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Op-Ed: Obama's sickening Saudi homage is object lesson in U.S. hypocrisy

Riyadh - By paying effusive homage to the late Saudi King Abdullah and by honoring the kingdom's new fundamentalist dictator with his presence, President Barack Obama has given the world an object lesson in American hypocrisy.

Obama meets new Saudi king to shore up ties

Riyadh - US President Barack Obama led a heavyweight delegation to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to meet new King Salman and shore up ties that have suffered in recent years.The longstanding allies remain bound by shared interests in regional stability and oil.

Obama tackles IS fight, Iran with new Saudi king

Riyadh - US President Barack Obama led a heavyweight delegation to Saudi Arabia Tuesday to meet new King Salman and discussed the two countries' ongoing fight against the Islamic State group.

Op-Ed: Activists wonder if four confined women are still alive

Riyadh - While President Obama travels to Saudi Arabia to mourn the passing of a King Abdullah, four of the king's imprisoned daughters have disappeared off social media, and activists are concerned the women have passed on.

World leaders pay respects on Saudi day of mourning

Riyadh - More foreign leaders flocked to Saudi Arabia paying their respects to King Salman on Sunday, as the normally gridlocked streets of Riyadh turned quiet during a day of mourning for his predecessor Abdullah.

Iran FM in rare Saudi visit after king's death: TV

Riyadh - Iran's foreign minister arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday for a rare visit to the regional rival, bringing condolences after the death of King Abdullah, television pictures showed.

Camels’ role in MERS virus now under question

A new research study suggests that transmission of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS) from camels to humans is poor.

Saudi buries King Abdullah, Salman takes throne

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia buried King Abdullah Friday as foreign leaders gathered in the capital for the funeral of the ruler of the world's top oil exporter and the spiritual home of Islam.

Saudi King Abdullah dies, Salman is new ruler

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's elderly King Abdullah died on Friday and was replaced by his half-brother Salman as the absolute ruler of the world's top oil exporter and the spiritual home of Islam.

Saudi King Abdullah dies: Royal court statement 

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz died on Friday and was replaced by Crown Prince Salman, the OPEC-kingpin's royal court said in a statement.The late monarch's half brother Moqren was named crown prince, according to the statement.

Op-Ed: Saudis and Iran ride rocky road to improved relations

Iran and Saudi Arabia are competitors for influence in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia also represents Sunni influence in the area while Iran is a prime supporter of Shia groups.

Jailed Saudi blogger's wife pleads for international pressure

The wife of Saudi blogger, Raif Badawi, who has convicted of “insulting Islam” called on world leaders to pressure the Saudi government into releasing him in the wake of the government postponing his second set of 50 lashes due to medical reasons.

Venezuela's Maduro holds talks in OPEC kingpin Saudi

Riyadh - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro held talks in OPEC's leading oil producer Saudi Arabia on Sunday, officials said, before he headed to Algeria for further dialogue about low world crude prices.

Saudi blogger lashed in public for 'insulting Islam'

Jeddah - Saudi Arabia on Friday publicly flogged a blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam, with Amnesty International condemning his punishment as a "vicious act of cruelty".

Suicide bomber kills two Saudi guards on Iraq border

Riyadh - A suicide bomber killed two Saudi guards on Monday on the border with Iraq, where Islamic State jihadists have seized a swathe of territory, the interior ministry said.

Ailing Saudi King Abdullah admitted to hospital for checks

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's ailing King Abdullah was admitted to hospital on Wednesday for "medical checks," the royal court said, with the country's stock market falling sharply following the news.

26 foreigners among 135 arrested for 'terrorism' in Saudi

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia said Sunday it has arrested 135 suspects for "terrorism" offences, after the kingdom's participation in air strikes against Islamic State group extremists raised concerns about possible retaliation.

Saudi groom divorces bride after she removes veil, shows her face

Medina - A Saudi Arabian groom divorced his bride on their wedding day after seeing her face for the first time. The groom saw his bride's face for the first time when she lifted her veil in preparation for photographs to be taken.

Facebook users often unable to tell real from fraudulent links

An exhaustive, multi-year study of malware and phishing scams present on Facebook reveals that users often have a hard time distinguishing between real Facebook links and harmful viruses.

Gunmen kill five in Saudi Shiite village on Ashura eve

Riyadh - Masked gunmen killed five people in a mostly Shiite area of eastern Saudi Arabia late on Monday, as the minority community prepared to celebrate the festival of Ashura, police said.
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