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IMF lowers growth forecast for Saudi Arabia, region

Dubai - The International Monetary Fund on Monday lowered its 2019 economic growth forecast for Saudi Arabia and the region over low oil prices and crude output along with rising geopolitical tensions.

Saudi asylum case prods Thais towards reform of tough refugee policy

Bangkok - On a television set in a grim, overcrowded Bangkok detention centre refugees closely followed Saudi woman Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun's quest for resettlement, as the 18-year-old asylum-seeker's case spurred hopes of a major policy turn from Thailand -- a ...

Saudi music festival spotlights pre-Islamic heritage

Tabouk - Bathed in light, musicians belt out melodies among pre-Islamic desert ruins in northwestern Saudi Arabia, a heritage trove at the centre of efforts to put the reclusive kingdom on the tourism map.

Saudi teen refugee, now in Canada, wants to fight for other women

Toronto - A Saudi teen who caused an international sensation by defying her family and seeking asylum abroad on Tuesday vowed to fight for women's freedoms in her first public address since she was taken in by Canada.

Saudi urges 'fair' energy transition, defends oil

Abu Dhabi - Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia called Tuesday for a "fair" and gradual global energy transition as it unveiled an ambitious domestic renewable energy programme.

Pompeo says Yemen rebels not complying with truce deal

Apo - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday accused Yemen's rebels of failing to comply with a ceasefire agreement for the flashpoint city of Hodeida reached at UN-sponsored talks in Sweden.

Pompeo on diplomatic tightrope in Saudi talks over Khashoggi murder

Apo - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo faced a tough balancing act Monday as he pressed Saudi Arabia's crown prince over critic Jamal Khashoggi's murder while shoring up strategic ties with Riyadh.

Pompeo to press Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi's murder

Apo - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday arrived in Riyadh, where he is set to press Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to hold the killers of journalist Jamal Khashoggi accountable.

Runaway Saudi teen settles in Canada after being granted asylum

Toronto - A "very, very happy" Saudi teenager who caused a sensation by defying her family and seeking asylum abroad was welcomed with open arms in Toronto Saturday at the end of a dramatic but exhausting international odyssey.

Canada takes in Saudi teen asylum seeker

Ottawa - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday that Canada was taking in an 18-year-old Saudi asylum seeker who fled her family and harnessed the power of Twitter to stave off deportation from Thailand.

Saudi Arabia awards first major wind project worth $500 mn

Apo - Saudi Arabia on Thursday awarded a contract to build a $500 million wind farm, a first for the world's top oil exporter as it pushes to diversify its energy sector.

Amnesty calls for international probe into Khashoggi murder

Istanbul - Amnesty International on Thursday called for an international investigation into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in a ceremony marking the 100th day since his killing sparked global outrage.

Saudi teen's asylum case being judged at lightning speed

Sydney - Australian authorities are weighing a young Saudi woman's asylum claim at unusual speed, several lawyers and legal experts have told AFP, contrasting her high-profile plight with a normally excruciatingly slow system.

Australia FM says country assessing resettlement push for Saudi woman in Thailand

Bangkok - Australia's foreign minister Thursday declined to say how long it will take to consider a UN request to resettle a young Saudi woman who fled her family, as the 18-year-old's plight sparked a topless protest in Sydney and debate among Saudis over their...

Australia FM visits Thailand amid Saudi asylum seeker saga

Bangkok - Australia's foreign minister Marise Payne met her Thai counterpart Thursday, as her country appeared poised to offer to asylum to a young Saudi woman who fled her family to Thailand in a drama relayed in real-time over Twitter.

Saudi Arabia vows to slash oil exports after price slide

Apo - OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia said Wednesday it would slash its oil exports by 800,000 barrels per day in January and promised further cuts as producers move to shore up tumbling prices.

Saudi to slash oil exports after price slide: minister

Apo - OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia will slash its oil exports in January by 10 percent compared to November, its energy minister said Wednesday as producers move to shore up tumbling prices.

Saudi Arabia says 6 suspects killed in raid on Shiite stronghold

Apo - Six suspects wanted over unrest in Saudi Arabia's Shiite minority stronghold of Qatif were killed in a police raid this week, the kingdom's secret service said Wednesday.

Saudis blast 'guardianship' laws after woman's escape

Apo - A Saudi teen's live-tweeted asylum plea has cast a renewed spotlight on women's rights just months after women won the right to drive, and sparked rare criticism of restrictive "guardianship" laws -- from men.

UN asks Australia to consider Saudi teen for 'refugee resettlement'

Bangkok - The UN has said an 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family is a legitimate refugee and has asked Australia to resettle her, Canberra said Wednesday, as the Twitter-led campaign to grant her asylum edged towards resolution.

Australian minister hints Saudi teen likely to get asylum

Sydney - Australia gave its strongest hint yet on Wednesday that an 18-year-old Saudi woman in Bangkok would be granted humanitarian asylum, despite efforts by Riyadh and her family to force her return home.

With phone and hashtag, Saudi asylum seeker outflanks Thai authorities

Bangkok - When an 18-year-old Saudi asylum seeker arrived in Bangkok she faced immediate deportation -- but instead she is in the hands of the UN refugee agency, her social media savvy galvanising a global campaign that caught the Thai government flat-footed.

Saudi woman 'under the care' of UN agency: Thai official

Bangkok - The Saudi woman who made a desperate plea for asylum after landing at Bangkok airport has been placed "under the care" of the United Nations refugee agency, a Thai official said late Monday.

Saudi woman held at Bangkok airport pleads for asylum

Bangkok - A Saudi woman being held at Bangkok airport on Monday appealed for asylum and for other passengers to help protest her looming deportation, in desperate tweets from the hotel room where she barricaded herself.

Saudi woman held at Bangkok airport says fears death if repatriated

Bangkok - A Saudi woman held at Bangkok airport said she would be killed if she was repatriated by Thai immigration officials, who confirmed the 18-year-old was denied entry to the country Sunday.

Saudi woman held at Bangkok airport says fears death if repatriated

Bangkok - A Saudi woman held at Bangkok airport said she would be killed if she was repatriated by Thai immigration officials, who confirmed the 18-year-old was denied entry to the country Sunday.

Saudi prosecutor seeks death sentences as Khashoggi murder trial opens

Apo - Saudi Arabia's attorney general sought the death penalty for five of 11 defendants charged with the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as their high-profile trial opened in Riyadh on Thursday.

Saudi prosecutor seeks death sentences as Khashoggi murder trial opens

Apo - Saudi Arabia's attorney general sought the death penalty for five of 11 defendants charged with the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as their high-profile trial opened in Riyadh on Thursday.

Netflix draws fire for blocking satire critical of Saudi Arabia

Washington - Netflix drew fire from human rights activists Wednesday after agreeing to block an episode of a satirical comedy show from its service in Saudi Arabia over comments critical of the kingdom and its crown prince.

Netflix censorship risks helping Saudi crackdown: Amnesty

Dubai - Netflix's decision to pull an episode of a show critical of Saudi authorities risks facilitating a crackdown on freedom of expression in the kingdom, Amnesty International said Wednesday."Saudi Arabia's censorship of Netflix...
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