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Saudi king's gold escalator gets stuck

BBC News

However, the trip didn't get off to the smoothest start, when the escalator set up to help him disembark the plane got stuck.


Saudi-Canada Dispute Will Not Affect Oil Supplies: Saudi Minister

U.S. News

Riyadh on Sunday froze new trade with Canada and expelled the Canadian ambassador. It also ended state-backed educational and medical programs in a dispute that was sparked by Canada demanding the release of jailed rights activists.


Saudi King Was Not in Palace During Drone Incident: Saudi Official

U.S. News

A spokesman for the Riyadh police said earlier that forces at a checkpoint in the Khozama district had identified the drone and "dealt with it according to their orders", without specifying if there were any injuries or damage.


gcc-crisis-resolved-2018-171225114355719.html

Al Jazeera

This year, efforts to resolve the most serious crisis to date within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have failed, and it will be carried into 2018. What will happen next year is difficult to predict because, as we witnessed in 2017, a lot of the key developments did not follow the standard rules of international diplomacy. This is because decision-making in some GCC countries is not necessarily institutionalised and is, in fact, highly dependent on unstable and unpredictable personal attitudes and ambitions of a handful of people. Strategic planning, rules of diplomacy and the risks that regional instability holds are not necessarily priority considerations for these individuals. In this sense, just as the crisis erupted out of the blue, it could easily end in the same way, without a good reason.


Saudi King Visits Japan, Seeks Help on Diversifying Economy

U.S. News

While seeking investment and help with Saudi industrialization and development of its services sector, Salman has also offered help. Earlier, he pledged $1 billion in development finance for Indonesia and closer cooperation for combating transnational crime such as human trafficking, terrorism and the drugs trade.