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Deals worth more than $50bn signed at KSA Future Investment Initiative


RIYADH: At least 25 deals worth more than $50 billion have been signed at Future Investment Initiative (FII) in Riyadh.

Erdogan: KSA took ‘important step’ in revealing Khashoggi’s killing, but more answers needed


DUBAI: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a speech to parliament on Tuesday regarding the Turkish account of the case of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying that he does not doubt King Salman’s sincerity in the matter.

Saudi foreign minister pledges ‘comprehensive investigation’ of Khashoggi killing


JAKARTA: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said on Tuesday the kingdom was committed to a “comprehensive investigation” of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey.

Saudi king, crown prince meet Khashoggi family


RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received the family members of killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Riyadh on Tuesday, according to state-run Saudi Press Agency reported.

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Saudi King Salman receives Pakistan PM Imran Khan in Riyadh


DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Riyadh’s Al-Yamamah palace on Tuesday, Saudi state-news agency SPA reported.


France’s ban on full-body Islamic veil violates human rights: UN rights panel


GENEVA: The UN Human Rights Committee said on Tuesday that France’s ban on the niqab, the full-body Islamic veil, was a violation of human rights and ordered it to review the legislation.


Chrissy Teigen sports a look by Madiyah Al-Sharqi


DUBAI: Model and social media superstar Chrissy Teigen was spotted wearing an item by UAE-based brand Madiyah Al-Sharqi last week — and it’s giving us major style envy.


Iran arrests groups planning attacks on pilgrims


LONDON: Iran said on Tuesday it had arrested 15 militants planning attacks on Shiite Muslims making an annual pilgrimage to Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of Iranians travel to the Iraqi city of Kerbala each year for the ritual of Arbaeen,…


Car bomb kills four, wounds 15 near Iraq’s Mosul


MOSUL, Iraq: At least four people were killed and 15 wounded in a car bomb blast in the northern Iraqi town of Qayyara on Tuesday, police and medical sources said.


First day of Future Investment Initiative sees mega-deals and nod to future technologies


RIYADH: The Future Investment Initiative (FII) kicked off in Riyadh on Tuesday, with the head of Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund saying the event can do "business for good." He also said the event would see countries coming together…


First Abu Dhabi Bank to start commercial banking in Saudi Arabia this year


DUBAI: First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB), the largest lender in the UAE by assets, said on Monday it will launch commercial banking operations in Saudi Arabia by the end of this year.


Multibillion-dollar deals expected as Saudi Arabia investment forum looks east


RIYADH: A major investment show in Saudi Arabia is expected to attract thousands of delegates and see deals worth hundreds of billions of dollars — despite several largely “symbolic” last-minute cancelations by speakers.


Saudi Arabia’s road to green energy


DUBAI: Saudi Arabia marked World Energy Day on Monday with an accomplishment: it has jumped one spot on the Arab Energy Efficiency Index in the past two years. Developed in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and…


Turkey: ‘We do not want to hurt our relationship with Saudi Arabia over the Khashoggi case’


LONDON: Turkey has said it does not want to hurt its relationship with Saudi Arabia over the Khashoggi case.

‘Saudi Inc’ author says no shows won’t dent KSA investment appeal


RIYADH: An American expert on US-Saudi business affairs believes that the withdrawal of some senior business leaders from the investment conference that opens in Riyadh today does not reflect the Kingdom’s commercial attractions.

Richard Branson steps down from role as chairman of Virgin Hyperloop


DUBAI: Richard Branson is quitting as chairman of Virgin Hyperloop One after saying the company, that plans to build a supersonic transport system in the UAE and other countries, needs a more actively involved leader, a statement confirmed…


US security chief in Moscow as nuclear treaty hangs in balance


MOSCOW: The Kremlin said on Monday that Washington’s withdrawal from a key Cold War-era nuclear treaty would make the world more dangerous, as Donald Trump’s national security adviser met senior Russian officials in Moscow.

NATO says foreign soldier killed in Afghan insider attack


KABUL: A foreign soldier was killed and two others wounded in an insider attack in Afghanistan on Monday, NATO said, days after a gunman wounded a US general at a high-level security meeting.

Monday, Oct 22

Kremlin says world ‘more dangerous’ if US drops nuclear treaty


RUSSIA: The Kremlin on Monday said the world would be less safe if Washington goes ahead with plans to withdraw from a Cold War-era nuclear weapons treaty that banned intermediate-range missiles.

Saudi Arabia has ‘no intention’ of 1973 oil embargo replay


LONDON: Saudi Arabia has no intention of unleashing a 1973-style oil embargo on Western consumers and will isolate oil from politics, the Saudi energy minister said on Monday amid a worsening crisis over the killing of Saudi journalist…

Saudi leadership condole with Khashoggi’s family and relatives


JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have extended their condolences to the family and relatives of the late journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi Press Agency reported early Monday.

KSA to set up first special economic zone in Riyadh


JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia announced the establishment of a special economic zone (SEZ) on Sunday, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The zone, the first of its kind in the world, will be developed in Riyadh.

Sunday, Oct 21

‘My feelings? Mixed’: Sebastian Vettel clings on in desperate Lewis Hamilton pursuit as Kimi Raikonnen wins US Grand Prix


AUSTIN: Sebastian Vettel said he felt mixed emotions after keeping his slender title challenge alive by finishing fourth in Sunday’s United States Grand Prix, won by Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.

‘People acting beyond their authority’ responsible for Khashoggi death, Saudi FM tells Fox News


WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said on Sunday that King Salman is determined to hold to account those responsible in the case regarding the late journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

US’ Mnuchin says talk about sanctions premature, will visit Riyadh to meet with counterpart


JERUSALEM, Oct 21 : US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Sunday it was premature to comment on possible US sanctions against Saudi Arabia for the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi until an investigation had been completed.

Israel reopens people, goods crossings to Gaza after lull


JERUSALEM: Israel ordered the country’s goods and people border crossings with Gaza to be opened on Sunday, just four days after shuttering them following a Palestinian rocket attack that sparked retaliatory strikes.

Saturday, Oct 20

Minister: Saudi Arabia's judiciary enjoys full autonomy to deal with Khashoggi case


RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's judiciary enjoys full autonomy to deal with the case of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Kingdom's Justice Minister Dr. Waleed Al-Samaani said in a statement issued by state news agency SPA on Saturday.

Arab and Muslim nations, organizations commend Saudi Arabia’s decrees on Khashoggi case


JEDDAH: Gulf Arab allies have backed the royal decrees issued Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Saturday involving the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Trump: Saudi arrests in Khashoggi death ‘a good first step’


LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona: US President Donald Trump on Friday called Saudi Arabia's announcement that suspects are in custody in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi a "good first step" and said he would work with Congress on a US…

Saudi Arabia says missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead


JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia announced on Saturday the death of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying a preliminary investigation indicated he lost his life after a fight at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Friday, Oct 19

Turkey and US strongly deny sharing 'any audio recording'


LONDON: Turkey and the United States denied on Friday that Ankara had shared with Washington an audio recording related to the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.

Iran has until February to stop terror financing


JEDDAH: A global financial watchdog on Friday warned Iran to clamp down on terrorism financing by February or face a deeper squeeze on its sanctions-hit economy.

Turkey to host four-nation summit on Syria crisis


ANKARA, Turkey: A summit between the leaders of Turkey, France, Germany and Russia will be held in Istanbul this month to discuss the conflict in Syria and efforts for a lasting solution to the war in the Arab country, a Turkish official…

Yemeni army recover large cache of Houthi militia armament


DUBAI: Yemen’s national army has announced several combing operations in sites where Houthi militias have been defeated, one of which was in the Hali directorate east of Hodeidah.

Thursday, Oct 18

Assad backs down over law to seize refugee homes


BEIRUT: The Assad regime has withdrawn a law that allowed authorities to seize property left behind by civilians who fled the war in Syria, the UN humanitarian aid chief in the country said on Thursday.

Moody’s raises GDP growth forecasts for Saudi Arabian economy


LONDON: Moody’s has raised Saudi Arabia’s GDP growth forecast for 2018 to 2.5 percent from 1.3 percent as it maintains a “stable outlook” for the Saudi economy.

Turkey urges public to ignore Khashoggi case ‘leaks’ as Putin awaits investigation outcome


LONDON: Turkey called on the public to ignore any leaked information in the case of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Al-Arabiya English reported Thursday.

Historymaker: Saudi teen secures Kingdom’s first ever Olympic gold medal


BUENOS AIRES: It is said that the karate-ka who has given the necessary years of commitment and meditation to the sport is both fearless and tranquil. They can, it is said, be calm even in a burning building.