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'Bargaining tools': Saudi speeds up trials before Biden era

Jeddah - Saudi Arabia is accelerating trials of so-called dissidents, including a high-profile Saudi-American doctor, who fear becoming bargaining tools in a potential early showdown with Joe Biden's incoming administration.

Saudi crown prince embraces Qatar at summit to heal Gulf rift

Tabouk - Gulf leaders signed a "solidarity and stability" deal Tuesday after the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Qatar publicly embraced, bringing Doha back into the regional fold after a three-year rift.

Gulf leaders, Kushner, converge on Saudi Arabia for crisis talks

Tabouk - Gulf leaders flew to Saudi Arabia Tuesday for a summit that could yield more breakthroughs in a regional crisis, after Riyadh re-opened its borders to Doha despite lingering enmity between the neighbours.

Bomb strikes WWI memorial at Saudi cemetery

Jeddah - A bomb blast struck a World War I commemoration attended by Western diplomats in the Saudi city of Jeddah Wednesday, leaving at least two people wounded in the second assault on diplomatic missions in recent weeks, officials said.

Saudi wounds French consulate guard in Jeddah knife attack

Jeddah - A Saudi citizen wounded a guard in a knife attack Thursday at the French consulate in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, officials said, as France faces growing anger over satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

Mecca reopens for limited 'umrah' pilgrimage

Mecca - Mask-clad Muslims circled Islam's holiest site along socially distanced paths on Sunday, as Saudi authorities partially resumed the year-round umrah pilgrimage with extensive health precautions adopted after a seven-month coronavirus hiatus.

Mecca reopens for limited 'umrah' pilgrimage

Mecca - Mask-clad Muslims circled Islam's holiest site along socially distanced paths on Sunday, as Saudi authorities partially resumed the year-round umrah pilgrimage amid extensive health precautions after seven-month coronavirus hiatus.

Saudi ex-spy chief's lawsuit spotlights secret power plays

Riyadh - A former Saudi intelligence czar's lawsuit in the US courts makes a host of incendiary claims, including that the powerful crown prince tried to have him killed, and threatens to spill more royal secrets.

Saudi airstrikes in north Yemen kill at least 10 civilians

Saudi-led airstrikes targeting northern Yemen killed at least ten civilians while wounding another 12 on this Thursday. The attacks hit a number of residential areas in al-Jawf.

Pilgrims stone Satan in last major rite of scaled-back hajj

Mena - Muslim pilgrims cast sanitised pebbles Friday as they "stoned the devil" in the last major ritual of the hajj, which the Saudi king acknowledged had been tough to organise amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Hajj goes virtual for families of lucky pilgrims

Khobar - Faridah Bakti Yahra travelled alone to Mecca when she won the lottery of a lifetime to join this year's hajj, the smallest in living memory, but her family is relishing the experience virtually.

Muslim pilgrims scale Mount Arafat for peak of hajj

Mena - Masked pilgrims scaled Saudi Arabia's Mount Arafat Thursday to pray and repent in the climax of this year's hajj, the smallest in modern times after massive crowds in previous years.

Muslim pilgrims to scale Mount Arafat for peak of hajj

Mena - Muslim pilgrims converged Thursday on Saudi Arabia's Mount Arafat for the climax of this year's hajj, the smallest in modern times and a sharp contrast to the massive crowds of previous years.

Virus measures, slashed numbers make for safest ever hajj

Mecca - This year's downsized hajj may prove to be the safest ever despite the ever-present threat posed by the novel coronavirus.

Muslims begin downsized hajj amid pandemic

Mecca - Mask-clad Muslim pilgrims on Wednesday began the annual hajj, dramatically downsized this year as the Saudi hosts strive to prevent a coronavirus outbreak during the five-day pilgrimage.

Saudis strive to prevent virus outbreak in curtailed hajj

Mecca - Pilgrims were quarantined Tuesday in the Muslim holy city of Mecca ahead of the dramatically downsized hajj as Saudi authorities strive to prevent a coronavirus outbreak during the five-day pilgrimage.

Saudi Arabia gears up for downsized hajj

Mecca - Saudi Arabia on Wednesday begins hosting the annual hajj pilgrimage, dramatically downscaled due to the coronavirus pandemic that has barred millions of international pilgrims for the first time in modern history.

Saudi air attack in Yemen kills at least 25 civilians

Saudi-led airstrikes in northern Yemen continued to hit civilian areas rather than military targets with the latest attacks hitting a residential area in Jawf Province, killing at least 25 civilians and destroying three houses.

Op-Ed: Yemen STC separatists take control of key island Socotra

The internationally recognized Hadi Yemen government which is supported by Saudi Arabia has lost control of the large island off the south of the Yemen coast to the Southern Transitional Council (STC) a UAE-backed separatist group.

Saudi coalition air strike kills 13 civilians in Yemen

This Monday an airstrike by the US-backed Saudi coalition fighting the rebel Houthis in Yemen hit a vehicle in North Yemen. The attack killed 13 people including four children.
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