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Amnesty International Says Saudi Reforms 'Fooling Nobody'

Saudi Arabia's widely-lauded reforms are no more than a public relations blitz aimed at masking Riyadh's rights record and are "fooling nobody," Amnesty International said on Thursday. 

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Saudi Cleric Endorses Valentine's Day as 'Positive Event'

A prominent Saudi cleric has endorsed Valentine's Day, long forbidden in the ultra-conservative kingdom, calling it a "positive social event" that was not linked to religion.

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Saudi Says Yemen Rebel Ballistic Missile Shot Down

Saudi air defenses intercepted a ballistic missile fired at the kingdom by Yemen's Shiite Huthi rebels on Monday, state media reported.

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Saudi Says $107 Billion Recovered from Graft, 56 People Still Held

Saudi Arabia's attorney general said on Tuesday $107 billion has been recovered so far in a major crackdown on high-level corruption and that 56 suspects were still being investigated.

Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb said he has completed inquiries into 381 high-profile corruption suspects and decided to keep 56 in custody and free the rest.

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Saudi Says It Intercepted Yemen Rebel Missile over Riyadh

Saudi Arabia said it shot down a ballistic missile Tuesday over Riyadh fired from Yemen by Iran-backed Huthi rebels, who announced that the target was the official residence of King Salman.

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Saudi King Orders $19 Billion Stimulus for Private Sector

Saudi King Salman on Thursday issued a decree allocating 72 billion riyals ($19.2 billion) of stimulus funds to support the Saudi private sector.

The package aims to boost the role of the private sector in light of economic reforms to diversify the Saudi economy away from oil following a slump in crude prices.

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Saudi Arabia Launches Mega-Zone on Red Sea

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced the launch of an independent economic zone on the Red Sea, three times the size of Cyprus and with a half a trillion dollars in projected investments.

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Saudi Says to Buy Russian S-400 Defense Systems, Other Arms

Saudi Arabia signed on Thursday preliminary agreements to buy S-400 air defense systems and receive "cutting edge technologies" from Russia during King Salman's landmark visit to Moscow, the Saudi military industries firm said.

The agreement was announced as King Salman, who is on the first official trip to Russia by a Saudi monarch, and Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks at the Kremlin.

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Saudi King, Putin Clinch Billion-Dollar Energy, Arms Deals on Landmark Russia Visit

Saudi Arabia's King Salman, on a landmark visit to Russia, and President Vladimir Putin on Thursday signed a slew of arms and energy deals as the key U.S. ally seeks to deepen cooperation with Moscow.

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Saudi 'Historic' Reform to Drive Women Jobs Growth

Saudi Arabia's decision to allow women to drive had some sounding the death knell for ride-hailing apps like Careem, but its co-founder expects business to flourish and even plans to hire thousands of female drivers.

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