Tag: Saudi Arabia

Is It Time to Delete Uber?

ImageCredit…Illustration by Nicholas Konrad; photographs by Mike Cohen for The New York Times, Hasan Jamali/Associated Press, Sergio Moraes/Reuters This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it Tuesdays and Thursdays. When wounded by the bitter sting of judgment, who among us, at one time or another, has not […]

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Uber C.E.O. Backtracks After Comparing Khashoggi’s Killing to an Accident

Uber’s chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, drew a backlash on Sunday after calling the murder of Jamal Khashoggi a “mistake” by the Saudi government, remarks that he quickly walked back. “It’s a serious mistake,” Mr. Khosrowshahi said in the interview with Axios on HBO, which aired on Sunday, after he was asked about the brutal killing […]

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Saudi Aramco Offers Some Details on Coming Stock Offering

Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil company, took another step on its lengthy path to a stock market listing on Saturday, saying that it would announce a price for its shares on Dec. 5, with trading expected to start in mid-December. The company announced last week that it planned to list on the local Saudi […]

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Why Spy on Twitter? For Saudi Arabia, It’s the Town Square

BEIRUT, Lebanon — In Saudi Arabia, where a relatively closed culture leaves citizens few public forums to discuss news and politics, Twitter has become a kind of town square, the place where citizens meet to swap information and debate the latest issues. Saudi Arabia’s absolute monarchy has not banned the site, but it has taken […]

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Corey Graves Says WWE Stars Weren’t Stranded In Saudi Arabia And Should “Quit Crying About It On Twitter”

Last week, WWE put on a government-funded show in Saudi Arabia and then most of the talent couldn’t get out of the country until way later than they thought. WWE wrestlers told people in the media that they were pawns in a pay dispute between Vince McMahon and Saudi Arabia and that they felt like […]

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Is Aramco Worth $2 Trillion? And Other Crucial I.P.O. Questions

LONDON — Saudi Aramco is undoubtedly huge and very profitable. But what’s the company worth? That question was one of many left unanswered Sunday when the company, the world’s dominant oil producer, announced it would sell a stake to investors. Just about everything about the initial public offering remains to be determined in the coming […]

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WWE Doubled Down On Its Commitment To Saudi Arabia And Explanation For Travel Delays

WWE‘s relationship with Saudi Arabia has been controversial from the start, a bad look for the wrestling company in basically every way. The Crown Jewel event on October 31 brought up new issues when talent was stuck in the country for hours, reportedly because of payment issues between WWE and Saudi Arabia. Multiple wrestlers took […]

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Flood of Oil Is Coming, Complicating Efforts to Fight Global Warming

HOUSTON — A surge of oil production is coming, whether the world needs it or not. The flood of crude will arrive even as concerns about climate change are growing and worldwide oil demand is slowing. And it is not coming from the usual producers, but from Brazil, Canada, Norway and Guyana — countries that […]

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Here Are The Backstage Rumors About WWE’s Delayed Flight From Saudi Arabia

We were all grateful to hear yesterday that all the WWE Superstars and other employees who had been stuck in Saudi Arabia after Crown Jewel eventually managed to leave and god back to the US yesterday, albeit more than 24 hours later than originally planned. The official explanation given by WWE and others is that […]

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WWE Acknowledges Crown Jewel Travel Delays, Promises Surprises On Smackdown

We still don’t know exactly what happened with the plane that didn’t take off from Saudi Arabia after Crown Jewel, and the WWE roster members who are still stuck there. In fact, it now seems that even the “essential” performers who reportedly got out will not make it in time for Smackdown tonight. However, WWE […]

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WWE to hold the first women’s wrestling match in Saudi Arabia

World Wrestling Entertainment announced Wednesday that it plans to hold the first women’s wrestling match in Saudi Arabia. WWE stars Lacey Evans and Natalya plan to square off against each other during the Crown Jewel, a pay-per-view event being held Thursday at the King Fahd International Stadium in the capital city, Riyadh. In 2018, WWE […]

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Corey Graves Says WWE’s Saudi Arabia Shows Are ‘Not About Politics For The Talent’

“Corey Graves‘ new podcast, After the Bell, is the first show on WWE’s podcast network, and the Smackdown announcer has been promoting it with various media outlets. As someone who works for WWE and is able to get exclusive interviews with talent, Graves promised in an interview with Sports Illustrated that he’s, “going to give […]

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Aramco’s I.P.O. Will Be Less Gigantic Than Promised

When Mohammed bin Salman announced in 2016 that he would list one of his country’s crown jewels — the state-owned oil giant Saudi Aramco — on the stock market, he set some audacious goals. Aramco would be valued at about $2 trillion, easily making it the world’s biggest publicly traded company. Even though the stock […]

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From Chile to Lebanon, Protests Flare Over Wallet Issues

LONDON — In Chile, the spark was an increase in subway fares. In Lebanon, it was a tax on WhatsApp calls. The government of Saudi Arabia moved against hookah pipes. In India, it was about onions. Small pocketbook items became the focus of popular fury across the globe in recent weeks, as frustrated citizens filled […]

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The Weapons America Is Leaving Behind in Syria

Less than a week after President Donald Trump formally ordered the U.S. military to withdraw the majority of its forces from Syria, the Pentagon carried out an unusual mission in the northeastern part of the country. A pair of F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jets delivered a precision airstrike, not to protect a joint U.S.-Turkish patrol […]

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The World Can Make More Water From the Sea, but at What Cost?

THUWAL, Saudi Arabia — Desalinated seawater is the lifeblood of Saudi Arabia, no more so than at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, an international research center that rose from the dry, empty desert a decade ago. Produced from water from the adjacent Red Sea that is forced through salt-separating membranes, it is piped […]

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Mark Esperanto? Trump Misnames His Defense Secretary in Tweet

WASHINGTON — President Trump shared an update on Sunday from his defense secretary that outlined “minor skirmishes” between Turkish and Kurdish fighters in northern Syria as American troops make their way out of the area. It might have passed by with little notice in the rushing current of Mr. Trump’s Twitter stream, but for one […]

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Bus Near Saudi Holy City of Mecca Crashes, Killing 35 People

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Authorities in Saudi Arabia say 35 pilgrims have been killed in a bus crash near the Muslim holy city of Mecca. The state-run Saudi Press Agency reported Thursday that four others were injured in the crash. The agency, quoting police in Saudi Arabia’s Medina province, said the crash happened around […]

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