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'Trapped' illegal workers in Saudi look to virus for escape

Apo - Jobless and broke, Sudanese electrician Hatem is stranded in limbo in Riyadh like countless other illegal workers, but he hopes the fast-spreading coronavirus will offer a chance for escape.

UK set to resume Saudi arms sales despite Yemen concerns

London - Britain said on Tuesday it would resume arms sales to Saudi Arabia, halted last year after a UK court ruling over the Gulf kingdom's bombing campaign in neighbouring Yemen.

Turkey trial of Saudi suspects in Khashoggi murder begins in absentia

Istanbul - Twenty Saudi suspects including two former aides to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman went on trial in absentia in Turkey on Friday, accused of killing and dismembering journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.

Curtailed hajj compounds Saudi economic woes

Apo - Vacant religious sites. Abandoned pilgrim tents. Lifeless hotels. A stunning emptiness -- and fears of economic ruin -- haunt the usually bustling city of Mecca after Saudi authorities curtailed the hajj pilgrimage over coronavirus.

Saudi scales down hajj, bars pilgrims from abroad

Apo - Saudi Arabia said Tuesday it will allow a drastically scaled-back hajj pilgrimage for around 1,000 pilgrims already present in the kingdom, as it battles a coronavirus surge.

Saudi to allow around 1,000 pilgrims to perform hajj: minister

Apo - Saudi Arabia will allow around 1,000 pilgrims residing in the kingdom to perform the hajj this year, a minister said Tuesday, after it announced the ritual would be scaled back due to coronavirus.

Muslims disappointed but accepting as Saudi scales back hajj

Kuala Lumpur - Muslims expressed disappointment Tuesday at Saudi Arabia's decision to scale back this year's hajj pilgrimage, but many accepted it was necessary as the kingdom battles a major coronavirus outbreak.

Saudi Arabia to hold 'very limited' hajj over pandemic

Apo - Saudi Arabia has announced it will hold a "very limited" hajj this year, with pilgrims already in the kingdom allowed to perform the annual ritual as it moves to curb the biggest coronavirus outbreak in the Gulf.

Saudi says to hold 'limited' hajj: state media

Apo - Saudi Arabia on Monday announced it would hold a "very limited" hajj this year, with pilgrims already in the kingdom allowed to perform the annual ritual as it moves to curb the coronavirus pandemic.

Saudi downturn deepens Yemen's economic despair

Apo - On top of war and the coronavirus pandemic, Yemen faces looming economic disaster as a crisis gripping its main benefactor Saudi Arabia dents remittances and leaves state coffers running dry.

Saudi faces perilous hajj call as virus spikes

Apo - Saudi Arabia is expected to scale back or call off this year's hajj pilgrimage for the first time in its modern history, observers say, a perilous decision as coronavirus cases spike.

Saudi-led Yemen coalition pulled from UN blacklist

New York - Campaigners reacted angrily on Monday to the removal of the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen from a list of groups violating children's rights, in a report by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Indonesia pulls out of annual Mecca pilgrimage over virus fears

Jakarta - Indonesia is pulling out of the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca over coronavirus fears, the religious affairs ministry said Tuesday, removing the largest contingent of worshippers.

Gulf crisis sees new 'fake news' flurry online

Doha - A tweet claiming to show the start of a coup in Qatar, with shaky footage of an illuminated window and crackling gunfire, spread quickly after being posted early last month.

Deadlock as Qatar embargo marks three-year anniversary

Doha - A bitter feud between Qatar and a Saudi-led alliance drags into a fourth year on Friday with no end in sight.

Saudi seeks to raise $2.3 bn in Yemen donor conference

Apo - Saudi Arabia seeks to raise $2.3 billion from an emergency donor conference Tuesday to support war-battered Yemen as it faces a coronavirus catastrophe in the sixth year of the kingdom's military intervention.

'Saudi game of thrones': pressure grows to release jailed prince

London - A $2 million US lobbying effort and petitions from European lawmakers are piling pressure on Saudi Arabia to release a philanthropist prince jailed for two years without charge amid an intensifying royal crackdown.

Masks and no ablution: Saudis flock to reopened mosques

Apo - Mask-clad worshippers flocked to Saudi mosques that reopened nationwide Sunday -- except in the holy city of Mecca –- over two months after congregational prayers were halted under a coronavirus-triggered lockdown.

Saudi Arabia to end virus curfew next month

Apo - Saudi Arabia said Tuesday it will end its nationwide coronavirus curfew from June 21, except in the holy city of Mecca, after more than two months of stringent curbs.

Sons of murdered Saudi journalist Khashoggi 'forgive' killers

Apo - The sons of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said Friday they "forgive" the killers of their father, a move analysts said effectively grants clemency to five convicts on death row.

Sons of murdered Saudi journalist Khashoggi say 'forgive' killers

Apo - The sons of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said Friday that they "forgive" the killers of their father.

Saudi Ramadan TV dramas invite scrutiny of Israel ties

Apo - Two Ramadan television dramas on a Saudi-controlled network have stirred controversy as they test public perceptions of quietly warming relations between the Gulf kingdom and Israel.

Lawmaker says fired State Dept watchdog looking at Saudi deal

Washington - The State Department watchdog abruptly fired by President Donald Trump was also probing his controversial bypassing of Congress to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia, a Democratic lawmaker said Monday.

Saudis reel from austerity drive after oil-rich 'magic decade'

Apo - Juggling two mortgages and part-time jobs, Saudi academic Abdullah finally came close to building his own home, but the kingdom's coronavirus-triggered austerity drive has dealt a crushing blow to his dreams.

Saudi to enforce round-the-clock virus curfew at Eid

Apo - Saudi Arabia will enforce a round-the-clock nationwide curfew during the five-day Eid al-Fitr holiday later this month to fight the coronavirus, the interior ministry said Tuesday, as infections spike.

Saudi triples VAT, suspends handouts in virus-led austerity drive

Apo - Saudi Arabia unveiled plans Monday to triple its value added tax and halt monthly allowances to citizens as part of a series of austerity measures amid record low oil prices and a coronavirus-led economic slump.

Saudi triples VAT, halts govt handouts in austerity drive

Apo - Saudi Arabia's finance minister on Monday said the kingdom will triple its Value Added Tax (VAT) and halt monthly handout payments to citizens in new austerity measures amid a coronavirus-led economic slump.

Rare Saudi resistance hits futuristic megacity project

Apo - A rare revolt by a Saudi tribe has spelt fresh trouble for a planned Red Sea megacity, a linchpin of the crown prince's economic vision already beset by low oil prices.

Jailed Saudi princess fears coronavirus risk in prison

London - A year after landing in jail without charge, her mercy plea unanswered by Saudi rulers and in fear of a coronavirus outbreak behind bars, a prominent princess did the unthinkable -- and went public.

As society opens, Saudi women surge into job market

Apo - Like thousands of Saudi women, Rouaa al-Mousa entered the workforce as reforms sweep the ultra-conservative kingdom and is certain that neither grumbling male bosses nor the coronavirus will change that.
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