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Saudi king issues pardons, unveils projects on domestic tour

AP  |  Riyad 

Saudi Arabia's has begun a domestic tour with a first stop in the conservative heartland of province, where he pardoned prisoners serving time on financial charges and announced 16 billion riyals about USD 4.27 billion in new projects.

This is Salman's first such tour since he ascended to the throne in 2015 and comes as the kingdom faces international pressure following the killing of in the in Istanbul last month.

The agency reported on Wednesday that the government would pay debts of up to 1 million riyals, or USD 267,000, on behalf of each of the pardoned prisoners.

The monarch also announced billions of dollars for some 600 projects to improve health facilities, roads, schools and other infrastructure in

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First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 14:30 IST