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Saudi Arabia suffers first coronavirus death

2020-03-24 20:54

Afghani resident, 51, is first fatality.

Saudi suspends prayers in mosques over coronavirus

2020-03-17 22:47

Saudi Arabia has suspended prayers inside all but the holiest two mosques in Islam as the kingdom steps up efforts to contain the new coronavirus, state media reported.

Volatile rand makes an about-turn, strengthening more than 2%

2020-03-09 16:06

The rand has been on a roller-coaster ride, losing as much as 8% in early morning trade nearly touching R17/$ before bouncing back to R15.97/$ by noon.

Saudi Arabia travel ban: South African Umrah pilgrims in limbo amid coronavirus scare

2020-03-01 08:01

With Saudi Arabia placing a temporary ban on Umrah pilgrims to prevent the arrival and spread of the coronavirus, several South African associations have warned of travel cancellations or changes.

Coronavirus confusion | Brewery shooter ID: WATCH the top world news videos for today

2020-02-28 08:29

Mixed messages, delays hamper US coronavirus response | Police ID brewery shooter as 15-year electrician; here are the top world news videos. WATCH.

Saudi Arabia suspends entry for Mecca pilgrims over coronavirus

2020-02-27 07:34

Saudi Arabia has suspended visas for pilgrims wishing to visit Mecca over coronavirus fears, the foreign ministry has said.

WATCH | Experiencing Saudi Arabia's first-ever Dakar Rally

2020-01-21 16:24

Sean Parker recounts his experience at the 2020 Dakar Rally, hosted for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

WATCH | Alonso finishes 13th in maiden Dakar Rally

2020-01-17 15:22

Fernando Alonso completed his first Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia, finishing 13th overall in the highly-competitive T1 class in a South African-built Toyota Gazoo Racing Hilux.

Dakar Rally | Sainz stretches lead after navigating stage 10 through Empty Quarter

2020-01-15 13:13

Spanish veteran Carlos Sainz stretched his lead atop the overall Dakar Rally standings by winning the 10th stage through the dunes of Saudi Arabia's Empty Quarter.

'Unfortunately it was Paulo's day': Dakar champion Price on Goncalves tragedy

2020-01-14 09:22

Defending Dakar Rally bike champion Toby Price spoke movingly about Paulo Goncalves, the Portuguese rider killed in a crash, and how riders risked their lives "every time we climb onto a motorcycle".


Saudi Arabia imposes dusk-to-dawn curfew over coronavirus

2020-03-23 12:50

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has announced a nationwide dusk-to-dawn curfew in a bid to limit the spread of the new coronavirus, the latest in a series of restrictions.

WATCH: Saudi Arabia, Russia raise stakes in oil standoff

2020-03-10 20:54

Saudi Arabia announced it will raise its crude supply to a record high in April, as it ratcheted up a standoff with Moscow.

Saudi suspends 'umrah' pilgrimage over coronavirus fears

2020-03-04 15:40

Saudi Arabia has suspended the year -round "umrah" pilgrimage to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina over coronavirus fears , the interior ministry says.

Saudi bars Gulf citizens from holy cities over coronavirus fears

2020-02-29 12:48

Saudi Arabia have barred citizens from the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council from entering two of Islam's holiest cities amid fears over the new coronavirus, the foreign ministry has said.

Saudi Arabia announces sporting mega-event

2020-02-27 13:52

Saudi Arabia will hold its biggest sporting event next month, with 6 000 athletes expected to participate.

Saudi-led strikes on Yemen kill 31 civilians after jet crash

2020-02-15 22:56

Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen killed at least 31 civilians on Saturday, the United Nations said, an apparent retaliation after a Saudi fighter jet crashed with Iran-backed Huthi rebels claiming to have shot it down.

ICYMI | Carlos Sainz wins Dakar Rally for third time

2020-01-18 07:00

Veteran Spanish driver Carlos Sainz won the Dakar Rally for the third time, finishing with a comfortable winning margin in Saudi Arabia.

Dakar Rally | Peterhansel sneaks dramatic win on stage 11

2020-01-16 16:19

Stephane Peterhansel snatched a dramatic 11th stage of the Dakar Rally when he pipped Nasser Al-Attiyah to the line by just 10 seconds.

Dakar Rally | Mini's Peterhansel edges Al-Attiyah in Dakar stage 9

2020-01-15 09:28

Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel edged defending champion Nasser Al-Attiyah by just 15 seconds to win stage nine of the Dakar Rally.

Dakar Rally | Toyota's Alonso finishes second on stage eight

2020-01-13 14:16

Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso recorded his best result of the Dakar Rally on Monday, finishing second behind Frenchman Mathieu Serradori on stage eight.

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