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  1. News - World - SAUDI ARABIA

    Saudi Arabia bans more than 10,000 copies of 420 books at annual fair

    Posted Mar 17th 2014, 09:15pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Riyadh Unprecedented move seen as part of effort to clamp down on any dissent in kingdom Saudi Arabia bans 420 books from fair Saudi authorities have banned hundreds of books, including works by renowned Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, as part of a crackdown on publications deemed threatening to the conservative kingdom. Saudi Arabia clamped down ...

  2. Property - International - SAUDI ARABIA

    Home loans in Saudi Arabia nearly double after passage of mortgage law

    Posted Sep 05th 2012, 12:00am by Bloomberg

    ... to 0.58667 per cent at last week's auction. Saudi Arabia sells bills at weekly auctions on Mondays. Real estate construction has been on the rise since King Abdullah announced in March 2011 ... Bloomberg Home lending sees rapid growth as developers prepare to benefit from legislation allowing banks to offer credit to a wider range of borrowers With mortgage law, Saudi loans up 83 ...

  3. News - World - SAUDI ARABIA

    Scientists in Saudi Arabia map genome of date-palm tree

    Posted Dec 09th 2013, 08:59pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Saudi scientists get to know their dates Scientists from Saudi Arabia and China said they have completed mapping the genome of the date-palm ... said. on Sunday. The palm is widely cultivated across the Middle East and North Africa. Saudi Arabia has 450 varieties of the 2,000 species known worldwide, according to genetic scientists. ...

  4. News - World - DIPLOMACY

    Jordan assumes UN Security Council chair after Saudi Arabia rejected seat

    Posted Jan 01st 2014, 11:16pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in New York Amman assumes presidency of Security Council as a last-minute stand-in for Saudi Arabia Jordan prepares for busy two years in key U.N. post Jordan took over the UN ... Jordan will join Chad, Chile, Lithuania and Nigeria on the council until December 31, 2015. The UN General Assembly elected Amman in early December as a replacement for Saudi Arabia after Riyadh ...

  5. Business - Commodities - ANALYSIS

    Saudi Arabia's reliance on high oil prices courts disaster

    Posted Nov 13th 2013, 03:17am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in London Numerous risks face the kingdom's finances, with a collapse in the oil price a real possibility Saudi Arabia's reliance on high oil prices courts disaster Saudi Arabia is just about the only energy producer so far unaffected by the shale revolution. Yet despite appearances, Saudi Arabia's financial and oil market strength is brittle. Saudi ...

  6. News - World - SYRIA

    Saudi Arabia to spend fortune to train new anti-Assad rebel force

    Posted Nov 08th 2013, 11:04pm by GDN

    ... The Guardian Riyadh to spend millions of US dollars in effort to defeat Syrian leader, counter jihadist groups Saudi Arabia to train new anti-Assad force Saudi Arabia is preparing to spend ... Saudi Arabia is fighting both." Saudi Arabia has long called publicly for arming the anti-Assad rebels and has bridled at US caution. It has been playing a more assertive role since ...

  7. News - World - IRAN: ANALYSIS

    US ready to upset Israel and Saudi Arabia in pursuit of Tehran deal

    Posted Nov 11th 2013, 09:27pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington Israel and Saudi Arabia alarmed at American persistence after the failure of Geneva talks US ready to upset allies for Tehran nuclear accord The United States remains ready to upset key allies Israel and Saudi Arabia by securing a swift nuclear deal with Iran despite the failure of talks in Geneva, US-based analysts said. While Tehran remained ...

  8. News - World - UNITED NATIONS

    Saudi Arabia rejects UN Security Council seat, citing Syria, Palestinians

    Posted Oct 18th 2013, 08:56pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Riyadh Unprecedented move reflects kingdom's anger at the international community's failure to act on Syrian war and Palestinian-Israeli conflict Saudi Arabia rejects security council seat Saudi Arabia, in an unprecedented show of anger at the failure of the international community to end the war in Syria and act on other Middle East issues, yesterday said ...

  9. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Filipino workers 'treated like animals' and kicked out of Saudi Arabia in crackdown

    Posted Nov 04th 2013, 12:32pm by Agence France-Presse in Manila

    ... Agence France-Presse in Manila Estimated 6,700 Filipino workers stranded after amnesty for undocumented foreigners ended Thirty Filipino workers expelled from Saudi Arabia returned home ... an amnesty for undocumented foreigners ended over the weekend. “They treated us like animals,” said domestic helper Amor Roxas, 46, who burst in tears while narrating her ordeal. She claimed Saudi ...

  10. News - World - SAUDI ARABIA

    Illegal workers in Saudi Arabia rush to sign up for amnesty

    Posted Jul 02nd 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... in Saudi Arabia, mostly Asians, are in a race against time to take advantage of an amnesty ending tomorrow that will allow them to stay or return home without prosecution. King Abdullah announced ... immigration. Many workers were queueing outside their embassies to obtain documents to either leave Saudi Arabia or legalise their status before tomorrow's deadline. As in most Gulf states, ...




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