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Saudi in hi-tech front line battle to keep IS at bay

- The chain-link fences, topped with coils of barbed wire, rise and fall like a serpent's back across the desert scrubland between Saudi Arabia and the jihadist threat across the Iraqi border.

MERS-CoV found in the Philippines

A nurse returning to the Philippines country from Saudi Arabia has tested positive for the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, according to the Filipino Department of Health.

Gulf states back Qatar in row with Egypt over Libya

Riyadh - Gulf Arab states threw their support behind Qatar Thursday in a row with Egypt, which accused Doha of backing "terrorism" during heated discussions about Cairo's air strikes on jihadists in Libya.

Ghost super moon on February 18th will not be visible

The first "Super" moon of 2015 will rise on Feb. 18th. As the moon rises it will be a rare "Super New Moon" which means the moon will not be visible.

Saudi blogger Badawi again avoids flogging: Amnesty

Riyadh - Saudi Arabian blogger Raef Badawi avoided further flogging on Friday, Amnesty International said, marking the fifth straight week that his 1,000-lash sentence has not been carried out.

Study finds smokers have thin brain cortex and impaired thinking

New research published this week has found that smoking is not just harmful to the heart and lungs - we knew that - but also harmful to the brain. That aspect of the danger of cigarettes hasn't been studied much but this study may lead to more.

Saudi frees women's rights activist close to blogger

Riyadh - A woman who co-founded the Saudi Liberal Network Internet discussion group with blogging activist Raef Badawi has been freed after about three months in prison, her daughter said on Sunday.

Two U.S. defence contractors shot at in Saudi

Riyadh - A U.S. defence contractor said Sunday that two of its American employees came under fire in the latest attack against Westerners in Saudi Arabia.It was the second time in recent months that staff of the contractor Vinnell Arabia have been targeted.

Two US citizens under fire in new anti-West attack in Saudi

Riyadh - Gunmen fired at two US citizens Friday on a road in oil-rich Eastern Province, leaving one wounded, in the fourth anti-Western attack in Saudi Arabia in as many months, police said."At 2:00 pm today... a car carrying two American nationals...

New Saudi king announces major government shake-up

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's new King Salman further cemented his hold on power, with a sweeping shakeup that saw two sons of the late King Abdullah fired, and the heads of intelligence and other key agencies replaced alongside a cabinet shuffle.

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.
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