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Country in Southwestern Asia

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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 nation 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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Kazakhstan announces $10bn economic package

Government aims to help stave off impact of coronavirus as oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia makes it even harder to stabilise economy.

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Istanbul prosecutor indicts Saudi suspects for Khashoggi killing [Video]

Istanbul prosecutor indicts Saudi suspects for Khashoggi killing

Former deputy head of Saudi Arabia's general intelligence and former royal court adviser also accused in indictment.

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Saudi Arabia's shock decision to increase oil output after OPEC talks failed rattled markets reeling from virus effect.

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Coronavirus: FTSE 100 falls nearly 9% as global slump triggers oil price war

The global economc fallout from coronavirus worsened early on Monday, with the FTSE 100 plunging nearly 9% after Saudi Arabia launched an oil price war.View on euronews

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Oil prices plunge, world shares trampled [Video]

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Oil fell by the most since 1991 on Monday after Saudi Arabia started a price war with Russia by slashing its selling prices and pledging to unleash its pent-up supply onto a market reeling from falling..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:22Published
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Saudi crackdown: King Salman's brother and nephew detained [Video]

Saudi crackdown: King Salman's brother and nephew detained

Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz are reportedly accused of treason.

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OPEC agreed on Thursday to cut oil output by an extra 1.5 million barrels per day in the second quarter of 2020 to support prices that have been hit by the coronavirus outbreak, but made its action..

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Banksy wows Saudis in Riyadh exhibition

Nearly 70 art pieces depicting the works of famed graffiti artist Banksy are on display for the first time in the Middle East, this time in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

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Maximum Security wins the Saudi Cup, the world's richest horse race

Maximum Security races to Saudi Cup win with late move down backstretch, collects horse racing's largest prize of $20 million

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Milken Summit: Saudi’s Prince Turki talks Iran relations & G20 Presidency [Video]

Milken Summit: Saudi’s Prince Turki talks Iran relations & G20 Presidency

Hundreds of high-level decision makers and industry trailblazers, spanning fields from economics and philanthropy to healthcare, attended the Milken Institute Middle East and Africa summit 2020 in Abu..

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G20 finance heads wrap up meeting overshadowed by virus outbreak [Video]

G20 finance heads wrap up meeting overshadowed by virus outbreak

Finance leaders of the world's top 20 economies wrapped up their two-day meeting on Sunday that was dominated by growing concern over the widening fallout from the coronavirus outbreak. Ciara Lee..

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Coronavirus set to top agenda at G20 meet [Video]

Coronavirus set to top agenda at G20 meet

The impact of the new coronavirus outbreak on global growth will be a key issue at this weekend’s meeting of G20 finance leaders. Ciara Lee reports

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Saudi’s Prince Turki talks Iran relations & G20 Presidency [Video]

Saudi’s Prince Turki talks Iran relations & G20 Presidency

Saudi’s Prince Turki talks Iran relations & G20 Presidency

Credit: Euronews English     Duration: 12:00Published
Dozens of civilians killed in Saudi-UAE-led air raids in Yemen [Video]

Dozens of civilians killed in Saudi-UAE-led air raids in Yemen

Attacks in al-Jawf come after a Saudi fighter jet crashed in the same area, with Houthis claiming to have shot it down.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:12Published
Saudi fighter jet crashes in northern Yemen's al-Jawf province [Video]

Saudi fighter jet crashes in northern Yemen's al-Jawf province

Houthi rebels earlier claimed they shot down a military plane belonging to 'enemy forces' in the same province.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:59Published
NGOs warn France over suspected arms shipment to Saudis [Video]

NGOs warn France over suspected arms shipment to Saudis

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Arab League rejects Trump's peace plan [Video]

Arab League rejects Trump's peace plan

The Palestinian Authority has cut all ties with the United States and Israel including security relations after rejecting a Middle East peace plan presented this week by U.S. President Donald Trump,..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:26Published

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