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Christians should not be second-class citizens, cardinal tells Saudi Arabia


VATICAN CITY A senior Vatican official who last week made a historic visit to Saudi Arabia says he told authorities in the kingdom, where non-Muslim worship is banned, that Christians cannot be considered second-class citizens.

Saudi Arabia executes 48 people in 2018, half for nonviolent drug crimes: HRW

RIYADH Human Rights Watch said Saudi Arabia has executed 48 people so far in 2018, half of them for nonviolent drug crimes.

World, Apr 25 2018

Saudi issues drone restrictions following palace incident

RIYADH Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry on Sunday instructed drone enthusiasts to obtain permission to fly the devices until regulations were finalised, a day after security forces shot down a recreational drone near the king's palace in Riyadh.

World, Apr 22 2018

Saudi security shoots down recreational drone near royal palace

DUBAI/RIYADH Saudi Arabian security forces said they had shot down a recreational drone in the capital on Saturday after online videos showing gunfire in a neighborhood where royal palaces are located sparked fears of possible political unrest.

World, Apr 21 2018

Saudi king was not in palace during drone incident: Saudi official

RIYADH Saudi Arabia's King Salman was not present in his palace in Riyadh on Saturday when security forces shot down a toy drone in the area, a senior Saudi official told Reuters.

World, Apr 21 2018

Trump's tweet gatecrashes OPEC's celebration

JEDDAH/LONDON With oil prices hitting $75 per barrel, it was meant to be one of the smoothest meetings OPEC has had in recent years.

Apr 20 2018

Asian oil demand to hit record, but industry can't take eyes off Middle East

SINGAPORE Asian oil demand will hit a record in April just as global crude values are lifted to levels not seen in three years by Middle East supply risks and top exporter Saudi Arabia withholding output and noisily pushing for prices at $80 to $100 per barrel.

China, Apr 20 2018

Oil pulls back from gains; OPEC says glut nearly gone

NEW YORK Oil prices on Thursday hit highs not seen since 2014, built on the ongoing drawdowns in global supply and as Saudi Arabia looks to push prices higher, though U.S. crude gave back gains in the afternoon to finish lower.

Apr 19 2018

Four Saudi security forces killed by gunmen in southern province

RIYADH Four members of Saudi Arabia's security forces were killed and four others wounded in clashes with gunmen on Thursday at a checkpoint in the southwestern Asir province, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV said.

World, Apr 19 2018

Saudi cinema launch ends decades-old ban, public screenings start Friday

RIYADH Saudi Arabia launched its first commercial movie theater on Wednesday, ending a nearly 40-year ban on cinemas under a push by the crown prince to modernize the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom. | Video

Film, Entertainment, World Apr 19 2018

'Peace and prosperity': Korean leaders plan declaration after rare summit

SEOUL Smiling and holding hands, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met at the heavily fortified demilitarized zone between the countries on Friday, pledging to pursue peace after decades of conflict. | Video