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Houthis claim to have taken 20 military sites in Saudi Arabia

The Houthis in Yemen have claimed that its forces crossed the border into southern Saudi Arabia taking control of more than twenty positions. Saudi Arabia is leading a military coalition against the Houthis to try and restore the previous government.

Mecca summit slams US embassy move to Jerusalem: statement

Mecca - The 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Saturday slammed the US decision to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem and recognise the disputed city as Israel's capital.

Turkey's Erdogan absent from Mecca Islamic summit: AFP

Mecca - Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was notably absent from a key summit of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in the Saudi holy city of Mecca early Saturday, an AFP photographer said.

Riyadh rallies allies against Tehran at Mecca summits

Mecca - Gulf and Arab allies rallied around Saudi Arabia Friday as it ratcheted up tensions with regional rival Iran after a series of attacks, drawing accusations from Tehran of "sowing division".

Arab, Muslim leaders gather in Mecca for Iran-focused summits

Mecca - Arab and Muslim leaders began gathering in the holy city of Mecca on Thursday for three summits, as host Saudi Arabia seeks to rally support against Iran after a series of attacks that have sparked fears of a regional conflagration.

Trump to sell arms to the Saudis without Congressional approval

Washington D.c. - In a move that some members of the US Congress had predicted earlier this week, President Trump has declared a national emergency in order to circumvent Congressional restrictions on arms sales and quickly ship arms to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Saudi, UAE see sufficient oil supplies, rising stocks

Jeddah - OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia and key producer United Arab Emirates said Sunday oil supplies were sufficient and stockpiles were still rising despite massive output drops by Iran and Venezuela.

Saudi, UAE see sufficient oil supplies, rising stocks

Jeddah - Oil supplies were sufficient and stockpiles were still rising despite massive output drops from Iran and Venezuela, said OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia and key producer UAE on Sunday, as oil exporters met in Jeddah.

Op-Ed: US Secretary of State Pompeo defends US involvement in Yemen War

Washington - After US President Trump vetoed a Congress bill that challenged US involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has defended US participation before the veto is dealt with by the US Senate.

Op-Ed: US House votes to end US involvement in Yemen war

The US House of Representatives voted Thursday and passed SJ Res 7 the Senate version of the War Powers Act challenge to US involvement in the war in Yemen. First, the House voted down a Republican motion to recommit to the war.

Seven people die as missile hits near Yemen hospital

Seven persons were killed including four children in an air raid in which a missile landed near a hospital in rural northwest Yemen according to a report from Save the Children.

Saudi music festival spotlights pre-Islamic heritage

Tabouk - Bathed in light, musicians belt out melodies among pre-Islamic desert ruins in northwestern Saudi Arabia, a heritage trove at the centre of efforts to put the reclusive kingdom on the tourism map.

Saudi Arabia creates tech-led energy hub

Saudi Arabia is in the process of developing an energy hub with green technology in mind. Called the King Salman Energy Park, the hub will focus on exploration, production, refining, petrochemicals, conventional power, water production and treatment.

Op-Ed: US Syria withdrawal — What happens next?

Washington - The United States military withdrawal from Syria has drawn universal condemnation from everyone but Vladimir Putin. The odd, mistimed strategy may have some very strange, and hideous, consequences.

Op-Ed: New official version of Khashoggi murder still absolves MBS

The Saudi Public Prosecutor has issued a rare press release that summarized the new official version of events in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. As in the older version, the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), is absolved of any responsibility.

Op-Ed: Some questions for the Saudis

Ever since Khashoggi went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul about two weeks ago, the Saudis have claimed that he left and that they had no knowledge of his whereabouts.

Op-Ed: Tech, arms and Saudi Arabia, defining the problems

Istanbul - Many of the world’s top tech companies and governments claim to have high ideals. Their problem now is that Saudi Arabia, one of the top global investors in tech, is now under a bloodstained shadow. What are they going to do about it?

Chairman of Virgin Galactic suspends partnership with Saudis

Richard Branson founder and chairman of the space tourism venture, Virgin Galactic has temporarily suspended a partnership with Saudi Arabia until the issue of missing Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi is cleared up.

Saudi Arabia embraces yoga in pivot towards 'moderation'

Jeddah - In a sparse, wood-floored studio, Saudi women squat, lunge and do headstands. Even a year ago, teaching these yoga postures could have rendered them outlaws in the conservative Islamic kingdom.

Ethiopia, Eritrea seek to bolster truce at Saudi summit

Jeddah - Ethiopia and Eritrea signed an agreement Sunday at a summit in Saudi Arabia, bolstering a historic peace accord between the two former Horn of Africa enemies, officials said.
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