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Probe finds coalition 'mistake' in Yemen MSF strike

Riyadh - The Saudi-led coalition made a mistake when it carried out a deadly bombing next to a hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders in northern Yemen, an "independent" probe said Tuesday.

Let women drive, urges Saudi prince

Riyadh - An outspoken billionaire Saudi prince wants an "urgent" end to his country's ban on women driving, saying overturning the law was a matter of women's rights and economic necessity.

Report points to Iran arms 'pipeline' to Yemen

Riyadh - International investigators have found a suspected "weapon pipeline" from Iran through Somalia to Yemen where Shiite rebels are battling the government, according to a report released on Wednesday.

Desert industrial city points to Saudi economic future

- In the desert, far from the skyscrapers and busy streets of its big cities, oil-dependent Saudi Arabia is looking to build its future on two other natural resources.

Op-Ed: Saudi Arabia halts oil shipments to Egypt under aid deal

Saudi Arabia has informed Egypt the oil shipments under a $23 billion aid deal agreed to in April have been halted indefinitely. The action suggests a deepening rift between the two countries.

Saudi man gets 15 years for Shiite cleric support

Riyadh - A court in Riyadh has sentenced a Saudi national to 15 years in prison for supporting executed Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, local media reported on Thursday.

Saudi advisory council rejects study of women driving

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's Shura Council, which advises the cabinet, has turned down a proposal to study the issue of women's driving, a Shura member told AFP on Wednesday.

US Treasury chief warns on 9/11 law during Saudi visit

Riyadh - A United States law allowing victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia could have "serious implications" for shared US-Gulf interests, a top Obama administration official said Thursday.

Canada unable to obtain release of Saudi blogger to Canada

Ottawa - Canada's Foreign Minister Stephane Dion had requested Saudi Arabia to release blogger Raif Badawi so he could join his family in Canada. However, Saudi ambassador Naif Bin Bandir AlSudairy, said the request was refused.

Saudi-led coalition says it 'wrongly targeted' Yemen funeral

Riyadh - The Saudi-led coalition battling Yemeni rebels said Saturday that one of its warplanes had "wrongly targeted" a funeral in the capital Sanaa, killing more than 140 people, and announced disciplinary measures.

Gulf, Turkey bemoan UN inaction on Aleppo

Riyadh - Turkey's foreign minister and his Arab counterparts in the Gulf on Thursday condemned "indiscriminate" air strikes on Syria's Aleppo and expressed "deep regret" at the UN's inability to stop the raids.

Saudi eases Yemen blockade 'to allow raid wounded evacuation'

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia announced an easing of its 18-month air blockade of rebel-held areas of neighbouring Yemen on Wednesday to allow the evacuation of hundreds of wounded from a deadly weekend air strike.

'Smashed cranes' slow aid flow to Yemen: UN aid chief

Riyadh - "Smashed cranes" at Yemen's rebel-held Hodeida port are hindering the entry of relief supplies to ease a deteriorating humanitarian crisis in the war-torn country, the UN aid chief said Wednesday.

Yemen rebels pose threat to shipping: Arab coalition

Riyadh - Huthi rebels in Yemen are posing a threat to shipping in the strategic Bab al-Mandab strait, the Saudi-led coalition supporting the government said Sunday after an attack on an Emirati vessel.

Saudi warns of 'disastrous consequences' over US 9/11 law

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia on Thursday warned of "disastrous consequences" from a United States law allowing 9/11 victims to sue the kingdom, in a major spike in tension between the longstanding allies.

Saudi petition seeks 'full' rights for women

Riyadh - Thousands of Saudis have signed a petition urging an end to the guardianship system that gives men control over the study, marriage and travel of female relatives, activists said Tuesday.

From war or wealth: The many faces of the hajj pilgrimage

Mecca - There are those who come from countries at war, others who saved their entire lives, and some making the pilgrimage for the umpteenth time.They are among more than 1.

Key Syria rebel supporter Saudi Arabia welcomes ceasefire

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia, a key backer of Syria's rebels, has welcomed a ceasefire brokered by Moscow and Washington, but stressed President Bashar al-Assad's regime must abide by it.

Saudi launches Persian hajj TV after tensions with Iran

Mecca - Saudi Arabia has launched Persian-language television broadcasts from this year's hajj, the information minister said on Sunday, following tensions with Iran over the annual pilgrimage.

Hajj pilgrims reach site of deadly stampede

Mena - Muslim pilgrims reached Mina on Monday for the ritual stoning of the devil, the last major rite of the annual hajj and the scene of a devastating stampede last year.
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