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Saudi king to work with Indonesia to combat Islamic State: ambassador

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Salman is expected to sign 10 agreements during his visit to Indonesia, with a focus on combating militant group Islamic State, the kingdom's ambassador to Indonesia told Reuters on Tuesday.

Pakistan airline denies passengers forced to stand

Pakistan International Airlines is accused of booking seven extra passengers onto a flight from Pakistan's Karachi to Saudi Arabia last month, but denies they were made to stand.

Saudi King brings 506 tons of luggage on 9-day trip

14 hours agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

There's carry-on and checked baggage, but what do you call luggage that weighs 506 tons, including two Mercedes limousines and two elevators? It's just a nine-day trip to Indonesia, but Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdul Aziz isn't...Show More Summary

Saudi Arabia Offers To Deploy Special Forces In Syria To Fight ISIS

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, better known to the US public for his threat last April 2016 to sell US Treasuries should the US press with a probe of Saudi involvement in the Sept 11 attacks, made a rare visit to Baghdad over the weekend in an attempt to mend the kingdom's tense relations with Iraq. Show More Summary

Saudi king reported to be taking 506 tons of luggage, including two limos, on trip to Indonesia

16 hours agoNews : BlogPost

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud is heading to Indonesia this week for a nine-day visit. It will be the first time in 46 years that a Saudi king has visited the world's largest Muslim nation, and it comes at a time of heightened attention on the economic links between the two nations. But Salman has come prepared. […]

Pakistan airline denies passengers forced to stand

19 hours agoHumor / odd : The Sideshow

Pakistan's national carrier said Sunday it would investigate allegations that a plane flew from Karachi to Saudi Arabia carrying seven extra passengers, but denied they stood in the aisles for the three-hour journey. The paper said the...Show More Summary

John Deal; embellishing corpsman

On January 29, 1991, Saddam Hussein tried to start the ground war on the Saudi Arabian border with Kuwait when he sent three armored columns towards Kafji, Saudi Arabia. On their way to the evacuated resort town, they bumped into a battalion-sized Light Armored Infantry (LAI) element of the 1st Marine Division at Um Hjul […]

John McCain is once again in Syria

In the course of an official trip to the Middle East, during which he was received by the Turkish President and the King of Saudi Arabia, Senator John McCain secretly (and illegally) went to Syria. There he met with both the Kurdish and US military leaders. Show More Summary

Malaysia rolls out red carpet as Saudi king kicks off Asia tour

KUALA LUMPUR/DUBAI (Reuters) - Malaysia welcomed Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Sunday for the start of a rare, month-long Asian tour, where the monarch will build ties and seek to draw more investments to the oil-rich gulf nation.

My Name is Bilal

This post was sent to me by the author's mother, who is a friend of mine here in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Her son, 25 year-old Bilal Raychouni, wrote this powerful letter to the current US President, in which he expresses himself and his feelings articulately in ways that Americans can understand what it's really like to be a Muslim today in the USA. Show More Summary

Saudi Arabia Is Changing

Something is happening in Saudi Arabia. The country is undergoing real change. Many commentators have written about it, but in some instances their observations have been based on a one-off visit comparing what they’ve just seen with...Show More Summary

Hitler's Ultimate Weapon Wasn't Super Tanks or Submarines (But a General Like No Other)

Daniel L. Davis Security, Why the Desert Fox dominated.  On August 2, 1990 Saddam Hussein invaded the oil-rich country of Kuwait. President George H. W. Bush immediately ordered U.S. troops to Saudi Arabia to defend its ally, and demanded Saddam withdraw or risk U.S. Show More Summary

Saudization and poor economic growth spells disaster for Western expats

Slowing economic growth and increasing Saudization are hitting hard on expats in the Kingdom. For several decades, a white-collar expatriate job in Saudi Arabia has been seen as a path to wealth and a luxurious lifestyle as well as a sure way for career advancement. Since the dramatic fall in oil prices and the upswing in Saudization,... Expats Blog -

Saudi King Salman launches investment drive with Asia tour

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Salman starts a month-long Asian tour on Sunday to build ties with the world's fastest growing importers of Saudi oil and promote investment opportunities, including the sale of a stake in its giant state firm Saudi Aramco.

Indonesia hopes for billions from Saudi king's visit

Indonesia is hoping to ring up investment deals worth billions of dollars when Saudi Arabia's King Salman and an entourage of 1,500 officials, princes and businesspeople arrive in the Indonesian … Click to Continue »

Nike stirs up a hornet’s nest

Saudi Arabia - An online commercial released by Nike this week showing Arab women fencing, boxing and spinning on ice-skates has stirred controversy over its attempt to smash stereotypes about women leading home-bound lives in the conservative region. Show More Summary

Young Saudis Mixing In Public Don't Need The Religious Police To Enforce Morals

Something happened at the recent Comic Con in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, that went largely unnoticed outside the Kingdom, but was met with deep satisfaction among the convention’s participants. Men and women mixed and rocked to music blaring from huge speakers on stage in a darkened hall. Show More Summary

Saudi Arabia Launches Its First Comic Con, Allows Public Gender Mixing

Though strict gender segregation is imposed in most public spaces, comics fans of all genders were able to mix freely at Saudi Comic Con. The post Saudi Arabia Launches Its First Comic Con, Allows Public Gender Mixing appeared first on

Norwegian Refugee Council staff released in Yemen

Seven people detained in a rebel-held part of Yemen for using recycled boxes originating in Saudi Arabia to distribute aid have been released, the Norwegian Refugee Council said on Thursday. "We are greatly relieved by the release of our staff members and the driver," said Mutasim Hamdan, the organisation's Yemen country director. Show More Summary

Saudi Arabia Shrugs Off Concerns About Deflation, Despite Weak Outlook For Economy

Saudi Arabia is having to come to terms with deflation for the first time in more than a decade, but economists say it should be a short-lived problem

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