Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia says it arrests 88 for preparing 'terrorist' raids

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia has detained 88 people, more than half of them Saudis, on suspicion of plotting "terrorist" attacks at home and abroad, the interior ministry said on Tuesday.

Saudi court jails 17 for seeking to fight in Iraq: SPA

DUBAI - A Saudi Arabian court jailed 17 men for up to 26 years on Monday for seeking to fight in Iraq and funding militants, official media reported, part of a security crackdown in which scores have been imprisoned in recent weeks.

World, Iraq, 01 Sep 2014

Saudi king warns of terrorism threat to U.S., Europe

DOHA - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah said terrorism would soon spread to Europe and the United States unless it is quickly dealt with in the Middle East, the Saudi state news agency reported late on Friday.

World, 30 Aug 2014

Iraq and Syria pose Saudi dilemma - failed states or Iran proxies

RIYADH/DUBAI - With militant Islamists gaining the upper hand in Syria's rebel movement and grabbing big tracts of Western Iraq, Saudi Arabia's ruling family faces an increasingly uncomfortable dilemma.

Saudi mufti tells young Saudis not to heed call to jihad

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti urged young people on Thursday to ignore calls to jihad from people representing "deviant principles", the latest salvo in an anti-militant campaign by the kingdom's religious establishment.

World, 28 Aug 2014

Saudi Arabia jails 23 more men for militancy in security crackdown

RIYADH - A Saudi Arabian court sentenced 23 men to jail terms of up to 22 years for their role in militant attacks, state media said on Wednesday, part of a security crackdown in which scores of people have been imprisoned over the past week.

World, 27 Aug 2014

Iranian minister says Saudi talks 'constructive'

DUBAI - Iran's deputy foreign minister said he held "positive and constructive" talks with Saudi Arabia's foreign minister on Tuesday where Islamist militancy in Iraq - that both see as a threat - was one of the topics discussed.

World, Davos, Iraq 26 Aug 2014

Iran deputy foreign minister to visit Saudi Arabia

DUBAI/RIYADH - Iran's deputy foreign minister will visit Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for the first bilateral talks between the Middle East's most intractable Muslim rivals since Iran's political landscape shifted in 2013, media in both countries reported.

World, Davos, 25 Aug 2014

Iran deputy foreign minister en route to Saudi Arabia: IRNA agency

DUBAI/RIYADH - Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian left for Riyadh on Monday, state news agency IRNA reported, in the first visit to Saudi Arabia by a senior government official since Iran's political landscape shifted in 2013.

World, Davos 25 Aug 2014

Saudi Arabia sentences 18 to jail for militant offences

RIYADH - A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced 18 men to prison terms of 10 months to 25 years for their part in a series of militant attacks against government and foreign targets between 2003-06, state media reported late on Wednesday.

World, 21 Aug 2014
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Ukraine rebels say they are poised to recapture Donetsk airport

BRUSSELS/DONETSK Ukraine - EU officials proposed sanctions on Tuesday to starve Russian firms of cash as punishment for Moscow's role in Ukraine, where rebels said they were storming Donetsk airport, potentially their biggest prize since turning the war's tide last week. | Video