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Saudi Arabia says Islamic State ordered attack on Shi'ites in al-Ahsa

DUBAI - Saudi Arabia has arrested the four main suspects in an attack on Shi'ite Muslims this month and believes it was ordered by Islamic State militants from abroad, the state news agency cited an Interior Ministry security spokesman as saying on Monday.

U.S. releases Guantanamo prisoner to Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON - A Saudi inmate held for 12 years at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on suspicion of fighting in Afghanistan for al Qaeda has been transferred to Saudi Arabia, the U.S. Defense Department said on Saturday.

World, Cuba, Afghanistan, 22 Nov 2014

Riyadh fears Islamic State wants sectarian war in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH - Tighter security in Saudi Arabia has made it hard for Islamic State to target the government so the militants are instead trying to incite a sectarian conflict via attacks on the Shi'ite Muslim minority, the Saudi Interior Ministry said.

World, 18 Nov 2014

Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain end rift with Qatar, return ambassadors

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain agreed on Sunday to return their ambassadors to Qatar, signaling an end to an eight-month rift over Doha's support for Islamist groups.

World, Bahrain 16 Nov 2014

Gulf Arab leaders to meet in Riyadh: Bahrain state media

RIYADH - Leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will hold a summit in Saudi Arabia late on Sunday, Bahrain's state media reported, at a time when the six-member group of Arab monarchies is trying to end a damaging internal rift.

World, Bahrain 16 Nov 2014

Islamic State leader urges attacks in Saudi Arabia: speech

BEIRUT - Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called for attacks against the rulers of Saudi Arabia in a speech purported to be in his name on Thursday, saying his self-declared caliphate was expanding there and in four other Arab countries. | Video

World, 13 Nov 2014

Islamic State leader urges attacks in Saudi Arabia: speech

BEIRUT - Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called for attacks against the rulers of Saudi Arabia in a speech purported to be in his name on Thursday, saying his self-declared caliphate was expanding there and in four other Arab countries. | Video

World, 13 Nov 2014

Houthi advance raises alert for Saudi border guards

JIZAN Saudi Arabia - Gains by the Shi'ite Houthi rebel movement in Yemen are ringing alarm bells in Saudi Arabia, concerned for what it means for its vulnerable southern border, already the conduit for a constant flow of illicit activity.

World, Yemen 11 Nov 2014

Uncurbed sectarianism prompted village attack say Saudi Shi'ites

Al-Dalwah SAUDI ARABIA - On Monday Sunni militants attacked a Shi'ite Muslim village in Saudi Arabia and left eight people dead. By Wednesday, grief among the villagers was mixed with anger about a culture of sectarianism they say paved the way for the shooting.

World, 06 Nov 2014

Saudi Arabia shuts office of TV channel for fomenting sectarian tension

DUBAI - Saudi Arabia has closed down the offices of a religious television channel accused of fomenting sectarian tension, after at least eight people were killed in an attack on Shi'ite Muslims marking a major religious anniversary.

World, 05 Nov 2014
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Iran nuclear talks extended seven months after failing to meet deadline

VIENNA - Iran and six powers failed on Monday for a second time this year to resolve their 12-year stand-off over Tehran's nuclear ambitions, and gave themselves seven more months to clinch an historic deal. | Video