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Saudi King Salman launches investment drive with Asia tour

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RIYADH Saudi Arabia's King Salman starts a month-long Asian tour on Sunday to build ties with the world's fastest growing importers of Saudi oil and promote investment opportunities, including the sale of a stake in its giant state firm Saudi Aramco.

Exclusive: Egyptian real estate developers say Saudi project suspended

CAIRO Three Egyptian real estate executives said on Thursday that their companies have suspended housing deals with the Saudi Arabian government amid political tensions between the two countries.

World, Egypt Feb 23 2017

Iran sends delegation to Saudi for talks on rejoining haj

DUBAI Iran has sent a delegation to Saudi Arabia for talks on Iranians attending haj, state television reported on Wednesday, after Tehran boycotted the Muslim pilgrimage last year.

World, Feb 22 2017

Saudi king to visit Indonesia in March with entourage of 1,500: Indonesian officials

JAKARTA Saudi Arabia's King Salman will visit Jakarta and Bali on the Indonesian leg of his Asian tour next month, bringing 1,500 people in his entourage including 10 ministers, Indonesian officials said.

World, Indonesia, Feb 21 2017

Saudi Arabia, Israel present de facto united front against Iran

MUNICH Saudi Arabia and Israel both called on Sunday for a new push against Iran, signaling a growing alignment in their interests, while U.S. lawmakers promised to seek new sanctions on the Shi'ite Muslim power.

Davos, World, Israel Feb 19 2017

Israel's defense minister says Iran wants to undermine Saudi Arabia

MUNICH Israel's defense minister said on Sunday Iran had an ultimate objective of undermining Saudi Arabia in the Middle East and called for a dialogue with Sunni Arab states to defeat "radical" elements in the region.

World, Feb 19 2017

Saudi foreign minister says Iran main sponsor of global terror

MUNICH Saudi Arabia's foreign minister on Sunday rejected Iranian calls for dialogue saying Tehran was the main sponsor of terrorism in the world, a destabilizing force in the Middle East and wanted to "destroy us."

World, Politics, Election 2016, Feb 19 2017

Saudi Crown prince says U.S.-Saudi ties strong

KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia's relations with the United States are "historic and strategic", Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef said on the occasion of the visit of CIA director Mike Pompeo to Riyadh.

World, Feb 11 2017

Saudi Arabia to appoint ambassador to Lebanon: president's office

BEIRUT Saudi Arabia will appoint a new ambassador to Lebanon, encourage the return of Saudi tourists and increase flights there by Saudi airlines, the Lebanese president's office said, in a sign of improved bilateral ties.

World, Lebanon Feb 06 2017

Singapore to cane Saudi diplomat for molesting hotel intern: paper

SINGAPORE A Singapore court sentenced a Saudi Arabian diplomat to four strokes of a cane and more than 26 months in jail for molesting a young hotel intern while on holiday in the city state last year, the Straits Times newspaper said on Friday.

World, Feb 03 2017
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In push to reclaim Raqqa, Trump's choices range from bad to worse

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump's push against Islamic State in Syria could present him with an unenviable choice: Alienate NATO ally Turkey by relying on Kurdish fighters or adopt a plan that may slow the assault and require many more U.S. combat forces.