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Saudi revives 15-year-old anti-Pokemon fatwa

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's top clerical body has revived a 2001 religious edict prohibiting Pokemon in response to public calls for guidance on the newly launched smartphone version of the game.

Op-Ed: Document on Saudi involvement in 9/11 released finally

Washington - The US House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has at least released the secret "28 pages" from the 9/11 report which deal almost entirely with the relationship of the Saudi Arabian government to the attacks.

19 people arrested over Saudi attacks including Medina: ministry 

Riyadh - Nineteen people, including 12 Pakistani nationals, have been arrested in Saudi Arabia following suicide attacks on Monday, including one near Islam's second-holiest site in the city of Medina, the kingdom's Interior Ministry said on Thursday.

Suicide bombings shake Saudi Arabia, four dead at holy site

Riyadh - Three suicide bombings have struck across Saudi Arabia in a single day, including a shocking attack at Islam's second holiest site, the Prophet's Mosque in Medina, where four security guards were killed.

Suicide blast outside Prophet's Mosque in Medina: Saudi media

Riyadh - A suicide blast struck Monday in Saudi Arabia outside one of Islam's holiest sites, the Prophet's Mosque in Medina, a Saudi-owned television channel reported.

Suicide blast near mosque in eastern Saudi: Residents

Riyadh - A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia on Monday, without causing any other injuries, residents told AFP."Suicide bomber for sure.

Suicide bombing near US consulate in Saudi: ministry

Riyadh - A suicide bomber blew himself up near the United States consulate in Saudi Arabia's Red Sea city of Jeddah in the early hours of Monday, the interior ministry said.

Yemeni government casts doubt on UN peace talks

Riyadh - Yemen's government has expressed doubts over UN-backed efforts to end its conflict with Shiite Huthi rebels who have seized control of large parts of the country.The government still has "fundamental differences" with the Huthis over "their rejection.....

Hajj pilgrims to get e-bracelets for safety: Media

Riyadh - Muslim pilgrims joining this year's hajj in Saudi Arabia will have to wear an electronic safety bracelet, newspapers reported Friday, after more than 2,000 died in a stampede last year.

Saudis urged to say 'no' to Ramadan begging

Riyadh - Clad in black and with a baby in her lap, a woman sits on the ground shaking a cardboard box outside the door of a Saudi mosque.

Measure to ban transfer of cluster bombs to Saudis defeated

Washington - The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly defeated a measure to ban the transfer of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia. The vote was 204 for and 216 against. The vote against the measure was made up of 200 Republicans but only 16 Democrats.

What is Ramadan, the Islamic holy month?

Jeddah - More than a billion Muslims around the world marked the start of Ramadan on Monday, embarking on a month of fasting and prayer to commemorate the divine revelations received by Islam's Prophet Mohammed.What is Ramadan?

Kerry holds Saudi talks ahead of Syria, Libya meetings

Jeddah - US Secretary of State John Kerry met Saudi King Salman on Sunday ahead of a week of crunch talks on the conflicts in Syria and Libya.Riyadh has been a key supporter of rebels fighting to overthrow the Damascus regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Saudis intercept ballistic missile fired from Yemen

Riyadh - Saudi air defence on Monday intercepted a ballistic missile fired from Yemen, the Arab coalition backing the Yemeni government said, slamming a "dangerous escalation" as peace talks with rebels falter.

Saudi Binladin Group says delayed wages paid to 10,000 staff

Riyadh - Saudi Binladin Group, which has laid off tens of thousands of employees because of financial difficulties, said on Monday it has begun paying delayed wages to its remaining staff.

Reshuffle shows Saudi determination to change, experts say

Riyadh - With a major government reshuffle, Saudi Arabia's King Salman and his powerful son have shown their determination to move the kingdom's economy away from oil, experts say.

Saudi oil minister sacked in government shake-up

Riyadh - Saudi King Salman replaced his long-serving oil minister on Saturday as part of a major government overhaul which comes as the kingdom grapples with a slump in energy revenues.

4 dead in Saudi raid on 'terror' cell near Mecca: Ministry

Riyadh - Saudi police shot dead two suspected militants and two others blew themselves up during a raid near the holy city of Mecca on Thursday, the interior ministry said.

Saudi Binladin Group lays off 50,000 foreign workers, some unpaid

Mecca - Fifty thousand foreign laborers have been fired by the Binladin Group construction company in Saudi Arabia. Some have not been paid salaries for the last four months.

Saudi Arabia to sell stake in Aramco, create $2 trillion fund

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia will sell shares in state oil giant Aramco and set up the world's largest wealth fund under a long-term economic reform plan, the deputy crown prince said Monday.
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