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Houthis in Yemen Claim Drone Attack on Saudi Oil Facilities

By Reuters

A Houthi spokesman called it the “biggest attack in the depths” of the kingdom, the world’s top oil exporter, but a Saudi official said the attack had caused a “minor” fire and no casualties.

Saudi Aramco Says It’s β€˜Ready’ for I.P.O. as It Reports Half-Year Earnings

By Stanley Reed

The oil giant’s chief financial officer said the timing of a public listing would depend on its “shareholder”: Saudi Arabia’s government.

Hajj Begins as Muslims Flock to Mecca

By Megan Specia

Among the faithful making the annual pilgrimage are survivors and relatives of victims of the New Zealand mosque attacks.

America Should Talk to the Houthis

By Robert Malley

A Houthi missile or drone strike aimed at Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates or Red Sea shipping lanes could spark a broader conflict involving the United States, its Gulf allies and Iran.

Saudi Arabia grants women right to obtain own passports, travel without male guardian

By Hollie McKay

Just over a year since women were granted the historical right to drive, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has now passed another monumental reform to enable females to finally obtain passports and travel alone.

Saudi Arabia grants women right to obtain own passports, travel without male guardian

By Hollie McKay

Just over a year since women were granted the historical right to drive, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has now passed another monumental reform to enable females to finally obtain passports and travel alone.

Saudi Arabia Chips Away at Oppressive System by Granting Women Travel Rights

By Ben Hubbard and Vivian Yee

Saudi women hailed the new rights as a major step in a long-term social evolution. But they called on the kingdom to allow women to marry, live on their own and exit state facilities like prison without consent from their guardians.

Saudi Arabia Says Women Can Travel Without Male Guardians

By Ben Hubbard

The kingdom said that women could get passports, travel and work without the permission of a male guardian.

51 dead in Yemen after targeted missile strike and suicide bombings

Coordinated suicide bombings and a ballistic missile launched by rebels in Yemen killed at least 51 people Thursday, wounding dozens more. The attacks targeted a military parade and a police station in the southern port city of Aden, officials said.

51 dead in Yemen after targeted missile strike and suicide bombings

Coordinated suicide bombings and a ballistic missile launched by rebels in Yemen killed at least 51 people Thursday, wounding dozens more. The attacks targeted a military parade and a police station in the southern port city of Aden, officials said.

Saudi Arabia Frees Doctor With U.S. Citizenship After 21 Months

By Ben Hubbard

The kingdom never explained why it detained Dr. Walid Fitaihi, a dual Saudi-American citizen, for 21 months, or whether he was charged with a crime.

Football rights holders condemn pirate broadcaster known as beoutQ

By Robert Briel

Football bodies FIFA, the AFC, UEFA, the Bundesliga, LaLiga, the Premier League and Lega Serie A have issued a joint statement regarding the activities of beoutQ in Saudi Arabia.

The rights holders of various football competitions collectively condemn in the strongest possible terms the ongoing theft of intellectual property by the pirate broadcaster known as “beoutQ”.

“We, the rights holders of various football competitions, collectively condemn in the strongest possible terms the ongoing theft of our intellectual property by the pirate broadcaster known as “beoutQ” and call on the authorities in Saudi Arabia (KSA) to support us in ending the widespread and flagrant breaches of our intellectual property rights taking place in the country.

“Since May 2018, we have collectively been working with an international legal counsel to monitor and compile evidence against beoutQ, whose broadcasts are regularly and on an industrial scale made available on an illegal basis. Following thorough analysis by technical experts of how beoutQ operates from a technical perspective, we are satisfied that beoutQ is operating specifically to target customers in KSA and is utilising the facilities of at least one KSA-based entity.

“Over the past 15 months, we spoke to nine law firms in KSA, each of which either simply refused to act on our behalf or initially accepted the instruction, only later to recuse themselves.

“As copyright holders we have reached the conclusion, regrettably, that it is now not possible to retain legal counsel in KSA which is willing or able to act on our behalf in filing a copyright complaint against beoutQ. We feel we have now exhausted all reasonable options for pursuing a formal copyright claim in KSA and see no alternative but to pursue beoutQ and a solution to this very serious problem of piracy by other means.

“beoutQ’s infringement of our rights inevitably harms every aspect of the industry, from the rights holders to legitimate licensees, consumers and fans, participants (including players, clubs and national teams) and ultimately, the sport itself.

“We have welcomed previous statements by the Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information and the Saudi Government against beoutQ. However, given the scale of beoutQ’s piracy in KSA and that the piracy continues unabated, we request that the Ministry and the Saudi Government take swift and decisive action against beoutQ.

“We are committed, collectively and individually, to working with all relevant authorities to combat the beoutQ piracy.”

Trump Vetoes Bipartisan Resolutions Blocking Arms Sales to Gulf Nations

By Michael D. Shear and Catie Edmondson

Lawmakers had tried to send an angry message to the president over his attempts to bypass them, but they do not expect to have the votes to override the veto.

Trump vetoes congressional effort to block Saudi arms sales

President Donald Trump on Wednesday vetoed a trio of congressional resolutions aimed at blocking his administration from bypassing Congress and selling billions of dollars in weapons and maintenance support to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Trump vetoes congressional effort to block Saudi arms sales

President Donald Trump on Wednesday vetoed a trio of congressional resolutions aimed at blocking his administration from bypassing Congress and selling billions of dollars in weapons and maintenance support to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Saudi Guardianship Laws Could Be Set to Change. Here’s How Women Are Reacting.

By Megan Specia and Hwaida Saad

The government is said to be considering a revision to laws that require women to get the permission of a male guardian to marry, apply for a passport or travel out of the country.

Mogherini cautions against β€˜dangerous adventures’ in the Middle East

By Georgi Gotev

The European Union fully backs Iraq's efforts to de-escalate growing tensions between the United States and Iran because conflict will have dire consequences for all sides, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Saturday (13 July).

UN climate talks end amid major questioning of landmark 1.5C IPCC report

By Claire Stam

Climate negotiations ended in Bonn, Germany on Thursday (27 June), with oil-dependent Saudi-Arabia insisting on questioning the scientific value of the UN's 1.5 °C IPCC global warming report. No agreement has been reached on the carbon mechanisms enshrined in article 6 of the Paris Agreement.

GSS offers Arabic TV packages for hotels

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German technology company GSS Grundig Systems is expanding its range of head-end, hospitality and reception systems to include TV packages for the hospitality industry.

A collaboration was formed with TV distributor Mondo Globo, which offers a new platform for Arabic-language TV channels, Telearabia Pro.

The pay-TV package, compiled for the European hospitality industry, comprises six Arabic lifestyle and entertainment channels, including three channels from Saudi media group MBC (Middle East Broadcasting Center). The bouquet is broadcast via Eutelsat Cirrus on the Hotbird satellite system at 13° East and enables hotels throughout Europe to provide their international guests with TV channels from the Middle East and North Africa.

“International programme content for hospitality applications is an important part of our portfolio. Our head-ends can centrally decrypt the received encrypted channels among other features,” said Robert Kirschner, CEO of GSS Grundig Systems, in Nuremberg. “In addition to hardware and software, a tailor-made end-to-end service for the customer is indispensable. The Telearabia cooperation gives us another opportunity to create customer-specific solutions.”

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