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Saudi Economic Shake-up Shows It is Planning for Cheap Oil

By Rania El Gamal DUBAI, Dec 29 – Saudi Arabia’s planned cuts in spending and energy subsidies signal that the world’s largest crude exporter is bracing for a prolonged period of low oil prices. The OPEC heavyweight shows no signs of wavering in the long-term oil strategy it has orchestrated since last year. Instead, it

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Saudi Plans Spending Cuts, Reforms to Shrink Budget Deficit

By Angus McDowall and Andrew Torchia RIYADH/DUBAI, Dec 29 – Saudi Arabia, its finances hit by low oil prices, announced plans to shrink a record state budget deficit with spending cuts, reforms to energy subsidies and a drive to raise revenues from taxes and privatization. The 2016 budget, released by the Finance Ministry on Monday,

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Burning The Midnight Oil

Saudi Arabia’s refusal to budge on oil prices has won it few friends BY Omar Al Ubaydli “You can’t run a business based on sympathies,” the controversial billionaire oil broker, Marc Rich once said. The business of oil is no different; it lubricates the region. And as the price of oil has taken a hit

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Saudi-Iran Rivalry Sets Scene for OPEC Showdown Over Output

By Alex Lawler, Vladimir Soldatkin and Shadia Nasralla VIENNA, Dec 7 (Reuters) – It used to be said of OPEC that it was like a teabag – it only worked in hot water. If that is so, conditions on world oil markets could hardly be more difficult as prices languish at almost seven-year lows near

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