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State Dept. approves $1.3B sale of Howitzers to Saudi Arabia

State Dept. approves $1.3B sale of Howitzers to Saudi Arabia

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April 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department said it has approved a possible foreign military sale to Saudi Arabia of 155mm M109A5/A6 Medium Self-Propelled Howitzer structures.The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of the $ 1.31 billion sale, for which Raytheon and Lockheed Martin are the primary contractors. Congress was notified of the possible sale on Thursday.The possible foreign military sale would provide Saudi Arabia with "180 155mm M109A5/A6 Medium Self-Propelled Howitzer structures for conversion to 177 M109A6 Paladin Howitzer systems."The M109A6 Paladin Howitzer system is a self-propelled, indirect-fire support weapon operated by a crew of four.The deal also includes three Fire Support Combined Arms Tactical Trainers static training, 180 M2 HB .50 Cal Machine Gun...
Saudi crown prince's visit to Britain marked by protests over Yemen crisis

Saudi crown prince's visit to Britain marked by protests over Yemen crisis

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March 7 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May defended her meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Wednesday as activists protested Saudi Arabia's involvement in Yemen's humanitarian crisis.The crown prince dined with British Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace before making his way to 10 Downing Street for a bilateral meeting with May. His visit was marked by vocal opposition from the Labour Party, which called on the prime minister to halt sales of arms to Riyadh while the country leads a largely Arab coalition fighting Houthi rebels on behalf of the Yemeni government.The war, between forces loyal to Yemeni President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi and Shiite Houthi rebels, has killed at least 10,000 people since 2015 and led to one of the world's largest humanitarian cr...
New era for Saudi: Women free to watch football

New era for Saudi: Women free to watch football

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Saudi Arabia is undergoing the most unprecedented changes in its history.Sky News was among the first foreign news media to film one major change being implemented: women being allowed to go to football matches."It means that I am human," secondary school teacher Nora told Sky News at a Riyadh derby game."No other can prevent me from doing what I want."No other decide what I want. I am the one who decide."Many things we take for granted have long been banned in Saudi Arabia.In its ultra conservative society simply letting women watch football is a groundbreaking change, one of many being promised.Among them is the freedom for women to drive.Video:Saudi activist: Change is comingMadeha al Ajroush has been jailed in the past for driving a car in protest.She has spent much of her life campaig...
Labour turns up heat over Saudi Aramco float

Labour turns up heat over Saudi Aramco float

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Labour is seeking to increase the pressure on ministers over a $ 2bn loan guarantee to Saudi Arabia's state oil company as it weighs a London flotation that would become the biggest stock market listing in history.Sky News has seen a letter to Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, in which his Labour shadow John McDonnell‎ demands to know details of discussions between the Government and its Saudi counterparts about the prospective flotation of Saudi Aramco.The letter, sent on Tuesday, will turn up the heat on the Government amid continuing questions over the legitimacy of efforts to persuade the S‎audis to list the company in the UK.Saudi Aramco has been estimated to be worth between $ 800bn and $ 2trn, but even at the lower end of that scale would become one of the most richly valued public co
Saudi Arabia, Kuwait warn citizens to leave Lebanon immediately

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait warn citizens to leave Lebanon immediately

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Nov. 9 (UPI) -- The foreign ministries of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are warning their citizens in Lebanon to leave the country as soon as possible."Due to the situations in Lebanon, the official source at Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the Saudi nationals visiting or residing in Lebanon are asked to leave the country as soon as possible," the Ministry tweeted on Thursday.Kuwait's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced a similar measure later in the day.Saudi Arabia and Kuwait also advised their citizens against traveling to Lebanon. Bahrain issued a similar warning on Sunday, urging its citizens to "exercise caution" in leaving Lebanon.The warnings come amid rising tensions in the Middle East. In a broadcast from Riyadh, Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned la...