VIENNA — Saudi Arabia’s oil minister said Tuesday that crude markets were “in good shape,” boosting expectations OPEC will use its meeting this week to stress member compliance with output quotas — instead of cutting production.
Pentagon employees have received millions of dollars in free travel and lodging from foreign countries, trade groups and companies with an interest in shaping policies or doing business with the U.S. military.
UND is training 27 Saudis to fly helicopters and as many as 48 more over the next several years in a contract worth about $17 million, according to a UND Aerospace Foundation official. Executive Director Chuck Pineo said the students arrived more than a week ago and have started English courses as a precursor to their pilot training.
A group of Saudi clerics urged the kingdom’s new information minister today to ban women from appearing on TV or in newspapers and magazines, making clear that the country’s hardline religious establishment is skeptical of a new push toward moderation.
Shiite Muslims are shouting anti-government slogans and demanding more freedoms in rare protests amid the minority’s worst confrontations in years with authorities in this overwhelmingly Sunni kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Israel’s foreign minister threatened Monday to keep hitting Hamas as long as it attacks Israel, ruling out negotiations with the Islamic rulers of Gaza just eight days before national elections in which she is running for prime minister.
Some analysts still doubt OPEC's ability to control prices now Oil prices rose amid volatile trading today on rumors that Saudi Arabia has warned major customers of significant production cuts. Prices quickly gave up strong early gains after the government reported U.S. gasoline inventories were well above expectations, then reversed course and jumped close to 10 percent.
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