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Westinghouse eyes nuclear power plants for Saudis

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil producer, is pressing ahead with an ambitious plan to build a chain of nuclear power plants to boost its electricity-generating capacity to free crude oil production for export and Westinghouse Electric says it's got its eye on the kingdom's program.

Saudis 'turn to Pakistan to train army for Syria war'

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia, disillusioned with its longtime U.S. ally over the failure to take military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad, is reported to be seeking to form its own rebel army to overthrow the Damascus regime backed by Riyadh's rival Iran.

U.S. will send another $75 million to Palestine for infrastructure

JERUSALEM, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday the United States will contribute $75 million more to "high-impact infrastructure investment" in Palestine.
Kerry, King Abdullah meet to ease U.S.-Saudi Arabia tensions

Kerry, King Abdullah meet to ease U.S.-Saudi Arabia tensions

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Monday to try to ease mounting tensions with the longtime U.S. ally in the Middle East.

John Kerry: Egypt appears to be on track toward democracy

CAIRO, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Egyptian leaders Sunday and said afterward said Egypt appeared to be on the path toward democracy.

Saudi Arabia, Emirates lead charge on Mideast solar power

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, two of the world's leading oil producers, are spearheading a Middle Eastern drive to develop solar energy, with plans for projects requiring $1.5 billion in investment by end-2014.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013.
By United Press International

1.38 million people from 118 countries in Saudi Arabia for hajj

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- About 1.38 million people from 118 countries arrived in Saudi Arabia for the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, the Interior Ministry said.

Saudi Arabia called on to respect women's rights

BRUSSELS, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- A human rights consortium has called on Saudi Arabia to ease pressure on two women's rights activists sentenced to jail for defying laws on patriarchs.

Saudi flight cancels takeoff to go back for man's mother

JIZAN, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- A Saudi Airlines flight was delayed when a passenger informed the pilot that his mother had been left behind inside the airport.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013.
By United Press International

King Abdullah of Jordan has audience with Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Pope Francis met Thursday with King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan in an audience at the Vatican.
Jordan's King warns of regional turmoil

Jordan's King warns of regional turmoil

AMMAN, Jordan, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- King Abdullah of Jordan warned the sectarian and ethnic violence in the region threatens to destroy the Arab and Islamic world.

Jordan moves with Red-Dead Sea project

AMMAN, Jordan, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Jordanian government officials announced plans to move ahead with the first phase of a large scale water project linking the Dead Sea to the Red Sea.

Saudi monarch rules out hand-kissing

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia issued a statement rejecting the practice of hand kissing except to honor one's parents.

Obese Saudi man to get medical help

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- The Saudi Arabian royal family has intervened on behalf of a severely obese man who made a televised plea for help losing weight.
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak released on corruption charges

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak released on corruption charges

CAIRO, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- The Cairo Criminal Court Monday ordered the prison release of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, pending an investigation into corruption charges.

Yemeni president arrives home amid threats

SANAA, Yemen, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The Yemeni president returned home following a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia to discuss political transition, the government confirmed.
Saudi activist says money given to Egyptian general to oust Morsi

Saudi activist says money given to Egyptian general to oust Morsi

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, July 30 (UPI) -- The Saudi government gave Egyptian military chief Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi $1 billion to oust Mohamed Morsi from power, a Saudi activist says.
Abbas to visit Cairo

Abbas to visit Cairo

CAIRO, July 25 (UPI) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is set to visit Cairo, becoming the second Arab leader to visit Egypt since Mohamed Morsi's ouster, officials said.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, July 20, 2013.
By United Press International

Kerry, Arab League envoys discuss refugee crisis, Mideast peace

AMMAN, Jordan, July 17 (UPI) -- Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said Wednesday Jordan needs more international support to cope with 550,000 refugees from the Syrian civil war.

Energy-poor Jordan faces explosive electricity hikes

AMMAN, Jordan, July 11 (UPI) -- Jordan's government says it will introduce much-postponed and politically explosive electricity price hikes shortly as it battles with disruptions to its supply of Egyptian natural gas.
Kerry shuttles between Netanyahu and Abbas

Kerry shuttles between Netanyahu and Abbas

JERUSALEM, June 28 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry engaged in shuttle diplomacy Friday, meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and then returning to Jerusalem.

Qatar succession and the gulf's aging monarchies

DOHA, Qatar, June 26 (UPI) -- The handover of power by the emir of Qatar to his 33-year-old son is a rare occurrence among the Persian Gulf's aging ruler-for-life monarchs, but it could show them the way to go as they grapple with the turmoil of the Arab Spring that toppled four seemingly unassailable Arab leaders.
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