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Saudi women jog in the streets of Jeddah's historic al-Balad district on March 8, 2018(AFP)

‘Saudi First’ is changing the contours of West Asia

By Rashmee Roshan Lall
UPDATED ON APR 23, 2018 12:40 PM IST
In the campaign against Iran, America First has aligned itself with Saudi First
the UAE civilian craft had to take evasive manoeuvres to avoid a collision.(Bloomberg/ File Photo)
the UAE civilian craft had to take evasive manoeuvres to avoid a collision.(Bloomberg/ File Photo)

UAE says Qatari fighter jets intercepted civilian plane

Reuters, Dubai | By Reuters
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2018 07:25 PM IST
Both UAE and Qatar have accused each other of a series of mid-air incidents since Abu Dhabi and other powers imposed travel, diplomatic and trade sanctions on Qatar in June.
Saudi women stretch before a jog in Jeddah's historic al-Balad district on March 8, 2018. Although the Saudi government is seeking to jump-start women’s sports, it is mandatory for women to wear body-shrouding abaya robes and also cover their hair in public in some areas of the Kingdom.(AFP File Photo)
Saudi women stretch before a jog in Jeddah's historic al-Balad district on March 8, 2018. Although the Saudi government is seeking to jump-start women’s sports, it is mandatory for women to wear body-shrouding abaya robes and also cover their hair in public in some areas of the Kingdom.(AFP File Photo)

Saudi Arabia fitness centre shut over video showing woman working out with uncovered hair

AFP, Riyadh | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2018 10:41 AM IST
The video purportedly showed a woman with uncovered hair in what appeared to be a gym and kicking a punching bag. The Saudi sports authority said it contained scenes that could corrupt public morals.
Saudi information minister Awwad Alawwad (C) attends a test screening at AMC cinema in Riyadh, the first test in over three decades.(AFP)
Saudi information minister Awwad Alawwad (C) attends a test screening at AMC cinema in Riyadh, the first test in over three decades.(AFP)

Saudi Arabia set for first public film screening at theatre

Agence France-Presse, Riyadh | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2018 06:00 PM IST
Tickets for a show of the blockbuster action film “Black Panther” appeared to have sold out minutes after AMC Entertainment began online sales around midnight.
Human Rights Watch in February accused the kingdom of “stripping away the citizenships of people whom they find undesirable”.(Reuters File Photo)
Human Rights Watch in February accused the kingdom of “stripping away the citizenships of people whom they find undesirable”.(Reuters File Photo)

Bahrain sentences 24 Shia citizens to jail, revokes nationality

Agence France-Presse, Dubai | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2018 07:00 PM IST
The High Criminal Court in Bahirain on Wednesday sentenced 10 of the defendants to life in prison, 10 to a decade behind bars and the other four to jail terms ranging from three to five years.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Prince Charles during a visit to the science museum in London on Wednesday.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Prince Charles during a visit to the science museum in London on Wednesday.(PTI)

What Modi said: Top quotes from the PM’s London townhall event

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2018 09:23 AM IST
If you missed Modi’s over two-hour long townhall event in London, here’s a quick look of what the Prime Minister said.
Saudi women jog in the streets of Jeddah wearing the sports-friendly abaya.(AFP)
Saudi women jog in the streets of Jeddah wearing the sports-friendly abaya.(AFP)

Saudi Arabian women embrace sports-friendly abayas

Agence France-Presse, Jeddah | By Agence France-Presse
PUBLISHED ON APR 18, 2018 03:22 PM IST
A sports-friendly version of abayas has been worn by the athletes in Saudi Arabia, a country known for its conservatism.
This image released by Disney shows a scene from Marvel Studios' "Black Panther." (Matt Kennedy/Marvel Studios-Disney via AP)(AP)
This image released by Disney shows a scene from Marvel Studios' "Black Panther." (Matt Kennedy/Marvel Studios-Disney via AP)(AP)

Black Panther to be test screened before grand release in Saudi Arabia

Agence France-Presse | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2018 01:54 PM IST
As Saudi Arabia prepares for the opening of its first movie theatre in 30 years, Marvel’s Black Panther is being test screened before it can be shown for the public.
RenewSys India has filed an application for imposition of anti-dumping duty on the imports of these sheets from five countries, including China and Malaysia.(AFP/Representative image)
RenewSys India has filed an application for imposition of anti-dumping duty on the imports of these sheets from five countries, including China and Malaysia.(AFP/Representative image)

India probes dumping of EVA sheets for solar modules by 5 nations

Press Trust of India, New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2018 03:08 PM IST
The DGAD, an arm of the commerce ministry, said that it has found sufficient evidence of dumping of the products from China, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Thailand.
A model is seen during Arab Fashion Week in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.(REUTERS)
A model is seen during Arab Fashion Week in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.(REUTERS)

Saudi Arabia breaks new ground by hosting first-ever Arab Fashion Week

Reuters | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2018 10:43 AM IST
Fashionable women, dark-haired Saudis and blonde Eastern Europeans alike, fill the gold-trimmed halls of Riyadh’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel, marking the start of Saudi Arabia’s first-ever fashion week.
A picture taken on March 31, 2018 shows Saudi men visiting the Khuraiba archaeological site near Saudi Arabia's northwestern town of al-Ula. Al-Ula, an area rich in archaeological remnants, is seen as a jewel in the crown of future Saudi attractions as the austere kingdom prepares to issue tourist visas for the first time.(AFP)
A picture taken on March 31, 2018 shows Saudi men visiting the Khuraiba archaeological site near Saudi Arabia's northwestern town of al-Ula. Al-Ula, an area rich in archaeological remnants, is seen as a jewel in the crown of future Saudi attractions as the austere kingdom prepares to issue tourist visas for the first time.(AFP)

Saudi Arabia’s archaeological treasure of Al-Ula to open to tourists for the first time

Agence France-Presse, Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 10, 2018 06:48 PM IST
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is in France, where he is meeting French President Emmanuel Macron, and the two are expected to discuss tourism in the kingdom. Currently the country is closed to foreign visitors, apart from pilgrims. All of Al-Ula is an open air museum, which has so much history still waiting to be discovered.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman leaves the Hotel Matignon in Paris in France on April 9, 2018.(Reuters Photo)
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman leaves the Hotel Matignon in Paris in France on April 9, 2018.(Reuters Photo)

Yemeni rights group sues Saudi Crown Prince in France: Lawyers

Reuters, Paris | By Reuters
UPDATED ON APR 10, 2018 02:46 PM IST
A Saudi government communications office and the royal court did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The Saudi-led coalition regularly says it does not target civilians.
Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman (centre) poses for camera during his visit to Google, Silicon Valley, April 6, 2018(REUTERS)
Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman (centre) poses for camera during his visit to Google, Silicon Valley, April 6, 2018(REUTERS)

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince will have to do more to change perceptions in the West

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 10, 2018 04:04 PM IST
Mohammed bin Salman’s tour to the United States and Europe is to attract investment and project the image of a reformer. But first he’ll have to address the tensions in West Asia, most importantly the war in Yemen
French foreign affairs minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (Left) welcomes Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman at Paris airport on Sunday.(AFP File Photo)
French foreign affairs minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (Left) welcomes Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman at Paris airport on Sunday.(AFP File Photo)

Syria, Iran nuclear deal on agenda as Saudi crown prince arrives in Paris

Reuters, Riyadh | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 09, 2018 09:32 AM IST
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who began his European tour with arrival in Paris on Sunday, will meet French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known by his initials MBS, has been pushing to create a “moderate” Saudi Arabia, and has so far managed to avoid triggering a public backlash from powerful conservatives.(AP)
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known by his initials MBS, has been pushing to create a “moderate” Saudi Arabia, and has so far managed to avoid triggering a public backlash from powerful conservatives.(AP)

Saudi’s Mohammed bin Salman, reformist prince who has shaken the oil superpower

Agence France-Presse, Riyadh | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2018 02:34 PM IST
Known by his initials MBS, prince Salman has pledged a “moderate” Saudi Arabia as he seeks to get international investors on board with his grandiose vision to overhaul the kingdom’s oil-reliant economy.
General view of the new first Saudi cinema at cultural club in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.(Reuters File Photo)
General view of the new first Saudi cinema at cultural club in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.(Reuters File Photo)

Saudi Arabia to open first cinema screens on April 18 after 35 years

IANS, Riyadh | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2018 08:05 PM IST
Saudi Arabia had cinemas in the 1970s, before they were closed. Saudis have in the past travelled abroad to get their entertainment fix because of restrictions in the deeply conservative country.
The first screening is likely to be Marvel’s superhero movie ‘Black Panther’.(Reuters File Photo)
The first screening is likely to be Marvel’s superhero movie ‘Black Panther’.(Reuters File Photo)

Saudi Arabia’s first new cinema in decades to open on April 18

Reuters, Los Angeles/Riyadh | By Reuters
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2018 09:29 AM IST
Saudi Arabians are avid consumers of Western media and culture. Despite the cinema ban, Hollywood films and recent television series are widely watched at home and discussed.
The new field dwarfs the Bahrain Field, the country’s only other oil field, which contains several hundred million barrels.(REUTERS)
The new field dwarfs the Bahrain Field, the country’s only other oil field, which contains several hundred million barrels.(REUTERS)

Bahrain pegs historical oil field discovery at 80 billion barrels

Agence France-Presse, Manama | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON APR 04, 2018 06:02 PM IST
The small Gulf state currently produces some 50,000 barrels per day of crude oil from the Bahrain Field, discovered in 1932. With the discovery in Manama, it can potentially become a major player in the oil market.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud(Reuters File Photo)
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud(Reuters File Photo)

Saudi crown prince says Israel has ‘right’ to its land

Agence France-Presse, Washington | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2018 05:48 PM IST
No such senior Saudi official is known to have previously accepted that Israel has a “right” to any land beyond the practical need to secure a lasting deal.
An oil pump at sunset in the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain. Bahrain announced it has discovered the largest oil and gas field in the history of the small kingdom, which unlike its Gulf neighbours is not energy-rich.(AP File Photo)
An oil pump at sunset in the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain. Bahrain announced it has discovered the largest oil and gas field in the history of the small kingdom, which unlike its Gulf neighbours is not energy-rich.(AP File Photo)

Bahrain makes largest oil discovery in its history

Agence France-Presse, Dubai | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2018 06:08 PM IST
Manama is the smallest producer of hydrocarbons in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which also groups Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
The development also comes against the backdrop of Saudi Arabia allowing a newly introduced Air India flight from New Delhi to Tel Aviv fly over its airspace, seen as a major diplomatic development in West Asia.(Reuters File Photo)
The development also comes against the backdrop of Saudi Arabia allowing a newly introduced Air India flight from New Delhi to Tel Aviv fly over its airspace, seen as a major diplomatic development in West Asia.(Reuters File Photo)

Saudi govt decides to not confiscate passports of Indian airlines crew: Air India

Press Trust of India, New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAR 31, 2018 09:19 AM IST
The move comes as a big relief to the crew of Air India and Jet Airways, the two Indian airlines who fly to that country
On March 22, Air India’s maiden flight to Israel landed in Tel Aviv amid great fanfare, reducing the travel time by two hours after Saudi Arabia for the first time allowed an Israel-bound commercial flight to use its airspace.(AFP File Photo)
On March 22, Air India’s maiden flight to Israel landed in Tel Aviv amid great fanfare, reducing the travel time by two hours after Saudi Arabia for the first time allowed an Israel-bound commercial flight to use its airspace.(AFP File Photo)

Israeli carrier petitions high court over Air India’s new route via Saudi airspace

Press Trust of India, Jerusalem | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAR 28, 2018 06:47 PM IST
Saudi Arabia permitted Air India to use its airspace, enabling it to take a shorter route, covering the distance in 7.25 hours, about 2.10 hours less as compared to the only other airline that flies between the two countries -- El Al.
Ministry of external affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar during a press conference.(AP File Photo)
Ministry of external affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar during a press conference.(AP File Photo)

India condemns missile attacks on Saudi Arabia by Houthi militias

Indo-Asian News Service, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAR 28, 2018 02:13 PM IST
External affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India condemns the renewed missile attacks targeting civilian areas in the direction of Riyadh and other cities of Saudi Arabia.
A Yemeni boy school writes as he sits outside a school on March 16, 2017, that was damaged in an air strike in the southern Yemeni city of Taez.(AFP)
A Yemeni boy school writes as he sits outside a school on March 16, 2017, that was damaged in an air strike in the southern Yemeni city of Taez.(AFP)

Half a million children drop out of school since Saudi intervened in Yemen war: UNICEF

Agence France-Presse, Sanaa | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON MAR 27, 2018 10:38 PM IST
At least 2,419 children have been recruited by armed groups since 2015, according to UNICEF
Qatar, which denies the accusations, is barred from using the airspace of the four states, although UAE airlines are not technically banned from operating flights through Qatari airspace.(Reuters File Photo)
Qatar, which denies the accusations, is barred from using the airspace of the four states, although UAE airlines are not technically banned from operating flights through Qatari airspace.(Reuters File Photo)

UAE says Qatar fighter jets intercepted two of its civilian flights

Agence France-Presse, Abu Dhabi | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON MAR 27, 2018 05:56 PM IST
Qatar “categorically” denied the accusation in a statement released by its civil aviation authority.
In the U.S., the American Petroleum Institute was said to report that nationwide crude stockpiles tumbled 2.74 million barrels last week.(Reuters File Photo)
In the U.S., the American Petroleum Institute was said to report that nationwide crude stockpiles tumbled 2.74 million barrels last week.(Reuters File Photo)

Oil gains as US-Saudi talks raise risk of Iranian crude curbs

Heesu Lee, Bloomberg | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 21, 2018 02:27 PM IST
Oil futures rose 0.2% after climbing to the highest level in more than three weeks on Tuesday. Donald Trump hinted at a withdrawal from a deal curbing Iran’s nuclear program amid Mohammed Bin Salman’s US visit.
The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman arrives at Lambeth Palace, London, Britain.(REUTERS File Photo)
The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman arrives at Lambeth Palace, London, Britain.(REUTERS File Photo)

‘I am not Gandhi or Mandela’: Saudi crown prince Salman on his private expenses

Agence France-Presse, Washington | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON MAR 19, 2018 09:25 PM IST
Saudi Arabia crown prince Salman has been accused of hypocrisy over his opulent lifestyle at a time his government is preaching greater austerity of its citizens and has imposed new taxes.
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