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October 20, 2014

 North America's shale boom has started to squeeze Saudi oil out of the US market,
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Saudi crude exports fell in August for the fourth month in a row to their lowest levels in three years.
The two governments signed the neutral zone agreement almost 50 years ago.
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A Kuwaiti oil trade union on Sunday condemned the unilateral closure by Saudi Arabia of an offshore oilfield jointly operated by the Arab neighbours

October 19, 2014

Saudi Arabia will make sure it will sell its oil first, regardless of the state of the oil markets.
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If Saudi Arabia no longer has the same influence on the markets it once had, what can explain the slumping prices observed today, at a rate that exceeds the relative downturn in the oil markets felt usually in autumn?
The Houthis captured Tawwal border crossing in Hajjah Province on Saturday. They also took control of Wagha region in the same province. (AFP/File)
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Shiite Houthi fighters have taken control of a crossing along Yemen's northern border with Saudi Arabia.
“The main terminal is fairly lackluster. It isn’t overly clean, crowds can be a problem, and the services for travelers are in short supply."
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An international website specializing in airport services has ranked King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah among the worst airports in the world with regard to services
Hassan Farhan al-Maliki has been arrested, according to media reports. (Image: Fars News Agency)
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Hassan Farhan al-Maliki has called for putting an end to what he describes as discrimination against Shi'a Muslims in Saudi Arabia.
Yemeni protesters demonstrate outside the Saudi embassy in Sana'a against the death sentence of Shi'a cleric and anti-government protest leader Nimr al-Nimr on Oct. 18. (AFP/ Mohammed Huwais)
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Sheikh Nimr, who has repeatedly criticized the lack of basic freedoms in Saudi Arabia, was sentenced to death last week.

October 17, 2014

Euro Disney has a debt of about 1.7 billion euros
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Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal will join a financial bailout of the money-losing Euro Disney theme park, his Kingdom Holding Co said Tuesday.
The majority of these children were Egyptians, Syrians, Burmese and from the African continent.
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The member said education authorities needed to find a solution to the problem because “education is a basic human right for everyone, whether they are a citizen or foreigner living in the Kingdom.”
The shale revolution has been driven by hundreds of disparate U.S. companies drilling thousands of new wells.
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Saudi Arabia effectively started a global oil price war this month aimed at quickly denting U.S. oil output.

October 16, 2014

Dira square in Riyadh where public executions are sometimes carried out (AFP/File)
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The prominent Shia cleric Nimr Baqir al-Nimr has been sentenced to death for allegedly encouraging protests in Saudi Arabia, his family said.
During the “Laish Hip-Hop?” session at Lund University. (Image: Arab News)
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Lund University students were treated to a special seminar on Arabic hip hop this month!

October 15, 2014

A Saudi woman films an Islamic ceremony on her phone (File/AFP)
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Saudis love using their phones! The kingdom's market is the largest in the Middle East with 53 million subscriptions in 2013 alone.

October 14, 2014

The attacker is believed to be a Saudi national who was born in the U.S. (File/AFP)
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An American citizen was shot dead while another injured by an gunman in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh Tuesday. The attacker is now being held by security forces.
Saudi and Dubai stocks plunged by 6.5 percent but are now recovering (File/AFP)
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After a rocky Monday, most stock markets in the Middle East recovered with Saudi Arabia and Dubai leading the figures.
Key issues are due to be discussed at the delegation in Kuwait, namely how to boost tourism in the region (File/AFP)
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GCC ministers will meet Tuesday to discuss how to boost tourism in the region. The delegation is due to be lead by Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities President Prince Sultan bin Salman.
Wounded Yemeni men are treated at a hospital after a powerful suicide bomb rocked the capital Sanaa on Oct. 9, 2014, killing at least 47. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
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Houthi leaders called on the Saudi government to prosecute TV presenter Khalid al-Gamdi.
Defending and winning share in Asia's still growing markets has become the primary focus.
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Last week, Saudi Arabia sharply cut its official oil prices for Asian customers in November, in the clearest sign yet that it is competing harder for crude market share.

October 13, 2014

Saudi Arabia has privately told oil market participants it can accept oil prices between $80 and $90 a barrel, sources briefed by OPEC’s biggest producer have told Reuters.
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“$100 is no longer the ideal market price,” he said. “It’s good for producers but too high for consumers, leading to oversupply.”
The pull back then snowballed due to panic selling and, possibly, margin calls, according to market players.
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Stock markets in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates fell sharply on Sunday as declines on global bourses sparked a broad sell-off in the Gulf region.

October 12, 2014

The consortium is led by Faiz Al-Abideen, a prominent Saudi businessman and adviser to members of the royal family, whose group has built 17 power plants in Saudi Arabia and abroad.
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The proposed power plant, which would cost anywhere between $3 billion and $4.5 billion, will generate between 2,500 and 3,500 megawatts (MW) of power.
The programs for tackling unemployment have contributed to creating a parallel crisis in the labor market and disrupting the market.
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At least one million vacancies must be created to tackle unemployment among Saudis and 300,000 jobs are needed annually to absorb new graduates entering the labor market,

October 11, 2014

Luis Suarez
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Barcelona striker Luis Suarez made his first appearance for Uruguay since his biting ban, as he set up his country's goal in the 1-1 draw against Saudi Arabia.
The stats don’t lie - Arabs score high with porn sites. Cairo is the #1 city that searched for “sex” on Google. So don’t be shy-- check out who searched for sex by country in this cross section that includes some Muslim hot spots in and out of the Middle East 'desert'.
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Think 1001 Arabian nights and we bring you 10 online porn findings relating to Middle East and Muslim users. See how the the region procrastinates with porn and brace yourselves for some unexpected hard truths.

October 10, 2014

Saudi woman caught cheering on football team causes uproar
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A highlights video of a top Saudi football team's latest match reportedly went viral on the internet, because a woman was spotted in the crowd.

October 9, 2014

The city, located 3 km to the west of the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, will cover an area of over 1.6 million sq m and accommodate 200,000 people.
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The project will have 100 administrative and residential towers and 30 hotels, apart from the haj ministry headquarters, the haj secretariat, and the Madinah governor’s office.

October 8, 2014

Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Palestine, Yemen and Syria maintained their 2013 ranks. The index takes into account the number of operators, packages, and services available in each of the 19 countries covered by the group.
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The 2014 index results revealed that seven countries ranked higher than their 2013 index ranks; these are: Iraq, Bahrain, Tunisia, Algeria, Kuwait, Qatar and Lebanon.
Essam Khalifa, another economist, called for a qualitative improvement of the Saudi labor market to increase the demand for Saudi workers compared with expats.
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The annual recruitment of nearly 1.2 million foreign workers has hampered the Kingdom’s nationalization initiatives, said Saudi economists and experts, while urging the government to review its recruitment policy.
A selfie speaks louder than a thousand duas! What better way to catch a person at the height of their religious piety than a beaming, toothy smile in front of the Kaaba. Forget the souvenir holy zam-zam water and dates that are the traditional badge of honor from the Holy of Holies. Why not prove you actually woz there by snapping a selfie!
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The morning after the pilgrimage, the selfie versus sheikh debate rages on! "Hajj selfie fever" is still snowballing and it might be too late for those who are losing their religion! A look at the worshippers caught in the act of faking prayers and goofing off on their pilgrimage, and the stern scholars who spoke out!

October 7, 2014

The Saudi health ministry employed thousands of health workers to make sure pilgrims were protected from two deadly viruses, Ebola and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus (AFP/ File Archive).
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Saudi ArabianHealth Minister Adel Fakeih on Monday declared this year's Haj epidemic-free.