Saudi Arabia

Saudis carry out first execution since Ramadan

2016-07-17 21:07

Saudi authorities have executed a murderer in the holy city of Mecca, the first death sentence to be carried out since before the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Muslim Judicial Council in SA condemns Saudi Arabia suicide attacks

2016-07-05 22:27

The Muslim Judicial Council of South Africa has condemned the recent suicide attacks in Saudi Arabia, including one near the Prophet's Mosque in Medina.

SA man describes feeling vibrations from Saudi Arabia suicide blast

2016-07-05 06:24

A Johannesburg man has described how he felt the ground shake when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside one of Islam’s holiest sites in Saudi Arabia.

UPDATE: Explosion near one of Islam's holiest sites - report

2016-07-04 19:51

UPDATE: State-linked Saudi news websites say an explosion has gone off outside one of Islam's holiest sites in the city of Medina, the same day that two suicide bombers struck different cities in Saudi Arabia.

Eighteen injured in Mecca stampede

2016-07-02 13:04

Eighteen pilgrims have been injured in a stampede near Islam's holiest site, as Saudi continues to review safety after a deadly crush during last year's hajj.

Ebola-hit Sierra Leone gets Mecca all clear

2016-06-24 21:22

Saudi Arabia's government has allocated 800 places to Sierra Leone for hajj pilgrims, lifting a two-year ban imposed due to the Ebola crisis, officials say.

50 Saudis held over necklaces, haircuts - report

2016-06-22 05:34

Fifty young men have been arrested in Saudi Arabia for haircuts, necklaces and other adornments considered non-Islamic.

What OPEC has in store for the oil industry

2016-06-10 06:30

With oil rigs all over the world shutting down, and some countries keen to capitalise on this situation, we take a look at the winners and losers.

Road accident in Saudi Arabia kills 15, injures 60

2016-06-07 17:24

A Saudi Red Crescent spokesperson says a road accident involving a bus and a truck killed 15 people and left 60 injured.

Uber deal signals more aggressive Saudi investment drive

2016-06-03 16:54

Saudi Arabia's surprisingly high-profile injection of $3.5 billion into Uber signals a more aggressive global investment presence by a kingdom trying to wean its economy off oil.


Zuma on that Saudi weapons factory pic

2016-07-13 19:53

President Jacob Zuma has confirmed he visited an arms factory in Saudi Arabia earlier this year.

Outrage spreads after 3 attacks in one day in Saudi

2016-07-05 16:57

Outrage has spread after a deadly suicide bombing at Islam's second-holiest site in the Saudi city of Medina, one of three attacks in the kingdom on a single day.

Blast near Prophet's Mosque in Medina

2016-07-04 20:35

State-linked Saudi news websites are reporting an explosion near one of Islam's holiest sites in the city of Medina, as two suicide bombers struck in different Saudi cities without killing anyone.

Suicide bombing near US consulate in Saudi Arabia

2016-07-04 06:10

A suicide bomber has blown himself up near the United States consulate in Saudi Arabia's Red Sea city of Jeddah, officials say.

Islands: Egypt lawyers claim govt meddling

2016-06-27 19:51

Egyptian lawyers opposed to the government's decision to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia are accusing authorities of meddling in court proceedings over the case.

Cairo appeals court block on Saudi island deal

2016-06-22 22:30

Egypt's government has lodged an appeal against a court decision to block the controversial handover of two uninhabited Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

Egypt court quashes Red Sea island handover

2016-06-21 17:03

An Egyptian court has quashed a government decision to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, judicial sources say, overruling a deal that had sparked public outrage.

Ban slams Saudis for 'undue pressure' over child rights blacklist

2016-06-09 23:30

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has rebuked Saudi Arabia and its allies for resorting to "undue pressure" to remove the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen from a blacklist of child rights violators.

Gulf stocks mixed as Ramadan heralds quiet period

2016-06-05 16:07

Gulf stocks were mixed as trading slumped in advance of the holy month of Ramadan, when business across the region slows.

Saudi Arabia to invest $3.5-billion into Uber

2016-06-02 10:46

The oil-rich nation of Saudi Arabia will invest $3.5-billion in Uber and will bolster the presence of the American-based company in the Middle East.

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