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Saudi Arabia mulling nuclear power bids from China, Russia, France to sway US

Saudi Arabia is considering bids to build a nuclear power station from countries including China, France and Russia as Riyadh seeks to sway Washington over a sensitive security pact, according to a report run by the Financial Times.

UN experts raise climate change concerns with Aramco oil company

UN rights experts have sent a letter of concern to Saudi Arabian oil giant Aramco, saying its expansion of fossil fuel production and ongoing exploration threaten human rights, a document shows.

Saudi Arabia refutes allegations over assault on Ethiopian citizens

Saudi Arabia has categorically rejected Human Rights Watch's recent report claiming an assault on the Ethiopian citizens while attempting to cross the Saudi-Yemeni border.

HRW says Saudi guards kill, abuse refugees at border with Yemen

Saudi Arabia has engaged in a large-scale and brutal killing of African refugees and migrants at its southern borders with Yemen that could constitute crimes against humanity, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). The prominent rights group has documented targeting refugees by firearms, explosive weapons when trying to cross into Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia says executed US citizen convicted of killing his father

Saudi Arabia has executed an American citizen who had been convicted of killing his father.

Palestinian officials welcome first Saudi Arabia envoy

Palestinian officials have welcomed the first Saudi Arabian ambassador, even as Riyadh mulls over establishing formal diplomatic relations with Israel.

Saudi Arabia seeking to join UK, Italy and Japan’s joint air combat programme

Saudi Arabia is lobbying the UK, Italy and Japan to join a partnership that would give it access to their next-generation fighter jet project by offering a “significant financial contribution” to the programme amid concerns with Russian weaponry's performance in Ukraine and frayed US ties.

Biden’s security adviser in UAE after Saudi visit

US national security adviser Jake Sullivan has traveled to the United Arab Emirates after a visit to Saudi Arabia. The trip came amid Washington’s efforts to mend ties with the two Arab states and a recent American military buildup in West Asia.

Saudi Arabia’s Aramco to ramp up oil investments in China as it competes with Russia

Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company, Aramco, says it will plough ahead with new investments in China. This as the company has announced a 38 percent drop in profit as lower oil prices and production cuts bite.

Saudi Arabia inks deal with Turkey’s defense firm to localise drone manufacturing

Saudi Arabia has signed a strategic agreement with Turkish defense firm Baykar Tech to localise the manufacturing of drones in the kingdom, state-owned Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) posted on messaging platform X, formerly known as Twitter.

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait urge their citizens to leave Lebanon

Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have advised their citizens to leave Lebanese territory and to avoid approaching areas where there have been armed clashes.

Rights groups say Saudi Arabia arrested 5 relatives of US citizen over failed lawsuit

Saudi Arabia has detained five relatives of an American citizen, rights groups say, arguing that the detentions were made in retaliation for his family's failed lawsuit against the Saudi government in the United States.

Saudi Arabia spent $6bn on ‘sportswashing’: Report

Saudi Arabia has spent at least $6.3bn (£4.9bn) in sports deals since early 2021, more than quadruple the previous amount spent over a six-year period. Critics have labelled this an effort by Riyadh to distract attention from its human rights record, according to an exclusive report by the Guardian.

Yemen says won’t transfer oil and gas revenues to Saudi bank

Yemen has rejected a proposal by Riyadh to transfer oil and gas revenues to the Saudi National Bank in return for the kingdom to pay public sector wages in the war-torn country.

Report: MbS threatened to place UAE under blockade

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had threatened to place sanctions on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a private conversation with journalists last year, the Wall Street Journal reported. The threat had come amid a growing rift between bin Salman and the UAE President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan due to differences over regional policies and OPEC limits.

Saudi Arabia and Turkey ink agreements on energy, defence fields

Saudi Arabia and Turkey have signed a number of memorandums of understanding in various fields including energy, direct investments and defence, Saudi state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday.

Saudi minister says Riyadh and Moscow show unity with oil output cuts

Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman has stated that the latest move to extend oil production cuts by the world’s biggest exporters, Saudi Arabia and Russia, is evidence of strong teamwork between the two countries.

Two dead in shooting outside US consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

A shooting incident outside the US Consulate in the Saudi port city of Jeddah has left two people dead — a Nepalese security guard and the gunman who initially opened fire. US and Saudi officials have confirmed the incident as investigations continue into the attack.

Saudi Arabia executes youth over terror charges

Riyadh has executed a young man from the Shia-populated Qatif region over allegations of involvement in terrorist activities. Critics see the move as part of a heavy-handed crackdown led by Saudi Arabia’s crown prince against political dissidents.

Major suspect in Khashoggi case seen in public for first time since murder

Saud al-Qahtani, a former senior aide to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and a prime suspect in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, has been seen in public in the city of Jeddah, using a walking stick, for the first time since the Saudi journalist's 2018 assassination.

Hajj pilgrims leave Yemen for Saudi Arabia in first direct flight since 2016

The first commercial flight from Yemen's capital Sana'a to Saudi Arabia since 2016 took off carrying Hajj pilgrims on Saturday, in the latest sign of easing tensions after years of war.

Saudi Arabia announces huge investment deals at Arab-China summit

Saudi Arabia has announced billions of dollars in investment deals between Beijing and the Arab world on the first day of the China-Arab business conference in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia executes three over officer death, ‘terror charges’

Saudi Arabia put to death three of its citizens convicted of having killed a security officer and creating a "terrorist cell", the interior ministry has confirmed.

Document reveals MbS threatened to damage US economy

A classified document has disclosed that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) threatened to impose significant economic costs on Washington after US President Joe Biden warned Riyadh over its decision to slash oil production last fall.

Saudi Arabia rebuffs US push on normalization with Israel

During a visit by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Saudi Arabia snubbed Washington's push for Riyadh’s normalization of relations with Tel Aviv and its bid to win further concessions on oil prices and the Kingdom’s recent resumption of ties with Syria and Iran.

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