Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti denounces Iraq's Islamic State group

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh, the highest religious authority in the country, said on Tuesday the militant groups Islamic State and al Qaeda were "enemy number one of Islam" and not in any way part of the faith.

Saudi Arabia executes five men for drug possession, murder

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia executed four men for possession of hashish on Monday and another man for murder on Tuesday, local media reported, taking to 18 the number of people it has put to death in two weeks, prompting alarm from rights groups.

World, 19 Aug 2014

Saudi court sentences one to death, 13 to jail, for attacks

RIYADH - A Saudi Arabian court on Monday sentenced one man to death and 13 others to prison terms of up to 30 years for their part in a series of militant attacks against government and foreign targets last decade, state media reported.

World, 19 Aug 2014

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait to abide by U.N. blacklisting of citizens

DUBAI - Saudi Arabia and Kuwait agreed to comply with a United Nations resolution aimed at stopping financing for Islamist militant groups in Syria and Iraq after four of their nationals were named among a group blacklisted by the international body.

World, United Nations, Syria, Iraq 17 Aug 2014

Lashes for Saudi woman who called morality police liars: newspaper

RIYADH - A Saudi Arabian judge has upheld a sentence of a month in prison and 50 lashes for a businesswoman convicted of insulting members of the morality police during an argument, the local al-Medina newspaper reported on Sunday.

World, 17 Aug 2014

Hezbollah sees Islamic State insurgents as threat to Gulf, Jordan

BEIRUT - The Hezbollah leader described the radical Islamist movement that has seized large areas of Iraq and Syria as a growing "monster" that could threaten Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other Gulf states, according to an interview printed on Friday.

World, Syria, Iraq 15 Aug 2014

Saudi Arabia jails four for seeking to fight in Syria

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's Specialised Criminal Court has sentenced four men to prison for traveling abroad to fight in Syria's civil war, local and state media reported on Sunday.

World, Syria 10 Aug 2014

Iraq's Islamist insurgency puts its southern oil in the spotlight

DUBAI August 4 - Iraq's Sunni Islamist insurgency, crippling further its dream to match the oil power of Saudi Arabia, makes oilfields in the safer south more vital, but even that region has not been completely free from attacks.  

World, Iraq 04 Aug 2014

Saudi king labels Israeli offensive in Gaza a war crime

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah broke his silence on Friday over the three-week-old conflict in Gaza, condemning what he saw as international silence over Israel's offensive and describing this as a war crime and "state-sponsored terrorism".

World, Jordan, Israel 01 Aug 2014

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.

World, Egypt, Jordan 22 Jul 2014

Islamic State video purports to show beheading of U.S. journalist

BAGHDAD - Islamic State insurgents posted a video on Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley and images of another U.S. journalist whose life they said depended on how the United States acts in Iraq. | Video