Saudi Arabia

Jeddah residents jittery over spread of deadly MERS virus

JEDDAH - The first paper face masks appeared at check-in before the early morning flight from Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh to Jeddah, where a sudden surge of infections of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has alarmed some residents.

Saudi Arabia reports 11 new cases of MERS virus, first in Mecca

ABU DHABI - Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it had discovered 11 more cases of the potentially deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), including what appeared to be the first case in the Muslim holy city of Mecca.

World, Health 23 Apr 2014

Spread of MERS in Saudi Arabia accelerates with 17 new cases

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia has discovered another 17 cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), as the total number of confirmed infections of the SARS-like disease has jumped by a third in the kingdom in the past week.

World, 22 Apr 2014

Saudi Arabia sentences eight to death for 2003 attacks: SPA

RIYADH - A Saudi Arabian court on Monday sentenced three more men to death, raising the number of people condemned for their involvement in a suicide attack on expatriate residential compounds in Riyadh in 2003 to eight, the state news agency reported.

World, 21 Apr 2014

Saudi Arabia replaces health minister amid MERS virus fears

RIYADH - Saudi Arabian King Abdullah removed Health Minister Abdullah al-Rabeeah from his post on Monday as the kingdom grapples with a worrying surge of new cases of the SARS-like Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

World, 21 Apr 2014

Saudi Arabia sentences five to death for 2003 attacks: SPA

RIYADH - A Saudi Arabian court on Sunday sentenced five men to death for their involvement in a suicide attack on expatriate residential compounds in Riyadh in 2003, the state news agency reported.

World, 21 Apr 2014

Saudi conservatives protest against Westernization

RIYADH - Saudi Arabian conservatives have staged a rare protest outside the Royal Court in Riyadh against "Westernizing" reforms including moves to allow physical education for schoolgirls, local media reported on Thursday.

World, 17 Apr 2014

Saudi spy chief, architect of Syria policy, replaced

RIYADH - Saudi Arabian intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the architect of Riyadh's attempts to bring down Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has been removed from his post, state media reported on Tuesday.

World, Syria 15 Apr 2014

Concerned for stability, Saudi Arabia tightens curbs on dissent

DUBAI/RIYADH - Saudi Arabia, rattled by regional turmoil that has destabilized the Middle East, is intensifying a crackdown on domestic dissent, raising fears that a more open space for public debate that emerged in recent years is under threat.

World, 15 Apr 2014

Saudi Arabia: reported poison gas use by Syria is challenge to world

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal on Tuesday said the "grave news" that President Bashar al-Assad's forces had carried out two poison gas attacks last week was a challenge to "international will".

World, 15 Apr 2014
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Ukraine forces kill up to five rebels, Russia starts drill near border

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine/ST PETERSBURG, Russia - Ukrainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow rebels on Thursday as they closed in on the separatists' military stronghold in the east, and Russia launched army drills near the border in response, raising fears its troops would invade. | Video