FBI releases declassified 9/11 document after Biden order

Reuters 09/12/2021

The FBI on Saturday released the first document related to its investigation of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States and allegations of Saudi government support for the hijackers, following an executive order by President…

Two decades after 9/11, Saudi Arabia seeks softer image

Agence France Presse 09/09/2021

Two decades after Saudi Arabian militants masterminded and carried out the September 11 attacks, the desert kingdom is striving for change in a reform drive aimed at updating its ultra-conservative image. Women can drive and cinemas have…

PAL cancels flights to Saudi Arabia from July 9 to 13

Miguel Camus 07/10/2021

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has canceled flights to Riyadh and Dammam in Saudi Arabia from July 9 to 13, citing restrictions imposed by the Saudi local authorities. “These cancellations are beyond PAL’s control and are most regrettable, because…

Human footprints dating back 120,000 years found in Saudi Arabia

Agence France Presse 09/19/2020

  Around 120,000 years ago in what is now northern Saudi Arabia, a small band of homo sapiens stopped to drink and forage at a shallow lake that was also frequented by camels, buffalo, and elephants bigger…

49 Filipinos in Jeddah infected with COVID-19

Darryl John Esguerra - INQUIRER.net 04/29/2020

MANILA, Philippines — At least 49 Filipinos in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia have been infected by the novel coronavirus, Consul General Edgar Badajos said Tuesday. Of the number, 42 are deemed active cases as five have recovered while two…

Cebuana nurse in Saudi Arabia finally COVID-free

Immae Lachica 04/26/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines— A son’s sigh of relief touched many hearts online as he shares the struggle his mother went through amid the health crisis in Saudi Arabia. Rabi Ian Pogoy, 25, talent manager, took to his…

Motorbike racer Paulo Gonçalves dies during Dakar Rally

01/13/2020

WADI AL-DAWASIR, Saudi Arabia — Portuguese motorbike rider Paulo Gonçalves died on the Dakar Rally after crashing in the Saudi Arabia desert on Sunday. He was 40. Gonçalves fell and suffered cardiac arrest about halfway through the…

PH to scale down deployment of OFWs to Saudi

Jovic Yee - Inquirer.net 12/18/2019

MANILA, Philippines — Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Monday said they were set to scale down “starting next year” the deployment of new hires to Saudi Arabia due to the Gulf state’s continued failure to address…

Saudi Arabia to offer tourist visas for first time

Agence France Presse 09/27/2019

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia said Friday it will offer tourist visas for the first time, opening up the ultra-conservative kingdom to holidaymakers as part of a push to diversify its economy away from oil. Kickstarting…

Oil prices surge as attack on Saudi facility disrupts output

09/16/2019

An attack on Saudi Arabia’s largest oil processing plant pushed crude prices sharply higher Monday, though its longer-term impact depends on how long production is disrupted and the attack’s future implications.   U.S. crude oil jumped $5.61…

Rebel minister who fled Yemen hit by shoe at news conference

AP 11/11/2018

CAIRO — A minister who served in Yemen’s rebel government before defecting to Saudi Arabia was struck by a shoe hurled by a Yemeni journalist at a news conference in Riyadh. Abdul-Salam Ali Gaber, who served as…

Saudi Arabia vows to retaliate if punished over missing critic

AFP 10/15/2018

Saudi Arabia warned it would retaliate against any sanctions imposed on the oil-rich kingdom over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as more Western companies distanced themselves from the Gulf State. US President Donald Trump has threatened…

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