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5 Saudi officials face death penalty over Jamal Khashoggi murder

Riyadh, Nov 15: Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor said on Thursday he was seeking the death penalty for five out of 11 suspects charged in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi was killed in the country’s Istanbul consulate...

OPEC must reduce oil production next year: UAE energy minister

Abu Dhabi, Nov 15: The UAE energy minister said on Wednesday Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) and its allies will need to reduce oil production next year to prevent a build up in supply and there is consensus...

US nominates retired Army General John Abizaid as its ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Washington D.C, Nov 14: United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday nominated retired Army General John P. Abizaid of Nevada as Washington's ambassador to Riyadh.

A White House Press Release stated that the new ambassador was a four-star general...

Palestinian groups in Gaza conditionally agree to ceasefire

Gaza, Nov 14: Palestinian groups in violence-stricken Gaza Strip have agreed to a ceasefire mediated by Egypt with Israel on the condition that Israel respects it as well.

"Egypt's efforts have been able to achieve a ceasefire between the...

IMF: Gulf economy recovering but faces oil volatility

Dubai, Nov 13: Economic growth in the energy-rich Gulf will recover in 2018 from a contraction last year but remains vulnerable to volatility in crude oil prices, the IMF forecast on Tuesday.

The global lender predicted that an overall...

Saudi Arabia decides to cut oil output as producers discuss price dip

Nov 12: Saudi Arabia, the world's top crude exporter, said on Sunday it will cut oil output from next month, as major producers held a key meeting to discuss shoring up sliding prices. Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih announced...

Mohiudeen Wood Works completes 25 successful years of seamless growth

Mohiudeen Wood Works Co. LLC (MWW), the oldest sawmilling company and the largest importer of round logs and sawn timber in the Middle East is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. This is an important landmark in the company’s phenomenal...

Report on Saudi efforts to preserve human rights approved by UN

Jeddah, Nov 11: The UN Human Rights Council approved the adoption of a report on the third Universal Periodic Review of Saudi Arabia, after discussing it four days earlier. The UPR is a process under which UN member states have...

Death toll in Jordan flash floods rises to 11

Ammam, Nov 10: Official media say the death toll from flash floods unleashed by heavy rains in Jordan has risen to 11, and that searches for missing people continue.

Saturday’s reports came a day after floods struck in several...

Arab coalition to independently refuel its aircraft

Jeddah, Nov 10: The Arab coalition said early Saturday that it would independently refuel its own aircraft in the ongoing war in Yemen.

“In consultation with the United States, the Coalition has requested cessation of inflight refueling support,” the...