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Barack Obama leaves Rome for Saudi Arabia

US President Barack Obama on Friday left Italy for Saudi Arabia — the last stop of his six-day tour of Europe and the Middle East. Obama’s plane, Air Force One, left Rome’s Fiumicino airport at 0955 GMT, an AFP photographer travelling with the president said. The US leader was expected…

Maliki: Saudi Arabia and Qatar are at war with Iraq

Saudi Arabia and Qatar are supporting militant groups in Iraq and have effectively declared war on the country, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said as nationwide violence left 15 dead Saturday. The rare direct attack on the Sunni Gulf powers, with Maliki also accusing Riyadh of supporting global terrorism, comes with…

Saudi Arabia ‘seeking Pakistani arms for Syrian rebels’

Saudi Arabia is in talks with Pakistan to provide anti-aircraft and anti-tank rockets to Syrian rebels to try to tip the balance in the war to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, a Saudi source said Sunday. The United States has long opposed arming……

Saudi Arabia’s religious police chief vows crackdown on extremists

The head of Saudi Arabia's religious police admitted the presence of extremists within its ranks, labelling them "advocates of sedition" and vowing to remove them, local media reported Tuesday. Sheikh Abdullatif al-Sheikh's comments come the day after……

New death raises Saudi Arabia’s MERS toll to 59

Saudi health authorities announced Wednesday a new MERS death, bringing to 59 the number of people who have died from the coronavirus in the country with the most fatalities. The Saudi national, aged 60, died in hospital in the Riyadh region, said the……

Surprises and snubs in Oscars foreign film shortlist

Oscars organizers shortlisted nine movies including Palestinian, Danish and Hong Kong films Friday for best foreign language prize, offering surprises and some unexpected snubs. Films left out included Saudi Arabia’s first-ever candidate and Pakistan’s first entry in five decades, while an Oscar-winning Iranian director also failed to make the cut.…

Two Guantanamo detainees transferred to Saudi Arabia

The US Defense Department announced Monday the transfer of two Guantanamo detainees to Saudi Arabia, bringing the total number of inmates remaining at the US prison in Cuba to 160. After a “comprehensive review” of their cases, Saad Muhammad Husayn Qahtani and Hamood Abdulla Hamood were “designated for transfer by…

Saudi Arabia deports 60,000 immigrants in government crackdown

Saudi Arabia has deported more than 60,000 illegal foreign workers in a crackdown over the past fortnight and more are to follow, Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef said Tuesday. Police have rounded up tens of thousands of people for deportation since an amnesty for foreign workers to regularise their…

Saudi Arabia rejects seat on U.N. Security Council

Saudi Arabia officially told the United Nations on Tuesday that it would not be taking up a UN Security Council seat — opening the way for Jordan to take the place. Saudi envoy to the United Nations Abdullah al-Mouallimi wrote to UN leader Ban Ki-moon to inform him of the…

Saudi Arabia reports two new cases of MERS virus

AFP – Saudi Arabia has recorded two new cases of the MERS virus, the health ministry said on Saturday, a day after authorities in neighbouring Qatar reported one new case. Saudi Arabia accounts for a full 52 of 127 deaths worldwide from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) so…

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