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Saudi King absolves troops of any future accountability for their conduct in Yemen war

A royal decree by Saudi King Salman has ‘pre-exonerated’ all troops fighting in Yemen from any accountability issues they may face over their conduct in the war, in which thousands of civilians have been killed and wounded. A statement announcing the early pardon, released by Saudi Arabia’s state news agency SPA, said the pardon extends to “all military men across ...

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Imposter ‘Saudi prince’ caught after eating pork during $50,000 scam

A con artist who defrauded his victims of millions of dollars while posing as a Saudi prince got caught after a Miami hotelier noticed the supposedly devout Muslim royal was eating pork during their meetings. Anthony Gignac, a Colombian-born scammer known for targeting super-rich real estate developers, worked under the alias ‘Sultan Bin Khalid Al-Saud’ as he finagled gifts worth ...

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‘Habibi I can drive my car’: Beatles’ classic cover celebrates Saudi women driving

Students at the Berklee College of Music in Boston have reimagined The Beatles 1965 hit ‘Drive my Car’ in Arabic, to celebrate the recent lifting of the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia. The cover was arranged by Palestinian cellist Naseem Alatrash and features Syrian singer Nano Raies. The group was named ‘Nano and the 6-2-4,’ a reference to ...

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Trump claims Saudi Arabia agreed to oil production hike, Riyadh doesn’t confirm

Donald Trump has asked Saudi Arabia to drastically increase its oil production, citing “turmoil and dysfunction” in Iran and Venezuela. The US president says King Salman agreed, although that claim remains unconfirmed by Riyadh. “Just spoke to King Salman of Saudi Arabia and explained to him that, because of the turmoil & disfunction (sic) in Iran and Venezuela, I am ...

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Saudi Arabia to boost oil production to record high – report

OPEC leader Saudi Arabia is set to increase oil production to a record 10.8 million barrels per day (bpd) in July, Bloomberg reports. Read more This is a significant rise from 10.03 million bpd in May. That would surpass the previous high of 10.72 million in November 2016, according to Bloomberg. Riyadh and other OPEC members are under pressure from ...

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Day X for women in Saudi Arabia as driving rights come into force (PHOTOS)

Images that could hardly be imagined a few years ago have been floating in from Saudi Arabia, where women got their right to drive in the ultra-conservative Gulf kingdom. Starting on June 24, women were officially and legally allowed to drive on the roads, no longer having to rely on male drivers. Many couldn’t wait until the morning to exercise ...

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Ballistic missile launched by Houthi rebels intercepted over Riyadh – Saudi media (VIDEO)

Loud explosions rocked the sky above Riyadh on Sunday evening. The blasts occurred during the interception of a “ballistic missile” launched by Houthi fighters from the neighboring war-torn Yemen, the Saudi media says. Videos started surfacing online, purportedly showing the reported explosions. Saudi-based Al-Ikhbariya TV later stated that air-defense troops intercepted a “ballistic missile” launched by the Houthi rebels from Yemen. ...

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Saudi Arabia invites Russia to join OPEC as observer, Moscow says it’s ‘an option’

Riyadh has invited Moscow to join OPEC as an observer, the Saudi energy minister says. The announcement follows an agreement between OPEC and non-members led by Russia to increase crude oil output by a million barrels per day. Read more The announcement was made on Saturday during the 4th OPEC and non-OPEC ministerial meeting in Vienna. “We’ve invited Russia to ...

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Win-win deal for Russia & Saudi Arabia: OPEC agrees to ramp up production

OPEC and non-member allies led by Russia have agreed to raise oil production by a million barrels per day. It can be regarded as a victory for Saudi Arabia and Russia, which had pushed to boost output to alleviate high prices. Read more Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih told reporters in Vienna that an agreement had been reached for a ...

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Too tight to fly: Saudi entertainment chief sacked after circus show triggers hardliner backlash

A performance in Riyadh by a supposedly Russian circus, which featured female artists showcasing their skills in tight-fitting leotards, may have cost the head of Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Agency his job. [embedded content] Ahmad al-Khatib, who was spearheading Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s cultural reforms in the ultra-conservative kingdom, was fired on Monday, the official Saudi Press Agency ...

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