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One of Saudi Arabia's most prominent women's rights campaigners, Loujain al-Hathloul, shook uncontrollably and spoke in an uncharacteristically faint voice during a rare court appearance this week, a family member told NBC News on Thursday. Loujain, 31, was told during the hearing that her case would be transferred to the country's Specialized Criminal Court, which deals with terrorism cases, Lina said. Lynn Maalouf, deputy regional director for the Middle East and North Africa at London-based rights campaigner Amnesty International, called the court transfer "a disturbing move." Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have said that at least three jailed women's rights activists, including Loujain, have been held in solitary confinement and subjected to abuse including electric shocks, flogging and sexual assault. Demonstrators from Amnesty International stage a protest on International Women's day in 2019 to urge Saudi authorities to release jailed women's rights activists Loujain al-Hathloul, Eman al-Nafjan and Aziza al-Yousef outside the Saudi embassy in Paris, France.
Persons: Loujain, Lina al, Lina, Lynn Maalouf, Salman al, Yousef, Benoit Tessier, Foreign Affairs Adel, Jubeir, Hathloul, Donald Trump, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Joe Biden, crackdowns, Jamal Khashoggi Organizations: NBC, Amnesty International, Saudi, Diplomats, Amnesty, Human Rights Watch, Loujain, Reuters, State, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Affairs Adel Al, BBC, Saudi Washington Post, Associated Press Locations: Saudi, Berlin, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Loujain, East, North Africa, London, Paris, France, U.S, Yemen, Istanbul
Jailed Saudi women's rights activists given rare court appearance
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Raya Jalabi | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Four jailed Saudi women’s rights activists were given a rare appearance in court on Wednesday, the family of one of them said, as the kingdom’s human rights record faces new scrutiny following the election defeat of U.S. President Donald Trump. FILE PHOTO: Saudi women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul is seen in this undated handout picture. The judge announced he was transferring the case from regular criminal court to a terrorism court, Lina al-Hathloul said. Another sister, Alia al-Hathloul, tweeted that three other prominent women’s rights activists - Nassima Al-Sadah, Samar Badawi and Nouf Abdelaziz - had also appeared. In a letter to the Saudi ambassador to Washington on Tuesday, a bipartisan group of senators called on Saudi Arabia to release the women’s rights activists.
Persons: Donald Trump, Loujain, Marieke, REUTERS Loujain, Lina, Lina al, Hathloul, Alia al, Nassima, Samar Badawi, Nouf Abdelaziz, Adam Coogle, stigmatize Hathloul, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Joe Biden, Jamal Khasshoggi Organizations: Saudi, U.S, REUTERS, Human Rights Watch, United Nations, Rights, Reuters, North Africa, TRUMP, Trump, Prince Locations: BEIRUT, Handout, Sadah, Saudi, Saudi Arabia, East, TRUMP Saudi Arabia, Washington, Riyadh, U.S, Istanbul, Britain
LONDON — The future of oil producer group OPEC+ has been called into question by analysts at Goldman Sachs, as the alliance prepares to secure a new mandate on output curbs. "As another OPEC+ meeting nears, uncertainty on the group's decision is once again rising," analysts at Goldman said in a research note published Tuesday. Earlier this month, Energy Intelligence reported, citing unnamed UAE officials, that the country was privately considering its membership of OPEC. The UAE's Energy Minister Suhail al-Mazrouei has since said in a statement to Reuters that the country remains a committed member of OPEC+. It is the group's third-biggest producer and a close Gulf ally of OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia.
Persons: of Energy Abdulaziz bin Salman, Goldman Sachs, Goldman, Suhail, Mazrouei Organizations: of Energy, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies, Research Center, LONDON, OPEC, Energy Intelligence, UAE's Energy, Reuters Locations: Saudi, Riyadh, Russia, OPEC, UAE, Saudi Arabia, U.S
The US helped broker a meeting between the leaders of Israel and Saudi Arabia, according to two officials briefed on the matter. The two sources — one Israeli and one European — said the meeting was a reward for the audacious assassination in August of an Al Qaeda target in Iran. The secret meeting, they said, was meant to pave the way for Saudi Arabia to formally recognize Israel. However, it fell short of its aims and Saudi Arabia publicly denied that a meeting took place. US officials organized a meeting between Israeli prime minister and the crown prince of Saudi Arabia as payback for assassinating a leading member of Al Qaeda, intelligence sources told Insider.
Persons: , Joe Biden, Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu, Mohammed bin Salman —, Abu Mohammed al Masri, Al, Jared Kushner, Donald Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu, David Friedman, Mike Pompeo, Friedman, Michael Reynolds, Netanyahu's, Bennie Gantz, Mike, Pompeo, Masri, Trump, Bibi, Jared, Kushner, Biden, they'd Organizations: Trump, White, The New York Times, United, United Arab Emirates, Al Locations: Israel, Saudi Arabia, Al Qaeda, Iran, European, Sudan, Bahrain, United Arab, UAE, Riyadh, Saudi
GCC countries surpass 1 million COVID-19 cases - Reuters tally
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective masks are seen in the street, after the government lifted coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown restrictions, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia July 5, 2020. REUTERS/Ahmed YosriDUBAI (Reuters) - The six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have recorded more than 1 million cases of infection with COVID-19 so far, according to a Reuters tally of data published by each government. The tally in the energy producing region on Monday stood at 1,000,845 infections, with 9,160 deaths.
Persons: Ahmed Yosri Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC Locations: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Ahmed Yosri DUBAI
FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens during a joint statement with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jerusalem, November 19, 2020. Maya Alleruzzo/Pool via REUTERSJERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secretly visited Saudi Arabia on Sunday and met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and visiting U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo there, Israel’s Kan public radio and Army Radio said on Monday. Riyadh has so far declined to normalise ties with Israel, saying Palestinian statehood goals should be addressed first. But the Saudis have allowed Israeli airliners to overfly their territory to newly available Gulf destinations and to Asia. (This story corrects to fix spelling of Saudi city in paragraph 3)
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Mike Pompeo, Maya Alleruzzo, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Israel’s, Avi Scharf, Bin Salman, Pompeo Organizations: REUTERS, Sunday, Crown, U.S, Army Radio, Embassy, Israel’s, Saudi, United Arab Locations: Jerusalem, REUTERS JERUSALEM, Saudi Arabia, Tel Aviv, Neom, Red, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Israel, Iran, Riyadh, Asia, Saudi
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secretly flew to Saudi Arabia on Sunday to meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and visiting U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Israel’s Kan public radio and Army Radio said on Monday. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leave after making a joint statement in Jerusalem, November 19, 2020. Saudi state media made no mention of any visit by Netanyahu, and the Saudi government’s media office did not immediately respond to Reuters queries. But since August it has allowed Israeli airliners to overfly Saudi territory to newly available Gulf destinations and Asia. “Gantz does politics while the prime minister makes peace,” Netanyahu spokesman Topaz Luk tweeted.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Mike Pompeo, Israel’s, Maya Alleruzzo, Donald Trump’s, Pompeo, Netanyahu, Joe Biden, Joseph, Yossi, Cohen, Avi Scharf, bin Salman, Netanyahu burnish, Benny Gantz, “ Gantz, ” Netanyahu, Topaz Luk Organizations: Crown, U.S, Army Radio, REUTERS, Israel, United Arab, Embassy, Saudi, Israel’s Locations: JERUSALEM, Saudi Arabia, Jerusalem, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Israel, Saudi, Iran, Riyadh, Asia, Tel Aviv, Neom, Red
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met the Saudi crown prince in Saudi Arabia, an Israeli cabinet minister said on Monday, the first publicly confirmed trip to the kingdom by an Israeli leader amid a diplomatic flurry prompted by regional fears of Iran. A combination picture shows Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman in Osaka, Japan June 29, 2019 and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem February 9, 2020. More publicly closing ranks with the Saudi crown prince could help the conservative Netanyahu burnish his statesman credentials as he faces domestic challenges. They include a trial on corruption charges - which Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, denies - and a feud with centrist coalition partner Benny Gantz, the country’s defence minister. “Gantz does politics while the prime minister makes peace,” Netanyahu spokesman Topaz Luk tweeted.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Mohammed Bin Salman, Mikhail Klimentyev, Ronen, Netanyahu, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Mike Pompeo, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Yoav Gallant, ” Gallant, Pompeo, Trump, Biden, Joseph, Yossi, Cohen, Netanyahu burnish, Israel’s, Benny Gantz, “ Gantz, ” Netanyahu, Topaz Luk, normalisation Organizations: Saudi Arabia's Crown, Sputnik, REUTERS, Israel’s Army Radio, Kan Radio, U.S, Embassy, Likud, Saudi, Army Radio, United Arab Locations: JERUSALEM, Saudi, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Osaka, Japan, Jerusalem, Kremlin, Saudi Red Sea, Neom, Israel, Gulf, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Arab, Riyadh, Asia
Yemen's Houthis say they fired missile at Saudi Aramco site in Jeddah
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
RIYADH/DUBAI (Reuters) - Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group on Monday said it fired a missile at a distribution station operated by the Saudi Aramco oil company in Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea city of Jeddah and struck it. FILE PHOTO: A view shows branded oil tanks at Saudi Aramco oil facility in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia October 12, 2019. Aramco’s oil production and export facilities are mostly in Saudi’s Eastern Province, more than 1,000 km across the country from Jeddah. A Houthi military spokesman, Yahya Sarea, said the attack was carried out with a Quds-2 type winged missile. He also posted a satellite image with the label “north Jeddah bulk plant-Saudi Aramco”.
Persons: Maxim, Yahya Sarea, ” Sarea, Houthi, Sarea Organizations: Reuters, Saudi, REUTERS, Aramco, Saudi Aramco ”, Google, Saudi Arabia Locations: RIYADH, DUBAI, Iran, Saudi Aramco, Saudi, Red Sea, Jeddah, Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia, Eastern Province, Jeddah . State, Quds, , Yemen, Houthi
RIYADH/DUBAI (Reuters) - Yemeni Houthi forces fired a missile that struck a Saudi Aramco oil company distribution station in Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea city of Jeddah, a Houthi military spokesman said on Monday. FILE PHOTO: A view shows branded oil tanks at Saudi Aramco oil facility in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia October 12, 2019. Over the almost six-year-old war, Houthi forces have carried out many missile and drone strikes on civilian airports and oil infrastructure in Saudi, as well as on the capital Riyadh. The Saudi-led coalition says it intercepts many attacks, and has responded with air strikes on Houthi-held territory. Cross-border attacks by Houthi forces, who control most of north Yemen, have escalated since late May when a truce prompted by the novel coronavirus pandemic expired.
Persons: Maxim, Yahya Sarea, ” Sarea Organizations: Reuters, Saudi, REUTERS, Saudi Aramco ”, Google, Aramco, Saudi Arabia Locations: RIYADH, DUBAI, Saudi Aramco, Saudi, Red Sea, Jeddah, Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Jeddah . State, Eastern Province, , Quds, Sunday, Sanaa, Iran, Riyadh, The Saudi, Houthi, Red
Israeli PM flew to Saudi Arabia and met crown prince, reports say
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the swearing-in ceremony of the 22nd Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem October 3, 2019. Israeli media reported Monday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Saudi Arabia for a clandestine meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, which would mark the first known encounter between senior Israeli and Saudi officials. Hebrew-language media cited an unnamed Israeli official as saying that Netanyahu and Yossi Cohen, head of Israel's Mossad spy agency, flew to the Saudi city of Neom on Sunday, where they met with the crown prince. The Israeli prime minister's office did not respond to requests for comment. However, analysts and insiders suggest his 35-year-old son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, likely is more open to the idea of normalizing relations without major progress in the moribund peace process.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Netanyahu, Yossi Cohen, Mike Pompeo, Pompeo, Trump, King Salman, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Jared Kushner, Trump's, Prince Mohammed Organizations: Crown, Saudi, U.S, Gulfstream, Ben, Gurion, United Arab Locations: Jerusalem, Saudi Arabia, Saudi, Neom, Tel Aviv, American, Bahrain, Sudan, United Arab Emirates, Israel, UAE, Riyadh, Iran
President Donald Trump seemingly at odds with other world leaders at G20 summit
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( ) edition.cnn.com sentiment -0.91   time to read: 1 min
President Donald Trump railed against the Paris climate accord and touted US oil and natural gas production during a virtual session focused on safeguarding the environment on the final day of the G20 summit. CNN's Nic Robertson reports from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Persons: Donald Trump, CNN's Nic Robertson Locations: Paris, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
G20 communique unanimous but Turkey wanted 'voice heard': host
  + stars: | 2020-11-22 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Saudi Minister of Finance Mohammed al-Jadaan wears a protective mask as he attends a virtual meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia July 18, 2020. G20 Saudi Arabia/Handout via REUTERSDUBAI (Reuters) - The G20 summit’s final communique was approved unanimously by all countries, but Turkey wanted its “voice to be heard”, Saudi Arabia’s Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan said on Sunday in a news conference closing out the two-day online meeting.
Persons: Mohammed, Jadaan, Mohammed al Organizations: Saudi, REUTERS DUBAI, Reuters, Saudi Arabia’s Finance Locations: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Turkey
Saudi crown prince proposes holding two G20 summits a year
  + stars: | 2020-11-22 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: 1 min
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman chairs final session of the 15th annual G20 Leaders' Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, November 22, 2020. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERSDUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday proposed holding two G20 summits annually in the future: one, virtually, mid-year, and a second in-person at the end of the year. Speaking on the last day of the summit, the prince said the G20 presidency will issue its final communique and also a separate statement from Turkey detailing Ankara’s views towards that communique. He gave no more details about the statement.
Persons: Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Organizations: Saudi Royal Court, REUTERS DUBAI, Reuters, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Locations: Saudi, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Bandar, Turkey
G-20 Leaders Vow to Cooperate as Coronavirus Cases Surge in the U.S., Europe
  + stars: | 2020-11-22 | by ( Stephen Kalin | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: 1 min
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—Leaders of the world’s major economies on Sunday urged strenuous efforts to combat the coronavirus and revive the global economy after a two-day summit that was held virtually because of the pandemic. President Trump—who is campaigning to overturn his election loss to President-elect Joe Biden even though there is no evidence of widespread irregularities—attended portions of the event, but didn’t appear for the closing remarks.
Persons: Trump —, Joe Biden, Organizations: Saudi Arabia — Locations: RIYADH, Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia says it should be a part of any potential negotiations between the incoming U.S. administration and Iran on a new nuclear deal, Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud told CNBC. Saudi Arabia seeks to partner with the U.S. administration on a potential new agreement, which would not only limit Iran's nuclear activities but also seek to address its "regional malign activity," Al-Saud told CNBC's Hadley Gamble on Saturday. President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the JCPOA in 2018, calling it the "worst deal in history." Al-Saud reiterated, however, that should the incoming president wish to re-engage with Iran, Saudi Arabia should be a "partner in those discussions." Saudi Arabia is hosting world leaders, virtually, at the Group of 20 (G-20) summit in Riyadh this weekend.
Persons: Faisal bin Farhan Al, Saud, Al, CNBC's Hadley Gamble, Donald Trump, rial, Al Saud's Organizations: CNBC, United Nations, Security Council —, Group Locations: Saudi Arabia, Iran, Security Council — China, France, Russia, U.S, Germany, United States, Al, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, NEOM, Saudi, Red, Riyadh
"We are committed to leading the world in shaping a strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive post-COVID-19 era," G-20 leaders declared in a twelve page document released on Sunday evening. "Every single leader was supportive of the G-20 initiatives to ensure that we provide enough resources to ensure that the vaccine and therapeutics are available to everyone." Leaders warned the recovery is far from guaranteed, despite economic activity beginning to pick up in some countries. The G-20 group also made progress on debt suspension, with leaders committing to implementing the Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) and even extending it through June 2021. The declaration also said all G-20 members continue to support efforts and utilize all available approaches aimed at "advancing environmental stewardship for future generations."
Persons: Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Mohammed Al, Jadaan, Al Jadaan Organizations: Media Center, Saudi, Saudi Arabia's Finance Locations: Saudi, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
FILE PHOTO: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud attends a joint news conference with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Berlin, Germany August 19, 2020. Those areas may now become points of friction between Biden and Saudi Arabia, a major oil exporter and buyer of U.S. arms. Prince Faisal emphasized the 75-year history of “strong defence cooperation” between the two countries and said he expected it to continue. For more than a year, some Saudi and Turkish traders have speculated that Saudi Arabia was enforcing an informal boycott of imports from Turkey. Commenting on the rift among Gulf countries with Qatar, Prince Faisal said Riyadh was seeking a way to end a dispute with Qatar.
Persons: Joe Biden’s, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al, Saud, Heiko Maas, John Macdougall, , Biden, ” Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Donald Trump, Jamal Khashoggi, Prince Faisal, , Trump, Khashoggi, hasn’t Organizations: Saudi Foreign, German, Reuters, G20, Saudi, Washington, Iran, United Arab Emirates Locations: RIYADH, BEIRUT, Saudi, Berlin, Germany, Pool Riyadh, U.S, Saudi Arabia, United States, Iran, Yemen, Tehran, Turkey, Istanbul, Qatar, Riyadh, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt
Saudi Arabia confident Biden administration will pursue regional stability
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud attends a joint news conference with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Berlin, Germany August 19, 2020. John Macdougall/PoolRIYADH/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Saturday he was confident that Democrat Joe Biden’s incoming U.S. administration would pursue policies that help regional stability and that any discussions with it would lead to strong cooperation. Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud also told Reuters in a virtual interview on the sidelines of the G20 Leaders Summit that he did not see any indication of any threat to regional security during the transitional period.
Persons: Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al, Saud, Heiko Maas, John Macdougall, Joe Biden’s, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud Organizations: Saudi Foreign, German, Reuters, G20 Locations: Berlin, Germany, Pool RIYADH, BEIRUT, Saudi
RIYADH/DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Investment Khalid al-Falih said on Saturday foreign direct investment (FDI) increased by 12% in the first half of 2020 compared with the same period last year. FILE PHOTO: Saudi Arabian Investment Minister Khalid al-Falih, wears a mask as he attends a virtual meeting of B20 at the Saudi Business Group summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia October 26, 2020. “When I mentioned the 12% increase I wanted to assure people that there was no decline, our FDI target is much higher,” Falih said on Saturday. As part of efforts to attract foreign investors, Saudi Arabia will launch next year special economic zones dedicated to several sectors, Falih said. In addition to attracting higher investment volumes, it will focus on “qualitative growth”, he said, mentioning areas such as cloud computing, renewable energy, tourism, culture, entertainment, and logistics.
Persons: Khalid, Falih, Khalid al, Ahmed Yosri, “ I’m, ” Falih Organizations: Reuters, Saudi Arabia’s, Saudi Arabian Investment, Saudi Business Group, REUTERS, Saudi Aramco Locations: RIYADH, DUBAI, Saudi, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
FILE PHOTO: Saudi Arabian Investment Minister Khalid al-Falih, speaks during a virtual meeting of B20 at the Saudi Business Group summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia October 26, 2020. REUTERS/Ahmed YosriDUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Investment Khalid al-Falih said on Saturday the Gulf state plans to launch special economic zones in 2021. Speaking to a G20 panel, Falih also said the kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan to diversify the economy away from oil was more popular today than ever and that the country was emerging from the coronavirus pandemic with a resilient economy and private sector.
Persons: Khalid al, Ahmed Yosri, Khalid, Falih Organizations: Saudi Arabian Investment, Saudi Business Group, REUTERS, Reuters, Saudi Arabia’s Locations: Saudi, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Ahmed Yosri DUBAI
“The sniper kept on firing,” Mohamed Abyad, the uncle of the child also named Mohamed, told NBC News. Mohamed Faisal,10, was killed in a sniper attack last month in Yemen, his uncle said. Mohamed was only 10 when a suspected Houthi sniper killed him. That was in October — the deadliest month for Yemeni children and their families so far this year, according to Save the Children. And as the Yemeni war continues, the chance for respite for Yemeni children feels remote.
Persons: ” Mohamed Abyad, Mohamed, Mohamed Faisal, Abyad, Mohamed’s, , Houthi, , , Jamal Khashoggi, Xavier Joubert, Mohammed Huwais, ” Michael Page, Charlene Gubash, Saphora Smith Organizations: NBC News, NBC, , Saudi, Associated Press, United, United Arab Emirates, Getty, International Committee, Human Rights Watch, Reuters Locations: Saudi, Iran, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Sanaa, Riyadh, Dali province, New York City, London, United Arab, AFP, York, Cairo
G-20 Leaders Meet Virtually Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Stephen Kalin | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.64   time to read: 1 min
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—Saudi Arabia opened a summit of G-20 leaders Saturday that was held virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has ravaged the global economy and infected nearly 58 million people. King Salman bin Abdulaziz delivered opening remarks to other heads of state and government in an extraordinary videoconference. President Trump, who is trying to overturn the results of the this month’s election, barely looked up from his desk during the 10-minute remarks. Moments later, he tweeted about “massive and...
Persons: King Salman bin Abdulaziz, President Trump Locations: RIYADH, Saudi Arabia
Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih speaks to the media during Saudi government ministers brief in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia December 19, 2018. Saudi Arabia's Minister of Investment Khalid al-Falih said on Saturday foreign direct investment (FDI) increased by 12% in the first half of 2020 compared with the same period last year. As part of efforts to attract foreign investors, Saudi Arabia will launch next year special economic zones dedicated to several sectors, Falih said. In addition to attracting higher investment volumes, it will focus on "qualitative growth", he said, mentioning areas such as cloud computing, renewable energy, tourism, culture, entertainment, and logistics. "These investments may have lower investment volumes but higher impact on the economy."
Persons: Khalid al, Khalid, Falih Organizations: Saudi Energy, Saudi Arabia's, Saudi Aramco Locations: Saudi, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
At the G20 Summit in Saudi Arabia, President Xi Jinping of China pledged to intensify cooperation on a global effort to develop vaccines for COVID-19, Reuters reported. At the G20 Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabi, President Xi Jinping of China said that his country was prepared to intensify cooperation on a global effort to develop vaccines for COVID-19. The G20 Summit of the world's largest developed economies is being held virtually this year, so Xi's comments were relayed to the attendees by video, Reuters reported. "China is willing to strengthen cooperation with other countries in the research and development, production, and distribution," Xi said, according to Reuters. "We will fulfill our commitments, offer help and support to other developing countries, and work hard to make vaccines a public good that citizens of all countries can use and can afford."
Persons: Xi Jinping, shutdowns, Xi Organizations: Reuters, Pfizer, BioNTech Locations: Saudi Arabia, China, Riyadh, Saudi Arabi, Europe, United States
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