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United States | The Ministerial To Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East

United States – Tackling the Region’s Most Challenging Problems There is no shortage of challenges in the Middle East. From weapons proliferation and humanitarian crises, to terrorism and energy security, these issues and others pose serious threats to stability in the region and to security around the world. The ministerial will reinvigorate efforts to address … Continue reading United States | The Ministerial To Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East

GENEVA | UN expert: Saudis held another hearing in Khashoggi probe

GENEVA (AP) — Saudi Arabia quietly held a second court hearing for 11 people facing charges over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, an independent U.N. human rights expert said, criticizing the kingdom for its lack of transparency in the proceedings over the grisly slaying. Agnes Callamard, the U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or … Continue reading GENEVA | UN expert: Saudis held another hearing in Khashoggi probe

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates | The Latest: Pope warns against ‘fake news’ during Gulf visit

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis’s visit to the United Arab Emirates (all times local): 7:50 p.m. Pope Francis has asserted in the first-ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula that religious leaders have a duty to reject all war and commit themselves to dialogue. Francis concluded his landmark … Continue reading ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates | The Latest: Pope warns against ‘fake news’ during Gulf visit

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia | Saudi state media say suspects in slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi have attended their first court hearing.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia  —Jan 03, 2019—Saudi state media say suspects in slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi have attended their first court hearing. By Associated Press

NEW YORK | Netflix criticized for yanking comedian’s episode in Saudi

NEW YORK— Jan 02, 2019— Netflix faced criticism Wednesday from human rights groups for pulling an episode in Saudi Arabia of comedian Hasan Minhaj’s “Patriot Act” series that criticized the kingdom’s powerful crown prince. The American comedian used his second episode, released Oct. 28, to lambaste Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the killing of … Continue reading NEW YORK | Netflix criticized for yanking comedian’s episode in Saudi

TOKYO  | SoftBank’s mobile unit begins trading in 1 of biggest IPOs

TOKYO  — SoftBank Group Corp.’s Japanese mobile subsidiary began trading on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Wednesday in one of the world’s biggest share offerings. Five executives each rang a bell with a wooden hammer to celebrate the IPO that seeks to raise more than 2 trillion yen ($18 billion). They didn’t speak at the … Continue reading TOKYO  | SoftBank’s mobile unit begins trading in 1 of biggest IPOs

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia | Saudi spending to hit record high as oil prices resume slide

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia’s expenditures will hit a record-high in 2019, with plans to increase state spending by 7 percent to reach $295 billion, even as declining oil prices have forced the kingdom to adopt austerity measures. King Salman announced the figures on Tuesday, saying the government expects revenue to increase by more … Continue reading RIYADH, Saudi Arabia | Saudi spending to hit record high as oil prices resume slide

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia | Saudi king extends allowances as living costs rise

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia  — Saudi Arabia‘s King Salman has extended monthly allowances for government employees, military personnel, pensioners, social security recipients and students into next year. The announcement, carried by the Saudi Press Agency on Tuesday, comes on the same day the kingdom’s 2019 budget is scheduled to be unveiled. The government will also release … Continue reading RIYADH, Saudi Arabia | Saudi king extends allowances as living costs rise