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Bomb Injures Policeman at Saudi Patrol Station

A small bomb exploded outside a highway patrol station in eastern Saudi Arabia, injuring a policeman, official media said on Friday.

The attack happened late Thursday in the Al-Ahsa region, the Saudi Press Agency said, citing a provincial police spokesman.

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Saudi Executes Jordanian for Drug Smuggling

Saudi Arabia on Thursday executed a Jordanian convicted of drug smuggling, bringing to 88 the number of foreigners and Saudis put to death this year.

Mohammed Abu Zayed had been found guilty of smuggling amphetamines in his car, the interior ministry said.

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Saudi Unveils Far-Reaching Plan to Move Away from Oil

Saudi Arabia said Monday it would create the world's largest wealth fund and sell shares in state energy giant Aramco as it unveiled a vast plan to transform its oil-dependent economy.

The announcement of the long-term reform program, dubbed "Saudi Vision 2030", marks the beginning of a hugely ambitious attempt to move Saudi Arabia beyond oil, the backbone of its economy for decades, amid a steep fall in prices.

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Saudi Executes Pakistani Man for Drug Trafficking

Saudi Arabia executed a Pakistani national on Thursday for smuggling drugs, taking to 86 the number of people the ultra-conservative kingdom has put to death this year.

Shah Zaman Khan Sayyed had been found guilty of attempting to smuggle heroin and amphetamines into the kingdom, the interior ministry said.

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Despite Tensions, Obama Says U.S. and Gulf United against IS

U.S. President Barack Obama said Thursday that Washington and Gulf Arab states were united against the Islamic State group as he sought to overcome strains on Iran to boost efforts against the jihadists.

In Riyadh for talks hosted by Tehran's arch-rival Saudi Arabia, Obama said the United States still has "serious concerns" about Iran, but insisted no country has an interest in conflict with the Shiite power.

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Obama Arrives in Saudi on Fence-Mending Visit

President Barack Obama held talks with Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Wednesday as he began a two-day visit hoping to ease tensions with the historic U.S. ally.

Riyadh and its Sunni Arab Gulf allies have bristled at what they see as Washington's tilt towards regional rival Iran after Tehran's landmark nuclear deal with world powers.

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HRW Welcomes Saudi Move to Curb Religious Police Powers

Human Rights Watch on Monday hailed Saudi Arabia's decision to strip its frequently criticized religious police of many of their powers, urging the kingdom to also ease sex segregation rules.

Under changes approved by the Saudi cabinet last week, religious officers will no longer be allowed to detain people and instead must report violators to police or drug squad officers.

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Iran, Saudi Discuss Hajj in First Talks since Diplomatic Crisis

An Iranian delegation has held talks in Saudi Arabia about the safety of pilgrims after a deadly stampede at last year's hajj, an official said on Friday.

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18 Dead in Week of Saudi Floods, Rain

Eighteen people have been killed during heavy rains and floods over the past week in Saudi Arabia, the civil defense agency said on Thursday.

In a statement, it said the toll covered much of the country, from Riyadh to Hail, Mecca, Medina, Al-Baha, Asir, Najran and Jazan.

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Asiri Meets Hariri, Stresses Need for 'Constructive' Solutions to Crises

Head of the Mustaqbal Movement MP Saad Hariri held talks on Wednesday with Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awadh Asiri, who stressed the need for dialogue among the rival Lebanese factions.

He said: “We are counting on inter-Lebanese dialogue to reach constructive solutions given the difficult regional and international situation.”

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