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Jamal Khashoggi’s children ‘pardon’ their father’s killers but fiancée rejects forgiveness

The children of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi have publicly forgiven their father’s killers, sparing five government agents from death penalty. Salah Khashoggi, the late Saudi critic’s eldest son, posted the pardon in a tweet on Friday. “On this virtuous night of (Ramadan), we recall the words of God Almighty … whoever pardons and makes […]

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Saudi Arabia triples VAT to support coronavirus-hit economy

Saudi Arabia is tripling its value added tax (VAT) as part of austerity measures to support its coronavirus-hit economy. The government in Riyadh also said it will suspend its cost of living allowance to shore up state finances. The oil-rich nation has seen its income plummet as the impact of the pandemic has forced down […]

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Separatists in southern Yemen declare self-rule

Separatists in southern Yemen have declared self-rule, breaking a peace deal signed in November with the internationally recognised government. The Aden-based Southern Transitional Council (STC) declared a state of emergency, saying it would govern the port city and other southern provinces. The STC is supported by the United Arab Emirates. The Saudi-backed Yemeni government warned […]

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Top oil-producing countries agree to cut output amid coronavirus pandemic

Top oil-producing countries agreed on “historic” output cuts to prop up prices hammered by the coronavirus crisis and a Russia-Saudi price war, sending crude prices soaring on Monday. The US benchmark WTI climbed 7.7 percent to $24.52 a barrel in early Asian trade while Brent was up 5.0 percent at $33.08. OPEC producers dominated by […]

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Saudi Aramco humiliates foreign worker after dressing as hand-sanitizer bottle amid coronavirus scare

Amid the coronavirus pandemic stories of racism have also been on the rise. A recent incident was a promotional act initiated by Saudi Arabian oil company Aramco, which is facing flak for dressing up an immigrant employee in the garb of a humanoid hand-sanitizer deployer. The company was accused of racism and exploitation after images […]

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Crude oil prices slide 30%, the biggest in 29 years

Crude oil fell by the most since 1991 on Monday after Saudi Arabia started a price war with Russia by slashing its selling prices and pledging to unleash its pent-up supply onto a market reeling from falling demand because of the coronavirus outbreak. Brent crude futures fell by as much as $14.25, or 31.5 per […]

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Saudi Arabia detains three Princes including King’s brother to silence descent

Saudi authorities have detained three princes including King Salman’s brother and nephew on charges of plotting a coup, the US media reported on Friday, signalling a further consolidation of power by the kingdom’s de facto ruler. The detentions cast aside the last vestiges of potential opposition to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and come as […]

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Saudi government orders arrest of female rapper from Mecca

Saudi officials have ordered the arrest of a female rapper who appeared in a music video for her song Bint Mecca, or Girl from Mecca, stating that it is offensive to the customs and traditions of the holy city. In the video, a Saudi woman identified as Ayasel Slay raps about her pride in being […]

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Saudi fighter jet crashes in northern Yemen

A Saudi fighter jet crashed in conflict-torn Yemen, the Riyadh-led military coalition said Saturday. The Tornado aircraft came down on Friday in northern Al Jawf province during an operation to support Yemeni government forces, the coalition said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency. The coalition did not specify the fate of […]

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How Saudi Crown Prince Targeted The World’s Richest Man

In the spring of 2018, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed Bin Salman, arrived in the U.S. for a three-week cross-country tour to pitch a progressive vision for his kingdom, including an economic plan less reliant on oil, and to charm America’s elite. He visited MIT and Harvard, talked space travel with Richard Branson and hobnobbed […]

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Saudi Crown Prince hacked Jeff Bezos’s phone after sending him message on WhatsApp

Jeff Bezos’s mobile phone was hacked following an exchange between the Amazon.com Inc. chief executive officer and Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman on encrypted messaging service WhatsApp, according to two people familiar with an analysis of the breach. While a message from the prince to Bezos in mid-2018 that preceded the hack appeared benign, investigators […]

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More than 80 Yemeni soldiers killed in missile and drone attack

An attack on a military training camp in Yemen’s Marib province has killed at least 80 government soldiers and wounded hundreds of others, according to security sources. The assault late on Saturday “involved at three missiles”.  The targets included a gathering of government forces and a weaponry warehouse. A medical source at a Marib city […]