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Saudi hosts investment conference despite Khashoggi fallout

Saudi hosts investment conference despite Khashoggi fallout

RIYADH (AFP) – Saudi Arabia kicks off an investment summit Tuesday despite a wave of cancellations from policymakers and business titans, but Turkey s threat to reveal the “naked truth” over critic Jamal Khashoggi s murder is hanging over the gathering.The three-day Future Investment Initiative (FII) was meant to project the historically insular petro-state as a lucrative […]

Saudi ambassador ‘concerned’ about missing journalist

Saudi ambassador ‘concerned’ about missing journalist

LONDON (AFP) – Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Britain expressed concern on Friday about the fate of a journalist who vanished after entering its Istanbul consulate last week.But Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf al Saud told the BBC he needed to wait for the results of an investigation before commenting further about Jamal Khashoggi’s fate. “We are […]

Saudi crown prince ordered op against missing journalist: report

Saudi crown prince ordered op against missing journalist: report

WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and de facto ruler ordered an operation targeting journalist and US resident Jamal Khashoggi, who has been missing for more than a week, The Washington Post reported Wednesday citing US intelligence intercepts.Khashoggi – a US resident and one of the more outspoken critics of the regime of King Salman and his son, Crown […]

‘Parwaaz Hai Junoon’, first Pakistani film to commercially release in Saudi Arabia

‘Parwaaz Hai Junoon’, first Pakistani film to commercially release in Saudi Arabia

Hamza Ali Abbasi, Hania Aamir-starrer Parwaaz Hai Junoon which was released all across the country on Eidul Azha will become the first Pakistani film to commercially release in Saudi Arabia.Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting for the government of Pakistan, Fawad Chaudhry made the announcement on Twitter. He wrote, “Pakistani movie Parwaaz Hai Junoon will be the first film to […]

Saudi delegation visits Gwadar port, reviews ongoing development projects

Saudi delegation visits Gwadar port, reviews ongoing development projects

GWADAR  – Saudi Arabia trade delegation on Tuesday has visited Gwadar port and reviewed the ongoing development projects.During the visit, the team was also briefed over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Free-Economic Zone projects.Earlier, Saudi delegation had met Advisor to Prime Minister on Commerce, Textile, Investment, Industries and Production Abdul Razak Dawood and Federal Minister for […]

Govt turns down Saudi offer to acquire two power plants

Govt turns down Saudi offer to acquire two power plants

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has turned down Saudi Arabia’s offer to acquire two LNG-fired power plants only under a sovereign deal, as laws do not allow selling assets without following a rigorous competitive process.“Saudi Arabia also demanded Pakistan to provide free land, complete security and utility facilities for setting up an oil refinery of over 100,000 barrel per […]

Saudi Arabia declares online satire punishable offence

Saudi Arabia declares online satire punishable offence

Saudi Arabia will punish online satire that “disrupts public order” with up to five years in prison, the public prosecutor said on Tuesday, as the kingdom cracks down on dissent. “Producing and distributing content that ridicules, mocks, provokes and disrupts public order, religious values and public morals through social media … will be considered a […]

Saudi students in Canada to be relocated to other countries after diplomatic rift

Saudi students in Canada to be relocated to other countries after diplomatic rift

In apparent escalation of a rift between Saudi Arabia and Canada on Monday evening, Riyadh suspended scholarships for Saudi students in Canada and said it would relocate thousands of students studying there to other countries, state media reported, citing an Education Ministry official. The move followed the Kingdom’s announcement yesterday that it was expelling the Canadian […]

Raheel Sharif did not obtain NOC from cabinet for heading Saudi military alliance, SC told

Raheel Sharif did not obtain NOC from cabinet for heading Saudi military alliance, SC told

The Supreme Court was informed by the attorney general on Tuesday that former army chief Gen Raheel Sharif did not obtain a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the federal cabinet before leaving for Saudi Arabia to head a 41-nation military alliance. During the hearing of a suo motu case regarding dual nationality of civil servants and judges, […]

Saudi hackathon seeks high-tech fixes to Haj calamities

Saudi hackathon seeks high-tech fixes to Haj calamities

Fuelled by caffeine, pizza and adrenaline, sleep-deprived programmers in a marathon Saudi contest this week explored high-tech solutions to prevent a repeat of past calamities during Haj. In a cavernous hall in Jeddah, thousands of software professionals and students competed in the kingdom’s first-ever hackathon, a coding festival ahead of the world’s largest pilgrimage later […]

Saudi Arabia bans 47 video games including Witcher and GTA

Saudi Arabia bans 47 video games including Witcher and GTA

Saudi Arabia says it’s banning a long list of popular video games after allegations surfaced that two children killed themselves after being encouraged to do so in an online game. The Saudi General Commission for Audio-Visual Media said Monday it was banning 47 games, including Grand Theft Auto V, Assassins Creed 2 and Witcher, for unspecified violations of rules […]

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