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US flexes muscles in Gulf to reassure allies

Dubai - A US aircraft carrier's passage through the Gulf is the latest demonstration of the superpower's enduring military presence in the Middle East aimed at reassuring allies, experts and officials say.

Gay Saudi journalists detained in Australia after asylum bid

Sydney - Two gay Saudi journalists who sought asylum in Australia after being threatened at home over their relationship have been held for weeks at an immigration detention centre, their lawyer said Wednesday.

Aramco declares $1.71 trillion valuation in blockbuster IPO

Apo - Saudi Arabia on Sunday put a value of up to $1.71 trillion on energy giant Aramco in what could be the world's biggest IPO, but missed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's initial target of $2 trillion. Aramco said it would sell 1.

Aramco declares $1.71 trillion valuation in blockbuster IPO

Apo - Saudi Arabia on Sunday put a value of up to $1.71 trillion on energy giant Aramco in what could be the world's biggest IPO, but missed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's initial target of $2 trillion.Aramco said it would sell 1.

Football diplomacy with Qatar hints at Saudi 'peace' effort

Apo - A Saudi-led bloc's decision to play a football tournament in rival Qatar could herald a rapprochement after a two-year stand-off, and signal Riyadh is tempering its muscular approach that stoked regional crises.

Saudi backpedals on video labelling feminism 'extremism'

Apo - Saudi authorities have distanced themselves from an official video that sparked controversy after it branded feminism, homosexuality and atheism as extremist ideas.

Saudi, UAE, Bahrain to play in Qatar, signalling thaw

Apo - Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have said they will participate in this month's Gulf Cup football tournament in Qatar, signalling a thaw in their bitter two-year feud.

Three performers stabbed on stage in Saudi capital

Apo - A Yemeni man stabbed three performers during a live play in the Saudi capital Monday, police said, in the first such attack since the ultra-conservative kingdom began easing decades-old restrictions on entertainment.

Hashtag Saudi Arabia: Chasing critics on Twitter

Dubai - The US Justice Department has charged three people, including two Saudis, with spying on Twitter users critical of the kingdom's royal family.

Riyadh has 'open channel' with Yemen rebels: Saudi official

Apo - Riyadh has an "open channel" with Yemen's Iran-backed rebels with the goal of ending the country's civil war, a Saudi official said Wednesday, weeks after the rebels offered to halt attacks on the kingdom.

Riyadh in talks with Yemen rebels, Saudi official says

Apo - Riyadh is in talks with Yemen's Iran-backed Huthi rebels in a bid to end the country's civil war, a Saudi official said Wednesday in the first official confirmation of dialogue between the two sides.

US navy prepares allies to 'protect navigation' in Gulf

The United States is training Gulf allies to "protect navigation" in the region's troubled waterways, as it seeks to build an alliance to contain Iran.

US navy prepares allies to 'protect navigation' in Gulf

The United States is training Gulf allies to "protect navigation" in the region's troubled waterways, as Washington seeks to build an alliance of friendly nations to contain Iran.

Saudis scramble to raise cash for Aramco share sale

Apo - From tapping lenders to selling personal assets, Saudis are scrambling to raise cash to invest in Aramco stocks after the oil giant announced its blockbuster market debut even as it offered few listing details.

Saudi Aramco confirms plans to list on Riyadh bourse

Apo - Saudi Aramco on Sunday confirmed it planned to list on the Riyadh stock exchange, describing it as a "significant milestone" in the history of the energy giant.

Saudi Aramco heads for possible record-setting market debut

Apo - Saudi Arabia on Sunday announced the stock market debut of energy giant Aramco, in what could be the world's biggest IPO, underpinning Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's ambitions to overhaul the kingdom's oil-reliant economy.

Yemen govt, separatists to sign power-sharing deal on Tuesday

Apo - Yemen's internationally recognised government will sign an agreement with southern separatists on Tuesday aimed at ending a conflict simmering within the country's long-running civil war, Yemeni and Saudi officials said.

Louvre in push to display 'missing' Da Vinci: culture expert

Apo - The Louvre museum has made an "offer" to the owner of the world's most expensive painting to allow it to be displayed in a Leonardo da Vinci exhibition in Paris, a French cultural body chief said Thursday.

Bolsonaro keen for Brazil to join OPEC

Apo - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said Wednesday he was keen for his country to join OPEC, a move that would add the oil producer to a cartel dominated by Saudi Arabia.

Saudi 'Davos in desert': Glitz, smiles, hidden name cards

Apo - Wall Street titans smiled and schmoozed at a Saudi investment conference widely shunned last year over a critic's murder, but as wariness lingers some delegates kept their name cards discreetly out of sight.

Global leaders, tycoons attend Saudi 'Davos in desert'

Apo - Top finance moguls and political leaders attended a Davos-style Saudi investment summit on Tuesday, in stark contrast to last year when outrage over critic Jamal Khashoggi's murder sparked a mass boycott.

Top executives expected at Saudi 'Davos in desert'

Apo - Top finance executives and political leaders have converged on Saudi capital Riyadh for a Davos-style investment forum, in stark contrast to last year's mass boycott following the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Saudi hosts 'Davos in desert' as outrage fades over critic's murder

Apo - Dozens of global policymakers and tycoons will attend a Saudi investment summit starting Tuesday, helping the kingdom turn the page on a critic's murder that triggered a mass boycott last year.

US's Mnuchin to lead 5-nation trip, including controversial Saudi event

Washington - Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will lead a US delegation next week on a five-country tour of the Middle East and India, including attending a Saudi investment conference he boycotted last year over the gruesome murder of a journalist, officials said...

Saudi Arabia names new foreign minister in generational shift

Apo - Saudi Arabia has appointed a new foreign minister with experience in Western capitals and loyalty to the powerful crown prince, in what observers say is a generational shift being driven by the young ruler.

Saudi replaces foreign minister less than a year after appointment

Apo - Saudi Arabia's King Salman appointed a new foreign minister on Wednesday, according to a royal decree issued less than a year after his predecessor took office.

US's Mnuchin to attend Saudi event a year after Khashoggi murder

Washington - Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will lead an American delegation to Saudi Arabia's annual financial conference, a year after widespread boycotts of a prior event over the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Loopholes riddle Saudi reforms on 'guardianship' of women

Apo - Saudi Arabia has eased travel restrictions on women but observers say loopholes still allow male relatives to curtail their movements and, in the worst cases, leave them marooned in prison-like shelters.

Diplomatic stalemate fuels dangerous Saudi-Iran standoff

Abu Dhabi - The dangerous rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran, played out in proxy wars and mystery strikes, is destined to fester as long as neither reaches across the gulf that divides them, observers say.

35 foreigners dead in Saudi bus crash

Apo - Thirty-five foreigners were killed and four others injured when a bus collided with another heavy vehicle near the Muslim holy city of Medina, Saudi state media said on Thursday.
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