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Saudi Arabia begins screening films after decades-long ban lifted

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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

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

Saudi bourse adjusts rules to attract foreign funds, ease Aramco IPO

DUBAI Saudi Arabia's stock exchange is adjusting its rules to make it easier for foreign investors to trade - steps that may help the bourse absorb a huge IPO by oil giant Saudi Aramco this year, the exchange's chief executive said on Wednesday.

Jan 10 2018

Saudi-led coalition warplane crashes in Yemen: Saudi statement

DUBAI A warplane from Saudi Arabia's air forces fighting the Houthi movement in Yemen crashed on Sunday due to a technical fault while conducting military operations, a statement carried by the Saudi state news agency SPA said.

World, Yemen, Jan 07 2018

Eleven Saudi princes detained following protest over utility bills

RIYADH/DUBAI Saudi Arabian authorities have detained 11 princes after they gathered at a royal palace in Riyadh in a rare protest against the government suspending payment of their utility bills, the public prosecutor said on Saturday. | Video

World, Jan 06 2018
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Vancouver meeting focuses on sanctions as Koreas explore detente

VANCOUVER A meeting of states that backed South Korea in the Korean war will look at ways to better implement sanctions to push North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons, officials said, even as the North and South explore detente ahead of next month's Winter Olympics.