Saudi Arabia

MIDEAST STOCKS-Saudi Arabia slides ahead of NCB flotation; Gulf mixed

* UAE, Qatar consolidate after S&P, FTSE index adjustments

Minds focused by IS, Saudis and Iranians think about making up

DUBAI - For decades the opposing poles of Middle East power politics, Saudi Arabia and Iran may be driven to set aside at least some of their differences by the rise of a mutual enemy: Islamic State.

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Iran foreign minister hails "new chapter" in Saudi ties - IRNA

DUBAI - Iran and Saudi Arabia held their first foreign minister-level meeting since the 2013 election of President Hassan Rouhani, official Iranian media reported, signalling a possible thaw in chilly ties between the rival Gulf powers.

1:55pm IST

MIDEAST STOCKS-Saudi Arabia's bourse may weaken ahead of NCB IPO

DUBAI, Sept 22 - Investors in Saudi Arabia may start selling stocks on Monday and setting aside cash for the upcoming initial public offer of National Commercial Bank (NCB) after the lender said it would launch the subscription next month.

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Asian Olympic boss unsure why Saudi Arabia excluded women

INCHEON South Korea - Asia's top Olympic official is unsure why Saudi Arabia excluded women from their team for the Asian Games and says he thought the Islamic kingdom had "broken the ice" when they picked female competitors for the London Olympics.

18 Sep 2014

MIDEAST STOCKS-Saudi rises on economic reform plans; better global mood boosts region

* Savola rises after Americana indicates ownership may change

17 Sep 2014

Saudi Arabia's top clerics speak out against militancy

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's top clerical council, the only body in the country authorised to issue fatwas or Islamic legal opinions, declared on Wednesday that "terrorism is a heinous crime" under Sharia, and perpetrators should be made an example of.

17 Sep 2014

Saudi Arabia's top clerics speak out against militancy

RIYADH, Sept 17 - Saudi Arabia's top clerical council, the only body in the country authorised to issue fatwas or Islamic legal opinions, declared on Wednesday that "terrorism is a heinous crime" under Sharia, and perpetrators should be made an example of.

17 Sep 2014

UPDATE 1-Saudi Arabia to allow OTC trade of shares in suspended or delisted firms

RIYADH, Sept 17 - Saudi Arabia's securities market regulator said on Wednesday that it would permit off-market trading of shares in companies which had been suspended or delisted from the stock exchange.

17 Sep 2014

Saudi court sentences two to death, jails 13 over attack

DOHA - A court in Saudi Arabia sentenced two men to death and 13 others to long prison terms after they were accused of killing a policeman and three civilians and forming an al Qaeda cell in prison, the kingdom's state news agency (SPA) said on Tuesday.

17 Sep 2014
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Islamic State urges attacks on U.S., French citizens, taunts Obama

BAGHDAD - Islamic State urged its followers on Monday to attack citizens of the United States, France and other countries which have joined a coalition to destroy the militant group.