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Blogger case still before Saudi courts, minister says

Riyadh - The case of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, whose flogging sentence created worldwide outrage, is still before the courts, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Thursday.

Saudi confirms no date set for for Syria opposition meeting

Riyadh - There is still no date for a meeting that aims to form a coalition of Syrian opposition groups before peace talks targeted for January 1, the Saudi foreign minister said Thursday.

Op-Ed: Palestinian poet sentenced to death by Saudi court for apostasy

Riyadh - A Saudi court sentenced Asharaf Fayadh, a Palestinian poet, to death for abandoning his Muslim faith, a form of apostasy punishable by death in Saudi Arabia and a number of other countries who implement Sharia law.

'We don't target civilians' in Yemen: Saudi-led coalition

Riyadh - The Saudi-led coalition's combat planning chief on Saturday defended the air war in Yemen against widespread international concern about high numbers of civilian casualties.

Two Saudi police shot dead in kingdom's east

Riyadh - Two Saudi policemen were shot dead on Wednesday when they came under fire in the kingdom's east, where most of the minority Shiite community live, the interior ministry said.

Freeing Africans from tyranny one phone at a time Special

In Africa, where roads are often impassible and conflict has put whole swaths of territory off-limits, the Internet is playing a pivotal role in bringing people together.

Op-Ed: Russia discussing Syria with Saudis

Riyad - A visit to Russia by Saudi king Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud is being worked on through diplomatic sources, according to the Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov.

Russian plane prevented from leaving Sanaa airport in Yemen

Sanaa - Russia claims an Il-76 transport took "23 tonnes of humanitarian aid" to Sanaa, the capital of Yemen controlled by Houthi rebels. The aid was said to include food and tents.

Suicide bomber kills one at Saudi mosque: ministry

Riyadh - A suicide bomber killed one worshipper and wounded others on Monday at a mosque in Saudi Arabia's southern Najran city bordering Yemen, the interior ministry said.

Wahhabism centre shows conservatism still central to Saudi soul

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's new research centre on Wahhabism, set to open on the edge of the capital Riyadh, looks fitting for a branch of Islam considered inflexible, intolerant and unchanging.

Five killed, 9 hurt in Saudi Shiite shooting: ministry

Riyadh - A gunman shot dead five people at a Shiite gathering in eastern Saudi Arabia on Friday before police shot him dead, the interior ministry said."As result of his shooting, five citizens... were killed, including a woman.

France in deals worth $10 bn with Saudi Arabia

Riyadh - France on Tuesday announced a series of deals worth 10 billion euros ($11.4 billion) with Saudi Arabia, reinforcing growing ties between the two countries.

King Salman rejects questioning of Saudi role as hajj organiser

Riyadh - King Salman on Monday rejected any suggestions that Saudi Arabia should give up its role as the organiser of the hajj following last month's deadly stampede in Mina."The irresponsible statements aiming for political exploitation of the incident...

U.S. blocks UN probe into civilian deaths in Saudi Yemen bombings

Sanaa - The Saudi-led bombing of Yemen that began last March has not only created a great deal of property damage and displaced thousands of people — it has also resulted in many civilian casualties.

Saudi, Iran agree to repatriate dead pilgrims: State media

Jeddah - Saudi and Iranian health ministers have agreed to repatriate Iranian pilgrims killed in last week's Hajj stampede, Saudi state media said, after Tehran threatened a "fierce" response over delays.

Saudi-led coalition denies bombing Yemen wedding

Riyadh - The Saudi-led coalition denied Tuesday its warplanes were behind the bombing of a wedding in southwestern Yemen in which 131 people were killed.

Iran-Saudi war of words heats up over hajj disaster

Riyadh - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei demanded Saudi Arabia apologise Sunday for a stampede that killed 769 pilgrims at the hajj, as a war of words escalated between the regional rivals.

'They will trample on me': Hajj crush survivor

Mena - Injured survivors of a hajj stampede that killed 769 people have recounted their struggle to survive, trapped among a surging crowd where escape routes were blocked.

Hajj ends as stampede death toll rises to 769

Mena - Saudi Arabia deployed large numbers of special forces Saturday as pilgrims performed the final rituals of a hajj marred by double tragedy, with the death toll from a stampede rising to 769.

Foreign toll in Saudi hajj stampede

Mena - Saudi authorities have yet to provide a breakdown of the nationalities of the 717 pilgrims killed in Thursday's hajj stampede, but several foreign countries have announced the deaths of nationals.
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