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Saudi Arabia

West’s tributes to late Saudi King reveal hypocrisy not democracy
Hypocrisy is not usually regarded as a virtue of leadership, yet judging by the gushing tributes paid to Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah by various Western governments and establishment figures on his death, there are those who believe it should be.

26.01.2015 13:01

​Human rights warning issued over UK £5.9mn Saudi prisons contract
The British Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has submitted a bid for a £5.9 million ($9 million) contract to help run prisons in Saudi Arabia, despite human rights concerns.

26.01.2015 11:53

7 shocking facts about Saudi Arabia under ‘modernizing’ reign of King Abdullah
Taken aback by the fulsome praise the recently deceased King Abdullah has garnered from world leaders, RT has decided to assess whether his record stands up to scrutiny.

26.01.2015 01:26

Germany halts arms exports to Saudi Arabia citing regional instability – report
Germany has stopped arms exports to one of its biggest buyers, Saudi Arabia. The instability in the region led Chancellor Angela Merkel and her ministers to take the decision. The information hasn’t been officially confirmed.

25.01.2015 12:40

UN’s first ever meeting on anti-Semitism sees France, US, Saudi Arabia speak out
The UN has dedicated a separate meeting to anti-Semitism, citing a global rise in violence against Jews. About half of UN member states attended, with surprise speakers such as the Saudi ambassador, who equated anti-Semitic crimes with Islamophobia.

24.01.2015 01:06

#JeSuisAbdullah? Critics slam glowing Western eulogies for ‘reformer’ Saudi king
Critics are taking Western leaders to task for singing the praises of King Abdullah, the recently deceased 90-year-old monarch of Saudi Arabia, whose regime they claim was marred by countless human rights abuses, warmongering and corruption.

23.01.2015 16:46

Record high Chinese imports of Russian oil in 2014
Chinese imports of oil from major OPEC countries fell last year, while the purchases of Russian oil saw a record increase, said the Chinese General Administration of Customs. It is part of Chinese plans to diversify its oil sources.

23.01.2015 15:19

'Bad Saudi Arabian human rights record may change if Iran increases influence'
With instability following the death of King Abdullah, Iran may take a lead in the relationship with Saudi Arabia which could put pressure on Riyadh to improve the internal situation in the Gulf state, Gerald Horne, author and historian, told RT.

23.01.2015 10:42

​British establishment pays tribute to controversial Saudi King Abdullah
UK Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute to Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz after the monarch passed away on Thursday. His death has prompted debate over his legacy, and his relationship with the British establishment

23.01.2015 09:22

​Saudi Arabia expected to keep oil policy unchanged
The current rise in oil prices will be short-term as Saudi Arabia is unlikely to reconsider its oil policy after the death of King Abdullah, financial experts told RT.

23.01.2015 11:14

ISIS, low oil prices, poor health: New Saudi king’s challenges
Salman has been crowned as monarch of Saudi Arabia, after the death of King Abdullah, 90, on Friday. Who is King Salman and what is in store for the new leader of the world’s top oil producing country and the US’s closest Arab ally?

23.01.2015 10:55

Saudi Arabia foreign policy: ‘Enacted not by Abdullah, but by oligarch consensus’
Wahhabi extremism is a direct outcome of the foreign policy that the oligarch consensus in Saudi Arabia has pursued for decades, thus there won’t be any substantive policy changes, geopolitical analyst Eric Draitser, told RT.

23.01.2015 09:38