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'Bargaining tools': Saudi speeds up trials before Biden era

Jeddah - Saudi Arabia is accelerating trials of so-called dissidents, including a high-profile Saudi-American doctor, who fear becoming bargaining tools in a potential early showdown with Joe Biden's incoming administration.

OPEC+ meeting to set February production levels

London - Members of the OPEC group of oil producers and their partners will meet via videoconference Monday to decide production levels for February, which it hopes to continue boosting.

Saudi activist jail sentence paves way for release within months: family

Apo - A Saudi court on Monday sentenced prominent activist Loujain al-Hathloul to five years and eight months in prison for terrorism-related crimes, but she is expected to be released within months, her family said.

Saudi cuts spending as 2020 budget deficit soars due to pandemic

Apo - Saudi Arabia on Tuesday projected its 2020 budget deficit will soar to around $79 billion, as the world's top crude exporter reels from low oil prices and a coronavirus-led economic downturn.

Explosion rocks Singapore-flagged tanker off Saudi port

Apo - An explosion rocked a Singapore-flagged oil tanker off the Saudi port city of Jeddah Monday, the vessel's owner said, in the latest in a series of attacks on energy infrastructure in the kingdom.

Saudi pushes to end Gulf feud, but full resolution elusive

Apo - Saudi Arabia is pushing for a compromise to end a damaging three-year Gulf dispute, but a full resolution remains out of reach despite its offer of concessions, sources close to the negotiations say.

Saudi prince asks US court to dismiss 'assassination' lawsuit

Washington - Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has asked a US federal court to throw out a lawsuit which accused him of trying to have an ex-intelligence official assassinated.

Saudi, Israeli officials spar at regional conference

Manama - An influential Saudi prince launched a bitter attack on Israel at a regional conference Sunday, drawing retorts from the Jewish state's foreign minister who addressed the gathering virtually.

Saudi says allies 'on board' for resolution of Gulf crisis

Manama - A resolution of the Gulf diplomatic crisis is in sight, with all nations involved "on board" and final agreement expected soon, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said Saturday.

Detained Saudi royal moved to secret site: European lawmaker

Apo - A Saudi prince detained in a guarded villa in Riyadh without any formal charges has been moved to an "undisclosed location", a European lawmaker said in a letter seen by AFP Wednesday.

White House's Kushner headed to Saudi, Qatar: reports

Washington - US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner will visit Saudi Arabia and Qatar this week in a bid for further diplomatic deals in the region before leaving the White House, according to media reports Sunday.

Explosion rocks Greek-operated tanker in Saudi port

Apo - An explosion rocked a Greek-operated oil tanker docked at Saudi Arabia's port of Shuqaiq on Wednesday, Greek officials said, in an attack that a Riyadh-led military coalition blamed on Yemeni rebels.

Israel reports say PM met Saudi crown prince, Riyadh denies

Jerusalem - Israeli media reports and a government source said Monday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had met for landmark talks in Saudi Arabia with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, but Riyadh denied that the meeting took place.

Israeli PM held secret talks in Saudi with crown prince, Pompeo: media

Jerusalem - Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held secret talks in Saudi Arabia Sunday with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, media said, in the first reported trip by an Israeli premier to the kingdom.

Families of jailed Saudis appeal to world ahead of G20

Washington - Families of imprisoned Saudis appealed Friday for the world to speak up as the kingdom hosts the Group of 20 summit, saying that challenging the kingdom's international reputation was crucial to winning their freedom.

Saudi to host online G20 summit amid pandemic, recession

Apo - Saudi Arabia hosts the G20 summit Saturday in a first for an Arab nation, but the scaled-down virtual format could limit debate on a resurgent coronavirus pandemic and crippling economic crisis.

Saudi prince vows 'iron fist' against extremists after attacks

Apo - Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman pledged Thursday to strike extremists with an "iron fist", after a bombing against a gathering of Western diplomats was claimed by the Islamic State group.

Saudi king urges 'firm stance' against Iran

Apo - Saudi Arabia's King Salman urged world powers Thursday to take a "firm stance" against its arch-rival Iran, as expectations mount that US President-elect Joe Biden will seek to revive a 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.

Bomb strikes WWI memorial at Saudi cemetery

Jeddah - A bomb blast struck a World War I commemoration attended by Western diplomats in the Saudi city of Jeddah Wednesday, leaving at least two people wounded in the second assault on diplomatic missions in recent weeks, officials said.

After cosy ties with Trump, Saudi Arabia faces Biden 'pariah' pledge

Apo - US President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to make Saudi Arabia a "pariah" over its human rights failings, but observers say the oil-rich Arab powerhouse still holds enough leverage to deflect a major rupture in relations.

Saudi Arabia to ease restrictions on foreign workers

Apo - Saudi Arabia said Wednesday it will ease key restrictions on millions of foreign workers, as part of plans to reform its long-criticised labour policy.

Saudi Twitter users grapple with 'digital authoritarianism'

Apo - The former Saudi official's tweet expressing condolences over an activist's death seemed benign, but his mysterious disappearance soon afterwards highlighted what observers call the state's "digital authoritarianism".

Saudi angers India with independent Kashmir banknote

New Delhi - India has complained to Saudi Arabia over a banknote that shows Kashmir as a separate country, in the latest protest over maps of the disputed region that have also targeted foreign media outlets and a social media giant.

Saudi wounds French consulate guard in Jeddah knife attack

Jeddah - A Saudi citizen wounded a guard in a knife attack Thursday at the French consulate in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, officials said, as France faces growing anger over satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

Saudis shun 'made in Turkey' as rivalry deepens

Apo - From pickled vine leaves to coffee and cheese, Saudi supermarkets are taking Turkish products off the shelves after calls for a boycott, as rivalry between Riyadh and Ankara heats up.

Khashoggi fiancee sues Saudi prince in US over murder

Washington - The fiancee of journalist Jamal Khashoggi sued Saudi Arabia's crown prince and other officials Tuesday in a US court, seeking damages for his brutal murder in Istanbul two years ago.

Pompeo encourages Saudis to normalize with Israel

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday encouraged Saudi Arabia to recognize Israel, in what would be a massive boost for the Jewish state amid normalization by two other Gulf Arab kingdoms.

Mecca reopens for limited 'umrah' pilgrimage

Mecca - Mask-clad Muslims circled Islam's holiest site along socially distanced paths on Sunday, as Saudi authorities partially resumed the year-round umrah pilgrimage with extensive health precautions adopted after a seven-month coronavirus hiatus.

Mecca reopens for limited 'umrah' pilgrimage

Mecca - Mask-clad Muslims circled Islam's holiest site along socially distanced paths on Sunday, as Saudi authorities partially resumed the year-round umrah pilgrimage amid extensive health precautions after seven-month coronavirus hiatus.

International probe sought on Khashoggi death anniversary

Istanbul - Global rights groups called Friday for an international enquiry to establish the truth behind the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul's Saudi consulate two years ago.
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