Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Saudi Arabia

Saudi to allow only ‘immunised’ pilgrims to Mecca

Only those who have received two doses of the vaccine, those administered a single dose at least 14 days prior, and people who have recovered from the infection will be eligible for permits.

Saudi vows to ensure China’s energy security for the next 50 years and beyond

The promise comes as Aramco paid the Saudi government 30% less in taxes in 2020 as the region’s largest economy reels from the fallout of the pandemic.

‘Everyone is freaking out’: Saudi Arabia’s ultimatum rattles international businesses

Saudi has given up trying to tempt international companies to the kingdom, and is now requiring them to relocate if they want billion dollar contracts.

Malaysia to get 10,000 more spots in haj quota

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin says the new quota will kick in once the haj situation returns to normal after the Covid-19 pandemic.

US says Saudi prince approved Khashoggi murder but spares him sanctions

The report says that given Prince Mohammed's influence, it is 'highly unlikely' that the 2018 murder could have taken place without his green light.

US Khashoggi murder spy report expected to accuse Saudi crown prince

A bug planted in the embassy recorded Khashoggi’s death in grisly detail and has been heard by US, UK and other allied security services.

Saudi women’s driving rights activist released from prison after 1,001 days

Saudi officials say they aren't bowing to outside pressure but it's clear they want this issue off the agenda now that there's a new team in the White House.

Saudi Arabia to reform legal system en route to post-oil future

Preparing to sell itself as a destination for international business headquarters may have spin-off benefits for women's rights.

Young Saudi Shiites have death penalties converted to 10 years in jail

Time served will apply in all three cases, and they will be released in 2022.

Saudi Arabia, Gulf neighbours launch new restrictions as virus surges after New Year fun

Despite having some of the highest per capita vaccination rates in the world, health professionals are warning that the surge may be an early indicator of a second wave.

Biden administration puts hold on arms sales, including to UAE and Saudi Arabia

In its last months, the Trump White House authorised billions of dollars in new arms sales which the new administration wants to re-examine.

Riyadh attacked as US military moots new bases in Saudi Arabia

The Gulf Arab states are already home to US military bases, but the presence of foreign troops near the holy cities would undoubtedly arouse dangerous passions.

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