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Turkey opens probe into missing Saudi Arabian journalist: state media

ANKARA: Turkey has opened a probe into the disappearance of a Saudi Arabian journalist who has not been seen since he went inside the Saudi Arabian mission in Istanbul four days ago, the state-run Anadolu news agency said Saturday. Riyadh says Jamal Khashoggi, a contributor to the Washington Post, had left the consulate but Ankara says he is still inside. The news agency quoted Istanbul prosecutors as saying that an investigation had been launched on Tuesday and had been widened since. Khashoggi went to the…

Saudi Arabian delegation led by finance minister arrives in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: A high-level Saudi Arabian delegation on Sunday arrived in Pakistan to hold bilateral trade talks between the two countries. The delegation is being led by Saudi Arabian Finance Minister Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Jadaan. It will hold meetings with different high-level officials during its stay. It will also hold talks on promotion of bilateral ties and economic and trade cooperation. Though this could not be confirmed but Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry had earlier said the delegation will…

Saudi Arabian king, crown prince congratulate Imran Khan on election victory

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has congratulated Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on his party’s victory in the July 25 general elections. The custodian of the two holy mosques conveyed best wishes from the Kingdom of the Saudi Arabia and its people for the progress and prosperity of the people of Pakistan. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman also conveyed his felicitations to the PTI chief and prime minister designate on his party’s success in the general elections.…

Saudi Arabian hackathon seeks high-tech fixes to hajj calamities

JEDDAH: Fuelled by caffeine, pizza and adrenaline, sleep-deprived programmers in a marathon Saudi Arabian contest this week explored high-tech solutions to prevent a repeat of past calamities in the annual hajj pilgrimage. In a cavernous hall in the Red Sea city of 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 this month. The hajj, expected to draw more than two million pilgrims to Mecca this year,…

Hackers tried to cause Saudi Arabian petrochemical plant blast: NYT

RIYADH: Cyber-attackers tried to trigger a deadly explosion at a petrochemical plant in Saudi Arabia in August and failed only because of a code glitch, The New York Times reported. Investigators declined to identify the suspected attackers, but people interviewed by the newspaper unanimously said that it most likely aimed to cause a blast that would have guaranteed casualties. A bug in the attackers' code accidentally shut down the system instead, according to the report. The cyber-attack -- which could signal…

Saudi Arabian oil minister hopes OPEC, allies can ease output curbs in 2019

NEW DELHI: Saudi Arabia hopes OPEC and its allies will be able to relax production curbs next year and create a permanent framework to stabilise oil markets after the current supply cut deal ends this year, its oil minister said on Saturday. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is reducing output by about 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd) as part of a deal with Russia and other non-OPEC producers. The pact, aimed at propping oil prices, began in January 2017 and will run until the end of 2018.…

Saudi Arabian prosecutor to hire women investigators for first time

RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian public prosecutor´s office said Monday it will recruit women as investigators for the first time, as the kingdom seeks to boost female employment under a reform plan for a post-oil era. "Vacancies are available in women´s positions on the staff of the public prosecution for the rank of lieutenant investigator," the office announced in a statement relayed by the information ministry. The announcement is in line with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman´s "Vision 2030" reform programme that seeks to…

CM Murad urges Saudi Arabian diplomat to ease out visa issuance to pilgrims from Sindh

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Thursday urged the newly appointed Saudi Arabian Consul General in Karachi to ease out the process of issuance of visas to prospective pilgrims of Umrah from Sindh. The Sindh CM made this request as he met the new Consul General of Saudi Arabia in Karachi Obaidullah Al-Harbi here at Chief Minister House. In the meeting, the Sindh CM raised the issue that intending pilgrims and other prospective visitors of Saudi Arabia belonging to Sindh were made to go through the…

IMF raises Saudi Arabian growth prospects over high oil prices

DUBAI: The International Monetary Fund on Monday raised its growth projection for the deficit-hit Saudi economy on the back of higher oil prices but retained its estimates for the region. In its World Economic Outlook update, the IMF said the Saudi economy — which shrank 0.7 percent last year — is expected to grow by 1.6 percent in 2018, up 0.5 percent on its October estimates. The Saudi economy is also projected to grow by 2.2 percent next year, up 0.6 percent on the previous estimate, it said. The IMF however…

Ritz-Carlton to re-open after holding royals in Saudi Arabian purge

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA:  The Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh, a holding place of royals and ministers detained in a sweeping Saudi Arabian corruption probe, will re-open for business in February, a source at the hotel said Monday. The source, who requested anonymity as he was not authorised to brief the press, said there were "preparations to open in February" but could not give further details. The Ritz-Carlton website was listing rooms as available from February 14. The hotel has been closed for bookings since early…