Georgia opens embassy in Riyadh

Georgia, a country located on the crossroads of western Asia and eastern Europe, has opened its embassy here in the Saudi capital to further promote bilateral relations.

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Jakarta steps up efforts to save death-row maid

The Indonesian government has sent a formal appeal to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to pardon a maid on death row for murdering her Saudi employer.

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‘Firm’ fiscal policy vowed for stability

Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, pledged Tuesday that the country would continue its “firm” fiscal policies in the face of dropping oil prices and that the armed forces would remain “vigilant” to regional security threats.

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New KSA missions in Iraq to boost ties

A Saudi delegation is set to visit Iraq this week in order to prepare the ground for the reopening of the Saudi Embassy in Baghdad, 24 years after the Kingdom closed its diplomatic mission there.

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2015 packed with amazing celestial treats

Several amazing astronomical treats are likely this year, starting with a meteor shower on Saturday, an astronomer said here on Thursday.

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KSA, Kyrgyzstan to sign 5 major agreements

In a move to boost bilateral links, Saudi Arabia and Kyrgyzstan have agreed to sign five major agreements during the visit of Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev, who arrives here on Tuesday.

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Kafala system to top agenda of GCC talks

The kafala system, which requires all workers in most Gulf states to have a sponsor responsible for their visa and legal status, will top the agenda of the meeting of labor ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council in Kuwait on Tuesday, a GCC statement said. Adel Fakeih, labor minister, will lead the Saudi delegation to the GCC meeting.

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Kingdom updated on Iran nuclear dialogue in Vienna

Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal met US Secretary of State John Kerry in Vienna on Sunday and discussed latest developments on America’s nuclear talks with Iran.

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Gulf FMs hold pre-summit talks Tuesday

Foreign ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council will hold an important meeting on Tuesday to prepare for the GCC summit to be held in Doha on Dec. 9 and 10. “The ministerial meeting is, in fact, a preparatory meeting for the forthcoming 35th session of the GCC Supreme Council,” said a statement released by the GCC General Secretariat.

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Prince Khaled, Prince Andrew discuss tie-up in education

Cooperation in the field of education between the Kingdom and the UK topped the agenda of wide-ranging talks between Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, minister of education, and Prince Andrew, Duke of York, here Wednesday. Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II, is currently on a visit to the Kingdom to strengthen ties between the two countries.

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Libyan Premier Al-Thinni to discuss regional issues

In a renewed effort to repair strained ties between Libya and the Kingdom, Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni arrived in the Kingdom on Wednesday at the invitation of the Saudi government

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Thaw sets in: Baghdad embarks on drive to build robust Riyadh ties

Saudi Arabia has assured all possible support to Iraq in its fight against terrorism and to restore peace in the war-torn country. The assurance came during the wide-ranging talks between Iraqi President Fuad Masum and several high-ranking Saudi officials including Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, and Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin.

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Abdullah-Masum talks focus on Iraqi crisis

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah held talks with Iraqi President Mohammed Fuad Masum on Tuesday. Masum arrived in Riyadh amid hopes that both countries will engage in high-level talks to restore peace in Iraq, as well as in the region. He was received by Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin. This is the first presidential visit from Iraq since 2010, and it is widely seen as a possibility for rapprochement between the neighboring countries.

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Australia set to welcome crown prince

On behalf of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, Crown Prince Salman, minister of defense, will attend the G-20 summit in the Australian city of Brisbane on Nov. 15-16.

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IMSIU to host forum on cyber terrorism

A major forum on cyber terrorism and on how to bring the culprits to justice will be hosted by Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University (IMSIU) on Nov. 18. "The forum is being organized within the framework of the initiative launched by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to curb terror in all its forms," said Suleiman bin Abdullah Aba Al-Khail, IMSIU rector, on Saturday.

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GCC declares war on domestic violence

GCC member states are working to establish a joint human rights body at the bloc’s general secretariat to help curb domestic violence at the regional level.

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Syrian imbroglio figures high in talks between Kingdom, Turkey

Civil unrest in Syria topped the agenda of talks held between Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal held and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu Thursday. “Bilateral relations, as well as key regional and international issues including Iraq and Yemen were also discussed in the meeting,” said Turkish Ambassador to the Kingdom, Yunus Demirer.

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Terror strike shocks nation

A cross-section of people including Shoura members, human rights activists and diplomats expressed their profound shock and dismay on Wednesday at the terror attack in Al-Ahsa and Al-Shaqra resulting in the death of citizens and security officials. Hoda Abdulrahman Al-Helaissi, a member of the Shoura Council, condemned, in the strongest terms possible, the cowardly terrorist attacks.

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32 ministers to attend Riyadh conference

A group of high-ranking Asian officials including 32 foreign ministers will attend a high-profile ministerial conference of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) here on Nov. 25.

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KSA vows support for Afghan peace, security

Crown Prince Salman and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai discussed regional and bilateral issues during their meeting in Riyadh on Sunday. It was Afghan president's first foreign visit since assuming office.

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Dynamic business activities deepen Riyadh-Seoul links

Kim Jin-soo, ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Saudi Arabia, strongly believe that his country and the Kingdom are just about to enter into the threshold to the beginning of new chapter in bilateral relations.

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GCC states discuss extradition treaty

Member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have begun talks about a major extradition treaty that they say would help curtail criminal activities. A proposal to finalize the extradition accord, and to determine the means with which to control crime along the GCC borders was discussed at the GCC justice ministers’ meeting in Kuwait on Wednesday.

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Saudi Arabia, Germany enjoy cordial ties

The cordial ties between Saudi Arabia and Germany are already intensive and versatile, yet the ties between the two countries are even expanding further.

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Deutsche Bank: First choice for customers

The Deutsche Bank has emerged as one of the leading banks in the region offering a range of quality services. In April 2006, Deutsche Bank’s presence was established in the Kingdom with the opening of a branch in the capital city of Riyadh.

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Travelers’ delight: Germany tops with 38 world heritage sites

With 38 heritage sites, Germany is one of the countries with the most inscriptions in the UNESCO list. Many see it as a competition. Germany’s 38 World Heritage sites make it one of the countries with the most entries on the UNESCO World Heritage list, after China, Italy, France and Spain. Given the size of the country, the sheer number seems extraordinary, but is related to the history of this central European country which, like Italy, only became a nation in the late 19th century.

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Ghazanfar Ali Khan