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Saudi Arabia to sell stake in Aramco, create $2 trillion fund

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia will sell shares in state oil giant Aramco and set up the world's largest wealth fund under a long-term economic reform plan, the deputy crown prince said Monday.

Obama said ready to release suppressed pages of 9/11 report

Washington - The Obama administration could be ready to release details about Saudi Arabia's involvement with the 9/11 hijackers that were suppressed after Congress formally investigated the tragedy in 2002.

U.S. bill that could allow suits against Saudis meets resistance

Washington - The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act introduced in the U.S. Senate would allow the possibility of lawsuits against any foreign nations found to be involved in funding a terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

No country has an interest in 'conflict' with Iran: Obama

Riyadh - US President Barack Obama said Thursday that neither the United States nor Arab Gulf nations had an interest in conflict with Iran.

US and Gulf states united in goal to 'destroy' IS: Obama

Riyadh - US President Barack Obama said Thursday that Washington and the Arab monarchies of the Gulf were united in their commitment to defeating the Islamic State jihadist group.

Obama in Saudi Arabia on fence-mending visit

Riyadh - President Barack Obama held talks with Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Wednesday as he began a two-day visit hoping to ease tensions with the historic US ally.

Obama visits Saudi amid tensions with historic ally

Riyadh - US President Barack Obama lands in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to intensify the struggle against jihadists and efforts to end wars in Syria and Yemen, while trying to ease tensions with Riyadh.

Obama courts Gulf kings keen just to see him go

Az Zahra' - President Barack Obama will make another trip to Riyadh to consult Washington's Gulf allies on the crises in Yemen and Syria this week, but may not receive a royal welcome.

Egypt turns over 2 strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia

Cairo - The Egyptian cabinet announced that technical work on the maritime boundary between Egypt and Saudi Arabia showed that the islands of Tiran and Sanafir were both within Saudi territorial waters.

60 minutes to air program on possible Saudi involvement in 9/11

Washington - Twenty-eight pages of a congressional intelligence report that have yet to be declassified will be discussed on 60 Minutes this Sunday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in the Eastern and Pacific time zones.

Saudi, Yemen rebels exchange prisoners ahead of peace talks

Riyadh - Rebels who control the Yemeni capital Sanaa have released nine Saudis in exchange for 109 Yemenis, the Riyadh-led coalition fighting them said Monday, in the latest sign of tensions easing before peace talks.

Sen. Chris Murphy: Saudi war in Yemen 'empowering terrorists'

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) marked the first anniversary of the US-backed, Saudi-led war against Houthi rebels in Yemen by questioning America’s role in the civil war and arguing that US involvement there is fueling more terrorism.

Obama faces unprecedented Saudi criticism ahead of summit

Riyadh - Blunt assessments by Barack Obama of longtime US ally Saudi Arabia have triggered unprecedented Saudi criticism of the president as he prepares to visit for a key summit with Gulf allies next month.

U.S., Russia to meet on Syria truce violations ahead of talks

- US and Russian officials were to meet Saturday on Syrian opposition charges of truce violations by the regime but peace talks remain on course, US Secretary of State John Kerry said.

US, Russia to meet on Syria truce violations ahead of peace talks

- US and Russian officials were to meet Saturday on Syrian opposition charges of truce violations by the regime but peace talks remain on course, US Secretary of State John Kerry said.

Yemen rebels and Saudis swap prisoners, agree border 'calm'

Riyadh - Yemen's Iran-backed rebels have freed a Saudi soldier in return for seven detained Yemenis as part of a tribal-mediated border truce agreed by both sides, the Riyadh-led coalition said Wednesday.

Gulf states declare Lebanon's Hezbollah 'terrorist' group

Riyadh - Gulf monarchies on Wednesday declared Lebanon's Hezbollah a "terrorist" group, escalating tensions with the Shiite militant organisation that is fighting in support of Syria's regime.

Saudi accuses Russia, Syria regime of ceasefire violations

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia on Sunday accused President Bashar al-Assad's regime and its ally Russia of "ceasefire violations" in Syria.

Saudi begins 'Thunder of the North' military exercise

Riyadh - Armed forces from 20 countries have begun manoeuvres in northeastern Saudi Arabia that the official Saudi Press Agency described as one of the world's biggest military exercises.

Bird revives another bird: Video

Are birds capable of altruistic behavior? A new video suggests so. The scene, shot in Saudi Arabia, shows a robin slapping wings and stroking unconscious partners using its beak. The bird regains consciousness and flies away.
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