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Saudis see oil price on rise as Trump blasts OPEC

Jeddah - Saudi Energy Minister Khaled al-Faleh said Friday the global market has the capacity to absorb higher oil prices, drawing a swift reaction from US President Donald Trump who accused OPEC of inflating prices.

Oil to solar: Saudis push to be renewable energy powerhouse

- Saudi engineers whip up a simulated sandstorm to test a solar panel's durability at a research lab, the heart of the oil-rich kingdom's multibillion dollar quest to be a renewable energy powerhouse.

Pulling no punches: Saudi woman boxer breaks exercise taboo

Jeddah - Throwing punches in a gym tucked away from prying eyes, a Saudi female boxing trainer asserts a right long denied to many women in the conservative kingdom -- the right to exercise.

Saudi crown prince sets off on maiden foreign tour

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's crown prince lands in Egypt Sunday on the first leg of his maiden foreign tour as heir to the throne, a diplomatic charm offensive that follows his stunning rise to power.

Saudi Arabia begins issuing cinema licences

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia began issuing licences Thursday to operate cinemas in the kingdom ahead of their reopening after a decades-long ban was lifted as part of a far-reaching liberalisation drive.

Saudi crown prince flexes muscle with military shake-up

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's sudden overhaul of military commanders is the latest power play by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as he looks to revamp forces currently bogged down in Yemen.

Rock art and mystery: Ancient camel sculptures in Saudi desert

- Squinting in the Saudi desert, Hussain al-Khalifah points at his unprecedented archaeological discovery -- camels carved on russet-hued rocky spurs that could shed new light on the evolution of rock art.

Saudi king replaces top commanders in military shake-up

Riyadh - Saudi King Salman on Monday replaced top military commanders including the chief of staff, state media said, in a major shake-up of the kingdom's defence establishment.

Saudi king sacks chief of staff in major military shake-up

Riyadh - Saudi King Salman has sacked the military chief of staff and a host of other top commanders, state media said Monday, in a major shake-up of the defence establishment.

Riyadh hosts first international half-marathon

Riyadh - Rain-soaked Riyadh hosted its first international half-marathon on Saturday with a top prize of one million riyals ($267,000), as the conservative kingdom seeks to boost sports and entertainment in a far-reaching liberalisation drive.

Saudi Arabia to spend billions on Western-style entertainment

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia announced plans Thursday to spend billions on building new venues and flying in Western acts, in a total overhaul of its entertainment sector that would have been unthinkable not long ago.

Saudi Arabia to invest $64 bn in entertainment in next decade

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia is to invest $64 billion in its entertainment sector over the coming decade, an official said Thursday, as the kingdom pursues a programme of social and economic reforms.

Saudi Arabia seeks to further reduce oil stockpiles

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia said Wednesday it will further trim oil production and exports next month to reduce excess stockpiles that have weighed on crude prices, as concerns mount over US oversupply.

A night at the Ritz: Riyadh '5-star prison' back in business

Riyadh - Leaping bronze stallions adorn the lobby, Western consultants hobnob over tea and scones and a sumptuous buffet is laid out —- Riyadh's Ritz-Carlton appears exactly as it was before it became a gilded prison.

Riyadh's Ritz 'luxury prison' reopens after graft crackdown

Riyadh - Riyadh's Ritz-Carlton reopened for business Sunday, three months after it became a holding place for princes and ministers detained in the biggest anti-graft purge of the kingdom's elite in its modern history.

'Defanged' Saudi religious police bring relief, foreboding

Riyadh - A veiled Saudi woman and an unrelated man jig and twirl on a busy street, stirring a furious debate about the waning influence of the once-feared religious police, notorious for enforcing sex segregation.

Camels left pouting as Saudis ban botox at beauty pageant

- Huddled together on a dusty racetrack, Saudi judges scrutinise pouty lips and shapely humps in a high-stakes camel beauty pageant mired in scandal after botox and cosmetic fillers were detected.

Saudi billionaire Prince Al-Waleed freed after 'settlement'

Riyadh - Saudi billionaire Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal was released on Saturday after nearly three months in detention following a "settlement" with authorities, as a sweeping anti-corruption campaign targeting the kingdom's elite winds down.

Saudi billionaire Prince Al-Waleed released: associate

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia released billionaire Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal on Saturday nearly three months after his arrest in an anti-corruption drive targeting the kingdom's elite, a business associate told AFP.

US House speaker holds talks with Saudi king

Riyadh - The speaker of the US House of Representatives Paul Ryan held talks with Saudi King Salman in Riyadh on Wednesday on the first leg of a Gulf tour.
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