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Cartel or talking shop? OPEC awaits Saudi ruling


DUBAI/LONDON For those seeking guidance on Saudi Arabia's thinking regarding the future of OPEC, the last few weeks' agenda of the new Saudi energy minister, Khalid al-Falih, might offer a few clues.

Saudi court hands death sentence to man convicted of 2004 attack on Swiss firm

RIYADH A man has been sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for killing six Westerners and a Saudi soldier in an al Qaeda attack in the city of Yanbu in 2004, local media reported on Tuesday.

World, May 24 2016

GE says to double Saudi workforce as economy reforms

DUBAI Saudi Arabia won support for its economic reform plan from one of the world's biggest companies on Monday as General Electric Co (GE) said it would double its workforce in the kingdom to 4,000 people by 2020.

May 23 2016

Maldives severs diplomatic ties with Iran citing security threats

COLOMBO Maldives, a staunch supporter of Saudi Arabia, has severed ties with Iran, saying the Islamic Republic's policy in the Middle East is detrimental to peace and security for the Indian Ocean archipelago, its Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

World, May 18 2016

Senate passes bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Tuesday that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia's government for damages, setting up a potential showdown with the White House, which has threatened a veto.

World, Election 2016, Politics, May 17 2016

Saudi Arabia says time may be coming for "Plan B" on Syria

VIENNA Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said on Tuesday that if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad did not abide with efforts to establish a truce across Syria country, alternatives would need to be looked at.

World, May 17 2016

Saudi Arabia aims to salvage white elephant financial district

RIYADH The plan to build a financial district from scratch was viewed by Saudi Arabia's neighbors as among the glossiest excesses of the kingdom's oil boom profligacy: a white elephant in the making, unlikely to attract tenants and possibly never even to be completed. | Video

May 17 2016

Domestic focus may limit clout of $2 trillion Saudi fund

DUBAI Saudi Arabia aims to create the world's biggest sovereign wealth fund, a $2 trillion behemoth that can throw its weight around global markets, but the fund's growth abroad is likely to be slowed by its responsibility for aiding the economy at home. | Video

May 16 2016

Kerry meets Saudi king to discuss Syria before Vienna talks

JEDDAH U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Saudi Arabia's King Salman in Jeddah on Sunday to discuss the fragile truce in Syria, before broader talks with Russia, Iran and other countries in Vienna on Tuesday.

World, Russia, Syria May 15 2016

Egyptian court jails 152 people over islands protest

CAIRO An Egyptian court sentenced 152 protesters on Saturday to between two and five years in prison each after they demonstrated against a decision to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, judicial sources and state media said.

World, Egypt May 14 2016

G7 agrees need strong message on South China Sea, China says don't 'hype'

ISE-SHIMA, Japan Group of Seven (G7) leaders agreed on Thursday on the need to send a strong message on maritime claims in the western Pacific, where an increasingly assertive China is locked in territorial disputes with Japan and several Southeast Asian nations. | Video