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Saudi Arabia downs explosive-laden drone from Yemen – coalition

May 23, 2019 - 11:41 PM

The Yemeni rebels' Al-Masirah TV says the attack has targeted a Patriot air defense system

Spokesman of the Saudi-led military coalition Colonel Turki Al-Maliki talks during an interview with AFP in the capital Riyadh, on May 21, 2019. File photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Saudi, UAE see sufficient oil supplies, rising stocks

May 20, 2019 - 7:42 AM

Oil exporting countries are discussing how to stabilize a volatile oil market amid rising US-Iran tensions in the Gulf, which threaten to disrupt global supply

Khalid Al-Falih, Saudi Energy and Oil Minister and Chairman of OPEC's Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMMC), speaks to journalists during the 10th JMMC meeting in Algiers on September 23, 2018.  Ryad KRAMDI / AFP

Saudi Arabia deposits $250M in Sudan's central bank

May 19, 2019 - 10:16 PM

Sudan plays a key role in the regional interests of Saudi Arabia and its allies

Sudanese protesters are wawing flags during a sit-in outside military headquarters after clashing with security forces in Khartoum on May 15, 2019. - Sudan's military rulers May 15, 2019 suspended crucial talks with protesters on installing civilian rule, insisting more time was needed to finalise the deal as Khartoum's security situation deteriorated. (Photo by Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP)

Saudi-led warplanes pound Yemen rebels after pipeline attack

May 16, 2019 - 11:54 PM

'We have begun to launch air strikes targeting sites operated by the Huthi militia, including in Sanaa,' a Saudi-led coalition official says

CONFLICT. Yemenis sift the rubble of a heavily damaged building following reported Saudi-led coalition air strikes in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on May 16, 2019. Photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Saudi Arabia says oil facility attacks target world supplies

May 16, 2019 - 7:44 AM

Drone attacks claimed by Iran-aligned Huthi rebels in Yemen shut down one of Saudi Arabia's main oil pipelines, two days after the mysterious sabotage of 4 ships, two of them Saudi tankers

A picture taken on May 13, 2019 off the coast of the Gulf emirate of Fujairah shows the A. Michel tanker under the flag of the United Arab Emirates, one of the four tankers damaged in alleged "sabotage attacks" in the Gulf the previous day. The United Arab Emirates said on May 12, 2019 that four commercial vessels of various nationalities had been targeted by acts of sabotage off the Emirati port of Fujairah. HANDOUT / AFP / Emirati National Media Council

Saudi Arabia shuts main oil pipeline after Huthi drone attacks

May 14, 2019 - 9:48 PM

Saudi Arabia says two pumping stations had been targeted on May 14

ATTACKED. A picture taken on May 13, 2019, shows the crude oil tanker, Amjad, which was one of two Saudi tankers that were reportedly damaged in mysterious "sabotage attacks", off the coast of the Gulf emirate of Fujairah. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

Two Saudi tankers damaged in 'sabotage attack' off UAE

May 13, 2019 - 1:57 PM

The incident comes amid rising tensions between Iran and the United States which has strengthened its military presence in the region

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Iran wants 'good' relations with Saudi Arabia, UAE

May 02, 2019 - 11:50 AM

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says his country hopes to improve relations with its regional archrival

RIVALS. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on as he gives a press conference with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara, Turkey, on April 17, 2019. Photo by  Adem Altan/AFP

Trump to end waivers on Iran oil imports – White House

Apr 22, 2019 - 9:23 PM

'This decision is intended to bring Iran's oil exports to zero, denying the regime its principal source of revenue,' the White House says in a statement

TRUMP AND IRAN. US President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable meeting with conservative leaders at the White House on January 23, 2019. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Fleeing Saudi sisters issue plea for help and a message for Apple and Google

Apr 20, 2019 - 12:05 PM

After escaping a lifetime of abuse at the hands of their families, the two women have called for the removal of a controversial Western-backed app which restricts the lives of many Saudi women

Saudi court resumes high-profile trial of women activists

Apr 17, 2019 - 3:28 PM

The 11 activists face charges that include contact with foreign media, diplomats and human rights groups

FIGHTING FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS. Women's rights activists hold signs as they take part in a demonstration organized by Amnesty International outside the Saudi Arabia embassy in Paris, on March 8, 2019 during International Women's Day. File photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Khashoggi family denies settlement with Saudis – statement

Apr 10, 2019 - 10:04 PM

'Currently, the trial is taking place and no settlement discussion had been or is discussed,' reads a statement posted on Salah Khashoggi's Twitter account

KILLED. File photo of a man passing in front of a screen showing Jamal Khashoggi during a commemoration event of Khashoggi's supporters on November 11, 2018 in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

U.S. bars entry to 16 Saudis over Khashoggi killing

Apr 09, 2019 - 4:14 PM

A statement by the State Department lists the 16 individuals and says they had been designated under the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act

KHASHOGGI. In this file photo taken on October 8, 2018 protestors hold pictures of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

U.S. citizens among 7 held in Saudi crackdown – activists

Apr 05, 2019 - 9:53 PM

News of the arrests comes the morning after US lawmakers voted to end military support for a Saudi-led war in neighbouring Yemen, which has triggered what the UN describes as the world's worst humanitarian crisis

Slain Saudi journalist Khashoggi's children paid by kingdom – report

Apr 02, 2019 - 11:02 AM

The Washington Post reports that the Saudi government has given Jamal Khashoggi's 4 children houses in Jeddah worth up to $4 million, and at least $10,000 a month

PROTEST. A woman holds a portrait of missing journalist and Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi reading "Jamal Khashoggi is missing since October 2" during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate on October 9, 2018 in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Investigator says Amazon chief's phone hacked by Saudis

Apr 01, 2019 - 12:26 PM

The investigator links the hack to the Bezos-owned Washington Post's extensive coverage of the Jamal Khashoggi murder

BEZOS. In this file photo taken on September 19, 2018 Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos provides the keynote address at the Air Force Association's Annual Air, Space & Cyber Conference in Oxen Hill, MD. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP)


Saudi Arabia rejects call for international probe of Khashoggi murder

Mar 14, 2019 - 11:20 PM

The head of a Saudi delegation speaking before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva insists that his country is taking all the 'measures required for us to resolve this heinous crime'

Saudi women activists on trial after a year in detention

Mar 14, 2019 - 3:12 PM

The trial of the women comes as Saudi Arabia seeks to placate international criticism over last year's murder of insider-turned-critic Jamal Khashoggi

ACTIVISM. Women's rights activists hold signs as they take part in a demonstration organized by Amnesty International outside the Saudi Arabia embassy in Paris, on March 8, 2019 during International Women's Day. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Saudi says Hamza bin Laden stripped of his citizenship

Mar 02, 2019 - 12:03 AM

The US has offered a $1 million reward for information on Hamza bin Laden, seeing him as an emerging face of extremism

SAUDI CITIZENSHIP. An undated file video grab released by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on November 1, 2017 and taken by researchers from the Federation for Defense of Democracies' Long War Journal, shows an image from the wedding of killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden's son Hamza. Handout / FEDERATION FOR DEFENSE OF DEMOCRACIES / AFP

Saudi Arabia names first woman envoy to U.S. after Khashoggi murder

Feb 24, 2019 - 8:54 AM

Princess Rima bint Bandar replaces Prince Khalid bin Salman, the younger brother of the powerful crown prince Mohammed bin Salman

FIRST WOMAN ENVOY. Princess Rima bint Bandar previously worked at Saudi Arabia's General Sports Authority, where she led a campaign to increase women's participation in sports. Photo by Boris Baldinger/World Economic Forum

Saudi crown prince meets Chinese president, bags oil deal

Feb 22, 2019 - 7:40 PM

China is looking to strengthen its economic ties with the kingdom, as Beijing pursues its ambitious Belt and Road trade infrastructure initiative, while Riyadh rolls out 'Saudi Vision 2030'

DIPLOMACY. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (R) attends a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on February 22, 2019. Photo by How Hwee Young/Pool/AFP

Saudi prince agrees to step up anti-terror 'pressure' with India

Feb 20, 2019 - 6:32 PM

The promise comes as fallout from a suicide bomb attack that India has blamed on Pakistan overshadows the latest leg of the crown prince's tour aiming to boost his country's image

AGREEMENT. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman looks on during a joint press briefing at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on February 20, 2019. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Pakistan to honor Saudi crown prince after $20 billion deals

Feb 18, 2019 - 3:10 PM

President Arif Alvi will award Mohammad bin Salman the Nishan-e-Pakistan (Order of Pakistan), the foreign office says in a statement

DEAL. In this handout photograph by Pakistan's Press Information Department (PID) on February 17, 2019, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan (foerground R) and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (foreground L) look at their delegation members during a signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at The Prime Minister House in Islamabad. Handout photo by Pakistan Press Information Department/AFP

Saudi prince starts Asia tour with deals to invest $20B in Pakistan

Feb 18, 2019 - 7:13 AM

The Asia tour of Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is a timely demonstration to the West that he still has friends in rising Asia

In this handout photograph taken and released by Pakistan's Press Information Department (PID) on February 17, 2019, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan (R) greets Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) upon his arrival at the military Nur Khan Air Force base in Islamabad. The crown prince, widely known as "MBS", launched his diplomatic trip in the capital Islamabad, where he was set to sign a raft of investment deals believed to be worth billions that Pakistan hopes will provide welcome relief to its teetering economy. HANDOUT / PID / AFP

Saudi crown prince seeks contracts and allies on Asia tour

Feb 17, 2019 - 12:50 PM

The Asia trip comes 5 months after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a fierce critic of Saudi Arabia crown prince Mohammed bin Salman

SEEKING ALLIES. File photo of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is known by his initials MBS. AFP photo

Saudi defends app allowing men to monitor women relatives

Feb 17, 2019 - 9:15 AM

Critics argue that Absher, a free app, enables abuse against Saudi Arabian women and girls by allowing men to track their movements

Israel PM hails common front with Arabs on Iran in Warsaw talks

Feb 14, 2019 - 6:25 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voices delight after an opening dinner where he spoke in the same room as top officials of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain

WARSAW TALKS. In this file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opens the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on February 10, 2019. File photo by Gali Tibbon/Pool/AFP

Saudi crown prince to visit Indonesia next week

Feb 14, 2019 - 2:12 PM

Prince Mohammed bin Salman's two-day visit to Indonesia kicks off Monday, February 18

VISITING INDONESIA. A handout picture provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on December 18, 2018 shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attending the 2019 budget meeting in Riyadh. Photo by Saudi Press Agency/AFP

Rebuking Trump, House votes to end U.S. help in Saudi's Yemen war

Feb 14, 2019 - 9:44 AM

The US House of Representatives approves historic legislation directing Trump to 'remove United States armed forces from hostilities in or affecting the Republic of Yemen'

REBUKE. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump looks on during a rally in Elkhart, Indiana. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Pompeo says U.S. 'not covering up' Khashoggi murder

Feb 12, 2019 - 12:19 AM

'The president has been very clear – couldn't be more clear – as we get additional information, we will continue to hold all of those responsible accountable,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

US PROBE. A man passes in front of a screen showing Jamal Khashoggi during a commemoration event of Khashoggi's supporters on November 11, 2018 in Istanbul. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Saudis don't know where Khashoggi's body is

Feb 11, 2019 - 8:03 AM

Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs, says the murder of Jamal Khashoggi was carried out by Saudi officials 'acting outside their scope of authority.' Asked where Khashoggi's body is, he says, 'We don't know.'

Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir speaks with journalist during an European Union-Leagues Arab States ministerial meeting on February 4, 2019.  JOHN THYS / AFP

New pressure over Khashoggi death, Trump ignores deadline

Feb 09, 2019 - 11:21 AM

The US president is given 120 days to designate those responsible, but no definitive action is done on the deadline

US President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. (Photo by Doug Mills / POOL / AFP)

Khashoggi fiancee hopes Trump will change mind on killing

Feb 08, 2019 - 11:37 PM

During a press conference in Istanbul for a book on Jamal Khashoggi's life, Hatice Cengiz leaves the door open to a meeting with US President Donald Trump if certain conditions are met

HOPE. Hatice Cengiz, fiancee of Jamal Khashoggi speaks to medias on February 8, 2019 during a presentation press conference of her book named 'Jamal Khashoggi' in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Saudi crown prince told aide he would use 'a bullet' on Khashoggi – report

Feb 08, 2019 - 8:45 AM

US intelligence understands Mohammed bin Salman, the country's de facto ruler, was ready to kill the journalist, although he may not have literally meant to shoot him, according a New York Times report

MOHAMMED BIN SALMAN. A handout picture provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on December 18, 2018 shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attending the 2019 budget meeting in Riyadh. Photo by Saudi Press Agency/AFP

Khashoggi murder 'planned and perpetrated' by Saudi officials – U.N. expert

Feb 08, 2019 - 7:59 AM

The final report is scheduled to be presented in June before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, but is expected to be published a few weeks earlier, in late May

PROTEST. A woman holds a portrait of missing journalist and Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi reading "Jamal Khashoggi is missing since October 2" during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate on October 9, 2018 in Istanbul. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Yemen foes in new talks on troubled prisoner swap deal

Feb 05, 2019 - 5:46 PM

UN envoy Martin Griffiths says he hopes the warring sides will be more successful this time as he opens 3 days of talks in Amman

NEW TALKS. In this file photo, United Nations special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths gives a press conference on September 5, 2018, ahead of peace talks with the government and Huthi rebels in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

OFW's execution in Saudi shows PH can't adopt death penalty – Locsin

Jan 31, 2019 - 12:47 PM

Reimposing the death penalty will make the Philippines 'lose the argument of respecting our culture,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr attends a congressional briefing on the e-passport system on January 30, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Saudi Arabia executes 39-year-old Filipina helper

Jan 31, 2019 - 8:49 AM

Saudi Arabia carries out the death penalty against a 39-year-old Filipina household service worker found guilty of murder

U.N. legal expert to present Khashoggi report before June

Jan 30, 2019 - 2:42 PM

Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, carries out an inspection outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul

UN EXPERTS. United Nations special rapporteurs, such as Agnes Callamard, are tasked to monitor human rights situations around the world. File photo courtesy of Loey Felipe/UN Photo

Ethiopia says billionaire al-Amoudi freed from Saudi jail

Jan 28, 2019 - 9:57 AM

Saudi billionaire Mohammed al-Amoudi, whose fortune was estimated by Forbes in 2017 at $8.3 billion, was arrested in November 2017 as part of a vast anti-corruption campaign

FREED. Saudi billionaire Mohammed al-Amoudi.

OFW in Riyadh cries for help after employer 'tried' to kiss her

Jan 25, 2019 - 2:08 PM

An overseas Filipino worker in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, posts a video of herself crying and seeking help after her employer tries to kiss her on the nape

Saudi-led coalition 'destroys' Yemen rebel targets in Sanaa

Jan 20, 2019 - 9:46 PM

Targets included drone storage and testing areas, training bases, and bomb-manufacturing facilities, according to the official Saudi Press Agency

Civilians inspect the damage at a factory after a reported airstrike by Saudi-led coalition in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, on January 20, 2019. - Coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki said in Riyadh that the alliance launched an "operation to destroy multiple military targets", including seven bases across Sanaa. Targets included drone storage and testing areas, training bases, and bomb-manufacturing facilities. (Photo by Mohammed HUWAIS / AFP)

Thailand signals more tolerant refugee policy after Saudi case

Jan 17, 2019 - 5:24 PM

Immigration chief Surachate Hakparn says he will take a new approach and that under his supervision 'there will be no one involuntarily sent back to the country if they don't want to go back'

Pompeo to press Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi's murder

Jan 13, 2019 - 10:13 PM

(UPDATED) 'We'll continue to talk about that and make sure we have all the facts so that they are held accountable, certainly by the Saudis but by the United States as well,' US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says

People hold posters picturing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and lightened candles during a gathering outside the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, on October 25, 2018. - Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor, was killed on October 2, 2018 after a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain paperwork before marrying his Turkish fiancee. (Photo by Yasin AKGUL / AFP)

Runaway Saudi teen settles in Canada after being granted asylum

Jan 13, 2019 - 10:01 AM

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun arrives in Toronto while wearing a gray hoodie emblazoned with the red word 'CANADA' and a blue cap with the UNHCR's logo

ASYLUM. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun smiles as she is introduced to the media at Toronto Pearson International Airport alongside Canadian minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland (R) on January 12, 2019. Photo by Burston/Getty Images/AFP

Saudi teen asylum seeker expected in Canada

Jan 12, 2019 - 4:36 PM

The move is sure to further strain Canada's relations with the kingdom that went sideways last August over Ottawa's human rights criticism of Saudi Arabia

SEEKING. This handout picture taken by the Thai Immigration Bureau on January 7, 2019 Saudi woman Rahaf Mohammed al-Qanun being escorted by a Thai immigration officer and UNHCR officials at Suvarnabhumi international airport in Bangkok. Handout / Thai Immigration Bureau / AFP

Saudi woman seeking asylum 'under the care' of UN agency: Thai official

Jan 07, 2019 - 8:40 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun says she ran away from her family while travelling in Kuwait because they subjected her to physical and psychological abuse

ASYLUM-SEEKER. This screen grab from a video released to AFPTV via the Twitter account of Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun on January 7, 2019 shows a still of Qunun speaking in Bangkok on January 7. Handout/Courtesy of Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun/AFP

Saudi to notify women of divorce by text message

Jan 07, 2019 - 12:30 AM

The measure appears aimed at curbing seemingly rampant cases of men secretly ending marriages without informing their wives

ON THE WHEEL SOON. This file photo taken on October 26, 2014 shows a Saudi woman getting into a taxi at a mall in Riyadh. Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Saudi woman held at Bangkok airport 'fears death if repatriated'

Jan 07, 2019 - 12:25 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun says she is trying to flee her family, who subjected her to physical and psychological abuse

A picture shows a general view from a Thai Airways plane as it taxis at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok on November 5, 2009. AFP PHOTO/ROMEO GACAD (Photo by ROMEO GACAD / AFP)

Saudi gov’t allows 3rd airline to ferry Filipinos to hajj pilgrimage

Jan 04, 2019 - 4:14 PM

The Saudi government used to allow only national carriers Saudia and Philippine Airlines to transport Filipino pilgirms

Muslim pilgrims prepare to circumambulate the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca on August 27, 2017, prior to the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Karim Sahib/AFP