Tag: Saudi Arabia

Morning brief: Coronavirus update for June 6, 2020

As of 5 am, June 6, 2020: World count: 6,699,358 cases, 2,904,828 recoveries, 393,205 deaths There are now 6,699,358 confirmed cases of the Covid-19 worldwide. There have been 393,205 deaths from the coronavirus all over the globe since the pandemic began. The United States has the highest number...

Morning brief: Coronavirus update for May 27, 2020

As of 8 am, May 27, 2020: World count: 5,559,130 cases, 2,271,268 recoveries, 348,610 deaths There are now 5,559,130 confirmed cases of the Covid-19 worldwide. There have been 348,610 deaths worldwide. The United States has the highest number of coronavirus cases, with 1,715,457 infections, followed by Brazil (391,222)...

Morning brief: Covid-19 update for April 10, 2020

As of 8 am, April 10, 2020: World Count There are now 1,579,690 confirmed cases of the Covid-19 in 176 countries. The United States has the highest number of confirmed cases worldwide, with 457,035, followed by Spain (153,222) and Italy (143,626). In the US, New York now has...

Saudi Khashoggi verdict condemned globally but backed by US

by Anuj Chopra A Saudi court verdict that exonerated the crown prince's top aides over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been globally condemned as a travesty of justice, but won the backing of ally Washington. Five unnamed people were sentenced to death on Monday...

Saudi Aramco raises $25.6 billion in biggest-ever IPO

by Anuj Chopra with Luc Olinga in New York Saudi Aramco on Thursday priced its long-awaited IPO at the high end of the target range, raising $25.6 billion and giving the energy giant a valuation of $1.7 trillion in the world's biggest stock sale. Aramco priced...

Hashtag Saudi Arabia: Chasing critics on Twitter

The US Justice Department has charged three people, including two Saudis, with spying on Twitter users critical of the kingdom's royal family. The trio worked to unmask the ownership details behind dissident Twitter accounts on behalf of someone prosecutors designated "Royal Family Member-1", which The...

Saudi hosts ‘Davos in desert’ as outrage fades over critic’s murder

by Anuj Chopra Dozens of global policymakers and tycoons will attend a Saudi investment summit starting Tuesday, helping the kingdom turn the page on a critic's murder that triggered a mass boycott last year. A strong turnout at the three-day Future Investment Initiative (FII), nicknamed "Davos...

Saudi Arabia’s new 100% shisha tax sparks fury

A decision to impose a 100 percent tax on bills at restaurants that serve shisha has ignited criticism on social media in Saudi Arabia, where the water pipes are a popular pastime. The furore has also been fuelled by confusion over how the tax is...

Nicki Minaj pulls out of Saudi concert

American rapper Nicki Minaj cancelled her upcoming concert in Saudi Arabia in a show of support for women's and gay rights in the ultra-conservative kingdom. Her scheduled appearance in the western city of Jeddah next week as part of a cultural festival triggered a social...

China’s bullying of Muslims land Malaysian minister, Saudi Crown Prince in trouble

Netizens are up in arms against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman and Malaysia's Religious Affairs Minister Mujahid Yusof Rawa, over their comments regarding China's 'internment' camps where Muslims are 'imprisoned'. Netizens are sensitive on the widely reported issue of Beijing’s treatment of more than one million...