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A Saudi prince has ordered that private sector workers must wear traditional clothing to "strengthen national identity", despite a modernisation drive led by the kingdom's crown prince.

The kingdom is the third-worst executor worldwide, with many sentenced to death for non-violent offences.

Trump's 'Arab Force' more closely resembles a farce

James Snell

Trump's 'Arab Force' more closely resembles a farce

Comment: The president's transactional approach to foreign interventions shows Trump's always about the bottom line, writes James Snell.

Iran suggests regional dialogue to end 'hegemonic illusions'

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Iran suggests regional dialogue to end 'hegemonic illusions'

Iran's foreign minister has suggested at the UN that open regional security talks should take place between Iran and its regional competitors.

Saudi Arabia delays launch of entertainment city

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Saudi Arabia delays launch of entertainment city

Saudi Arabia's King Salman was set to open the launch of the entertainment city construction on Wednesday, which was delayed three days ...

James M. Dorsey

Bangladesh looks to Saudi Arabia in twist of irony

Comment: Bangladesh is enlisting Saudi Arabia's help to help counter militant Islam, but the Gulf kingdom has yet to end to its own multiple ultra-conservative practices, writes James M. Dorsey.

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Saudi Arabia bans unauthorised drone use after palace breach

Saudi Arabia's interior ministry has banned the use of drones in the kingdom, after a security breach at a royal palace sparked fears of a coup ...

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Saudi shuts down women’s fitness centre over 'indecent video'

The kingdom requires women to seek permission from a male guardian - usually a father, husband or brother - to study, work or travel.

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Toy drone near royal palace causes panic in Riyadh

Saudi forces on Saturday shot down an unidentified toy drone that hovered over a Riyadh neighbourhood home to royal palaces, prompting a ...

Black Panther hits Saudi cinema amid price backlash

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Black Panther hits Saudi cinema amid price backlash

Saudis have taken to social media questioning the ticket price as cinema returns to the kingdom for the first time in over 35 years.

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Four Saudi officers killed in Asir gun attack

The Saudi Press Agency said four officers were shot dead after their check post was ambushed by gunmen on Thursday.

Saudi-Russia oil alliance likely to weaken OPEC's role

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Saudi-Russia oil alliance likely to weaken OPEC's role

The new union, spearheaded by Riyadh and Moscow, is expected to be larger than the 14-member OPEC oil cartel, which has dominated the global ...

Vatican cardinal meets Saudi King in historic Riyadh visit

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Vatican cardinal meets Saudi King in historic Riyadh visit

The meeting between the Saudi king and French cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran is the first between the current Saudi ruler and a Catholic official.

Turning Qatar into an island

James M. Dorsey

Turning Qatar into an island

Comment: Saudi Arabia's proposed channel separating it from Qatar sends a message of polarisation and division, rather than regional ...

Wakanda to Wahhabia: Saudis trial-run cinema with 'Black Panther'

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Wakanda to Wahhabia: Saudis trial-run cinema with 'Black Panther'

Blockbuster action flick "Black Panther" will play at a cinema test screening in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, the first of trial runs before movie ...

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Saudi Arabia 'willing to send troops' to Syria: FM

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said the kingdom is willing to send troops to Syria as part of a wider coalition, if proposed, according to Saudi state TV.

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Bernie Sanders slams Israel, Saudi for 'inhumane' Gaza situation

The prominent leftwing US lawmaker denounced Netanyahu and the Saudi Crown Prince for 'unjustified' violence and inaction in Gaza, in an address ...

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Saudi Arabia hosts multi-nation military drills

Saudi Arabia carried out military drills on the country's east coast.

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Syria and Iran to dominate Arab League summit agenda

Saudi Arabia will attempt to push for a tougher stance against Iran at an Arab league meeting just 24 hours after US-led strikes on Syria.

Saudi oil company Aramco 'makes more money than Apple'

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Saudi oil company Aramco 'makes more money than Apple'

Saudi Aramco's profits surpass some of the business world's biggest names, with net income in the first six months of 2017 estimated at $33.8 ...

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Deadly Yemen ambush stirs calls to withdraw Sudan troops

Activists and politicians took to social media this week to demand Khartoum withdraw its troops from Yemen, after a deadly ambush killed dozens ...

No solution to Qatar crisis at Arab Summit: Riyadh

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No solution to Qatar crisis at Arab Summit: Riyadh

The upcoming meeting of Arab League states will not discuss the ongoing Saudi-led blockade on Qatar, Riyadh's foreign minister said on Thursday.

Investment alone won't rescue Lebanon's broken economy

Henri Mamarbachi

Investment alone won't rescue Lebanon's broken economy

Comment: No amount of foreign investment will root out the inefficiency, opacity and corruption of the public sector, writes Henri Mamarbachi.

Trump 'demands Saudi King end senseless blockade of Qatar'

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Trump 'demands Saudi King end senseless blockade of Qatar'

US President Donald Trump has reportedly demanded that Saudi Arabia and other Arab states end a ten-month long economic blockade on Qatar.

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