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Indonesian drug convict facing death row highlights risks to migrant workers: campaigners

JAKARTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The case of an Indonesian woman expected to be executed this week for drug trafficking highlights the risk to migrant workers of being duped into becoming drug mules, human rights campaigners said.

U.S. warns of potential imminent threat to citizens in Jeddah

WASHINGTON The U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia said on Thursday it had received reports of a "potential, imminent threat" against U.S. citizens in areas of the city of Jeddah frequented by Westerners.

World, Jul 21 2016

Saudi Arabia denies issuing new fatwa against Pokemon

DUBAI Saudi Arabia denied on Thursday that the conservative kingdom's top clerical body had renewed a 15-year-old edict declaring that the Pokemon game was un-Islamic.

Tech, World, Jul 21 2016

Saudi Arabia detains Turkish military attache to Kuwait: Arabiya

DUBAI Saudi Arabia detained Turkey's military attache to Kuwait at Ankara's request while he was at the kingdom's Dammam airport, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV said in a news flash on Monday.

World, Jul 17 2016

Despite reform, Saudi 'guardianship' still restricts women: HRW

DOHA Saudi Arabian laws requiring women to have male guardians have been reformed in recent years but continue to restrict and endanger them, obstructing government plans to reform the economy, U.S.-based Human Rights Watch says in a report.

World, Jul 17 2016

Saudi Arabia welcomes end of coup attempt in Turkey: state media

DUBAI Saudi Arabia welcomed Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's success in prevailing against a coup attempt, state news agency SPA quoted a foreign ministry official as saying on Saturday.

World, Jul 16 2016

Top Saudi clerics condemn France attack, urges focus on Syria: TV

DUBAI Saudi Arabia's top religious body on Friday condemned the attack that killed 84 people in the French city of Nice, according to a statement published on Saudi TV channel Ekhbaria's website.

World, Jul 15 2016

U.N. asks Saudi to show how coalition prevents Yemen child deaths

UNITED NATIONS U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pushed Saudi Arabia on Thursday to provide information on actions they are taking to prevent the killing and wounding of children in Yemen as Riyadh said it was conducting its military operations with "great care."

World, United Nations, Yemen Jul 14 2016

Saudi King leaves country on holiday, crown prince to manage affairs in his absence

DUBAI Saudi Arabia's King Salman left the country on holiday on Thursday and appointed the crown prince to manage the kingdom's affairs in his absence, state news agency SPA reported.

World, Jul 14 2016

Attacks in Saudi Arabia bear hallmarks of Islamic State: CIA head

WASHINGTON CIA director John Brennan said on Wednesday recent attacks in Saudi Arabia bore the hallmarks of Islamic State, and that the militant group was a very serious threat to the kingdom. | Video

World, Jul 14 2016

Second French church attacker was known to police: source

PARIS/SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France The second teenager involved in the killing of a priest in a church in France this week was a 19-year-old who was known to security services as a potential Islamist militant, police and judicial sources said on Thursday. | Video