Jackie Northam Jackie Northam is NPR's International Affairs Correspondent. She is a veteran journalist who has spent three decades reporting on conflict, politics, and life across the globe.
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Jewelry shops in Riyadh could be among the businesses to feel the strain after a government edict to replace foreign workers with Saudi ones. Fayez Nureldine /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Saudi Arabian Businesses Struggle With Rule To Replace Foreign Workers With Locals

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Trump Administration Orders Boeing To Cancel Deal With Iran

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Saudi women jog in the streets of Jeddah in March. The government is encouraging greater participation by women in sports. Amer Hilabi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'Culture Shock Within Their Own Country': Saudis Come To Grips With Swift Changes

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Lubna Olayan in her office at Olayan Financing Company in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in April. Fatma Tanis/NPR hide caption

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Lubna Olayan Broke Saudi Arabia's Glass Ceiling. Now She Wants More Women To Work

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Businesswoman Lubna Olayan On How She Shattered The Stereotype Of Saudi Women

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Saudis Excited And Nervous About Societal Changes

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The AMC cinema in Riyadh hosted the first film screening in more than three decades on April 18. Movie theaters open to the wider public next month after Saudi Arabia lifted a 35-year ban on cinemas as part of a far-reaching liberalization drive. Bandar Al-Jaloud/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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As Saudi Arabia's Cinema Ban Ends, Filmmakers Eye New Opportunities

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Saudi Arabia Is Lifting Its Longtime Ban On Movie Theaters

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Jean Paul Gaultier was one of the big designers to participate in Saudi Arabia's first Arab Fashion Week in Riyadh. Kristy Sparow/Arab Fashion Council hide caption

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Saudi Arabia's First Arab Fashion Week Kicks Off, Beyond Fashionably Late

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Saudi Arabia Holds First Official Fashion Show With Some Runway Restrictions

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Saudi Arabia To Start Offering Tourist Visas, Opening Up Traditionally Restrictive Country

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Are Tariffs The Best Way To Force China To Change Its Ways?

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Saudi Prince May Have Trouble Finding U.S. Investors After Anti-Corruption Campaign

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