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HRW accuses Saudi Arabia of repression despite reforms

DUBAI Human Rights Watch accused Saudi Arabia on Thursday of violating international humanitarian law in Yemen and stepping up arrests and prosecutions of activists seeking reform or voicing peaceful dissent.

Saudi government announces tender to build 60 schools, ease burden on state

DUBAI Saudi Arabia's education ministry announced on Wednesday a tender for private companies to build 60 schools, part of economic reforms designed to ease pressure on state finances.

World, Jan 17 2018

Saudi Arabia shoots down Yemeni missile: Ekhbariya TV

A ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s armed Houthi group towards Saudi Arabia's southern Jizan region was shot down by Saudi forces on Tuesday, Saudi state TV Ekhbariya reported.

World, Yemen Jan 16 2018

Saudi Arabia begins screening films after decades-long ban lifted

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia began screening feature-length animated children's films this weekend in a makeshift theater, after a 35-year-old ban on cinemas was lifted in the conservative Islamic kingdom. | Video

World, Jan 15 2018

Saudi hotel to reopen after being used as prison in corruption purge

RIYADH The luxury Riyadh hotel used as a prison during Saudi Arabia's crackdown on corruption will reopen for business next month, according to a company employee and its website, suggesting authorities are close to settling the cases of many suspects.

World, Jan 15 2018

Saudi Prince Alwaleed in settlement talks with government: sources

DUBAI/JEDDAH Saudi Arabia's billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, detained for over two months in an anti-corruption crackdown, is negotiating a possible settlement with authorities but so far has not agreed on terms, a senior Saudi official said.

World, Jan 14 2018

Saudi Arabia to seek extradition of corruption suspects

RIYADH Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor has said he will pursue extradition for corruption suspects living abroad as part of a two-month-old crackdown that has already netted princes and tycoons.

World, Jan 13 2018

German would-be coalition partners promise tax relief, arms export bans

BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats plan tax relief for citizens of 10 billion euros over the three years to 2021 as well as extra spending on home-building, education and research, a draft agreement showed.

World, Yemen Jan 12 2018

Hong Kong, London, New York shortlisted for Aramco IPO: sources

DUBAI/LONDON Saudi Arabia has shortlisted New York, London and Hong Kong - singly or in a combination of two or even all three - for the international portion of the listing of national oil company Aramco, two sources with knowledge of the discussions said.

China, Jan 11 2018

Exclusive: Saudi state taking control of Binladin construction giant - sources

RIYADH/DUBAI Saudi Arabia is taking managerial control of Saudi Binladin Group and discussing a possible transfer of some of the giant construction group's assets to the state while its chairman and other family members are in detention, sources told Reuters.

Jan 11 2018
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North Korea may hold military parade on eve of Olympics, analysts say

SEOUL North Korea may be preparing to hold a military parade on the eve of next month's winter Olympics in South Korea, analysts and diplomats say, even as the two countries have sought to mend ties.