Saudi Arabia

Country Saudi Arabia
Capital Riyadh
Continent Asia
Currency Saudi Riyal(SAR)
Languages Arabic

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Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of Islam and home to Islam's two holiest shrines in Mecca and Medina. The king's official title is the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. The modern Saudi state was founded in 1932 by ABD AL-AZIZ bin Abd al-Rahman Al SAUD (Ibn Saud) after a 30-year campaign to unify most of the Arabian Peninsula. A male descendent of Ibn Saud, his son ABDALLAH bin Abd al-Aziz, rules the country today as required by the country's 1992 Basic Law. Following Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990, Saudi Arabia accepted the Kuwaiti royal family and 400,000 refugees while allowing Western and Arab troops to deploy on its soil for the liberation of Kuwait the following year. The continuing presence of foreign troops on Saudi soil after the liberation of Kuwait became a source of tension between the royal family and the public until all operational US troops left the country in 2003. Major terrorist attacks in May and November 2003 spurred a strong on-going campaign against domestic terrorism and extremism. King ABDALLAH has continued the cautious reform program begun when he was crown prince. To promote increased political participation, the government held elections nationwide from February through April 2005 for half the members of 179 municipal councils. In December 2005, King ABDALLAH completed the process by appointing the remaining members of the advisory municipal councils. The king instituted an Inter-Faith Dialogue initiative in 2008 to encourage religious tolerance on a global level; in February 2009, he reshuffled the cabinet, which led to more moderates holding ministerial and judicial positions, and appointed the first female to the cabinet. The country remains a leading producer of oil and natural gas and holds more than 20% of the world's proven oil reserves. The government continues to pursue economic reform and diversification, particularly since Saudi Arabia's accession to the WTO in December 2005, and promotes foreign investment in the kingdom. A burgeoning population, aquifer depletion, and an economy largely dependent on petroleum output and prices are all ongoing governmental concerns.

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Saudi Arabia frees three Iranian fishermen: IRNA - Reuters

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Saudi Arabia frees three Iranian fishermen: IRNA
Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has freed three Iranian fishermen detained by the kingdom's coastguard last year, Iran's state news agency IRNA quoted an Iranian official as saying on Tuesday, following negotiations between the two regional rivals.
Saudi Arabia frees three Iranian fishermen detained in June 2017The Jerusalem Post
Saudi Arabia has freed three Iranian fishermen detained last year -IRNAThe Daily Star

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In the Tesla drama, Saudi Arabia reminds Silicon Valley of its weight - Recode

Recode

In the Tesla drama, Saudi Arabia reminds Silicon Valley of its weight
Recode
The Saudi Arabian government cannot make any Silicon Valley hotshot do anything. But they can make it awfully appetizing. The news that the Saudi government had essentially convinced Elon Musk to weigh taking Tesla private served as another reminder ...
Elon Musk says he's in talks with Saudi Arabia, other funds to invest in Tesla buyout dealABC News
Saudi Arabia looks beyond oil in Musk's Tesla buyoutThe West Australian
Saudi Arabia turns to Tesla as it ponders a future after oilThe Australian
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US general urges Saudi Arabia to investigate airstrike that killed dozens of children in Yemen - Washington Post

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US general urges Saudi Arabia to investigate airstrike that killed dozens of children in Yemen
Washington Post
A senior general urged Saudi officials to conduct a thorough investigation into an airstrike that killed at least 40 children in Yemen, the Pentagon said Monday, an indication of U.S. concern about allied nations' air operations against Houthi militants.
Yemen buries children killed by air strike, Saudi Arabia insists raid 'legitimate'The Indian Express
Saudi Arabia to provide $60m per month to support Yemen's power plantsArab News
Saada target was legitimate military action, Saudi Arabia tells UNSaudi Gazette

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Saudi Arabia Weighs Larger Tesla Stake as Part of Plan to Make Electric Cars - Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

Saudi Arabia Weighs Larger Tesla Stake as Part of Plan to Make Electric Cars
Wall Street Journal
Saudi Arabia has said it will build a massive solar-power generation project that would replace oil-and-gas-generated electricity and create a solar-panel and battery manufacturing hub in the Middle East. The country's plans go beyond the solar project ...
Elon Musk Hands Tesla's Wheel to Saudi ArabiaBloomberg
Instead Of Tesla, Saudi Arabia Should Invest In Battery TechForbes
Elon Musk says he's been talking to Saudi Arabia about taking Tesla privateThe Verge
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Saudi Arabia carries out air strike on bus in Yemen; 40 children among 51 killed, says Red Cross in new toll - Firstpost

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Saudi Arabia carries out air strike on bus in Yemen; 40 children among 51 killed, says Red Cross in new toll
Firstpost
The Saudi Arabia-led coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015 as Huthi rebel fighters closed in on the last bastion of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's government. The conflict has killed nearly 10,000 people since then, the vast majority of them ...

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'We WILL NOT compromise on human rights': Justin Trudeau's DEFIANT message to Saudi Arabia - Express.co.uk

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'We WILL NOT compromise on human rights': Justin Trudeau's DEFIANT message to Saudi Arabia
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Mr Trudeau's comments come days after the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia suspended diplomatic relations with Canada and expelled the Canadian Ambassador following a series of tweets from the Canadian government, which criticised the arrest of certain ...
Canada will 'engage' with Saudi Arabia but won't change position on human rights: TrudeauGlobalnews.ca
No, Canada is not alone in facing Saudi ArabiaThe Globe and Mail
Saudi Arabia starts to weaponize its wealthDallas News
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Saudi Arabia And Iran Reignite The Oil Price War - Seeking Alpha

Saudi Arabia And Iran Reignite The Oil Price War
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The rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran is becoming increasingly evident in the oil pricing policies of the two large Middle Eastern producers. The two countries are currently reigniting the market share and pricing war ahead of the returning U.S ...

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Saudi Arabia calls Canada one of the world's worst oppressors of women in bizarre crusade - Business Insider

Business Insider

Saudi Arabia calls Canada one of the world's worst oppressors of women in bizarre crusade
Business Insider
Women in Saudi Arabia have to get permission to marry, get a job, or travel abroad. A diplomatic feud between the two countries started recently when the Canadian Foreign Ministry called for the release of women's-rights activists detained in Saudi Arabia.
Is Saudi Arabia Really So Angry at Canada Over a Tweet?New York Times
Saudi Arabia is using Canada to test a wobbling international orderCBC.ca
The New Saudi Arabia Is A Lot Like The Old Saudi Arabia When It Comes To WomenHuffPost
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Saudi Arabia prepares for life after oil as it sinks billions into tech - Financial Post

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Saudi Arabia prepares for life after oil as it sinks billions into tech
Financial Post
The world's biggest crude exporter is attempting to future-proof itself against oil's decline by investing in futuristic technologies. Saudi Arabia has accumulated a stake in electric carmaker Tesla Inc. for about US$2 billion through its Public ...
Saudi Arabia cuts oil production in July despite OPEC agreement to hike outputCNBC
Why Saudi Arabia's oil output figures are drawing scrutinyFinancial Times
Saudi Arabia reins in oil production as demand forecasts waverTelegraph.co.uk
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Eid Al Adha holiday begins today in Saudi Arabia - Khaleej Times

Khaleej Times

Eid Al Adha holiday begins today in Saudi Arabia
Khaleej Times
The Eid Al Adha holiday for the government sector in Saudi Arabia begins today. According to the Saudi Gazette, "The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia has issued directives that Eid Al-Adha holidays in the ...

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