Saudi executes 88th person this year, topping 2014 total

2015-05-26 16:57

Saudi Arabia carried out its 88th execution so far this year, surpassing the total for all of 2014 despite activists' concerns that trials are not conducted fairly.

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Saudi Arabia's elderly King Abdullah has died and has been replaced by his half-brother Salman as the absolute ruler of the world's top oil exporter and the spiritual home of Islam.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


Jordan's king urges EU to fight Islamophobia

2015-03-10 16:26

King Abdullah of Jordan has urged Europeans to fight hostility toward Islam that he said was fuelling extremism among Muslims, including those drawn from Europe to fight in the Middle East.

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.

Saudi king urges Egypt to back Gulf accord

2014-11-19 20:54

The Saudi king has urged Egypt to back the Gulf unity agreement with Qatar.

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.

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