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Saudi Arabia: Country in Southwestern Asia
Saudi Arabia, officially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is a country in Western Asia constituting the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula. With a land area of approximately 2,150,000 km2 (830,000 sq mi), Saudi Arabia is geographically the largest sovereign state in Western Asia, the second-largest in the Arab world, the fifth-largest in Asia, and the 12th-largest in the world. Saudi Arabia is bordered by Jordan and Iraq to the north, Kuwait to the northeast, Qatar, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates to the east, Oman to the southeast and Yemen to the south; it is separated from Egypt and Israel by the Gulf of Aqaba. It is the only country with both a Red Sea coast and a Persian Gulf coast, and most of its terrain consists of arid desert, lowland and mountains. As of October 2018, the Saudi economy was the largest in the Middle East and the 18th largest in the world. Saudi Arabia also has one of the world's youngest populations: 50 percent of its 33.4 million people are under 25 years old.

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Omar Slams Israel And Saudi Arabia [Video]

Omar Slams Israel And Saudi Arabia

A new interview with the Sunday Times of London has gotten Ilhan Omar into more hot water. According to the Times of Israel Omar likened Saudi Arabia’s influence on the Trump administration to..

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Dairy-rich diet may lower risks of diabetes, high blood pressure [Video]

Dairy-rich diet may lower risks of diabetes, high blood pressure

A recent study links eating at least two daily servings of dairy to lower cluster of factors that heighten cardiovascular disease risk (metabolic syndrome).The observed associations were strongest for..

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Yemen's health system 'has collapsed' as coronavirus spreads: UN [Video]

Yemen's health system 'has collapsed' as coronavirus spreads: UN

World governing body rings alarm bell as it prepares to host donor conference with Saudi Arabia amid the pandemic.

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Family of ex-Saudi intelligence officer being targeted: Report [Video]

Family of ex-Saudi intelligence officer being targeted: Report

Authorities arrested Saad al-Jabri's relatives to force him to return to kingdom from Canada, son tells New York Times.

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Explainer: Annular solar eclipse to sweep across Africa and Asia [Video]

Explainer: Annular solar eclipse to sweep across Africa and Asia

The Moon will cast its shadow over parts of the Eastern Hemisphere from Africa and Eastern Europe to the Pacific in an annular solar eclipse on June 21.

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Yemen war: Families protest over missing relatives [Video]

Yemen war: Families protest over missing relatives

Families of missing people in Yemen find themselves in an endless nightmare where their loved ones have been forcibly disappeared by Saudi-UAE-backed forces.

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Trump Puts Blame On Pompeo For Firing State Department's Inspector General [Video]

Trump Puts Blame On Pompeo For Firing State Department's Inspector General

President Donald Trump won’t take responsibility for firing the State Department’s inspector general. According to Business Insider, Trump fired him at the request of Secretary of State Mike..

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FBI phone probe links Florida shooter to al Qaeda [Video]

FBI phone probe links Florida shooter to al Qaeda

The FBI cracked the iPhone encryption of the Royal Saudi Air Force trainee who killed three American sailors in a December attack at a U.S. naval base in Florida and found evidence linking him to al..

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Saudi Arabia invests in Hollywood amid COVID-19 crisis [Video]

Saudi Arabia invests in Hollywood amid COVID-19 crisis

The entertainment industry is one of the sectors hardest hit by the global pandemic.

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Saudi Arabia to impose 'painful' austerity measures, triple VAT [Video]

Saudi Arabia to impose 'painful' austerity measures, triple VAT

Spending cuts come amid a plunge in oil prices that are hurting the government's finances.

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Saudi announces new austerity drive [Video]

Saudi announces new austerity drive

Kingdom to triple VAT, halt monthly handout payments in tough measures amid low oil prices and virus-led economic slump.

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Senior Saudi royal detained and held incommunicado : HRW [Video]

Senior Saudi royal detained and held incommunicado : HRW

Prince Faisal bin Abdullah was detained by Saudi authorities in late March, has not been heard from since, HRW says.

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Saudi activists dispute official narrative on al-Hwaiti killing [Video]

Saudi activists dispute official narrative on al-Hwaiti killing

Abdul Rahim al-Hwaiti was shot dead by security forces after refusing to give up his property for a mega-project.

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Outspoken Libyan princess Alia Al Senussi supports ‘New Saudi’ art scene [Video]

Outspoken Libyan princess Alia Al Senussi supports ‘New Saudi’ art scene

As a Libyan princess raised in exile, Alia Al Senussi, has never let her family’s ousting from the throne and their homeland in the 1960s, define her.View on euronews

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US to remove Patriots, other military assets from Saudi Arabia [Video]

US to remove Patriots, other military assets from Saudi Arabia

WSJ: four batteries of Patriot surface-to-air missiles sent to deter Iranians will be removed from Saudi oil facilities.

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World leaders pledge $8 billion to fight COVID-19 [Video]

World leaders pledge $8 billion to fight COVID-19

World leaders and organisations pledged on Monday (May 4) $8 billion to fund research, manufacture and distribution of a possible vaccine and treatments for COVID-19, but the United States refused to..

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Saudi-led coalition rejects south Yemen self-rule declaration [Video]

Saudi-led coalition rejects south Yemen self-rule declaration

Military coalition calls for an end to escalation in Yemen and immediate return to peace deal signed in November.

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Italian PM says training can start in May, no date for Serie A re-start [Video]

Italian PM says training can start in May, no date for Serie A re-start

Giuseppe Conte says individual trraining can start on May 4, with team training beginning two weeks later.

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Saudi-led coalition extends Yemen ceasefire - spokesman [Video]

Saudi-led coalition extends Yemen ceasefire - spokesman

The Saudi-led coalition on Friday said it was extending a unilateral ceasefire in Yemen by one month to support efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic, the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA)..

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Rising calls to block Saudi crude shipments to US [Video]

Rising calls to block Saudi crude shipments to US

US crude futures crashed on Monday with a glut of supply and lack of storage forcing pricing into the negative.

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Valencia announce pay cut to cope with suspension of play [Video]

Valencia announce pay cut to cope with suspension of play

Following an agreement with the players, many non-playing staff would be able to receive their full salary.

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U.S. oil prices hit 21-year lows as demand disappears [Video]

U.S. oil prices hit 21-year lows as demand disappears

U.S. oil prices have tumbled to levels not seen since 1999 as demand for crude disappears. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

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UN envoy expects Yemen's warring sides to agree truce soon [Video]

UN envoy expects Yemen's warring sides to agree truce soon

Griffiths says Saudi-led coalition, Houthis, expected to agree on truce in 'immediate future' as COVID-19 threat looms.

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President Donald Trump may have fired State Department Inspector General Steve Linick because he was investigating U.S. military sales to Saudi Arabia, Democratic lawmakers said on Monday, although..
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U.S. lawmakers link Trump's latest IG firing to Saudi arms sales probe

President Donald Trump may have fired the State Department's inspector general because he was investigating U.S. military sales to Saudi Arabia, Democratic lawmakers said on Monday as they sought to..
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State Dept. Investigator Fired by Trump Had Examined Weapons Sales to Saudis and Emiratis

A Democratic House committee chairman said the investigation might have been “another reason” for the firing of the inspector general, Steve A. Linick.
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FBI cracked phone of Saudi shooter at Florida naval base, found al Qaeda ties, Barr says

The FBI found cellphone evidence linking al Qaeda to the Royal Saudi Air Force trainee who killed three American sailors in a December attack at a U.S. naval base in Florida after cracking his phone..
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U.S. House panel leader links State Dept. inspector general firing to Saudi arms sale

The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee said on Monday the State Department inspector general may have been fired because he was investigating President Donald..
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U.S. House chairman alleges Saudi arms sale link to State IG firing

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FBI finds evidence linking al Qaeda to 2019 Saudi shooter at Florida naval base: U.S. source

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Feds connect al Qaeda contacts to deadly Pensacola Naval Air Station shooting

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The number of coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia topped 50,000 on Saturday, the health ministry said.
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Yemen's Saudi-backed government reported on Friday 21 new coronavirus cases, including three deaths, the coronavirus committee said on Twitter.
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Saudi Arabia to enforce nationwide 24-hour curfew for Eid holiday

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Trump, Saudi king reaffirm defense ties amid tensions

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Saudi Arabia forms police unit to enforce coronavirus curbs

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Bahrain eases coronavirus restrictions, Saudis announce hefty fines

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Saudi Arabia’s cabinet affirmed late on Tuesday that the Palestinian cause will remain a "central issue" for Arabs and Muslims, Saudi news agency said in a statement issued early on Wednesday.
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