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High tensions and ongoing trade war between US and China has shaken the global economy. The Middle East could become one of the main battlefields between them, writes Stasa Salacanin.

Saudi Arabia has banned foreign shepherds from grazing livestock on its territory after a blockade on Qatar led to the deaths of hundreds of stranded camels last year.

Saudi wealth fund takes out unprecedented $11bn loan

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Saudi wealth fund takes out unprecedented $11bn loan

The kingdom is increasingly cash-strapped as it seeks funds to finance its expensive and sweeping economic and social reform programmes.

Britain drifts towards repressive regimes as no-deal Brexit looms

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Britain drifts towards repressive regimes as no-deal Brexit looms

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Israel jostle for position at the top of the Conservative government's list of ideal trading partners, writes Jonathan ...

What's behind the stalled Saudi Aramco IPO?

Courtney Freer

What's behind the stalled Saudi Aramco IPO?

Comment: The IPO would have meant increased international scrutiny, and with other funding sources emerging, Saudi Arabia can afford to sidestep ...

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Saudi Arabia shelves Aramco IPO: report

The proposed Aramco IPO was the centerpiece of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's "Vision 2030" reform programme, which aims to wean the economy off its reliance on oil revenues.

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Saudis in talks to take Tesla private: Elon Musk

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk said he was in talks with Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund and other investors to take the electric ...

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Saudi Prince Alwaleed buys $250m stake in Snapchat

Saudi Arabia's royal tycoon Prince Alwaleed bin Talal announced on Tuesday he had bought a 2.3% stake of tech company Snap, who owns picture ...

CJ Werleman

Apple boss Wozniak gets fingers into Saudi pie

Comment: Tech giant and entrepreneur Steve Wozniak is rubber stamping the Saudi monarchy's efforts to rehabilitate its global reputation, writes ...

Hacking the hajj: Saudis seek solutions to pilgrimage problems

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Hacking the hajj: Saudis seek solutions to pilgrimage problems

The kingdom's first ever hackathon saw men and women programmers hunched over laptops exploring ways to improve the safety of the annual hajj ...

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Trump hotel 'received financial boost' after Saudi royal visit

A visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to New York gave Donald Trump's hotel in the city a big boost.

Imprisoned women activists betray real Saudi '<em>vision</em>'

Sarah Al-Otaibi

Imprisoned women activists betray real Saudi 'vision'

Comment: Until male guardianship is abolished, lifting the driving ban amounts to little more than a cosmetic rebranding effort, writes Sarah ...

Tony Blair consultancy firm 'working with Saudi government'

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Tony Blair consultancy firm 'working with Saudi government'

Tony Blair's consultancy firm is working with the Saudi government, according a report in UK press.

Saudi Arabia signs deal for five Spanish warships

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Saudi Arabia signs deal for five Spanish warships

Saudi Arabia's state-owned defence company has forged a deal with Spanish shipbuilder Navantia for a joint venture to build five warships, state ...

Saudi Aramco looks to buy stake in petrochemical firm

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Saudi Aramco looks to buy stake in petrochemical firm

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

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Sky's the limit: Aviation schools open to Saudi women

Saudi women will now be able to learn how to fly, with aviation schools opening their doors to female applicants following the lifting of a driving ban.

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 ...

The New Arab

Expat Exodus: 'fake Saudisation' failing to tackle rampant unemployment

The government-engineered 'expat exodus' has failed to bring down unemployment, which instead increased in the kingdom, as locals shun ...

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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 ...

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

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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 ...

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Journalism watchdog calls on Saudi Arabia to release blogger

The Committee to Protect Journalists has expressed its concern over Saudi Arabia's crackdown on women's rights advocates, and called for their ...

IMF urges Saudi Arabia to resist temptation to spend

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IMF urges Saudi Arabia to resist temptation to spend

As oil prices rise, Saudi Arabia has been advised to avoid ramping up state spending and get its finances in order.

Three Saudi women's rights activists arrested as crackdown continues

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Three Saudi women's rights activists arrested as crackdown continues

Saudi Arabia is continuing its crackdown on human rights advocates, weeks before the country ends a ban on women drivers.

Saudi Arabia welcomes Ramadan with a spate of arrests

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Saudi Arabia welcomes Ramadan with a spate of arrests

A number of leading Saudi human rights activists and academics have been arrested in the first day of Ramadan as Riyah authorities continue ...

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