Saudi Arabia

Qatar emir meets Saudi king in Jeddah to discuss Gaza fighting

RIYADH/DOHA - Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani arrived in Jeddah on Tuesday to meet Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah for talks that focused on the situation in Gaza, according to SPA, the Saudi press agency.

Saudi Arabia investigates imams who did not condemn al Qaeda attack: paper

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's Islamic Affairs Ministry is investigating 17 mosque imams in the capital Riyadh for not using their Friday sermons to denounce an al Qaeda attack this month, the English daily Arab News reported on Saturday.

World, 19 Jul 2014

Confident Assad launches new term in stronger position

DAMASCUS - Bashar al-Assad was sworn in for a new term as Syria's president on Wednesday, after an election which his opponents dismiss as a sham but which he said proved he had achieved victory after a "dirty war" to unseat him. | Video

World, United Nations, Syria 16 Jul 2014

Confident Assad launches new term in stronger position

DAMASCUS - Bashar al-Assad was sworn in for a new term as Syria's president on Wednesday, after an election which his opponents dismiss as a sham but which he said proved he had achieved victory after a "dirty war" to unseat him. | Video

World, Syria, 16 Jul 2014

U.N. urges Saudi Arabia to release activists, halt lashings

GENEVA - The top United Nations human rights official called on Saudi Arabia on Thursday to release activists she said had been arrested for peacefully demanding freedoms, halt the use of lashings and investigate their alleged ill-treatment.

World, United Nations, 10 Jul 2014

Shale boom confounds forecasts as U.S. set to pass Russia, Saudi Arabia

NEW YORK - Four years into the shale revolution, the U.S. is on track to pass Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world's largest producer of crude oil, most analysts agree. When that happens and by how much, though, has produced disparate estimates that depend on uncertain factors ranging from progress in drilling technology to the availability of financing and the price of oil itself.

Mortar bombs land in Saudi Arabia near Iraq border

RIYADH - Three mortar bombs landed inside Saudi Arabia on Monday close to its northern border with Iraq, where Islamist militants have grabbed land in a lightning advance, officials said.

World, Iraq 08 Jul 2014

U.S. 'troubled' by jailing of Saudi human rights activist

WASHINGTON - The United States said on Monday it was troubled by Saudi Arabia's sentencing prominent human rights lawyer Walid abu al-Khair to 15 years in prison on charges that included seeking to undermine the state and insulting the judiciary.

World, 07 Jul 2014

Two militants blow themselves up in southern Saudi Arabia

DUBAI - Two suspected al Qaeda militants blew themselves up on Saturday after being trapped inside a government building in southern Saudi Arabia, the Interior Ministry said, following an attack on a border post with Yemen that also killed four security men.

World, Yemen 05 Jul 2014

Six people killed during attacks on Saudi-Yemeni border post

DUBAI - At least six people, including a suicide bomber and two security personnel, were killed at a Saudi-Yemeni border crossing on Friday, in attacks that highlighted the threat posed by militants to the security of both nations.

World, Yemen, 04 Jul 2014
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Israel pummels Gaza; Kerry steps up diplomatic push

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israeli forces pounded Gaza on Wednesday, meeting stiff resistance from Hamas Islamists and sending thousands of residents fleeing, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on a visit to Israel ceasefire talks had made some progress. | Video