Stephen Kalin

RPT-INSIGHT-Saudi Arabia's hometown ambitions could clip wealth fund's wings

30 Jun 2019

* PIF's twin mandate: generate wealth and develop local projects

Saudi Arabia's hometown ambitions could clip wealth fund's wings

28 Jun 2019

RIYADH Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) risks being pulled deeper into Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s domestic projects, curbing its international ambitions and tying its fortunes closer to its home market, four sources familiar with its strategy said.

Trial resumes for some Saudi women activists; rights record in focus

27 Jun 2019

RIYADH Several Saudi women activists were to stand trial on Thursday, said people familiar with the proceedings, after a two-month hiatus in a case that has drawn international scrutiny of the kingdom's human rights record.

Trump puts sanctions on Iranian supreme leader, other top officials

25 Jun 2019

WASHINGTON/RIYADH U.S. President Donald Trump targeted Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other top Iranian officials with sanctions on Monday, taking a dramatic, unprecedented step to increase pressure on Iran after Tehran's downing of an unmanned American drone. | Video

U.S.' Pompeo discusses Iran with Gulf allies amid escalating crisis

25 Jun 2019

RIYADH/DUBAI U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed Iran and maritime security with rich Gulf Arab allies during a trip to the region on Monday after President Donald Trump called off a military strike to retaliate for Tehran's downing of a U.S. drone.

Kushner's economic plan for Mideast peace faces broad Arab rejection

24 Jun 2019

RIYADH/AMMAN/CAIRO Arab politicians and commentators greeted U.S. President Donald Trump's $50 billion Middle East economic vision with a mixture of derision and exasperation, although some in the Gulf called for it to be given a chance.

Yemen's Houthis strike Saudi utility station, coalition responds

21 Jun 2019

RIYADH Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthis launched a projectile into southern Saudi Arabia late on Wednesday which the Saudi-led coalition said landed near a desalination plant without causing damage or casualties.

Saudi crown prince linked to Khashoggi murder in U.N. report

20 Jun 2019

GENEVA/RIYADH Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other senior officials should be investigated over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi given credible evidence against them, a U.N. rights investigator said on Wednesday. | Video

Toyota snub dents Saudi Arabia's manufacturing drive

19 Jun 2019

RIYADH Saudi Arabia began courting Toyota two years ago to build a large car plant as part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's grand plan to wean the kingdom off oil revenues and create jobs for young Saudis.

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