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  • Saudi Women 'to Be Allowed Driving Licences'

    09/26/2017 12:42:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    BBC ^ | 26 September 2017
    King Salman had issued a decree allowing women to be given driving licences, the Saudi Press Agency said. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that has forbidden women from driving. Rights groups have campaigned for years to allow women
  • Saudi textbook recalled due to photo of Yoda next to King Faisal

    09/22/2017 1:02:20 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 21 replies
    upi ^ | Sept. 22, 2017 | Daniel Uria
    A social studies textbook in Saudi Arabia was recalled for including a photo depicting a Star Wars character next to a king. The black and white photo, by Saudi artist Abdullah Al Shehri, features the small, green Jedi Yoda seated next to King Faisal as he signed the United Nations Charter in San Francisco in 1945. Saudi education minister Ahmed al-Eissa apologized for the mistake and said measures were being taken to correct the error. "The Education Ministry regrets unintentional error that appeared in the picture of the signing of the Charter of the United Nations Commission on social studies...
  • Saudi Eurofighter Typhoon Crashes During Combat Mission In Yemen, Killing The Pilot

    09/14/2017 8:15:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Sep 14 2017 | David Cenciotti
    A Royal Saudi Air Force Typhoon has crashed in Yemen’s southern province of Abyan, Yemen, killing the pilot. A RSAF Typhoon combat aircraft involved in a mission against Houthi fighters over Yemen crashed into a mountain in Al Wade’a district on Sept. 13, 2017. The pilot, identified as Mahna al-Biz, died in the incident that follows the one of a UAE pilot, who was also reportedly killed in another crash in Yemen last week, said Yemen’s Saba news agency. According to the first (unconfirmed) reports on social networks, the aircraft suffered a technical failure during a CAS (Close Air Support)...
  • Saudi Arabia wants to be top beach vacation destination

    08/02/2017 4:55:35 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | August 2, 2017 | Zahraa Alkhalisi
    The sprawling project will cover 34,000 square kilometers (13,100 square miles) across a lagoon of 50 "untouched natural islands." It will include resorts, hotels and other residential units that will allow travelers easy access to scuba diving and rock climbing.
  • Saudi Woman Arrested After Wearing Miniskirt in Video

    07/18/2017 1:48:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    cbsnews ^ | July 18, 2017 | CBS/AP
    <p>Police in Saudi Arabia have arrested a young woman who wore a miniskirt in public and posted the video online, sparking backlash from people who say she flagrantly violated the kingdom's conservative Islamic dress code.</p> <p>The woman, whose name was not given, was detained by police in the capital, Riyadh, for wearing "immodest clothes" that contradicted the country's conservative Islamic dress code, state media reported Tuesday. Police referred her case to the public prosecutor, according to the official Twitter account of state-run TV channel al-Ekhbariya.</p>
  • At center of Qatar crisis, a $1 billion ransom

    07/02/2017 10:25:29 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/24/17 | Megan R. Wilson
    At center of Qatar crisis, a $1 billion ransom The crisis over Qatar that is gripping the Middle East hinges on an alleged $1 billion ransom that was reportedly paid to release members of Qatar’s royal family and others who were kidnapped in Iraq. That payment appears to be the breaking point in the tense relationship between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other countries in the region, according to one report earlier this month. On Tuesday, the State Department said it was “mystified” that Gulf states had not given reasons for their decision to cut...
  • Gulf leaders trade barbs as Qatar dispute shows no let-up

    06/10/2017 10:54:38 PM PDT · by blueplum · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10 Jun 2017 7:13pm | Katie Paul
    (Riyadh) Gulf states traded public barbs on Saturday, showing little sign of resolving the region's deepest rift in years, five days after Arab nations severed diplomatic, trade and transport ties with the tiny Gulf kingdom of Qatar. {snip} Qatar's foreign minister fired back that there was "no clarity" in such accusations, speaking in an interview with RT Arabic in Moscow after emerging from talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. [nL8N1J708I] "Qatar is accused of having a hidden relationship with Iran, but its relations with Iran are clear, transparent and time-tested," said Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, noting that the...
  • Qatar leader to address nation as diplomatic freeze begins to bite

    06/06/2017 2:48:10 AM PDT · by blueplum · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | 06 June 2017 5:30am ET | Katie Hunt and Victoria Brown
    Doha, Qatar (CNN)Qatar's leader is expected to address his nation Tuesday, one day after the country was thrust into the center of an unprecedented diplomatic crisis that threatens to disrupt everyday life and leave the oil-rich nation isolated from key allies. The last flights operated by Emirates and other major regional airlines left the capital Doha early Tuesday after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen and the Maldives said Monday they are indefinitely severing ties with Qatar --- a country of 2.4 million people, mostly foreign workers. Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani had been due to...
  • Saudi Arabia Cuts Diplomatic Relations With Qatar Following Bahrain

    06/05/2017 4:08:21 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 41 replies
    SputnickNews ^ | 05.06.2017 | Middle East
    "The Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, exercising its sovereign rights guaranteed by the international law, and protecting national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism, decided to sever diplomatic and consular relations with the State of Qatar," the statement read.
  • CNN's Zakaria: ‘Obama could have given’ Trump’s Saudi speech

    05/22/2017 5:05:30 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 75 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/22/2017 | Mark Hensch
    ".@FareedZakaria: Trump’s speech on Islam “was frankly the kind of speech Obama could have given" " — Brooke Baldwin (@BrookeBCNN) May 22, 2017 CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on Monday praised President Trump's weekend speech in Saudi Arabia, saying former President Obama could have given it. “It was nuanced. It was frankly the kind of speech that President Obama could have given. It had the kind of empathy and nuance that people look for," Zakaria said Monday on CNN, praising "both the symbolism and ... the substance." “Because ultimately what you’re trying to do is convince these Muslim countries to in...
  • Man in red tie and 'Ivanka bint' Trump are Saudi Arabia's most trending topics

    05/21/2017 10:53:16 AM PDT · by bobsunshine · 35 replies
    Arab News ^ | May 21, 2017 | AISHA FAREED
    RIYADH: US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka has taken Saudi Arabia by storm ever since she disembarked from Air Force One in Riyadh Saturday morning. The hashtag #Trump’s_daughter, in Arabic, is the top trending hashtag in the country as Twitter fans heaped praise on the first daughter. Ivanka, who is set to take part in roundtable discussions during the president’s first official visit abroad, wore a long navy dress as she arrived in Saudi Arabia as part of the US delegation. #BREAKING Ivanka Trump is trending in Saudi Arabia with over 50k tweets and counting. #IvankaTrump #TRUMP
  • The significance of Trump’s visit (told by Muslim)

    05/21/2017 10:37:16 AM PDT · by bobsunshine · 67 replies
    Arab News ^ | May 21, 2017 | Sheikh Mohammad Abdulkarim Al-Issa
    There is undoubtedly a positive message being sent when a US president chooses Saudi Arabia, the land of the Two Holy Mosques, as his first foreign destination. This positivity, shown by Donald Trump, deserves our sincere gratitude for choosing to endorse the moderate Islamic world. Moderates in the Kingdom and worldwide have always wanted a serious partner to help reclaim the narrative from extremists, and a clear distinction between those who believe Islam is against terror and those who use it to justify terror. Some people with twisted minds have used our religion to create confusion and obscure its real...
  • Maaden signs major agreements with US firms Alcoa, Mosaic

    05/21/2017 10:30:17 AM PDT · by bobsunshine · 6 replies
    Arab News ^ | May 21, 2017 | Staff
    RIYADH: Saudi Arabian Mining Company Maaden has signed “landmark” memorandums of understanding (MoU) with the US-based companies Alcoa and Mosaic, according to a statement. The agreements, signed at the inaugural Saudi-US CEO Forum in Riyadh, will help tap the Saudi mining sector’s significant potential, it was announced. Maaden and Alcoa announced that they would assess the feasibility of an expansion of a smelting capacity in Saudi Arabia. They previously developed an aluminum production complex in Ras Al-Khair Industrial City. Since it was formed by the partners in 2009, the Maaden-Alcoa joint venture complex has made a contribution of approximately $4...
  • Exclusive interview with the 'locked-up' Saudi princesses

    05/21/2017 4:37:27 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    You Tube ^ | 28/3/17
    Exclusively on Channel 4 News the daughters of the king of Saudi Arabia speak out about being locked away for years....
  • President Trump Breaks From Obama, Doesn’t Bow To Saudis During Visit

    05/20/2017 8:41:28 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 72 replies ^ | 05/20/2017
    During Donald Trump’s first visit to Saudi Arabia since taking office, many noticed that President Trump didn’t bow to the Saudi King like Obama did. In 2009, then President Obama made a point to bow to Saudi King Salman. However, as President Trump shook hands with the Saudi King after arriving Saturday morning, he broke from Obama by not bowing:
  • Secy Tillerson, Saudi Foreign Minister hold press conference

    I think Saudi Foreign Minister Jubeir's welcoming speech made heads explode at the MSM
  • Saudis Own The Largest Refinery In The U.S. – Now What?

    05/14/2017 6:51:31 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Port Arthur, TX is home to the U.S. refining fleet’s crown jewel. With an atmospheric distillation capacity of 603 MBbl/cd, this complex coking refinery is the largest refinery in the U.S. As of May 1st, this marvel of a complex refinery is now 100 percent owned by Saudi Aramco. Saudi Aramco upped its 50 percent ownership in the Port Arthur refinery, which it previously held through the Motiva Enterprises JV with partner Royal Dutch Shell following the decision to disband the JV in early 2016. Along with the giant refinery, Saudi Aramco also acquired ownership of a number of distribution...
  • Cholera outbreak adds to war-torn Yemen's misery (WHO)

    05/12/2017 8:07:37 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 7 replies
    yahoo news UK ^ | 5/12/17 | Raf Sanchez
    A cholera outbreak in Yemen is gaining momentum, adding to the misery of the Arab world’s poorest country which is already wracked by war and on the brink of famine. Around 51 people have been killed since the outbreak began in late April and the rate of deaths has been increasing in recent days, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Yemen’s healthcare system has been decimated during two years of fighting and medicines are in desperately short supply, partly because of a blockade enforced by the Saudi-led military coalition that supports Yemen’s government. Around 7 million of the country’s...
  • UN Puts Saudi Arabia On Commission Responsible For ‘Gender Equality And The Empowerment Of Women’

    04/22/2017 3:03:00 PM PDT · by Baynative · 19 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/20/17 | Russ Reed
    The United Nations put Saudi Arabia on its commission for the empowerment of women Wednesday, despite the country mandating women can’t leave home without a male guardian. The UN’s Economic and Social Council voted by secret ballot to put Saudi Arabia on the Commission on the Status of Women. It is the principal international organization responsible for the “promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women,” according to the commission’s website.
  • First Global Reaction: Saudi Announces Full Support for US Military Strikes

    04/07/2017 1:32:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Friday, 7 April 2017
    In what was the first international reaction to the developments in Syria, Saudi Arabia on Friday said it “fully supports” US strikes on military targets in the country, adding that it was a “courageous decision” by President Donald Trump in response to the use of chemical weapons against civilians.