Saudi Arabia

Saudi spy chief, architect of Syria policy, replaced

RIYADH - Saudi Arabian intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the architect of Riyadh's attempts to bring down Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has been removed from his post, state media reported on Tuesday.

Concerned for stability, Saudi Arabia tightens curbs on dissent

DUBAI/RIYADH - Saudi Arabia, rattled by regional turmoil that has destabilized the Middle East, is intensifying a crackdown on domestic dissent, raising fears that a more open space for public debate that emerged in recent years is under threat.

World, 15 Apr 2014

Saudi Arabia: reported poison gas use by Syria is challenge to world

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal on Tuesday said the "grave news" that President Bashar al-Assad's forces had carried out two poison gas attacks last week was a challenge to "international will".

World, 15 Apr 2014

Saudi Arabia imposes fines, jail terms for visa lapses

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia will punish people who employ foreigners illegally or break the terms of their visas, in an effort to encourage local employment.

World, 14 Apr 2014

Gunmen kill Saudi guard near Yemeni border, wound another: media

RIYADH - Unidentified gunmen in Yemen shot dead a Saudi Arabian border guard and wounded another in the early hours of Monday morning, Saudi news websites reported, in what would be the second such incident in five days.

World, Yemen, 14 Apr 2014

Saudi Arabia jails 13 for aiding overseas fighters

RIYADH - A Saudi Arabian court on Sunday jailed 13 men to sentences ranging from one to 10 years for aiding and financing militants fighting abroad, conspiring inside Saudi Arabia and harboring wanted suspects, state news agency SPA reported on Monday.

World, 14 Apr 2014

Saudi Arabia says seizes drugs worth $267 million, arrests six

RIYADH - Saudi Arabian police have arrested six people and seized illegal drugs worth 1 billion riyals ($267 million) that were being smuggled into the country from neighboring Bahrain, the Interior Ministry said on Sunday.

German tank sale to Saudi Arabia likely to be cancelled: newspaper

BERLIN - A sale of several hundred German battle tanks to Saudi Arabia is likely to be cancelled because of opposition from Social Democrat Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, a German newspaper reported on Sunday.

13 Apr 2014

Gunmen kill two Saudi guards near Yemen's border: agency

RIYADH - Unidentified gunmen have killed two Saudi border guards who were patrolling Saudi Arabia's border with Yemen, the Saudi state news agency said on Thursday.

World, Yemen, 10 Apr 2014

Saudi records 11 cases of MERS virus in Jeddah

ABU DHABI - Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it had recorded 11 cases infected with the potentially deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus in Jeddah, including hospital staff.

World, Health, 09 Apr 2014
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Putin risks upstaging talks on defusing Ukraine crisis

GENEVA/MOSCOW - Foreign ministers from East and West will try to defuse the Ukraine crisis on Thursday in Geneva, once frequently the scene of Cold War negotiations, but will risk being upstaged by Russian President Vladimir Putin. | Video