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Spanish-led consortium nets $8 bln Saudi contract

Spanish construction and services company FCC says a consortium it leads has won a 6.07 billion euros ($8.06 billion) contract to build part of the subway in Riyadh, the Saudi Arabian capital. Full story

Saudi Arabia awards $22.5 billion contracts to build Riyadh metro

RIYADH (Reuters) - The Saudi Arabian government awarded $22.5 billion in contracts to three foreign-led consortia on Sunday for the design and construction of a metro rail system in the capital Riyadh. Full story

Embassies, businessmen, workers welcome extended Saudi amnesty

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi businessmen, expatriates and several countries welcomed a four-month extension to an amnesty for foreign workers with visa violations on Wednesday, saying it allowed businesses to operate as usual in the world's top oil exporter. Full story

Immolation in Riyadh exposes plight of Arab stateless in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH (Reuters) - When a watermelon seller set himself on fire in Riyadh last month, it may not have set off an Arab Spring, but it did call attention to a rarely discussed issue - the plight of stateless Arabs living in the world's top oil exporter. Full story

Saudi sentences human rights activist to eight years in jail

RIYADH (Reuters) - A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced a human rights activist to eight years in prison for sedition after his group campaigned for a constitutional monarchy and elections in the Gulf Arab kingdom. Full story

New death in Saudi Arabia from SARS-like coronavirus MERS

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia said another person had died of the SARS-like coronavirus MERS and six new cases were registered, as international experts said on Saturday countries should standardize their approach to treating the disease. Full story

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