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Saudi Arabia begins screening films after 35 years ban

Saudi Arabia began screening feature-length animated children’s films, at the weekend, in a makeshift theater, after a 35-year-old ban on cinemas was lifted in the conservative Islamic kingdom.

Saudi women attend football game for the first time ever

Saudi Arabia allowed women to enter a football stadium for the first time to watch a match Friday, as the ultra-conservative kingdom eases strict decades-old rules separating the sexes.

Saudi prince fired over audio tape on arrest of 11 princes

A Saudi prince was removed from his post after he released an audio recording that contradicted the Saudi authorities' version of the arrest of 11 princes in Riyadh last week, reports said.

Saudi Arabians get big 2018 budget

Saudi Arabia laid out the biggest spending plan in the kingdom’s history in absolute terms when the government published its 2018 budget in late December.

Saudi boosts citizen benefits as taxes bite

Saudi Arabia announced Saturday it had boosted stipends and benefits for citizens to cushion the impact of economic reforms including the kingdom’s first ever taxes after an oil price slump.

11 Saudi Arabian princes arrested over protest

The royal crackdown continues in Saudi Arabia as 11 princes were arrested today for daring to protest the withdrawal of some indulgences.

Saudi king, Turkey’s premier discuss Jerusalem status

Saudi King Salman and Turkey’s premier on Wednesday discussed boosting ties and the status of Jerusalem, in a first high-level meeting since the US controversially recognised the city as Israel’s capital.

Lebanese premier Saad Hariri ‘pressured to resign’ by the Saudis – report

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh expecting to spend the day with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, but instead found himself manhandled by Saudi security forces and forced to resign his position, according to a report by the New York Times.

HRW calls for UN to sanction Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Human Rights Watch has called on the UN to place sanctions on Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over abuses carried out in Yemen.

Palestinians to seek UN backing if US vetoes Jerusalem resolution

The Palestinians will seek United Nations General Assembly support if the US vetoes a Security Council resolution against its decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a minister said Monday.

Palestinian billionaire Sabih al-Masri detained in Saudi Arabia

Palestinian billionaire businessman Sabih al-Masri has been detained in Saudi Arabia on a business trip to Riyadh, his family confirmed to Reuters news agency.

Saudi, UAE join West Africa’s Sahel nations to fight jihadists

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are attending a summit in Paris today aimed at accelerating efforts to set up a West African force to battle Jihadists in the Sahel region.

Saudi Arabia takes first steps to more liberal society

From allowing women to drive, to the lifting of a decades-long ban on cinemas, ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia has recently taken a series of social reforms.

Saudi Prince Salman denies buying $450m Jesus paint

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was not the buyer of the Leonardo da Vinci’s paint of Jesus Christ which sold for a record $450.3 million at a New York auction last month, a Saudi official has said.

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