First beheading under new Saudi King

2015-01-26 15:21

Saudi Arabia has beheaded a serial child rapist, in the first execution since King Salman's rise to the throne in the conservative Muslim monarchy.

Unmarked grave for Saudi king

2015-01-23 22:28

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, one of the richest men in the history of the world, has been carried in a simple white shroud to an unmarked grave in a Riyadh cemetery.

Obama hails late Saudi king as warm and candid

2015-01-23 14:56

US President Barack Obama has paid tribute to late Saudi King Abdullah as a bold leader and valued friend who made an enduring contribution to Middle East peace.

New Saudi king will keep his brother's policies

2015-01-23 12:17

Saudi Arabia's new king has promised to continue the policies of his predecessors in a nationally televised speech, taking control of the kingdom after the death of its 90-year-old ruler.

Saudi King's brother Salman named new ruler

2015-01-23 09:52

Saudi Arabia's elderly King Abdullah has died and has been replaced by his half-brother Salman as the absolute ruler of the world's top oil exporter and the spiritual home of Islam.

Saudi Arabia King Abdullah dies at age 90

2015-01-23 06:31

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, the powerful US ally who fought against al-Qaeda and sought to modernise the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom, including by nudging open greater opportunities for women, has died.

West Bank mosque torched in 'revenge attack'

2014-11-12 15:43

Suspected extremists torched a West Bank mosque in an apparent revenge attack, as the Palestinian leader and the US top diplomat were to meet Jordan's King Abdullah over the spiralling violence.

Kerry holds 'constructive' talks with Abbas

2014-03-27 08:46

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has held "constructive" talks on the Middle East peace process, a US official says, as crunch decisions loom.

Female Saudi council calls for driving debate

2013-10-10 10:12

Saudi women on the ultraconservative kingdom's top advisory council have called for a discussion on the sensitive issue of allowing women to drive, a move that could embolden reformers.

Renewed push at UN for Syria resolution

2013-09-25 07:01

US President Barack Obama has appealed to the UN to back tough consequences for Syria if it refuses to give up chemical weapons and urged Russia and Iran to end support for Bashar Assad.

Kerry heads to Mideast with peace agenda

2013-07-16 14:00

US Secretary of State John Kerry has headed to Jordan on his sixth trip to the region as he tries to push Israelis and Palestinians back to peace talks.

Jordan urged to end news sites censorship

2013-06-04 15:02

Human Rights Watch has criticised a Jordanian government decision to block 290 unlicensed local news websites, saying the move restricts media freedom.

Arabs urged to fight extremism online

2013-03-13 21:02

Arab interior ministers have been advised to confront the spread of extremism through social media networks with their own cyber knowhow.

Syria: Jordan king warns of spillover

2012-09-12 14:00

Jordan's King Abdullah II has warned of a spillover of the Syrian turmoil into the countries it neighbours, saying the risk is "looming closer", in an interview.

Saudi king asked to unban female driving

2012-06-13 19:18

Hundreds of people have petitioned Saudi King Abdullah to allow women to get behind the wheel on the first anniversary of the Women2Drive campaign.

Yemen's Saleh signs power transfer

2011-11-23 18:19

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has signed the Gulf initiative to hand over power to his deputy as part of a proposal to end months of protests.

Saudi women given right to vote

2011-09-25 20:43

Saudi Arabia will allow women to stand for election and vote, the king has announced in a significant policy shift in the conservative Islamic kingdom.

World leaders urge end to Syrian violence

2011-08-13 23:21

US President Barack Obama has reached out to the leaders of Britain and Saudi Arabia to build consensus for an end to the violent crackdown by Syria's government.

Saudi gives Yemen 3m barrels of oil

2011-06-08 18:06

Saudi Arabia has donated three million barrels of oil to Yemen to help its impoverished neighbour cope with fuel shortages amid political unrest.

Bahrain locks down as uprising surges

2011-03-16 22:28

Soldiers and riot police in Bahrain have overrun a protesters' camp and a curfew has choked off movement nationwide.

Saudi prince strangled servant

2010-10-05 21:16

A Saudi prince beat and strangled his male servant to death in a frenzied sexual assault at their luxury London hotel suite.

Israel settlements key to peace

2010-09-17 07:45

Two days of Mideast peace talks appear to have brought Israel and the Palestinians closer to a deal that would allow those talks to continue.

King of Jordan slams Israel

2010-03-25 17:01

Israel is "playing with fire" in expanding Jewish settlements in annexed Arab east Jerusalem, Jordan's King Abdullah II has said.


Saudi king was a peacemaker - Zuma

2015-01-24 09:58

President Jacob Zuma has sent condolences to the family of Saudi Arabian King Abdullah following news of his death.

Oil market upheaval looms over Saudi succession

2015-01-23 15:52

King Abdullah's death could not have come at a worse time for Saudi Arabia's vital oil sector as the absolute monarchy seeks to reassert its leadership.

ISIS celebrates King Abdullah's death online

2015-01-23 14:23

Islamic militants and their supporters celebrated the death of Saudi King Abdullah on social media, many of them describing him as a 'servant' of the Americans who conspired with the West to kill Muslims.

Saudi Arabia to bury King Abdullah in unmarked grave

2015-01-23 10:41

Saudi Arabia is set to bury King Abdullah in an unmarked grave, hours after it moved to ensure a smooth transition by appointing a new king to quell fears of dynastic instability.

Saudis swarm Twitter to mourn king

2015-01-23 08:58

Thousands of Saudis have taken to social media to express their grief at the death of Saudi Arabia King Abdullah.

Egypt's Sisi makes Algeria his first foreign trip

2014-06-25 20:49

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has made his first trip abroad since taking office, seeking Algeria's support to counter Islamist militancy in north Africa.

Obama to travel to Saudi amid Syria crisis

2014-02-03 21:55

The White House says President Obama will travel to Saudi Arabia in March to meet with King Abdullah to discuss security issues in the Middle East that have caused strains.

Terrorism: Saudi renews support to Egypt

2013-10-08 13:33

Egypt’s interim president Adly Mansour has won fresh support from King Abdullah for his country's fight against "terrorism" as he wound up a trip to Saudi Arabia, a report says.

Saudi editor sentenced to 7yrs, 600 lashes

2013-07-30 15:58

The editor of a Saudi Arabian social website has been sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes for founding an Internet forum that violates Islamic values and promotes liberty.

West calls for election after Morsi ouster

2013-07-04 12:54

Western powers have called for restraint and a swift return to democracy in Egypt after the army toppled Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, detaining him and his top aides.

Foreign workers queue to flee Saudi

2013-05-28 19:10

Tens of thousands of foreign workers are trying to leave Saudi Arabia, after the government says it would be forgiven any fees or fines for visa violations.

Execution of 7 Saudis postponed

2013-03-05 18:10

A Saudi security official says the execution of seven Saudis sentenced to death by crucifixion and firing squad, have been postponed for a week.

Saudi king names Prince Salman as heir

2012-06-18 18:25

Saudi King Abdullah has named his half-brother Prince Salman as heir to the throne following the death of crown prince Nayef, state television Al-Ekhbariyah reported.

US thanks Jordan's king for peace effort

2012-01-07 13:05

President Barack Obama has thanked King Abdullah of Jordan for his efforts to convene talks with Israel and Palestine negotiators in Amman which could lead to full-fledged peace talks.

Saudi woman to get 10 lashes for driving

2011-09-27 21:17

Saudi activists say a court has sentenced a Saudi woman with 10 lashes for defying the kingdom's ban on women driving.

Syria: Raids follow gunboat assault

2011-08-15 10:53

Syrian troops backed by tanks have clamped down on the flashpoint province of Homs, a day after gunboats joined an assault that killed more than 20 people in Latakia, say activists.

Saudi women begin driving ban challenge

2011-06-17 20:47

A campaign to defy Saudi Arabia's ban on women driving has opened with female motorists getting behind the wheel amid calls for sustained challenges to the restrictions.

Saudi king offers money to quell protests

2011-03-18 20:31

Saudi Arabia's king has promised a multibillion dollar package of reforms in what appears to be the Arab world's most expensive attempt to appease protesters.

Saudi denies reports of king’s death

2011-02-10 16:57

The Saudi embassy in Morocco, where King Abdullah has been convalescing after surgery, has strongly denied reports that the octogenerian monarch had died.

Islam insults risk global security

2010-09-29 11:46

Attacks against Islam in the West are a growing threat to global security, say leaders of Muslim nations.

Saudi halts sorcerer's beheading

2010-04-01 22:13

Saudi Arabia has apparently decided to hold off on carrying out the execution of a Lebanese former TV presenter convicted of sorcery, a Lebanese minister has said.

Saudi rounds up Qaeda suspects

2010-03-24 22:24

Saudi Arabia has broken up three cells of al-Qaeda militants planning attacks in the kingdom.

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