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Since being founded in 2012, the END Fund has raised more than $70m and supported the treatment of 100 million people at risk of neglected tropical diseases. (Shutterstock)
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Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal's donation will support END’s efforts to fight neglected tropical diseases over the next three years with an emphasis on the Middle East and Africa.
Nazaha said it found irregularities in eight contracts worth more than SR80 million, which were intended to purchase licenses to implement an electronic program to unify the company’s systems. (Shutterstock)
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Saudi's anti-corruption body has identified a number of financial and administrative irregularities conducted by the SEC executives related to contracts, purchases of licenses and falsifying information.
Sheikh Adel Aujan (right), chairman, Aujan Group Holding, and Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company, celebrate the billionth can of Rani produced under their partnership. (Coca-Cola)
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Aujan transformed Aujan Industries by acquiring exclusive distribution rights for Vimto and with $1B joint venture with the Coca-Cola Company.

January 23, 2017

The SABIC-Shell joint venture includes six world-scale petrochemical plants with a total output of more than 4m metric tons per year. (File photo)
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Shell's divestment of the joint venture with the Saudi Basic Industries Corp, know as SADAF, for $820 million comes as the latest in a string of business disposals.
In April of 2016, Saudi Arabia said it was considering a US-style green card system to help reduce remittances. (File photo)
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in response to reports of a proposal by the Shura Council to imposing fees on expats' remittances, Saudi Arabia has confirmed that it is "committed to the principle of free movement of capital in and out of the kingdom".

January 22, 2017

Women's March in Los Angeles on Saturday (David Mcnew/AFP)
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In a hypocritical move, several conservative figures have bizarrely tweeted that women's marchers should focus their efforts on promoting feminism in Saudi Arabia.

January 18, 2017

United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki Moon delivering a speech during a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the International Court of Justice. (AFP/File)
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The Supreme Administrative Court nullified on Monday a deal between Egypt and Saudi Arabia that would have seen the sovreignty of two Red Sea islands, Tiran and Sanafir, transferred to Saudi waters.
Paris reportedly had many issues to discuss with Riyadh, including preparations for the meeting of the French-Saudi Joint Commission, which will be held in the summer, and which aims at promoting economic, investment and commercial relations within the framework of the Kingdom's Vision 2030. (Twitter)
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This will be Ayrault's first visit to Riyadh since his appointment as foreign minister in February 2016.
Every country has its own unspoken seat-related rules (Flickr)
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Is it a feminist issue or just a matter of following the rules?
There are at least 10 known hot springs in Saudi Arabia.  (Shutterstock)
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In order to meet demand and diversify Saudi Arabia's energy mix, the kingdom is eyeing potential geothermal sites in Al Khouba area of the southernwestern province of Jizan.
Saudi Aramco CEO Amin Nasser. (AFP/Ozan Kose)
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Speaking Tuesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Saudi Aramco CEO Amin Nasser announced that $25 trillion would need to be invested over the 25 years on new oil capacity to meet rising demand.

January 17, 2017

Smoke billows in the distance as Yemeni pro-government forces patrol during clashes with Houthi rebels in Yemen's western Dhubab district, on January 9, 2017. (AFP/Saleh al-Obeidi)
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Airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition were also reported across the western part of the country.
The growth of the renewable energy sector in Saudi Arabia is an opportunity for job generation. (Shutterstock)
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Saudi Arabia's energy minister has announced an ambitious plan to invest $30B-$50B in renewable energy across various sectors.
The conflict escalated in mid-2015 when Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies launched a major air campaign aimed at reversing Houthi military gains and shoring up Yemen's embattled Saudi-backed government. (AFP/File)
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Army launched wide-ranging campaign last month aimed at recapturing parts of Yemen’s southern Shabwah province.
Employees of the King Fahd Quran Printing Complex in Medina had complained of salary delays even prior to losing their jobs. (SPA)
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The Saudi Oger workers lost their jobs at King Fahd Quran Printing Complex four months ago and have filed for intervention with the labour dispute committee over unpaid dues.

January 16, 2017

Saudi Arabia's grand mufti, Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdullah Al ash-Sheikh. (AFP/File)
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The Grand Mufti has a prestigious religious position in Saudi Arabia. He is the Mufti of all Muslin Sunnis around the world, since Saudi Arabia represents and leads all Muslims religiously.
A Yemeni man has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for insulting Islam (Pixabay)
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A Yemeni resident of the ultraconservative kingdom has been sentenced to 21 years in prison over posts on his Facebook page.
The girls embrace their surgeon during a return visit to Saudi Arabia several years ago (screenshot)
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Old footage has resurfaced as Saudis celebrate their country's pioneering medical achievements.
The facilities sector is key to having three Saudi cities among the top 100 in the world, which is one of the aims of Vision 2030. (Shutterstock/Fedor Selivanov)
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The FM market in Saudi Arabia is worth $20-$29 billion per annum with ten percent annual growth, according to Credo Consulting.
The resignations coincided with the introduction of new reforms by the ministry last year that tie public sector worker bonuses to a mandatory assessment and allow them to be fired.  (Twitter)
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Nearly 1,500 employees resigned from Saudi government jobs in 2016, coinciding with the introduction of new reforms that included linking bonuses to mandatory assessment and possible dismissal.

January 15, 2017

Saudi Arabia national football team
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Saudi national football team beat Cambodia 7-2 in a friendly match held at Sheikh Zayed Sports City in Abu-Dhabi yesterday as part of the Saudi team's preparatory camp in preparation for the away phase of world cup 2018 qualifying tournament.
Saudi Arabia's highest-ranking cleric has called cinemas and singing concerts as harmful and corrupting. (
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Saudi Arabia's highest-ranking cleric has called cinemas and singing concerts as harmful and corrupting.
Saida Ahmad Baghili, an 18-year-old Yemeni woman. (AFP/File)
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Yemen's devastating conflict of more than two years is putting increasing numbers of people in the poor Arab country at risk of malnutrition. Humanitarian agencies warn that some areas in Yemen are on the brink of famine.
Tourist visits for the purpose of attending exhibitions and conferences represents more than 15% of total tourism in the kingdom. (
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The number of licensed activities, including exhibitions, forums, conferences, workshops and meetings held in 2016 in Saudi Arabia reached 8,758 in 2016.

January 12, 2017

The flynas order from Airbus is for up to 100 A320neos, including purchasing options, according to Reuters.   (flynas)
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The order, which would replace and expand a fleet of leased A320s, would give flynas one of the largest Middle East low cost fleets after state-owned flydubai.
The Saudi government recently indicated that it will be implemented in the first quarter of 2018, against an earlier intention to adopt VAT by January 1, 2018. (Shutterstock)
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If VAT is to be introduced on January 1, 2018, the corporate sector needs a VAT framework agreement at least six months prior to the implementation to prepare themselves for the new levy.
This little girl won support from Saudis across Twitter (screenshot)
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The infant was returned to her mother after videos of the abuse were shared widely online.
Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha property markets have emerged stronger owing to international projects, foreign investment flows and growing population. (Shutterstock)
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Despite oil-price fluctuations, volatile stock markets and geopolitical uncertainty, the region's real-estate sector remains resilient and is expected to register growth at a slow pace in 2016 and beyond.

January 11, 2017

A desire to diversify investment beyond the domestic market has also been a key driver for Saudis investing in Dubai real estate. (Shutterstock)
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Capital growth, the wider range of properties available and limitations on the ability to buy off-plan projects at home are key reasons for the continued popularity of Dubai properties among Saudi investors.
Arrivals at Jeddah Airport. (AFP/Fayez Nureldine)
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The new measure allowing foreign investors to obtain business visas electronically within a day became effective January 1, with the process for visit visas for commercial firms to follow shortly.
Mecca's Chamber of Commerce estimates losses at SR60billion as a result of the curb on visitor numbers.  (Shutterstock/Nawawi Malezya)
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Local businesses that have suffered financially from the 20 percent reduction in the quota of Haj pilgrims are elated that the quota has been removed after four years.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun's visit to Riyadh aims to restore ties. (Saudi Press Agency)
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Saudi and Lebanese finance ministers, meeting on the sidelines of Lebanese President Aoun's visit to Riyadh, expect to seal a deal to prevent double taxation and boost trade between the two countries.