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K-Pop's BTS rocks out in ultra-conservative Saudi

Oct 13, 2019 - 4:20 PM

The Korean group visits Riyadh as the kingdom seeks to transform its ultra-conservative image

Iran tanker hit by suspected missile strikes off Saudi coast

Oct 11, 2019 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) The National Iranian Tanker Company says the hull of the Sabiti was hit by two separate explosions off the Saudi port of Jeddah, saying they were 'probably caused by missile strikes'

Saudi rules women can join armed forces

Oct 10, 2019 - 3:38 PM

The move is the latest in a series of measures aimed at increasing the rights of women in the kingdom, even as rights groups accuse Riyadh of cracking down on women activists

DFA urges Filipinos going to Saudi Arabia: Follow rules on public decency

Oct 09, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Saudi Arabia's new regulations on public decency involve 19 offenses which are punishable by fines

NEW RULES. Saudi Arabia imposes new rules on public decency, with violations punishable by fines. File photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Saudi Arabia allows unmarried foreign couples to rent hotel rooms together

Oct 06, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Saudi women traveling alone would also be able to check into a hotel by presenting a valid ID

SAUDI SKYLINE. A picture taken in November 2017 in Riyadh shows the Kingdom Center. File photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Calls for U.N. investigation on anniversary of Khashoggi murder

Oct 02, 2019 - 8:01 PM

(UPDATED) 'I still seek justice. I want to know what happened to his body. I want his friends to be released from jail. I want those in power to be held accountable for their actions,' says Khashoggi's fiancee Hatice Cengiz.

ONE YEAR AFTER. 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

Khashoggi suspects made 'chilling' jokes before killing – reports

Oct 01, 2019 - 9:17 PM

Helena Kennedy, a British lawyer assisting the UN probe into Khashoggi's death, says recordings she had heard from inside the kingdom's mission in Turkey referred to the Saudi critic as a 'sacrificial animal'

ONE YEAR AFTER. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) members stand next to dummies with press armbands and jacket piled in front of the Saudi Consulate in Neuilly-Sur-Seine, west of Paris on October 1, 2019 during a protest to mark the one year of the death of Jamal Khashoggi. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

U.N. expert blasts Saudi prince over Khashoggi defense

Oct 01, 2019 - 11:50 AM

Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur, says 'the killing of Mr. Khashoggi was a state killing' and Prince Mohammed bin Salman is only taking corporate responsibility for the crime and not personal responsibility

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in Riyadh, on October 24, 2017. The Crown Prince pledged a "moderate, open" Saudi Arabia, breaking with ultra-conservative clerics in favour of an image catering to foreign investors and Saudi youth. "We are returning to what we were before -- a country of moderate Islam that is open to all religions and to the world," he said at the economic forum in Riyadh.  / AFP PHOTO / FAYEZ NURELDINE

Saudi prince says war with Iran would gut world economy

Sep 30, 2019 - 11:29 PM

'If the world does not take a strong and firm action to deter Iran, we will see further escalations that will threaten world interests,' Prince Mohammed bin Salman tells the CBS program '60 Minutes'

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

One year on, Saudi struggles to turn page on Khashoggi murder

Sep 29, 2019 - 6:37 PM

The global fallout over the October 2, 2018 killing renders Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman a pariah, casting a shadow on his reforms and putting the kingdom's human rights record under the microscope

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

Saudi Arabia offers tourist visas for first time

Sep 27, 2019 - 9:39 PM

The kingdom also eases its strict dress code for foreign women, allowing them to go without the body-shrouding abaya robe that is still mandatory public wear for Saudi women

Saudi prince says Khashoggi murder 'happened under my watch'

Sep 26, 2019 - 8:37 PM

'I get all the responsibility, because it happened under my watch,' says Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

KHASHOGGI MURDER. This combination of pictures created on June 20, 2019 shows a file photo taken on December 15, 2014 of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (L) during a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama and a file photo taken on April 12, 2018 of Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman posing at La Moncloa palace in Madrid. File photos by Mohammed Al-shaikh, Oscar Del Pozo/AFP

2 minors illegally recruited for work in Saudi Arabia – DOLE

Sep 25, 2019 - 7:15 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment says it has since suspended the licenses of LGH International Services and Side International Manpower Inc which illegally recruited the minors and faked their documents

UK's Johnson says Iran behind attacks on Saudi oil sites

Sep 23, 2019 - 3:30 PM

'I can tell you that the UK is attributing responsibility with a very high degree of probability to Iran for the Aramco attacks,' Boris Johnson says

BORIS JOHNSON. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he delivers his speech at the Convention of the North, in the Magna Centre in Rotherham, norhtern England on September 13, 2019. Photo by Christopher Furlong/AFP

Despite Saudi turmoil, new oil shock unlikely

Sep 22, 2019 - 5:45 PM

An analyst says 'the world is far better equipped to handle oil shocks' now compared to in the '70s

OIL PRODUCTION. A picture taken on September 15, 2019, shows an Aramco oil facility near al-Khurj area, just south of the Saudi capital Riyadh. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Foreign forces raise Gulf 'insecurity' – Iran's Rouhani

Sep 22, 2019 - 3:17 PM

President Hassan Rouhani adds that Iran would present to the United Nations a regional cooperation plan for peace

ROUHANI. A file handout picture made available by the Iranian presidential office shows Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivering a speech on April 9, 2019. Photo by Iranian Presidency/AFP

Iran issues 'battlefield' warning as U.S. deploys troops

Sep 21, 2019 - 9:23 PM

This comes as tensions escalate between Iran and the Unites States after a weekend attack on a Saudi Aramco plant

MAIN BATTLEFIELD. Iran's Revolutionary Guards commander Saturday, September 21, 2019, warned any country that attacks the Islamic republic will see its territory become the "main battlefield" as he opened an exhibition of captured drones. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Saudi vows quick recovery despite damage to oil plant

Sep 20, 2019 - 11:20 PM

'We will have production at the same level as before the strike by the end of this month – we are coming back stronger,' says Fahad al-Abdulkareem, a general manager for Saudi Aramco

AFTERMATH. A destroyed installation in Saudi Arabia's Khurais oil processing plant is pictured on September 20, 2019. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Pompeo favors 'peaceful resolution' to crisis after Saudi oil attack

Sep 20, 2019 - 8:16 PM

'We'd like a peaceful resolution. I think we've demonstrated that. I hope the Islamic Republic of Iran sees it the same way,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Saudi oil attacks an Iranian 'act of war' – Pompeo

Sep 19, 2019 - 1:16 PM

'This was an Iranian attack,' US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tells reporters on September 18, calling it 'an act of war'

POMPEO IN SAUDI ARABIA. In this handout photo by the Saudi Royal Palace, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) meets with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah on September 18, 2019. Photo by Bandar Al-Jaloud/Saudi Royal Palace/AFP

Saudi Arabia says oil output to be restored by end of September

Sep 18, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman says the kingdom would achieve 11 million barrels per day capacity by the end of September, after the attacks which halved production

A picture taken on September 15, 2019 shows an Aramco oil facility near al-Khurj area, just south of the Saudi capital Riyadh. - Saudi Arabia raced today to restart operations at oil plants hit by drone attacks which slashed its production by half, as Iran dismissed US claims it was behind the assault. The Tehran-backed Huthi rebels in neighbouring Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is bogged down in a five-year war, have claimed thi weekend's strikes on two plants owned by state giant Aramco in eastern Saudi Arabia. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

Trump orders government to 'substantially increase' Iran sanctions

Sep 18, 2019 - 9:30 PM

The United States already enforces widespread sanctions that have crippled Iran's economy, including attempting to shut down its major oil export industry

IRAN SANCTIONS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump holds a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 12, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Saudi says oil attacks from north, sponsored by Iran

Sep 18, 2019 - 7:57 PM

(UPDATED) 'The attack was launched from the north and unquestionably sponsored by Iran,' says Saudi defense ministry spokesman Turki al-Maliki

SAUDI OIL ATTACKS. This satellite overview handout image obtained September 16, 2019 courtesy of Planet Labs Inc. shows damage to oil/gas infrastructure from weekend drone attacks at Abqaig on September 14 2019 in Saudi Arabia. AFP PHOTO / Planet Labs Inc. / HO

Iran denies role in Saudi attacks in message to U.S. – state media

Sep 18, 2019 - 5:51 PM

The formal memo 'emphasized that Iran has not played any role in this attack,' the official IRNA news agency says

IRAN DENIES ATTACKS. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency shows President Hassan Rouhani (C) chairing a cabinet meeting in the capital Tehran on September 18, 2019. Handout photo by the Iranian Presidency/AFP

Pompeo heads to Saudi Arabia after U.S. blames Iran

Sep 18, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Vice President MIke Pence says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on his way to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia to 'discuss our response'

POMPEO. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo waves before boarding his plane departing from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on September 17, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Oil prices sink as quick Saudi output recovery seen

Sep 18, 2019 - 7:33 AM

'This time prices slumped on reports of sooner-than-expected return for oil production after the attacks,' says an analyst in reaction to the price drop

Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman gives a press conference in the Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah on September 17, 2019. Saudi Arabia said on September 17 its oil output will be back to normal by the end of September and that half the production lost in attacks on two key facilities has been restored already. "The production will be back to normal by the end of September," the Energy Minister told a press conference. A Saudi official also said plans for the listing of oil giant Aramco will continue "as is". AFP

U.S. intel indicates Saudi Arabia oil attacks staged from Iran – report

Sep 17, 2019 - 9:27 PM

'But Saudi officials said the US didn't provide enough to conclude that the attack was launched from Iran, indicating the US information wasn't definitive,' the Wall Street Journal reports

SAUDI OIL ATTACKS. This satellite overview handout image obtained September 16, 2019 courtesy of Planet Labs Inc. shows damage to oil/gas infrastructure from weekend drone attacks at Abqaig on September 14 2019 in Saudi Arabia. AFP PHOTO / Planet Labs Inc. / HO

OFWs 'stable' after Saudi oil attacks – Bello

Sep 17, 2019 - 6:26 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III gives assurances the Philippine government is ready to repatriate overseas Filipino workers should conditions worsen in the Gulf state

SAFE. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III gave assurances Filipinos in Saudi Arabia were safe after attacks on oil plants as the situation for Filipinos in the Gulf state remained 'normal.' File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

U.S. singles out Iran, readies response to Saudi oil attacks

Sep 17, 2019 - 8:59 AM

Trump says he is ready to help key ally Saudi Arabia counter the weekend drone attacks, which triggered a record leap in global oil prices, but would await a 'definitive' determination on who was responsible

This satellite overview handout image obtained September 16, 2019 courtesy of the US Government shows damage to oil/gas infrastructure from weekend drone attacks at Khurais oil field on September 15, 2019 in Saudi Arabia. Drone attacks on key Saudi oil facilities have halved crude output from OPEC's biggest exporter, catapulting oil prices by the largest amount since the first Gulf War. The crisis has focused minds on unrest in the crude-rich Middle East, with Tehran denying Washington's charge that it was responsible.Brent oil prices leapt 20 percent on Monday to chalk up the biggest intra-day daily gain since 1991.  HO / US Government / AFP

Locsin warns PH will be 'deeply' affected by Saudi oil attacks

Sep 16, 2019 - 5:38 PM

Meanwhile, energy officials give assurances oil supplies in the country remain sufficient and that the impact of the incident on the Philippines is still 'premature'

DRONE ATTACKS. Smoke billows from an Aramco oil facility in Abqaiq about 60 kilometers southwest of Dhahran in Saudi Arabia's eastern province on September 14, 2019. Photo by AFP

Oil prices surge after attacks hammer Saudi output

Sep 16, 2019 - 10:23 AM

(UPDATED) The attack on Saudi Arabia's Aramco facilities by Tehran-backed Huthi rebels in neighboring Yemen effectively shuts down 6% of the global oil supply

GAS PRICES. In this file photo taken on April 9, 2019 a child pumps gas for his father at a gas station in Los Angeles, as southern California gas prices, already the highest in the nation, continue to rise. File photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Saudi Aramco: From 'Prosperity Well' to energy giant

Sep 16, 2019 - 8:17 AM

The drone strikes against Saudi Aramco facilities in recent months halt the flow of 5.7 million barrels of oil per day, undermining plans for a stock market debut

SAUDI ARABIA'S ARAMCO. A picture taken on September 15, 2019 shows an Aramco oil facility near al-Khurj area, just south of the Saudi capital Riyadh. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

U.S. hints at military response to Saudi attacks as oil prices surge

Sep 16, 2019 - 7:55 AM

(UPDATED) It is the first time US President Donald Trump has hinted at a potential American military response to the attacks

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump gives a statement about the recent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton before boarding to Washington at Morristown Airport on August 04, 2019. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Saudi Arabia battles market jitters after oil plant attacks

Sep 16, 2019 - 7:43 AM

It is a test for the kingdom's newly appointed energy minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman as the attacks could dampen investor confidence in Aramco's upcoming stock market debut

DRONE ATTACKS. Smoke billows from an Aramco oil facility in Abqaiq about 60 kilometers southwest of Dhahran in Saudi Arabia's eastern province on September 14, 2019. Photo by AFP

Iraq denies links to drone attack on Saudi oil plants

Sep 15, 2019 - 8:40 PM

Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi says 'Iraq is constitutionally committed to preventing any use of its soil to attack its neighbors'

A picture taken on May 10, 2016 shows over Shaybah, the base for Saudi Aramco's Natural Gas Liquids plant and oil production in the surrounding Shaybah field in Saudi Arabia's remote Empty quarter desert close to the United Arab Emirates, on May 10, 2016. Despite collapsed global oil prices, production is expanding at Shaybah, as it is in other units of the company at the centre of the kingdom's Vision 2030 drive for diversification away from oil. The Saudi government plans to sell less than five percent of the company in what officials say will be the world's largest-ever share offering, while transforming Saudi Aramco into "a global industrial conglomerate". By 2020 the company says it will have tripled its gas processing capacity from levels at the turn of the century. / AFP PHOTO / IAN TIMBERLAKE

Drone strikes on Saudi Arabia ripple across oil market, diplomacy

Sep 15, 2019 - 7:43 PM

Here is what we know about the implications of the strike on the world's largest oil processing facility and nearby Khurais, which hosts a massive oil field

Saudi races to restore oil supply after strike blamed on Iran

Sep 15, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The Aramco CEO says that 'work is underway' to restore full production, and Saudi's energy minister says oil reserves will be tapped to offset the drop

SAUDI ARAMCO. In this file photo taken on January 25, 2016, Saudi and Foreign investors stand in front of the logo of Saudi state oil giant Aramco during the 10th Global Competitiveness Forum in the capital Riyadh. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Iran refutes U.S. accusations over Saudi attacks

Sep 15, 2019 - 5:02 PM

'The Americans have taken the policy of 'maximum pressure' which has apparently turned into 'maximum lying' due to their failures,' says a foreign ministry spokesman

Saudi halts production at attacked oil plants – minister

Sep 15, 2019 - 9:37 AM

Saudi Aramco says the drone attacks caused production suspension of 5.7 million barrels of crude oil per day

DRONE ATTACKS. Smoke billows from an Aramco oil facility in Abqaiq about 60 kilometers southwest of Dhahran in Saudi Arabia's eastern province on September 14, 2019. Photo by AFP

Yemeni rebel drones spark fires at 2 Saudi Aramco oil facilities

Sep 14, 2019 - 2:04 PM

(4th UPDATE) The rebels launched 'a large-scale operation involving 10 drones that targeted refineries in Abqaiq and Khurais in eastern Saudi Arabia,' a Yemeni TV channel says

DRONE STRIKE. In this file photo taken on February 25, 2006 Saudi security guard the entrance of the oil processing plant of the Saudi state oil giant Aramco in Abqaiq in the oil-rich Eastern Province. File photo by AFP

Aramco says ready for 2-stage IPO, timing up to Saudi gov't

Sep 11, 2019 - 6:30 PM

The Saudi government has not given any explanation for the delays in Aramco's initial public offering, which could be the world's biggest stock sale

OIL PRODUCTION. A picture taken on May 10, 2016, shows Shaybah, the base for Saudi Aramco's Natural Gas Liquids plant and oil production in Saudi Arabia. File photo by Ian Timberlake/AFP

Anger at Netanyahu's West Bank annexation pledge

Sep 11, 2019 - 1:00 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The preelection promise draws immediate condemnation from Arab powerhouses with many warning of disastrous consequences for the stagnant Israeli-Palestinian peace process

More than 100 believed killed in Yemen air strike – ICRC

Sep 01, 2019 - 9:15 PM

The Saudi-led military coalition says it launched air strikes against a Huthi military target that 'stores drones and missiles'

Yemen government accuses UAE of launching air strikes on its troops

Aug 30, 2019 - 11:18 AM

A tweet from a deputy foreign minister says: 'The Yemeni government condemns the Emirati air strikes against government forces in the interim capital Aden and in Zinjibar, which resulted in civilian and military casualties'

Fighters of the Fighters of the UAE-trained Security Belt Force, dominated by members of the the Southern Transitional Council (STC) which seeks independence for south Yemen, ride atop a tank in Yemen's southern coastal town of Shuqrah, east of the Red Sea port of Aden, on August 27, 2019. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates renewed a call earlier this week for peace talks between Yemen's government and southern separatists, urging a ceasefire following deadly clashes. AFP, dominated by members of the the Southern Transitional Council (STC) which seeks independence for south Yemen, ride atop a tank in Yemen's southern coastal town of Shuqrah, east of the Red Sea port of Aden, on August 27, 2019. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates renewed a call earlier this week for peace talks between Yemen's government and southern separatists, urging a ceasefire following deadly clashes. AFP

Philippines eyes employment agreement with Saudi Arabia

Aug 23, 2019 - 3:46 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the Philippine government wants an agreement with Saudi Arabia to protect Filipino workers in the Gulf state

REGULARIZATION. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III orders the regularization of around 10,000 PLDT employees following findings that they are performing core functions of the company. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

FALSE: Male OFW 'raped, mutilated by 9 Saudi Arabians'

Aug 15, 2019 - 6:24 PM

The post is a rehashed claim. The GMA News video in the article was about a different man’s genital mutilation done by his wife after a marital fight in Pasay City in 2013.

UAE prince visits Saudi, urges dialogue to solve Yemen tensions

Aug 13, 2019 - 12:21 PM

Speaking after meeting Saudi Arabia's King Salman near Mecca, Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan says dialogue is 'the only way to resolve differences between Yemenis'

A handout picture provided by the Ministry of Presidential affairs-Abu Dhabi on August 12, 2019, shows Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (L), Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces meeting with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz near the holy city of Mecca during his visit to Saudi Arabia. Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince visited Saudi Arabia on today and called for dialogue to resolve tensions in Yemen, after deadly clashes there between government loyalists and UAE-backed forces. Mohammed Al-HAMMADI / Ministry of Presidential Affairs - Abu Dhabi / AFP

Saudi Aramco net income slips to $46.9 billion in H1 2019

Aug 12, 2019 - 7:10 PM

(UPDATED) The secretive Saudi Aramco discloses half-year financial results for the first time

OIL PRODUCTION. A picture taken on May 10, 2016 shows Shaybah, the base for Saudi Aramco's Natural Gas Liquids plant and oil production in Saudi Arabia. File photo by Ian Timberlake/AFP

Saudi-led coalition launches strike after Aden 'coup'

Aug 11, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Meanwhile, both the Yemeni government and separatists say they back Riyadh's call for dialogue and a suspension of fighting

SEPARATISTS. Yemeni supporters of the southern separatist movement pose for a picture with a tank they confiscated from a nearby military base in the southern Yemeni city of Aden on August 10, 2019. Photo by Nabil Hasan/AFP

2 million Muslim hajj pilgrims scale Mount Arafat

Aug 10, 2019 - 8:14 PM

Two million Muslims converge outside Mecca as officials safeguard the gathering to prevent deadly stampedes that happened in previous years

HAJJ. Muslim pilgrims pray outside the Namirah mosquee at Mount Arafat, also known as Jabal al-Rahma (Mount of Mercy), southeast of the Saudi holy city of Mecca, as the climax of the Hajj pilgrimage approaches on August 10, 2019. Photo by Fethi Belaid/AFP