Stephen Kalin

Saudi Arabia extends coronavirus curfew, UAE warns on worker repatriation

Apr 12 2020

RIYADH/DUBAI Saudi Arabia indefinitely extended a curfew due to the coronavirus on Sunday amid a surge of new infections, and the United Arab Emirates warned of possible action against countries refusing to allow migrant workers to be repatriated.

Saudi-led coalition announces ceasefire in five-year Yemen war

Apr 08 2020

DUBAI/RIYADH The Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthis said on Wednesday it was halting military operations nationwide in support of U.N. efforts to end a five-year war that has killed over 100,000 people and spread hunger and disease.

G20 energy ministers to hold video conference on Friday: document

Apr 07 2020

RIYADH Saudi Arabia will host an extraordinary meeting by video conference on Friday for energy ministers from the Group of 20 major economies "to ensure energy market stability", an internal document seen by Reuters shows.

As coronavirus spreads, U.N. seeks Yemen urgent peace talks resumption

Apr 02 2020

DUBAI The United Nations and Western allies are pointing to the threat of coronavirus to push Yemen's combatants to agree to fresh talks to end a war that has left millions vulnerable to disease, the U.N. and sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

G20 coronavirus plan focuses on poorer countries' debt problems

Mar 31 2020

RIYADH/WASHINGTON The Group of 20 major economies said on Tuesday that they would present a coronavirus action plan in two weeks to address the debt vulnerabilities of the poorest countries and deliver financial aid to emerging economies.

G20 ministers agree to keep markets open, tackle pandemic supply disruptions

Mar 30 2020

RIYADH/WASHINGTON Trade ministers from the Group of 20 major economies agreed on Monday to keep their markets open and ensure the continued flow of vital medical supplies, equipment and other essential goods as the world battles the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

Hard times shape speedy Saudi and Kuwaiti coronavirus response

Mar 30 2020

RIYADH/KUWAIT The world's last major coronavirus outbreak, in 2012, began in Saudi Arabia, where a faltering response allowed the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) to kill several hundred people and spread across the region.

Britain, U.S. working with Saudis to repatriate citizens

Mar 28 2020

RIYADH Saudi Arabian Airlines will begin exceptional commercial flights this week to bring British nationals and their families back to the United Kingdom, and similar flights are being arranged for U.S. citizens to return home, both countries said.

G20 leaders to inject $5 trillion into global economy in fight against coronavirus

Mar 26 2020

RIYADH/WASHINGTON Leaders of the Group of 20 major economies pledged on Thursday to inject over $5 trillion (£4.1 trillion) into the global economy to limit job and income losses from the coronavirus and "do whatever it takes to overcome the pandemic."

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