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Saudi Arabia reshuffles cabinet with eye on culture

    Saudi Arabia announced another cabinet reshuffle Saturday with a heavy focus on culture and religion, as the kingdom undergoes a major image rehaul. This is the second significant government change since the appointment of Prince Mohammed bin Salman, son of the king, as heir to the region's most powerful throne. Prince Mohammed serves as deputy prime minister under his father, King Salman. State news agency SPA announced King Salman had replaced the country's labour, Islamic affairs and culture ministers. The kingdom also announced it had set up a royal commission for the holy city of Mecca, which is expected to welcome millions of Muslim pilgrims for the ...Keep on reading: Saudi Arabia reshuffles cabinet with eye on culture.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJun 2nd, 2018

Saudi Arabia seeks to criminalize sexual harassment

Saudi Arabia is preparing to outlaw sexual harassment, officials said Tuesday, less than a month before the conservative kingdom lifts its decades-long ban on women driving. The kingdom’s Shura Council, which advises the cabinet, approved a draft law on Monday which would introduce a prison term of up to five years and a penalty of [...] The post Saudi Arabia seeks to criminalize sexual harassment appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 30th, 2018

Saudi Arabia slams U.S. Senate vote as interference

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia on Monday, December 17, slammed as "interference" US Senate resolutions over its war in Yemen and critic Jamal Khashoggi's murder, warning that the move could have repercussions on its strategic ties with Washington. The Republican-controlled Senate voted on Thursday, December 13 to end American ........»»

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Canada mulls canceling Saudi arms deal over Yemen, Kashoggi murder

MONTREAL, Canada – Canada is looking into ways to cancel a giant 2014 weapons deal with Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Sunday, December 16, as criticism mounts over the kingdom's role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the Riyadh-led war in Yemen. Trudeau had earlier said that ........»»

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U.N. calls for credible probe into Khashoggi murder

DOHA, Qatar – United Nations chief Antonio Guterres called Sunday, December 16, for a "credible" probe into journalist Jamal Khashoggi 's murder in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.  "It is absolutely essential to have a credible investigation and to have the punishment of those that were guilty," Guterres said at a ........»»

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Iran deal, Saudi murder: Turbulent year shakes up Middle East

  RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – A murdered Saudi journalist. A scrapped Iran nuclear deal. The two events alone have undone years of diplomacy in the Middle East, testing old alliances and shaking up the regional balance of power, analysts say. In another turbulent year for the tinderbox region, Syrian leader Bashar ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 16th, 2018

Western tourists trickle into Saudi Arabia as it tries to open up

Western tourists, a rarity in Saudi Arabia, visited this weekend under a new visa system, as one of the world’s most inaccessible countries tries to open up its society and diversify its economy away from oil. Western tourists trickle into Saudi Arabia as it tries to open up Source link: Western tourists trickle into Saudi Arabia as it tries to open up.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 16th, 2018

Qatar says Gulf alliance needs replacing

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar called on Saturday, December 15, for a new regional alliance following the failure of the 4-decade-old Gulf Cooperation Council to resolve an 18-month rift between the emirate and its neighbors. Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said that the boycott imposed on the emirate by Saudi Arabia ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 15th, 2018

At least 251 journalists jailed globally – CPJ

  MANILA, Philippines – At least 251 journalists are behind bars for doing their work, according to a Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) report released Thursday, December 13. China, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia imprisoned more journalists this year than in 2017, while Turkey remained the world's worst jailer for the third year in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 13th, 2018

Protest greets ‘clean coal, oil’ pitch of Trump

KATOWICE, Poland --- An unapologetic pitch by the Trump administration for the continued use of fossil fuels during the UN climate talks here was disrupted by mocking laughter and protest against US energy policy. Chants of "Keep it in the ground!" and "Shame on you!" erupted in the room during a presentation on Monday by a panel led by Wells Griffith, White House adviser on international energy and environment. Over the weekend, the United States, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait prevented endorsement of a scientific report on keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius --- the most ambitious target in the 2015 Paris climate accord. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climat...Keep on reading: Protest greets ‘clean coal, oil’ pitch of Trump.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 11th, 2018

U.N. pushes de-escalation in key port, besieged city at Yemen talks

RIMBO, Sweden – The United Nations has submitted proposals for de-escalation in the flashpoint Yemeni port city of Hodeida as well as the country's third city of Taiz to warring parties at UN-sponsored talks in Sweden. The Yemeni government, which is backed by Saudi Arabia and its military ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 11th, 2018

Saudi, U.S. snub of climate report unsettles U.N. talks

KATOWICE, Poland – The refusal of the United States and Saudi Arabia to embrace a landmark environmental report has unsettled UN talks to breathe life back into the Paris climate pact, negotiators and observers said Monday, December 10. It may also signal more direct involvement of Donald Trump's White House, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 11th, 2018

Mauled OFW now home

An overseas Filipino worker, Lovebella Abcede, arrived back in the Philippines after just three weeks in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, her right eye still showing blood clots from beatings she received from her employer. Abcede said that her boss beat her up when she asked that she be transferred to another employer instead of being sent […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsDec 10th, 2018

Qatar emir skips Saudi-hosted summit with Gulf rivals

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Qatar's emir skipped a summit in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, December 9 with fellow Arab Gulf leaders whose boycott of the small but energy-flush neighbor has sparked a major regional diplomatic row. Riyadh is hosting the annual gathering as crises rumble on over the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

OWWA brings home 109 distressed OFWs from Saudi Arabia

MANILA, Philippines – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) brought back home 109 Filipino workers from Saudi Arabia, in line with the government's efforts to help distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). The OFWs from Dammam, Saudi Arabia, arrived on Saturday morning, December 8, at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2018

Asian soccer leader Salman challenged by Abu Dhabi candidate

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Asian Football Confederation president Sheikh Salman of Bahrain will face at least one challenger for re-election, though not an expected opponent from Saudi Arabia. The United Arab Emirates soccer federation says Mohamed Khalfan Al Romaithi announced his presidential run for the April 6 vote by Thursday's deadline. Al Romaithi is a member of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council board, and the AFC executive committee headed by Sheikh Salman since 2013. No candidate was announced by the Saudi Arabia Football Federation (SAFF), which had previously seemed to target the AFC presidency that comes with FIFA vice-president status. In September, SAFF president Adel Ezzat resigned to prepare his AFC candidacy. However, Sheikh Salman's position was strengthened in October when he won a key election nomination rules vote and rebuffed a Saudi-created regional group of federations......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 7th, 2018

Qatar will pull out of OPEC amid tension with S. Arabia | Inquirer Business

Qatar says it will withdraw from OPEC, mixing its aspirations to increase production outside of the cartels constraints. The post Qatar will pull out of OPEC amid tension with Saudi Arabia appeared fi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2018

Crude prices soar as Russia, Saudi Arabia pledge cuts

Crude prices soar as Russia, Saudi Arabia pledge cuts.....»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2018

Deployment elsewhere offsets drop in Saudi hiring

The party-list group ACTS-OFW has allayed fears of a nosedive in the deployment of Filipino workers to Saudi Arabia amid the kingdom’s policy of hiring its nationals. “While Saudi Arabia’s labor market is shrinking, the demand for Filipino workers in other parts of the globe – in Asia, North America and Europe – continues to […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2018

Erdogan takes Saudi prince to task, demands extraditions

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded on Saturday, December 1, that Saudi Arabia extradite suspects in the killing in Istanbul of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, taking to task the kingdom's crown prince who was basking in his quick return to the world stage at the G20. Crown Prince ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2018

Putin: Russia, Saudi agree to renew oil output cuts | Inquirer Business

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that Russia and Opec kingpin Saudi Arabia had agreed to renew a pact on oil production cuts, as crude prices slump on global markets......»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2018