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# Saudi Arabia

Last week
12th March 2023 - 25th March 2023
# Formula 1
Sergio Perez takes surprise pole position for Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
Verstappen will line up only in 15th.
# Aramco
Oil giant Saudi Aramco reports 46% jump in profits, up nearly €151 billion last year
The firm, known formally as the Saudi Arabian Oil Co, said in its annual report that higher crude oil prices propelled its profits.
Last month
February 2023
# Boost
Ronaldo breaks duck after lucrative Saudi move
The Portuguese, who turns 38 on Sunday, buried a spot-kick in the 93rd minute.
# Australia
Hosts want 'urgent' answers over Saudi sponsorship of Women's World Cup
Visit Saudi is reportedly poised to be named among the sponsors.
Last year
# Oil
Opec maintains oil targets amid uncertainty over Russian sanctions
The decision was made at a meeting of oil ministers a day ahead of the planned start of two measures designed to hit Russia’s oil earnings.
# Exit
More drama leaves Mexico heartbroken despite win over Saudi Arabia
They last suffered group-stage elimination in 1978, having reached the knockout phase in each of their previous seven World Cups.
# Winner winner
Lewandowski scores first World Cup goal of his career as Poland overcome Saudi Arabia
Piotr Zielinski was also on target for the winners.
# window shopping
Saudi Arabian minister backs private bids for Man United and Liverpool
“I would love to see Ronaldo play in the Saudi league,” said sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal.
# a messi end
Saudi Arabia expose another collective Argentina failure in upset for the ages
Saudi Arabia shocked the world in beating Argentina 2-1 in Qatar today.
# Twitter
Elon Musk 'kills' new Twitter label mere hours after launch
Meanwhile, US president Joe Biden has said that Elon Musk’s ties with foreign countries were ‘worthy’ of scrutiny.
# Speaking out
'We've made a football decision' - Howe defends Newcastle training camp in Saudi Arabia
The Magpies first travelled to the Gulf state in January.
# Human Rights
Saudi Arabia sends US citizen to prison for criticising the country
The prison sentence marks another source of tension between the historic allies, after Saudi Arabia raised oil prices
# Regret
Joshua admits 'I let myself down' with post-fight antics
The 32-year-old’s career appears at a crossroads after Sunday’s second successive defeat to the unbeaten Ukrainian.
# Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia's 'ultimate goal' is to host Olympics, says sports minister
Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal dismissed suggestions of sportswashing by the Gulf nation.
# Frustration
I was mad at myself – Anthony Joshua explains erratic behaviour after defeat
The 6ft 6ins Briton scented victory when he had his opponent hanging on in the ninth round.
# trailblazer
'Pinch me' - ex-refugee Ali wins first Saudi women's boxing match in seconds
The British star defeated Crystal Garcia Nova with a crunching cross in the first round.
# Middle East
US 'will not walk away' from Middle East: Biden to Arab leaders
Biden is looking to use the visit to the Middle East to discuss volatile oil prices and outline his vision for Washington’s role in the region.
# Saudi Arabia
Saudi crown prince greets Joe Biden with fist bump ahead of key meeting
Biden became the first US leader to fly directly from Israel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
# gulf in riches
Cristiano Ronaldo set to reject staggering wage offer from Saudi Arabian club
A Saudi club is understood to have sounded him out about a potential two-year deal worth €275 million.
# Persona non Grata
LIV chief Greg Norman barred from British Open anniversary events
The 67-year-old Australian golf great won the competition in 1986 and 1993.
# Saudi Arabia
Thousands gather in Mecca for biggest hajj pilgrimage since Covid-19 pandemic
One million fully vaccinated Muslims, including 850,000 from abroad, are allowed at this year’s hajj.
# Defection
England's Casey confirms he's joining Saudi-backed LIV Golf
The series is bankrolled by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.
Larry Donnelly: I wish LIV Golf didn’t exist but I won't condemn the golfers who've signed up
Our columnist, a keen golfer, reacts to the disruption of his beloved sport this week caused by the new Saudi-backed tour.
# Human Rights
'We've all made mistakes,' says Greg Norman about murder of Saudi journalist
The Australian former world number one is heading the new LIV Golf Invitational Series which is heavily backed by Saudi financing.
# rare old tynes
Newcastle are on the rise but don’t expect anyone else to be happy about it
Ahead of today’s meeting with Liverpool, John Brewin looks at the job Eddie Howe and the Saudi owners have done at St James’ Park.
# difficulties
Lewis Hamilton: I have struggled mentally and emotionally for a long time
The seven-time world champion revealed his struggle in an Instagram story on Thursday.
# Saudi Arabia
Fire rages at oil depot in Saudi city hosting Formula One race
Yemen’s Houthi rebels have acknowledged attacking the kingdom in recent days.
# Saudi Arabia
Boris Johnson meets with Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman
Johnson is one of the few Western leaders to visit Riyadh since the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
# Launch
England to stage first event of controversial Saudi-backed golf Super League
Greg Norman is the Saudi-backed league’s commissioner.
# Saudi Arabia
UN human rights chief condemns Saudi 'mass execution'
Saudi Arabia said Saturday it had executed a record 81 people in one day for terrorism-related offences.
# Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia says it executed 81 convicts in a single day
Officials said those executed included convicted members of al Qaida and the Islamic State group.
# statement
Phil Mickelson regrets ‘reckless’ Saudi comments and hints at break from golf
Mickelson had said he was prepared to overlook Saudi Arabia’s human rights record to put pressure on the PGA Tour.
# Explanation
'Why would I even consider it? Because this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity' - Mickelson
The US star says he’s willing to get involved with the Saudi-backed golf Super League.
# Golf
Varner, Arnaus share halfway lead at Saudi International after Lowry hits round of 70
Shane Lowry is 21st on two-under par.
# future plans
Eddie Howe defends Saudi Arabia trip
Amnesty International UK, however, warned that it could become ‘a glorified PR exercise for Mohammed bin Salman’s government’.
All time
# Jamal Khashoggi
Man arrested in France over killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is released
French authorites determined he had been a victim of mistaken identity.
# Jamal Khashoggi
Suspect in killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi arrested in France
French radio RTL said the Saudi suspect was arrested at Charles de Galle airport near Paris as he was trying to board a flight to Riyadh.
# F1
Hamilton edges out Verstappen in crazy Saudi Arabian Grand Prix as title race heads to the wire
The title will be decided at the final race in Abu Dhabi next weekend.
# Saudi Arabia
Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia targets zero carbon emissions by 2060
The announcement comes a week before the Cop26 global climate summit.
# due diligence
Amnesty urges Newcastle to study Saudi Arabia’s poor human rights record
The world’s leading human rights organisation wants the club to look into the issue following the club’s controversial acquisition.