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Amid skepticism, Saudi official provides another version of Khashoggi death 0

Amid skepticism, Saudi official provides another version of Khashoggi death

RIYADH (Reuters) – As Saudi Arabia faced intensifying international scepticism over its story about the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a senior government official laid out a new version of the death inside the Saudi...

Trump: Saudi king wouldn’t last 2 weeks without US support 0

Trump: Saudi king wouldn’t last 2 weeks without US support

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — President Donald Trump says Saudi Arabia’s king “might not be there for two weeks” without U.S. military support, further increasing his pressure on one of America’s closest Mideast...

Spain will go ahead with sale of 400 bombs to Saudi Arabia 0

Spain will go ahead with sale of 400 bombs to Saudi Arabia

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain will go ahead with the sale of 400 laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia, Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said on Thursday, after the deal was halted amid concerns over the Saudi...

After Canada-Saudi row, West confronts risk of speaking up 0

After Canada-Saudi row, West confronts risk of speaking up

RIYADH (AFP)-  Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic brawl with Canada has exposed what Western officials call “new red lines” in their engagement with the oil-rich kingdom, deterring nations from publicly criticising its human rights record. A...

Riyadh-based airline to recruit Saudi women as co-pilots 0

Riyadh-based airline to recruit Saudi women as co-pilots

RIYADH (AFP) –  Riyadh-based carrier Flynas has announced plans to recruit Saudi women to work as co-pilots and flight attendants for the first time, just months after the kingdom lifted a decades-long ban on female...

Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia to visit Russia next week: Ifax 0

Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia to visit Russia next week: Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will visit Russia next week, Interfax cited Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying on Friday.  

Saudi Arabia says 17 detained for undermining kingdom’s security 0

Saudi Arabia says 17 detained for undermining kingdom’s security

RIYADH (AFP) – Saudi Arabia on Saturday (June 2) said it detained 17 people for undermining the kingdom’s security, in what campaigners have dubbed a sweeping crackdown against activists just weeks before a ban...

Saudi threatens military action if Qatar deploys anti-aircraft missiles: report 0

Saudi threatens military action if Qatar deploys anti-aircraft missiles: report

PARIS (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has threatened to take military action if Qatar installs a Russian air defense system, France’s Le Monde newspaper reported. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab...

Saudi Arabia names businessman as labor minister, boosts culture and environment 0

Saudi Arabia names businessman as labor minister, boosts culture and environment

RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia on Saturday named a prominent businessman as labor minister in a move welcomed by the private sector, as the kingdom seeks to diversify the economy away from oil and...

Riyadh to release Saudi-Ethiopian tycoon detained in anti-graft swoop: Ethiopia PM 0

Riyadh to release Saudi-Ethiopian tycoon detained in anti-graft swoop: Ethiopia PM

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia will soon release Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi, an Ethiopian-born Saudi billionaire arrested in November during a crackdown on corruption, Ethiopia’s prime minister said. Abiy Ahmed made the remarks...

Saudi air defenses destroy ballistic missile fired from Yemen 0

Saudi air defenses destroy ballistic missile fired from Yemen

DUBAI (Reuters) –  Saudi air defenses intercepted and destroyed fired by Yemen’s Houthi movement over the southern city of Jazan, the Saudi-led coalition said on Monday. Earlier, the Houthis said the group had fired a...

Saudi Arabia arrests women activists ahead of lifting of driving ban 0

Saudi Arabia arrests women activists ahead of lifting of driving ban

DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia has arrested at least five people, mostly women who previously agitated for the right to drive and an end to the kingdom’s male guardianship system, rights activists said on...

Saudis will seek nuclear weapon if Iran does: minister 0

Saudis will seek nuclear weapon if Iran does: minister

WASHINGTON (AFP) –  Saudi Arabia will seek to develop its own nuclear weapons if Iran does, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told CNN on Wednesday, amid spiraling tension between the regional rivals. Asked whether Riyadh would...

A Nobel Prize for Trump and Kim Is No Joke 0

A Nobel Prize for Trump and Kim Is No Joke

Leonid Bershidsky Coral, one of the top British bookmakers, has Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un as favorites — at 2/1 odds — to win the Nobel Peace Prize this year. They’re ahead of...

Saudi Arabia intercepts four Yemeni rebel missiles 0

Saudi Arabia intercepts four Yemeni rebel missiles

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia on Saturday intercepted four ballistic missiles fired by Yemeni rebels, the Saudi-led coalition against the insurgents said, the latest in a string of such attacks against the kingdom....

Saudi Arabia claims killing of Yemen rebel leader 0

Saudi Arabia claims killing of Yemen rebel leader

Written by AFP-  Saudi Arabia has confirmed it was behind the air strike that killed the number two leader of Yemen’s Huthi rebels last week, with insurgents warning they would avenge his death. “The...