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Thursday 8 June 2023 Dublin: 15°C

# Saudi Arabia

Last year
# 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.
# 180
Newcastle takeover edges closer after TV piracy row is resolved
Saudi Arabia had indicated it would lift its ban on broadcaster beIN SPORTS.
# crude and unusual
Oil prices look set to rise sharply. Why and what does it mean for Irish motorists?
The collapse of OPEC talks this week could turbo-charge price increases.
# Saudi Arabia
Press watchdog files lawsuit against Saudi prince over Khashoggi killing
It comes after the United States released last week a declassified intelligence report which determined that Prince Mohammed approved the 2018 killing.
# Jamal Khashoggi
Saudi Arabia 'completely rejects' US report claiming crown prince 'approved' murder of Washington Post journalist
The report was released by Joe Biden’s administration this evening.
# mohammed bin salman
US to publish report today claiming Saudi crown prince was responsible for Jamal Khashoggi murder
President Donald Trump had avoided making the report public, which was completed a month after the murder in October 2018.
# Saudi Arabia
Prominent Saudi women’s rights activist released from prison
Loujain al-Hathloul was sentenced to almost six years in prison last December.
# winning ways
Dustin Johnson continues superb record at Saudi International with second win
The American has now finished first, second and first at the event in successive years.
# Change Of Mind
'I was flat-out wrong' - Paul Casey defends Saudi Arabia U-turn
The golf star pulled out of the tournament in 2019, saying he would be a ‘hypocrite’ to accept money.
# Turkey
Murder trial of journalist Jamal Khashoggi begins in Turkey with Saudi suspects absent
Turkish prosecutors claim Saudi deputy intelligence chief and the royal court’s media czar led the operation.
# bein v beout
Premier League gave February recommendation to keep Saudi Arabia on piracy watchlist
The nation seems poised to buy in to England’s top flight through Newcastle United.
# edging closer
Saudi-led takeover of Newcastle could be completed within a fortnight
A €343 million deal requires sign-off from the Premier League.
# Middle East
Saudi Arabia makes move to abolish death penalty for minors
The decision follows another ordering judges to end the practice of flogging.
# Coronavirus
Trump considers Italy and South Korea travel bans as Saudi Arabia bars entry to holy sites
The decision comes after the Middle East recorded at least 220 cases of Covid-19.
# Riyadh
Saudi Arabia: Court says killing of Jamal Khashoggi was 'not premeditated', sentences five to death
Khashoggi was killed in October 2018 by Saudi agents while at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul.
# rain check
'There's a morality to it' - Rory McIlroy turns down multi-million-dollar Saudi tournament
The Holywood native says he has no interest in playing there next month.
# Sportswashing
Joshua sheds weight as Ruiz piles on ahead of controversial rematch in Saudi Arabia
The heavyweight fighters meet again for the IBF, WBA and WBO titles in Riyadh on Saturday night.
# future plans
Anthony Joshua on why he won't celebrate if he beats Andy Ruiz
The British boxing star seeks to win back the IBF, WBA and WBO titles.
# rescue operation
Thousands of sheep feared dead after ship capsizes off Romanian coast
Animal rights groups have criticised the sea transport of livestock.
# relocated
Spanish TV refuse to bid for Saudi Arabia-held editions of Super Cup
The competition has been expanded to include four teams and will be held in overseas for the next three seasons.
# Jamal Khashoggi
Saudi crown prince denies ordering murder of US-based journalist Khashoggi last year
The journalist entered the Saudi consulate in Turkey nearly a year ago and his body has never been found.
# 60 Minutes
Saudi crown prince says war with Iran would mean 'total collapse of the global economy'
Prince Mohammed bin Salman also denied ordering the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in an interview with 60 Minutes.
# middle eastern holiday
Irish citizens among those who can now get a tourist visa to Saudi Arabia for the first time
Visas for the desert kingdom had until now been restricted to foreign workers or pilgrims to the country’s holy sites.
# European Leaders
UK, France and Germany blame Iran for Saudi oil attacks
In a joint statement, the countries called on Tehran to choose dialogue over further “provocation”.
# energy security
Iranian president warns foreign forces to stay out of the Gulf
It comes as the United States sends more troops to the region in a defensive capacity.
# Saudi Arabia
Trump announces Iran sanctions as US sends more troops to Gulf
The US President said the sanctions were the toughest ever against another country, but indicated he did not plan a military strike.