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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.

'Green hajj' slowly takes root in Mecca

- Thousands of cleaners are busy separating plastic from other rubbish as more than two million Muslims wrap up a pilgrimage to Mecca that presents a huge environmental challenge for Saudi Arabia.

Muslim pilgrims scale Mount Arafat for peak of hajj

Mena - A sea of pilgrims ascended Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia on Monday to pray and repent, the climax of the annual hajj bringing together more than two million Muslims from around the world.

More than two million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage

Mecca - More than two million Muslims from around the globe started the hajj pilgrimage on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, one of the world's largest annual gatherings in a country undergoing unprecedented change.

More than two million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage

Mecca - More than two million Muslims from around the globe on Sunday started the hajj pilgrimage at Islam's holiest sites in Saudi Arabia, one of the world's largest annual gatherings.

Lost in translation? Not for Muslim hajj pilgrims

Mecca - Lost in translation? Not in Mecca, thanks to a dedicated squad of interpreters gearing up to help two million Muslims speaking dozens of languages at the annual hajj pilgrimage.

Saudi Arabia tests Japan-inspired 'nap pods' for hajj

Mecca - Mansour al-Amer swipes a card to reveal a narrow sleep pod, reminiscent of Japan's famed capsule hotels. But this pod is in Saudi Arabia, where the Muslim hajj pilgrimage begins Sunday.

Pilgrims descend on Mecca for 'smart hajj'

Mecca - Two million Muslims gather in Saudi Arabia this week for the hajj as the annual pilgrimage becomes increasingly hi-tech with apps to help the faithful navigate Islam's holiest sites.

Saudi hackathon seeks high-tech fixes to hajj calamities

Jeddah - Fuelled by caffeine, pizza and adrenaline, sleep-deprived programmers in a marathon Saudi contest this week explored high-tech solutions to prevent a repeat of past calamities in the annual hajj pilgrimage.

Saudis see oil price on rise as Trump blasts OPEC

Jeddah - Saudi Energy Minister Khaled al-Faleh said Friday the global market has the capacity to absorb higher oil prices, drawing a swift reaction from US President Donald Trump who accused OPEC of inflating prices.

Oil to solar: Saudis push to be renewable energy powerhouse

- Saudi engineers whip up a simulated sandstorm to test a solar panel's durability at a research lab, the heart of the oil-rich kingdom's multibillion dollar quest to be a renewable energy powerhouse.

Pulling no punches: Saudi woman boxer breaks exercise taboo

Jeddah - Throwing punches in a gym tucked away from prying eyes, a Saudi female boxing trainer asserts a right long denied to many women in the conservative kingdom -- the right to exercise.

Saudi crown prince sets off on maiden foreign tour

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's crown prince lands in Egypt Sunday on the first leg of his maiden foreign tour as heir to the throne, a diplomatic charm offensive that follows his stunning rise to power.

Saudi Arabia begins issuing cinema licences

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia began issuing licences Thursday to operate cinemas in the kingdom ahead of their reopening after a decades-long ban was lifted as part of a far-reaching liberalisation drive.

Saudi crown prince flexes muscle with military shake-up

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's sudden overhaul of military commanders is the latest power play by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as he looks to revamp forces currently bogged down in Yemen.

Rock art and mystery: Ancient camel sculptures in Saudi desert

- Squinting in the Saudi desert, Hussain al-Khalifah points at his unprecedented archaeological discovery -- camels carved on russet-hued rocky spurs that could shed new light on the evolution of rock art.

Saudi king replaces top commanders in military shake-up

Riyadh - Saudi King Salman on Monday replaced top military commanders including the chief of staff, state media said, in a major shake-up of the kingdom's defence establishment.

Saudi king sacks chief of staff in major military shake-up

Riyadh - Saudi King Salman has sacked the military chief of staff and a host of other top commanders, state media said Monday, in a major shake-up of the defence establishment.

Riyadh hosts first international half-marathon

Riyadh - Rain-soaked Riyadh hosted its first international half-marathon on Saturday with a top prize of one million riyals ($267,000), as the conservative kingdom seeks to boost sports and entertainment in a far-reaching liberalisation drive.

Saudi Arabia to spend billions on Western-style entertainment

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia announced plans Thursday to spend billions on building new venues and flying in Western acts, in a total overhaul of its entertainment sector that would have been unthinkable not long ago.
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