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National celebrations open Saudi sports stadium to women for first time


RIYADH Saudi Arabia is celebrating the 87th anniversary of its foundation this weekend with a big program of concerts and performances, including a pageant operetta on Saturday evening which allowed women to enter the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh for the first time.

Saudi Arabia condemns Myanmar government 'policy of repression'

UNITED NATIONS Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, on Saturday condemned the government of Myanmar's "policy of repression" against minority Rohingya Muslims.

Saudi King to visit Russia: RIA cites Kremlin

MOSCOW Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz is expected to visit Russia, the RIA news agency cited Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying on Thursday.

World, Sep 21 2017

Record number of states punishing human rights activism: U.N

GENEVA A record 29 states, including China, Iran and Saudi Arabia, have retaliated in the past year against citizens who cooperate with the United Nations, the U.N. human rights office said on Wednesday.

World, United Nations, China Sep 20 2017

Saudi Arabia does not believe Iran abiding by nuclear deal: minister

UNITED NATIONS Saudi Arabia does not believe that Iran is abiding by the 2015 nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and six world powers, the kingdom's foreign minister said on Wednesday, without elaborating.

World, United Nations, Sep 20 2017

Saudi Arabia says hopes Kurdistan vote will not take place

DUBAI Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it hoped Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani would not hold an independence referendum, saying such a move could bring risks for Iraq and the region.

World, Sep 20 2017

Saudi Shura Council to vote on curbing autonomy of morality police

RIYADH Saudi Arabia's Shura Council, an influential advisory body to the government, will vote on a proposal to merge the religious police into the ministry of Islamic affairs, local media reported, further curbing the force's authority.

World, Sep 18 2017

Saudi trains first women air traffic controllers

RIYADH Saudi Arabia will train women to work as air traffic controllers, state media reported, as the conservative Islamic kingdom seeks to create more jobs for women as part of a reform push to wean the economy off oil.

World, Sep 18 2017

Yemen's Houthi leader says could target Saudi oil tankers if Hodeidah attacked

DUBAI Yemen's Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi said on Thursday his group could target Saudi oil tankers should Saudi Arabia attack Yemen's main port at Hodeidah.

World, Yemen, United Nations Sep 14 2017

Aramco says IPO on track after report it is preparing for possible delay

Saudi Aramco's planned initial public offering remains on track, the company said on Thursday, after Bloomberg reported that the oil company is preparing contingency plans for a possible delay by a few months into 2019.

Deals, Sep 14 2017

Germans warned against apathy as Merkel heads for fourth term

BERLIN Germans were urged to vote in a national election on Sunday in which a seemingly assured fourth term for Chancellor Angela Merkel risks being overshadowed by a far-right party entering parliament for the first time in more than half a century.