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Op-Ed: Yemen's Southern Separatists aim to occupy all of South Yemen

Aden - The Southern Transitional Council (STC), a large separatist movement that wants an independent Southern Yemen has rejected demands to give up Aden that it has seized from the Saudi-supported internationally recognized government

Op-Ed: Southern separatists take control of Aden in Yemen

Aden - Aden was declared the interim capital of Yemen by the Saudi-backed government of Mansour Hadi. However, Hadi is in Saudi Arabia because of the security situation. Now Aden has been taken over by southern separatists backed by the UAE.

Some 2.5 million Muslim hajj pilgrims scale Mount Arafat

Mena - Nearly 2.5 million Muslim hajj pilgrims converged on Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia Saturday marshalled by tens of thousands of stewards in a bid to prevent any repetition of previous years' deadly stampedes.

More than two million Muslims on hajj pilgrimage

Mecca - More than two million Muslims began the annual hajj Friday under sweltering conditions, as the Saudi hosts sought to deter politicisation of the pilgrimage against a backdrop of simmering Gulf tensions.

200 hit by New Zealand massacre take part in hajj pilgrimage

Mecca - Two hundred survivors and relatives of victims of March's massacres at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, are undertaking the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia to "pray for the martyrs".

More than two million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage

Mecca - More than two million Muslims begin the annual hajj on Friday as the Saudi hosts seek to deter politicisation of the pilgrimage against a backdrop of simmering Gulf tensions.

Saudi prepares for hajj as Gulf tensions persist

Mecca - More than 2.5 million Muslims will on Friday begin the annual hajj pilgrimage in the Islamic holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, against a backdrop of tensions in the Gulf.

US Senate to vote to try to override Trump's veto on arms sales

Washington - The US Senate will vote Monday evening in an attempt to override President Trump's three vetoes of resolutions that block his arms deals with Saudi Arabia.

US to send up to 500 troops to Saudi Arabian base

Riyadh - Satellite images show that facilities are being prepared for up to 500 US ground troops that are to be sent to Saudi Arabia. The troops are said to be sent in response to tensions with Iran.

Janet Jackson in Saudi concert boycotted by Nicki Minaj

Jeddah - Janet Jackson, 50 Cent and Chris Brown were among artists who performed Thursday at a concert in Saudi Arabia that rapper Nicki Minaj pulled out of citing human rights concerns.

Saudis and Houthis reach a deal on the port of Hodeidah in Yemen

Hodeida - Houthi and Saudi representatives have within the last 48 hours reached an agreement on board a UN ship in the Red Sea, according to UN officials. The deal would see the ceasefire at the port of Hodeidah enforced.

Trump rejects idea of FBI investigation into Khashoggi murder

Trump claims the issue if Jamal Khashoggi's murder never came up during his recent talk with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman even though it has been a major topic in the US Congress with respect to Saudi US relations.

Op-Ed: UN report says Crown Prince Salman involved in Khashoggi murder

Agnes Callamard, UN special rapporteur found in a thorough and quite critical report that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was the victim of a brutal and premeditated killing carried out by top Saudi officials including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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.
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