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Saudi-Led Coalition Denies F-15 Fighter Jet Shot Down By Houthis

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Nov 21 (NNN-SPA) – The Saudi-led coalition, involved in a war in Yemen, denied on Wednesday, allegations of Houthi militia, of shooting down one of Saudi’s F-15 fighter jets.

The spokesperson of the coalition, Turki Al Maliki, described in a statement, the claims as “baseless and unfounded.”

He said that, the allegations were based on a previous failed attempt, in July, 2018, highlighting that, what the militia published is a continuation of its “deliberate falsification methodology.”

US deploys more troops to Saudi to counter Iran

20 Nov 2019; MEMO: The Trump administration yesterday informed Congress that it has deployed an additional 3,000 troops to the Middle East in a bid to counter the perceived growing threat posed by Iran, some of whom have already arrived in Saudi Arabia.

“United States Armed Forces have been deployed to the Middle East to protect United States interests and enhance force protection in the region against hostile action by Iran and its proxy forces,” President Donald Trump informed Congress in a letter.

Saudi Arabia, China launch joint naval exercise in Red Sea

18 Nov 2019; MEMO: Saudi Arabia and China yesterday launched a joint naval exercise dubbed “Blue Sword 2019” at the King Faisal Naval Base on the Red Sea, Saudi Press Agency reported.

According to SPA the Royal Navy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by the Special Forces of the Western Fleet in Jeddah, and its counterpart of the Chinese People’s Navy took part in the exercise.

The drill is scheduled to last three weeks at the King Faisal Naval Base in Jeddah.

Saudi hands jail terms to 38 on terror related charges

13 Nov 2019; MEMO: Saudi Arabia’s Specialist Criminal Court in Riyadh yesterday sentenced 38 defendants to prison terms ranging from six months to 25 years on charges of financing terrorism and declaring other Muslims as non-believers, state-run Al-Ekhbariya channel reported.

The channel said one of the convicts set up a terrorist organisation while in prison and recruited prisoners, without giving further details.

Saudi Arabia introduces new domestic worker rights

11 Nov 2019; MEMO: Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission (HRC) has introduced new regulations for domestic workers, local media reported yesterday.

“HRC has introduced new related contractual, financial and health rights for the domestic workers in Saudi Arabia,” the commission said on Twitter.

The rights commission explained that it was “forbidden” to employ domestic workers in a job that “threatens their health, safety or dignity.”

Yemeni UN-backed gov't, southern council sign agreement for political solution

RIYADH, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Yemeni UN-backed government and the Southern Transitional Council (STC) signed here on Tuesday a Saudi-sponsored "Riyadh Agreement," Al Arabiya TV reported.

The signing ceremony was attended by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, President of the STC Aidarus al-Zoubaidi, alongside other Arab and Western officials and ambassadors.

Saudi Aramco’s profits down by 7%

5 Nov 2019; MEMO: Saudi Aramco’s profits have fallen by seven per cent in the first nine months of 2019, the company reported yesterday.

In September, Aramco achieved $68.2 billion of profit, up from $83.3 billion in the same period in 2018.

The oil company’s announcement came following its decision on Sunday to go public and offer shares in the stock market after approval by the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

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