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Visit to Saudi Arabia by Egypt's el-Sisi hopes to mend relations

Riyadh - The Egyptian President Abdel el-Sisi received a royal welcome when he touched down and stepped off his plane in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. He was met by King Salman, surrounded by royal officials according to the official Saudi Press Agency.

US wants 'strong' Saudi Arabia: Mattis

Riyadh - The United States wants to see a strong Saudi Arabia, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said during talks Wednesday aimed at reinvigorating the Riyadh-Washington alliance.

Mattis in Riyadh to boost US-Saudi alliance

Riyadh - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is in Saudi Arabia Wednesday to reinvigorate the Riyadh-Washington alliance, with both seeing a common adversary in Iran and its "destabilising" activities.

Twelve soldiers dead as Saudi helicopter goes down in Yemen

Riyadh - Twelve Saudi soldiers, including four officers, were killed on Tuesday when their helicopter went down in Yemen, the Arab coalition fighting Yemeni rebels said in a statement.

US, China working 'closely' on North Korea: Mattis

Riyadh - The United States and China are working "closely" together over North Korea, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday, two days after a new missile test by Pyongyang.

First woman on trial in Saudi over Shiite protests

Riyadh - The trial has begun in Saudi Arabia of the first woman accused of involvement in protests in a Shiite-majority area of the kingdom, a newspaper reported Tuesday.The Okaz daily did not name the accused, but gave her age as 43.

Britain's May in Saudi Arabia seeking deals

Riyadh - British Prime Minister Theresa May held talks with Saudi officials on Tuesday, hoping to tap the oil-rich kingdom's "immense potential" as she looks to secure post-Brexit investment and trade.

Two years on, Yemen stuck in 'quagmire'

Riyadh - Deadly fighting, a rise in jihadism, the threat of famine -- two years after Saudi Arabia intervened against Iran-backed rebels, Yemen is more unstable than ever.

Massacre of 42 migrants blamed on Saudi-led coalition

Hodeida - Foreign Affairs Minister Abdusalam Omer speaking to the Somalia news agency SONNA on state TV demanded answers to the attack on a refugee boat off the coast of Yemen that killed 42 Somali migrants.

Trump critic McCain meets Saudi king

Riyadh - Influential American Senator John McCain, a critic of President Donald Trump, held talks with Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Tuesday, official media said.

Saudi royals host Erdogan ahead of Syria talks

Riyadh - Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Saudi Arabia's top leadership on Tuesday during a visit to further strengthen ties as part of a Gulf tour ahead of Syria peace talks.

'Islamophobia' fuelling terrorism: UN chief

Riyadh - "Islamophobia" in parts of the world is fuelling terrorism, the head of the United Nations said on a visit to Saudi Arabia Sunday, as anti-immigrant sentiment rises in some countries.

CIA director gives medal to top Saudi royal

Riyadh - The heir to Saudi Arabia's throne has been awarded a medal by the new director of the US Central Intelligence Agency, who honoured his counter-terrorism work.

Saudi Arabia forced to introduce taxes as oil revenues slump

Riyad - Saudi Arabia residents have long enjoyed a tax-free existence supplemented by heavy subsidies on some products. With the steep decline in oil prices and revenues this is all changing.

Yemen rebel 'suicide boat' attack kills Saudi sailors

Riyadh - Yemeni rebel "suicide" boats attacked a Saudi warship on patrol in the Red Sea, killing two sailors in what the Saudi-led coalition called an escalation of the nearly two-year-old war.

Saudi vulnerable to 'Shamoon 2' virus: telco chief

Riyadh - Saudi computer security systems are vulnerable to the "Shamoon 2" virus, a senior communications official warned Thursday, confirming reports of a fresh cyberattack on the kingdom.

Trump sued over 'unconstitutional' foreign payments

New York - A federal lawsuit filed Monday against Donald Trump claims the president is violating the Constitution by allowing his businesses to receive payments from foreign governments.

France FM in Saudi to reaffirm 'partnership'

Riyadh - France's Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault arrived in Saudi Arabia on Monday to reaffirm the allies' "strategic partnership", as European concerns mount over US President Donald Trump's foreign policies.

UN expert urges Saudi to end ban on women driving

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's government should end the kingdom's ban on women driving and reform the male guardianship system, a United Nations independent expert said on Thursday.

Syrian political opposition says it supports Astana talks

Riyadh - Syria's mainstream political opposition said Saturday it supports planned peace talks sponsored by Russia and Turkey in the Kazakh capital later this month.
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