Stephen Kalin

Amid flurry of Saudi reforms, mocktails on order in execution square

09 Dec 2019

RIYADH For decades, criminals in Saudi Arabia were lined up after Friday prayers at a central Riyadh plaza and beheaded by sword in a gruesome public spectacle overseen by the religious police.

Saudi Arabia ends gender-segregated entrances for restaurants

08 Dec 2019

RIYADH Restaurants in Saudi Arabia will no longer need to maintain entrances segregated by sex, the authorities said on Sunday, further eroding some of the world's strictest social rules as sweeping reforms take hold.

Exclusive: Saudi Aramco pursues war cover after attacks - sources

04 Dec 2019

LONDON/RIYADH Saudi Aramco is looking to buy insurance against war and terror attacks after a damaging drone and missile attack on some of its oil facilities in September, two sources told Reuters.

Saudi Arabia releases 11 people questioned over foreign ties: official

02 Dec 2019

RIYADH Saudi Arabian authorities have released 11 citizens who were detained for several days last month for questioning over suspected links to foreign entities, a Saudi official told Reuters.

Qatari foreign minister's Saudi visit seen easing Gulf rift

29 Nov 2019

RIYADH/LONDON Qatar's foreign minister has made an unannounced visit to Riyadh, two sources told Reuters, amid signs that a 2-1/2-year rift among U.S.-allied Gulf Arab states could soon subside.

U.S. and France vie to bolster Gulf security after Saudi oil attack

25 Nov 2019

MANAMA The United States and France are boosting Saudi Arabia's radar systems following crippling drone and cruise missile attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure in September, which Washington blames on Iran.

Saudi king blames Iran for 'chaos', says strikes failed to hurt kingdom's development

20 Nov 2019

RIYADH Saudi Arabia's King Salman struck a defiant note against the kingdom's enemies, saying on Wednesday that missile and drone strikes it blames on Iran had not halted development and reiterating that Riyadh will not hesitate to defend itself.

'Crown jewel' Aramco stirs loyal Saudi demand for giant IPO

18 Nov 2019

RIYADH From taxi drivers to clerics, Saudis clamoring to own part of state oil giant Aramco went online and to local banks on Sunday at the start of a long-delayed share sale for what could be the world's biggest initial public offering. | Video

Business forum boosts Saudi image, but some say more rehab needed

01 Nov 2019

RIYADH Saudi Arabia's crown prince showed up only briefly this week at the kingdom's flagship investment forum, which largely drew leaders and firms with strategic interest in the Gulf state and wrapped up with relatively meagre deals and an anticlimactic finale.

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