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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.

Qatar, UAE matches become political footballs in Gulf crisis

Doha - An Abu Dhabi football ground may seem an unlikely venue for a rare let-up in a protracted diplomatic crisis, but a match between Qatari and Emirati clubs marks a first since Doha's neighbours imposed a crippling blockade.

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.

Saudi, UAE envoys bid to end standoff in Yemen's Aden

Aden - Saudi and Emirati envoys shuttled between Yemeni government forces and besieging southern separatists in second city Aden on Thursday in a bid to end a tense standoff after days of deadly infighting.

Saudi, UAE envoys bid to end standoff in Yemen's Aden

Aden - Saudi and Emirati envoys shuttled between Yemeni government forces and besieging southern separatists in second city Aden on Thursday in a bid to end a tense standoff after days of deadly infighting.

UK lawyers to seek Saudi suspension from UN rights body

London - Two British human rights lawyers are to ask Wednesday for Saudi Arabia to be suspended from the UN Human Rights Council over 61 people "arbitrarily detained or disappeared" by the country's authorities.

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.

Qatar in talks for Russian S-400 missile systems

Moscow - Qatar is finalising a deal to buy Russian S-400 air defence systems, the isolated Gulf state's ambassador to Moscow said Thursday.

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.

'White oil': Saudi Arabia seeks place on tourism map

Az Zahra' - Gazing at a shimmering salt pan below, a group of first-time Saudi hikers descended craggy slopes into a volcanic crater, part of a hidden trove of natural wonders being promoted to kickstart tourism.

Tillerson meets with British, Saudi, UAE ministers on Yemen

Paris - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met Tuesday with the foreign ministers of Britain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE to discuss "a political solution" to the conflict in Yemen, sources said.

Saudi-led coalition announces $1.5 bn in new aid for war-torn Yemen

Riyadh - A Saudi-led military coalition on Monday announced $1.5 billion in new humanitarian aid for Yemen after the United Nations made what it called a record appeal for assistance for the war-ravaged country.

Saudi Arabia calls for oil producers to extend cooperation

Muscat - Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia called Sunday for extending cooperation between OPEC and non-OPEC producers beyond 2018, after a deal to cut output succeeded in shoring up prices.

Despite reforms, Saudi women still silenced: rights groups

Paris - Despite enjoying some newfound freedoms such as the right to attend a football match, Saudi women, particularly rights activists, continue to be silenced, two rights groups said Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia announces $2 bn bailout for Yemen government

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday it would transfer $2 billion to Yemen's central bank, following desperate calls for a financial rescue from the beleaguered government it has supported militarily for nearly three years.

Saudi Arabia intercepts new Yemen rebel missile attack

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia said Wednesday it had intercepted a fresh missile attack by Yemeni rebels on the south of the kingdom and renewed its accusations that arch-foe Iran had armed them.

Erdogan hosts Qatar emir amid new Gulf tensions

Ankara - Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani held talks in Turkey on Monday with his chief ally President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as tensions again surged between the emirate and its regional foes.

Ritz-Carlton to re-open after holding royals in Saudi purge

Riyadh - The Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh, a holding place of royals and ministers detained in a sweeping Saudi corruption probe, will re-open for business in February, sources at the hotel said Monday.

One separated Gaza twin dies but sister recovering

Riyadh - One of the Palestinian conjoined twins from the Gaza Strip separated this week in surgery in Saudi Arabia has died but her sister is recovering, the kingdom said Saturday.

Saudi women attend football game for the first time

Jeddah - Saudi Arabia allowed women to enter a football stadium for the first time to watch a match Friday, as the ultra-conservative kingdom eases strict decades-old rules separating the sexes.

Saudi women attend football game for the first time

Jeddah - Saudi Arabia allowed women to enter a football stadium for the first time to watch a match Friday, as the ultra-conservative kingdom eases strict decades-old rules separating the sexes.

Wife of Saudi blogger Badawi told he could be pardoned

Paris - The wife of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi is allowing herself to dream: might the modernising new crown prince in her ultra-conservative homeland be about to free her husband?

Saudi princes arrested for sit-in against having to pay utilities

Riyadh - Eleven Saudi princes face trial after their arrest at a sit-in protesting having to pay their utility bills, authorities said Sunday, as the monarchy pursues reforms amid hefty debt and high unemployment.

Saudi arrests 11 princes over anti-austerity protest: media

Riyadh - Saudi authorities have arrested 11 princes who protested against the kingdom's austerity measures and who could face trial, a news website close to the government reported on Saturday.

Saudi boosts citizen benefits as taxes bite

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia announced Saturday it had boosted stipends and benefits for citizens to cushion the impact of economic reforms including the kingdom's first ever taxes after an oil price slump.

Saudi intercepts ballistic missile near Yemen border: state media

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia on Friday intercepted a ballistic missile over the kingdom's south near the border with Yemen, state media reported, hours after Yemeni rebels said they had launched an attack.
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