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Saudi Financial Position Strong, Says Minister

Saudi Arabia's financial position remains strong despite sinking oil prices, although there is "some pressure" on bank liquidity, the finance minister has said.

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'Crazy' Hike in Saudi Visa Fees Could Impact Business Ties

A seven-fold hike in visa fees to do business in Saudi Arabia risks deterring the foreign investment needed to transform its oil-dependent economy, diplomats and other sources say.

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Saudi Holds Live-Fire Drills during Gulf War Games

Saudi Arabia is conducting live-fire drills during war games underway in the Gulf, official media said on Tuesday, as tensions simmer with Iran.

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Senior Yemeni Rebel Killed on Saudi Border

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in support of Yemen's government has killed a senior Yemeni rebel leader on the border, a source close to the coalition said on Saturday.

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Obama Set to Veto 9/11 Victims' Bid to Sue Saudis

President Barack Obama is poised to veto legislation exposing Saudi Arabia to court action over the 9/11 attacks, stepping in to defend legal precedent and an awkward ally, but inviting election-time opprobrium.

White House officials say Obama will reject the "Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act" by a Friday veto deadline, after a little over a week of deliberation.

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Two Saudi Policemen Shot Dead in Mainly Shiite City

Unidentified gunmen killed two Saudi policemen in the mainly Shiite eastern city of Dammam late on Saturday, the interior ministry said, describing it as a "terrorist attack."

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Saudi Shoots Down Missile from Yemen

The Saudi-led coalition battling rebels in Yemen said Monday it shot down a missile fired by the insurgents towards an airbase in southern Saudi Arabia.

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Saudi Vows 'Urgent' Action for Stranded Indian Workers

Saudi Arabia has promised "urgent" action to resolve the plight of some 2,500 Indian workers stranded without money in the kingdom after a plunge in oil prices sparked construction layoffs.

Labor Minister Mufarrej al-Haqbani issued orders to allow the Indian workers "to immediately transfer their kafala (sponsorship) and renew their residencies," the Okaz daily reported on Wednesday.

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Saudis Visit Israel, Meet Government Official

The head of a rare Saudi delegation to Israel and the occupied West Bank met a senior Israeli government official during his trip, Israel's foreign ministry told AFP on Sunday.

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Saudi Executes Four Convicted of Murder

Saudi authorities executed four citizens on Sunday convicted of killing six members of their tribe, the interior ministry said.

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