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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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Custom team recovers approx 32 kgs of gold worth over Rs 15 crores from Jaipur International airport [Video]

Custom team recovers approx 32 kgs of gold worth over Rs 15 crores from Jaipur International airport

14 Indian national passengers coming from UAE and Saudi Arabia were intercepted by the custom team on July 07. The incident took place at the Jaipur International airport. Over 31 kilograms of gold..

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UK sanctions Russians and Saudis under new human rights powers [Video]

UK sanctions Russians and Saudis under new human rights powers

The UK sanctions target alleged perpetrators in the killings of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, as well as others from Myanmar and North Korea. View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:49Published
UK sanctions Saudis, Russians under new Magnitsky powers [Video]

UK sanctions Saudis, Russians under new Magnitsky powers

List of Saudi names includes former royal adviser Saud al-Qahtani, accused of role in journalist's grisly killing.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:32Published
Dominic Raab announces UK's first sanctions for human rights abuse [Video]

Dominic Raab announces UK's first sanctions for human rights abuse

The UK's first sanctions for human rights abuse will cover those involved in the deaths of the Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky and the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the systematic killings of the..

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Raab introduces sanctions against human right abusers [Video]

Raab introduces sanctions against human right abusers

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab introduces the UK's first sanctions regime that targets people who have committed the gravest human rights abuses. He mentions specifically those involved in the deaths..

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Hatice Cengiz appears at Jamal Khashoggi's murder trial in Turkey [Video]

Hatice Cengiz appears at Jamal Khashoggi's murder trial in Turkey

Turkish court opens trial of 20 Saudi nationals, including two former aides to crown prince, over killing of journalist.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:36Published
Khashoggi death: 20 go on trial in absentia [Video]

Khashoggi death: 20 go on trial in absentia

A Turkish court put 20 Saudi officials on trial in absentia on Friday for the gruesome killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which sparked international outrage and tarnished the image of Saudi..

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Khashoggi killing: Turkish court puts Saudi suspects on trial in absentia [Video]

Khashoggi killing: Turkish court puts Saudi suspects on trial in absentia

A Turkish court is trying in absentia two former aides of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and 18 other Saudi nationals over the 2018 killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.View on..

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Turkey trial of Saudi suspects in Jamal Khashoggi murder begins [Video]

Turkey trial of Saudi suspects in Jamal Khashoggi murder begins

Court to try Saudi suspects in absentia over killing of journalist in Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018.

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Excessive sugar intake linked with unhealthy fat deposits [Video]

Excessive sugar intake linked with unhealthy fat deposits

Sugar consumption is linked with larger fat deposits around the heart and in the abdomen, which are risky for health, finds a new study. Excess sugar consumption is a worldwide problem. The six..

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Saudi Arabia To Limit Pilgrims To Perform Hajj [Video]

Saudi Arabia To Limit Pilgrims To Perform Hajj

Saudi Arabia will strictly limit the number of people who can take part in this year's Hajj pilgrimage. The Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca will be limited because of the coronavirus, according to CNN. Saudi..

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UN slammed for taking Saudi coalition off child rights blacklist [Video]

UN slammed for taking Saudi coalition off child rights blacklist

HRW denounced Guterres for ignoring the UN's own evidence of continued grave violations against children in Yemen.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:28Published
Yemen: UAE-backed separatists take control of Socotra [Video]

Yemen: UAE-backed separatists take control of Socotra

UAE-backed southern separatists in Yemen seize control of the strategic Socotra island from the Saudi Arabian-backed government.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:44Published
Saudi coalition shoots down Houthi ballistic missiles and drones [Video]

Saudi coalition shoots down Houthi ballistic missiles and drones

Missiles and 'booby-trapped unmanned aircraft' from Yemen's Houthi rebels intercepted, including one fired on Riyadh.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 06:01Published
Houthis launch missile, drone attack on Riyadh [Video]

Houthis launch missile, drone attack on Riyadh

Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement said it launched a large missile and drone attack deep in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday that struck the defense ministry and a military base in Riyadh, but the kingdom..

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COVID-19: No Haj this year, application money to be fully refunded, informs Naqvi [Video]

COVID-19: No Haj this year, application money to be fully refunded, informs Naqvi

Union Minister of Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on June 23 said that the government has decided to cancel the Haj 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic. He said, "We have decided that Haj pilgrims from..

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Monkeys enjoy a takeaway meal at an outdoor area in Saudi Arabia’s Taif [Video]

Monkeys enjoy a takeaway meal at an outdoor area in Saudi Arabia’s Taif

A family in the Saudi city of Taif captured the moment of three monkeys enjoy drinking and eating a meal in Taif's Ash Shafa area. Video obtained by Reuters.

Credit: Reuters - Viral Video     Duration: 00:42Published

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