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3 months ago

Pompeo says 'full' vindication, but watchdog report finds fault with emergency Saudi arms sales

The report from the State Department's beleaguered Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has been highly anticipated.
3 months ago
Pompeo says 'full' vindication, but IG report finds fault with Saudi arms sales
3 months ago

Federal suit filed against Saudi crown prince by ex-official

A former top Saudi counterterrorism official has filed a federal lawsuit in the United States against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, alleging the royal tried to find, trap and kill him on U.S. and Canadian soil
3 months ago
3 months ago

Saudi Arabia holds socially distanced hajj in Mecca

A severely limited number of pilgrims begin hajj rituals with COVID-19 control measures in place in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
3 months ago
Saudi Arabia holds socially distanced hajj in Mecca
4 months ago

Saudi Arabia: Hajj will see at most 'thousands' due to virus

A Saudi official says the hajj pilgrimage, which usually draws more than 2 million Muslims from all over the world, will only see at the most “thousands” of pilgrims next month due to the coronavirus pandemic
4 months ago
Muslims to wait a year for hajj as virus prompts Saudi curbs
4 months ago

Saudi Arabia to hold 'very limited' hajj due to virus

Saudi Arabia says this year’s hajj will not be canceled, but that due to the coronavirus only “very limited numbers” of people will be allowed to perform the major Muslim pilgrimage
4 months ago
Saudi Arabia to hold 'very limited' hajj due to virus
4 months ago

World Trade Organization: Saudis facilitated sports piracy

The World Trade Organization has ruled Saudi Arabia failed to stop a broadcasting operation pirating sports coverage and blocked moves to shut it down in a proxy of the Gulf economic and diplomatic dispute with Qatar
4 months ago
World Trade Organization finds Saudi links to sports piracy
5 months ago

Saudi police: 6 killed in shootout dispute between families

A shootout in a southwestern province in Saudi Arabia has killed six people and wounded three
5 months ago
Saudi police: 6 killed in shootout dispute between families
5 months ago

Billionaire Saudi banking tycoon dead at 79, family says

Billionaire Saudi businessman Saleh Abdullah Kamel, who founded the banking and real estate conglomerate Dallah Albaraka Group, has died at the age of 79
5 months ago
5 months ago

Democrats: Fired watchdog was looking into Saudi arms sale

Congressional Democrats say the State Department inspector general whom President Donald Trump fired last week was investigating possible impropriety in a massive arms sale to Saudi Arabia last year
5 months ago
6 months ago

Saudi Aramco Q1 profits of $16B as virus impacts earnings

The kingdom's energy producer's profits were down 25% on last year.
6 months ago
Saudi Aramco Q1 profits of $16B as virus impacts earnings
6 months ago

Saudi Arabia eyes more moves in time of pandemic, oil woes

Saudi Arabia has begun taking modest steps to improve its human rights record as it tries to navigate the coronavirus pandemic and the fallout from plunging oil prices that have rankled the United States
6 months ago
Amid pandemic, oil woes, Saudi Arabia eyes further reforms
6 months ago

Saudi Arabia ends death penalty for minors and floggings

One of the kingdom’s most controversial forms of public punishment is ended.
6 months ago
6 months ago

On anniversary of Saudi mass execution, families plead for return of their loved ones' remains

It has been a year since 37 people were executed on a single day in Saudi Arabia. Advocates say their bodies have not been returned to family.
6 months ago
On anniversary of Saudi mass execution, families plead for return of their loved ones
7 months ago

Saudi Arabia sharply rebukes Russia over oil price collapse

Saudi Arabia has sharply criticized Russia over what it described as Moscow blaming the kingdom for the collapse in global energy prices
7 months ago
7 months ago

Saudi Arabia to slash spending by 5% as oil prices fall

The 5% cuts amounts to about $13.3 billion.
7 months ago
Saudi Arabia to slash spending by 5% as oil prices fall
7 months ago

Saudi women's driving activist on trial almost 2 years after ban was lifted

The trial of Loujain al-Hathloul, 30, held its first open hearing in Riyadh today. She campaigned to overturn the ban on women's driving.
7 months ago
Saudi women's driving activist on trial almost 2 years after ban was lifted
8 months ago

Saudi Arabia increases oil output to record high

Saudi Arabia’s state-run oil giant Saudi Aramco says it will increase its oil production to 12.3 million barrels a day in April, a record amount
8 months ago
Saudi Arabia increase oil output to record high
8 months ago

Saudi Arabia, Israel tighten restrictions to counter virus

Saudi Arabia has closed off air and sea travel to 14 countries affected by the new coronavirus while Israel announced plans to place anyone arriving from overseas into home quarantine
8 months ago
Saudi state oil giant's shares fall 10%, halting trading
8 months ago

Saudi Arabia bans citizens and residents from performing Muslim pilgrimage in Mecca over fears about new virus

Saudi Arabia bans citizens and residents from performing Muslim pilgrimage in Mecca over fears about new virus
8 months ago
Saudi Arabia bans Muslim pilgrimage in Mecca over virus fears
8 months ago

Saudis' arrest of 2 princes called a warning to royal family

The arrest of two senior princes in Saudi Arabia had triggered speculation about King Salman's health, or even a possible coup attempt
8 months ago
Saudis' arrest of 2 princes called a warning to royal family
8 months ago

WSJ: Saudis arrest 2 princes for allegedly plotting coup

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Saudi officials have arrested two members of the royal family for allegedly plotting to oust King Salman and the son he has designated to succeed him, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
8 months ago
Saudis arrest 2 princes for allegedly plotting coup
8 months ago

Touring US troops to Saudi Arabia, Pompeo touts 'maximum pressure' on Iran amid heightened tensions

Ahead of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's latest visit to Saudi Arabia, top lawmakers urged him to raise the case an American citizen who has been reportedly tortured.
8 months ago
Touring US troops in Saudi Arabia, Pompeo touts pressure on Iran amid high tensions
8 months ago

Pompeo in Saudi Arabia for visit focused on Iranian threats

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has met with Saudi Arabia's King Salman and the crown prince in a visit focused primarily on discussing security issues and threats from regional rival Iran
8 months ago
Pompeo meets Saudi king in talks focused on Iranian threats
8 months ago

Pompeo to raise case of US doctor on trial in Saudi Arabia

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he will raise the issue of human rights during his upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia
8 months ago
Pompeo to raise case of US doctor on trial in Saudi Arabia
8 months ago

Saudi foreign minister: No meeting planned with Netanyahu

Israeli media had speculated that a meeting was on the cards.
8 months ago
Saudi foreign minister: No meeting planned with Netanyahu
9 months ago

Saudi foreign minister dismisses Bezo hacking allegations

He said it was "absurd" that the U.N. was accusing the crown prince of hacking the Amazon founder in May 2018 through Whatsapp.
9 months ago
Saudi foreign minister dismisses Bezo hacking allegations
9 months ago

US military training for Saudi students could resume soon

The Pentagon says that U.S. training for more than 800 Saudi Arabian military students could be restarted “in the coming days
9 months ago
9 months ago

Saudi Arabia executed record number of prisoners in 2019: Report

Saudi Arabia executed record number of prisoners in 2019, a year which saw the kingdom come under scrutiny for its human rights record.
9 months ago
Saudi Arabia executed record number of prisoners in 2019: Report
10 months ago

US sends home nearly two dozen Saudi cadets after shooting

The move comes after a Saudi Air Force officer shot 3 U.S. sailors dead.
10 months ago
US to send home some Saudi military students after shooting
10 months ago

Saudi security says 2 men shot dead were planning an attack

Saudi Arabia says two men who were shot and killed last week by security officers had been planning a terrorist attack and were armed with explosives and a car bomb
10 months ago
Saudi security says 2 men shot dead were planning an attack
10 months ago

Saudi court sentences Yemeni to death for attacking dancers

A Saudi court ruled that a Yemeni man be executed for wounding two dancers.
10 months ago
10 months ago

Saudi Arabia cuts loose with bevy of models and a rave

The conservative kingdom has been trying to rebrand itself.
10 months ago
Saudi Arabia cuts loose with bevy of models and a rave
1 year ago

Saudi restaurants no longer need to segregate women and men

Saudi Arabia takes another step to end decades of conservative restrictions.
1 year ago
1 year ago

Clash on the Dunes: Saudi Arabia fights to overcome criticism, controversy with heavyweight bout

Saturday's highly anticipated rematch for the heavyweight champion of the world will take place in a location that has shocked fans and caused controversy: Saudi Arabia.
1 year ago
Clash on the Dunes: Saudi Arabia fights to overcome criticism with heavyweight bout
1 year ago

Activists: Saudi Arabia detains 8 in sustained crackdown

Saudi Arabia detains at least 8 intellectuals and former bloggers in a fresh wave of arrests targeting people with links to reformers
1 year ago
Activists: Saudi Arabia detains 8 in sustained crackdown
1 year ago

Saudi Arabia formally starts IPO of oil firm Saudi Aramco

Saudi Arabia formally announces start of its initial public offering of the state-run oil giant Saudi Aramco
1 year ago
1 year ago

Report: Saudi Aramco shares to start trading in December

Saudi-owned TV channel says initial public offering of state oil giant Saudi Aramco planned for December
1 year ago
Saudi-owned TV: Public offering for Aramco coming next month
1 year ago

US to ask NATO to pay more to protect Saudi Arabia from Iran

Defense Secretary Mark Esper says he will urge allies later this week to contribute more to the defense of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region to counter threats from Iran
1 year ago
1 year ago

US deploying thousands of troops to Saudi Arabia: Pentagon

The United States is deploying thousands of additional U.S. forces to Saudi Arabia in the aftermath of Iran's attack on Saudi oil facilities in September.
1 year ago
US deploying thousands of troops to Saudi Arabia: Pentagon
1 year ago

Thousands of US troops deploying to Saudi Arabia: Pentagon

The United States is deploying thousands of additional U.S. forces to Saudi Arabia in the aftermath of the Iran's attack on Saudi oil facilities in September.
1 year ago
Thousands of US troops deploying to Saudi Arabia: Pentagon
1 year ago

Saudi Arabia eases restrictions on women taking hotel rooms

Women can rent room alone, foreign couples can share room without marriage proof
1 year ago
1 year ago

Saudi state media say king's bodyguard shot in 'dispute'

Saudi state television is reporting that a prominent bodyguard to King Salman has been shot and killed in what authorities describe as a personal dispute
1 year ago
Saudi state media say king's bodyguard shot in 'dispute'
1 year ago

President Trump deploys additional troops to Saudi Arabia

The president’s decision was made in response to recent attacks against a Saudi oil refinery.
1 year ago
President Trump deploys additional troops to Saudi Arabia
1 year ago

Mike Pompeo heading to Saudi Arabia to 'coordinate' response to Saudi oil attack

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is heading to Saudi Arabia to "coordinate" response to Saudi oil attack.
1 year ago
Mike Pompeo heading to Saudi Arabia to 'coordinate' response to Saudi oil attack
1 year ago

Aramco attacks show company entanglement in Saudi politics

The company is vulnerable to Saudi Arabia's conflicts outside its borders.
1 year ago
1 year ago

Oil prices surge as attack on Saudi facility disrupts output

Longer-term impact depends on how long production is disrupted.
1 year ago
1 year ago

Saudi Aramco CEO signals local listing coming 'very soon'

Reports have emerged that 1% of the company could be sold locally.
1 year ago
Saudi Aramco CEO signals local listing coming 'very soon'
1 year ago

New Saudi energy minister urges producers to share burden

Saudi Arabia has led cuts in production as the kingpin of OPEC.
1 year ago
New Saudi energy minister urges producers to share burden
1 year ago

Saudi king replaces energy minister, naming one of his sons

Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman holds one of the kingdom's most important positions.
1 year ago
1 year ago

Over 2 million Muslims in Mecca for start of hajj pilgrimage

The hajj is a pilgrimage that attracts millions of Muslims each year.
1 year ago
Over 2 million Muslims in Mecca for start of hajj pilgrimage