Mayweather looking at Saudi Arabia for Pacquiao rematch Dino Maragay (Philstar.com) - August 19, 2019 - 11:28am MANILA, Philippines – Floyd Mayweather Jr. said he is flying to Saudi Arabia to talk with interested parties about holding a megabuck rematch with Manny Pacquiao in the Middle Eastern country. A video circulating in social media Monday shows Mayweather confirming his trip to Saudi. “It’s an honor to come to Saudi Arabia to sit down with you guys to talk about the Mayweather vs Pacquiao rematch. Saudi Arabia — Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather — I’m on my way.” Pacquiao’s camp sees Mayweather’s latest move as legitimate, even as the fighting senator himself as yet to be informed of it. “That is Floyd exploring things if he can raise money for the fight,” Sean Gibbons, president of MP Promotions and now Pacquiao’s right-hand man, told … [Read more...] about Mayweather looking at Saudi Arabia for Pacquiao rematch
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ADDIS ABABA: Ethiopian migrants who braved death-defying land and sea journeys to find work in Saudi Arabia are being deported en masse with nothing but the clothes on their backs, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. A report based on interviews with deportees in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa documents exploitation, trafficking and violence that begins from the moment the migrants set off across the Red Sea or Gulf of Aden to reach the Arabian Peninsula. It says officials in Ethiopia, Yemen and Saudi Arabia have done little to protect migrants from abuses at the hands of traffickers and security forces. And it says they have failed to ease the return of hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians caught up in a large-scale Saudi deportation campaign that began in November 2017. “Many Ethiopians who hoped for a better life in Saudi Arabia face unspeakable dangers along the journey, including death at sea, torture, and all manners of abuses,“ said Felix Horne, senior Africa … [Read more...] about Ethiopians abandoned after deportation from Saudi Arabia: HRW
Earlier this week, BTS surprised fans with news of an unprecedented stop in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where the boys will perform as part of their ongoing world stadium tour. BTS has already broken numerous records during its “Love Yourself: Speak Yourself” concert since May, selling out colossal venues like London’s Wembley Stadium and California’s Rose Bowl Stadium at a breakneck pace. But the latest addition at the 70,000-capacity King Fahd International Stadium in the Saudi capital on Oct. 11 is another thing altogether. Aside from being its first ever concert in Saudi Arabia, it will be Saudi Arabia’s first ever solo stadium concert by a foreign act. Industry pundits see this as an important milestone that signifies BTS’ phenomenal popularity around the world. And if successful, it could open up many more opportunities for K-pop and Korean culture as a whole. “Saudi Arabia is a very conservative country and it is trying … [Read more...] about What does BTS’ Saudi Arabia concert mean?
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia began courting Toyota two years ago to build a large car plant as part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's grand plan to wean the kingdom off oil revenues and create jobs for young Saudis.But the Japanese carmaker has rebuffed Riyadh's overtures following talks that dragged on without tangible results because high labor costs, a small domestic market and a lack of local supplies gave Toyota pause for thought, four sources said.Securing a deal with a major automaker by 2020 for a car plant is a key target in the Gulf state's national industrial strategy, part of a broader agenda to diversify the economy of the world's largest oil exporter.Failure to do so would be a setback for Prince Mohammed, coming after the listing of oil giant Saudi Aramco was shelved and the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi tarnished the kingdom's image."Nobody would say 'No, full stop' ... but they politely conveyed they're not interested," said an industry source familiar with the … [Read more...] about Toyota snub dents Saudi Arabia’s manufacturing drive
By Rashid Husain Syed Opinion Wed., May 1, 2019 The ongoing tirade by President Donald Trump against Iran and his unwavering support for the “embattled” Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) has emboldened the brash young prince to persevere with his crusade against dissent in the kingdom. On April 23 Riyadh executed 37 nationals. Thirty-four of them were identified as Shiites. The Saudi government defends such executions as a powerful tool for deterrence. A Saudi interior ministry statement said those executed were found guilty of attacking security installations with explosives, killing a number of security officers and cooperating with enemy organizations against the interests of the country. However, Amnesty International said 11 of the men were convicted of spying for Iran and sentenced to death after a “grossly unfair trial.” At least 14 others were convicted of violent offences related to their participation in anti-government … [Read more...] about Trump is backing the crack-down by MBS in Saudi Arabia