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The state-owned oil giant is looking to boost its petrochemicals portfolio to help attract investors ahead of its much-touted stock market listing.

Saudi Arabia had the third highest execution rate in the world in 2017, after China and Iran, according to Amnesty International.

Saudi reforms meaningless as long as male guardianship persists

Malia Bouattia

Saudi reforms meaningless as long as male guardianship persists

Comment: The locking up of activists serves as a reminder that the Kingdom is neither interested in women's rights, nor in greater democratisation, writes Malia Bouattia.

Saudi woman may face sex charge for hugging singer

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Saudi woman may face sex charge for hugging singer

The woman could be charged under a new harassment law in Saudi Arabia which could see her locked up for two years in prison.

Police arrest Saudi defence official over $260,000 bribe: Riyadh

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Police arrest Saudi defence official over $260,000 bribe: Riyadh

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has assertively tackled corruption since launching a purported anti-corruption probe ...

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US praises Saudi crown prince's efforts in 'anti-Taliban fatwa'

Saudi Arabia kicked off a two-day conference for Muslim scholars expected to produce a fatwa denouncing the tactics of the Taliban, as the US puts pressure on the Afghan militants.

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Saudi women allowed to become notaries for first time

The move comes amid a reform drive in the ultra-conservative kingdom that saw the authorities lift a ban on women drivers in June.

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Israel plans measures to 'curb Erdogan influence' in Jerusalem

Israel may tighten restrictions on Turkey's international aid agency in Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories, in a bid to counter Erdogan's ...

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Mohammed bin Salman hires 'disgraced' former executive as adviser

Former Siemens CEO Klaus Kleinfeld had made his 'comeback' to the corporate world with a Saudi leap of faith, when he was chosen to lead NEOM ...

Saudi Arabia plays dirty but cries foul anyway

Anthony Harwood

Saudi Arabia plays dirty but cries foul anyway

Comment: At its first World Cup match, Saudi Arabia complained of mixing politics with sport, but SWAFF, its new footballing federation, is ...

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Netanyahu met with Saudi crown prince in Amman: report

The two countries share a number of strategic interests, including their desire to rollback Iran's regional influence.

Celebration over Saudi driving ban lift marred by arrests

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Celebration over Saudi driving ban lift marred by arrests

Saudi women celebrated taking the wheel for the first time in decades Sunday but the jubilation is dented by the jailing of female activists who ...

Israel greenlights railway link to Saudi Arabia: Israel TV

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Israel greenlights railway link to Saudi Arabia: Israel TV

Israel's prime minister has greenlighted work to begin on planned railroad network that will connect the Jewish state to Saudi Arabia, Israeli ...

Saudi Arabia gears up to lift women driving ban

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Saudi Arabia gears up to lift women driving ban

This Sunday, Saudi Arabia will lift the world's only ban on women driving, a milestone for women who have had to rely on drivers, male ...

Trump's MidEast team talk Israeli-Palestinian peace deal in Egypt

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Trump's MidEast team talk Israeli-Palestinian peace deal in Egypt

Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt continued their Middle East tour in Cairo with President Sisi.

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Kushner, Trump envoy visit Saudi Arabia's crown prince

Trump adviser Jared Kushner and US envoy Jason Greenblatt met with the Saudi crown prince to discuss the stalled Palestinian-Israeli peace process.

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Head of Saudi entertainment authority sacked

The head of Saudi's entertainment authority was sacked, as Mohammed bin Salman continues an image overhaul in the ...

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'Nude' circus dancers spark anger in conservative Saudi Arabia

Footage of scantily clad circus entertainers performing in Saudi Arabia during the Eid al-Fitr holiday has sparked controversy in the ultra ...

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Global oil production to be hiked following Saudi-Russian agreement

Saudi Arabia and Russia have agreed to boost global oil production by 1.5 million barrels a day in the third quarter of 2018, following problems ...

Russia humiliates Saudi Arabia 5-0 in World Cup opener

Uri Levy

Russia humiliates Saudi Arabia 5-0 in World Cup opener

The Saudi performance was so bad that local press have already discussed whether to sack coach Juan Antonio Pizzi.

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HRW slams Saudi Arabia's 'unprecedented crackdown' on activists

A leading international rights group has slammed the Saudi Arabia's 'unprecedented and vicious' crackdown on activists in the kingdom, as the ...

World Cup kick-off! Russia-Saudi Arabia LIVEBLOG

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World Cup kick-off! Russia-Saudi Arabia LIVEBLOG

Minute-by-minute updates from the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

Saudi Arabia's non-aggression pact with al-Qaeda in Yemen

Austin Bodetti

Saudi Arabia's non-aggression pact with al-Qaeda in Yemen

Analysis: Saudi Arabia's involvement in the Yemeni civil war has forced it to balance the competing demands of counterterrorism and national ...

Saudi to screen 'The Message' four decades after ban

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Saudi to screen 'The Message' four decades after ban

The decades-old film was initially banned in most of the region but will now become the first Arabic title to screen in Saudi Arabia since 1983.

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