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Saudi Carries Out First Execution of Year

Saudi Arabia, one of the world's most prolific executioners, on Tuesday carried out its first death sentence of the year, after more than 150 in 2016.

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Egypt Court Upholds Ruling Barring Islands Transfer to Saudi Arabia

Egypt's High Administrative Court upheld on Monday a ruling voiding a government agreement to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia in a deal that sparked protests.

The government had appealed against a lower court ruling in June that found the controversial border demarcation agreement was illegal.

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Spain's Felipe in Saudi as Warship Sale Mooted

Spain's King Felipe VI is to meet Sunday with Saudi King Salman, local media said, during an official visit coinciding with talks to sell Spanish warships.

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Yemen Shelling Kills Saudi Soldier on Border

Shelling from Yemen has killed a Saudi soldier on the kingdom's southern border, the interior ministry said Sunday.

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Saudi Minister Optimistic about Oil Market Stabilization

Saudi Energy Minister Khaled al-Falih said Thursday he was optimistic about a stabilization of the oil market following an OPEC deal to cut output.

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Riyadh Metro on Track despite Cuts

A major contractor on Riyadh's $22.5 billion urban rail and bus system said Monday the project is on track despite Saudi government cuts to infrastructure last year after oil revenues fell.

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Saudi King Says Riyadh Rejects 'Interference' in Yemen's Affairs

Saudi Arabia is determined to prevent external "interference" in neighboring war-torn Yemen, King Salman said in an annual address on Thursday.

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U.S. Cancels Weapons Transfers to Saudi over Yemen Campaign

The White House has blocked the transfer of precision munitions to ally Saudi Arabia, amid anger about the civilian death toll from the kingdom's bombing campaign in Yemen.

"We have made clear that US security cooperation is not a blank check," a senior administration official told AFP, voicing concerns about how Riyadh is prosecuting its war against Iranian-backed Huthi rebels.

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Mine Kills Saudi Soldier near Yemen Border

A Saudi soldier was killed in a landmine blast near the kingdom's border with Yemen, the interior ministry said on Friday.

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Saudi Sentences 15 to Death for Spying for Iran

A Saudi court Tuesday sentenced 15 people to death for spying for the kingdom's rival Iran, local media and a source close to the case said, in a move likely to heighten regional tensions.

The source told AFP that most of the 15 Saudis were members of the kingdom's Shiite minority.

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