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US singles out Iran, readies response to Saudi oil attacks

Washington - The United States readied its response Monday to the "unprecedented" attack on Saudi oil facilities as President Donald Trump said Iran was likely to blame, fanning new fears of conflict in the Gulf region.

Trump says almost sure Iran behind Saudi attacks

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Monday that Iran was likely behind strikes on Saudi oil facilities, but that he wanted to be sure and he hoped to avoid war.

Amnesty chief says US strike would worsen Mideast suffering

Washington - The head of Amnesty International warned Monday that a US military intervention in response to the attack on Saudi oil facilities blamed on Iran would only aggravate suffering in the Middle East.

US will 'defend' international order being 'undermined by Iran': Pentagon chief

Washington - US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Monday that the US military is preparing a response to the attack on major Saudi Arabia oil facilities.

Weapons used in Saudi attacks 'came from Iran', says coalition

Apo - The weapons used to strike Saudi oil facilities were Iranian-made, the Riyadh-led coalition said Monday, heightening fears of regional conflict after the US hinted at a military response to the assault.

Saudi attacks underscore evolving drone threat, experts say

Paris - An attack on Saudi oil facilities at the weekend has exposed the vulnerability of the kingdom to drone strikes and underscores how traditional air defences can be breached by new low-cost technology, experts say.

Trump backed off on Iran last time -- but will he again?

Washington - Donald Trump famously canceled a missile strike on Iran in June, but Tehran will not be resting easy following the unpredictable president's warning that the United States is again "locked and loaded.

Yemen rebels threaten new attacks on Saudi oil sites

Sanaa - Yemen's Iran-backed Huthi rebels, who claimed responsibility for devastating weekend attacks on Saudi oil facilities, threatened Monday to carry out more strikes and urged foreigners to stay away.

Trump may meet Iran leader despite Saudi attacks: White House

Washington - The White House said on Sunday President Donald Trump may still meet his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, despite the US accusing Iran of masterminding drone attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities.

Saudi Arabia battles market jitters after oil plant attacks

Apo - Saudi energy giant Aramco is battling to reassure markets after devastating attacks on two oil plants, where a prolonged shutdown risks roiling investor confidence ahead of the state-owned giant's mega stock listing, analysts say.

US hints at military response to Saudi attacks as oil prices surge

London - Oil prices made their biggest jump since the Gulf War on Monday after President Donald Trump warned that the US was "locked and loaded" to respond to attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure that Washington blamed on Iran.

Iran refutes US accusations over Saudi attacks

Tehran - Iran on Sunday dismissed US accusations it was behind drone attacks on Saudi oil installations, suggesting Washington was seeking a pretext to retaliate against the Islamic republic.

Saudi bourse slumps after oil facility attacks

Apo - Saudi shares slumped at the start of trading Sunday, the first session after drone attacks on two major oil facilities knocked out more than half the OPEC kingpin's production.

Yemeni rebel attacks pose danger to Saudi infrastructure

Apo - Drone attacks launched by Yemeni rebels on Saudi oil facilities on Saturday have exposed the threat to critical infrastructure in the kingdom.

Yemeni rebel drones spark fires at two Saudi Aramco oil facilities

Apo - Drone attacks sparked fires at two Saudi Aramco oil facilities on Saturday, the interior ministry said, the latest such assault claimed by Yemeni rebels as the energy giant prepares for a much-anticipated stock listing.

Drones spark fires at two Saudi Aramco oil facilities

Apo - Fires broke out at two Saudi Aramco oil facilities after they were struck by drones early Saturday, the kingdom's interior ministry said."At 4.

Saudi princess gets suspended jail in France over beaten workman

Paris - A French court on Thursday handed a 10-month suspended sentence to a sister of the Saudi crown prince over the beating of a workman at a luxury residence in Paris in 2016.

Saudi princess faces verdict in French 'beaten workman' case

Paris - A French court will rule Thursday whether a sister of the Saudi crown prince had a hand in the alleged beating of a workman who carried out repairs in her luxury Paris apartment.

'Rebel' Saudi women shun obligatory abaya robe

Apo - Her high heels clacking on marble tiles, a defiant Saudi woman turned heads and drew gasps as she strutted through a Riyadh mall -- without a body-shrouding abaya.

OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia replaces energy minister

Apo - Saudi Arabia's King Salman named his son as energy minister after veteran official Khalid al-Falih was sacked, state media said Sunday, in a major shakeup as the OPEC kingpin reels from low oil prices.

Saudi Arabia issues warning over south Yemen turmoil

Apo - Saudi Arabia on Thursday issued a stern warning to Yemeni separatists who have seized key parts of the south, saying any attempt to destabilise Yemen amounted to a threat to the kingdom.

Saudi-led coalition says unaware prisoners held at Yemen target site

Apo - The Saudi-led military coalition fighting Yemen's Huthi rebels said Monday it was unaware that prisoners were held at a detention site it targeted with air strikes that killed dozens of people.

Saudi-led coalition says unaware prisoners held at Yemen site

Apo - The Saudi-led military coalition fighting Yemen's Huthi rebels said Monday it was unaware that prisoners were held at a facility it targeted with deadly air strikes."The coalition was never informed...

More than 100 killed in air strike on Yemen prison: ICRC

Sanaa - More than 100 people are believed to have been killed in an air strike by the Saudi-led military coalition on a detention centre in Yemen, the International Committee of the Red Cross said Sunday.

Warily, Saudi shops push boundaries on prayer-time shutdown

Apo - With burger patties sizzling over a hot grill, a Saudi eatery did the unthinkable as a muezzin's call to prayer sent Muslim worshippers scrambling to lower their shutters: it stayed open.

Saudi, UAE renew call for south Yemen peace talks

Apo - Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates renewed a call on Monday for peace talks between Yemen's government and southern separatists, urging a ceasefire following deadly clashes.

Independence in the air in south Yemen after Aden clashes

Aden - Colourful flags emblazoned with a red star are being held aloft in Aden, reflecting the independence ambitions of southern Yemen after a separatist takeover of the city.

Sudan's Bashir got $90 mn from Saudi, investigator tells court

Khartoum - Sudan's deposed military ruler Omar al-Bashir has admitted to receiving $90 million in cash from Saudi royals, an investigator told a Khartoum court on Monday.

Yemen rebel attack sparks fire in Saudi gas plant: Aramco

Apo - An attack claimed by Yemeni rebels sparked a fire in a Saudi gas plant Saturday but caused no casualties or disruption to production, state-owned energy company Saudi Aramco said.

Saudi-UAE delegation in Yemen's Aden to discuss separatist pullout

Aden - A joint Saudi-Emirati military delegation travelled to Aden on Thursday to discuss demands for a pullout of UAE-backed southern separatists from positions they captured in Yemen's interim capital, government and separatist sources said.
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