rapprochement between the two countries.

Islamic leaders urge Jerusalem recognition as 'Palestine's capital'

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Islamic leaders urge Jerusalem recognition as 'Palestine's capital'

Islamic leaders meeting at an emergency meeting of the OIC in Istanbul on Wednesday urged the world to "recognise the State of Palestine and ...

Saudi Arabia to raise energy prices, compensate families

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Saudi Arabia to raise energy prices, compensate families

Saudi Arabia has decided to hike energy prices while paying compensation to Saudi families, as the world's top oil exporter seeks new revenue ...

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Saudis rejoice after decades-long ban on cinemas lifted

Saudis have flooded social media to celebrate the government's decision to lift a decades-old ban on cinemas in the conservative kingdom.

Noor el-Terk and Paul McLoughlin

Saudi Arabia: A flourishing film scene but no cinemas

Saudi filmmakers have fought legal restrictions and taboos surrounding cinema to produce some of the most exciting movies in the region. None, ...

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Saudi Arabia's top ten reforms pushed this year

Riyadh has announced that from next year cinemas will be allowed in the kingdom, the latest reform designed to attract investors and appease ...

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Russia looks to sell Arctic gas to Saudi Arabia

Russia is seeking new buyers for its Arctic gas supplies, with Saudi Arabia a potential market for Moscow's newly exploited natural resource.

Lebanese singer dazzles Riyadh in first women-only concert

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Lebanese singer dazzles Riyadh in first women-only concert

Hiba Tawaji, who rose to fame on France's version of The Voice, performed to a packed audience at the cavernous King Fahd Cultural ...

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China warns against Trump's Jerusalem embassy move

China has warned that US President Donald Trump's plan to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital could fuel tensions in the region.

Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday

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Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday

US embassies around the world are braced for backlash after Donald Trump dismisses warnings from Arab leaders about recognising Jerusalem as ...

Trump recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital

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Trump recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital

US President Donald Trump has dismissed warnings from Arab leaders, European allies and even the Pope by announcing the US' recognition of ...

Kuwait ends troubled two-day GCC summit on first day

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Kuwait ends troubled two-day GCC summit on first day

Kuwait’s emir has ended a two-day Gulf summit only hours into first day, showing turmoil in bloc amid Qatar crisis.

GCC summit opens but hopes dashed by UAE-Saudi snub

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GCC summit opens but hopes dashed by UAE-Saudi snub

A summit of the GCC will convene Tuesday, but hopes for ending the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar during the meet are undermined by an annoucement ...

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Saudi King 'fires official over fashion show in Riyadh'

The Saudi King has fired a senior official after he attended a fashion show, which prompted a backlash online.

Romain Calvary

Arrests and 'corruption': Inside Saudi Arabia's business affairs

Comment: The arrest of Mohamed al-Amoudi is a textbook warning to local businessmen who might have been harbouring seditious designs, writes ...

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Forget Jerusalem: US-Saudi plan peddles 'alternative Palestinian capital'

A peace plan emerging from America's diplomatic push is weighted in Israel's favour, with Saudi positions on Jerusalem aligning with Trump's ...

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Qatari, Saudi rulers to attend summit despite Gulf crisis

The Qatari Emir and Saudi King will both attend a crucial summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council this week, amid a Saudi-led boycott of ...

On the costs of normalisation with Israel

Imad K. Harb

On the costs of normalisation with Israel

Comment: Arab normalisation with Israel is tantamount to accepting the final liquidation of Palestinian lands and rights, writes Imad K. Harb.

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Britain's May tours Mideast amid Islam row with Trump

May implored Saudi leaders to urgently ease a blockade on Yemen to "avert a humanitarian catastrophe", her office said on Thursday.

Saudi prince 'paid $10bn to be released from Ritz-Carlton'

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Saudi prince 'paid $10bn to be released from Ritz-Carlton'

Saudi authorities released prince Mutaib after what according to sources was an 'extortionate monetary bribe.'

Jared of Arabia at the heart of Saudi sheikh-down

Sam Fouad

Jared of Arabia at the heart of Saudi sheikh-down

Comment: Amid Saudi Arabia's dramatic reshuffle, the involvement of Donald Trump's ambitious son-in-law has not gone unnoticed, writes Sam ...

Britain's May on surprise visit to Baghdad

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Britain's May on surprise visit to Baghdad

Theresa May and Haider al-Abadi discussed "efforts to restore stability and economic cooperation while respecting the unity of Iraq and its ...

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