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Saudis detain women's advocates ahead of driving ban lift

Dubai - Saudi authorities have arrested seven prominent women's rights advocates, dividing public opinion just weeks before the kingdom is set to lift its driving ban on women.

Saudis detain women's advocates ahead of driving ban lift: HRW

Dubai - Saudi authorities have arrested seven prominent women's rights advocates, just weeks before the kingdom's longstanding driving ban on women is set to be lifted, Human Rights Watch said Saturday.

Egypt TV series row as Saudi objects to star

Apo - Soaps and dramas normally unite binge-watching Arab audiences during Ramadan but this year an Egyptian series has been caught up in a bitter dispute with Saudi Arabia over one of its star actors.

Saudi Arabia announces Thursday start for Ramadan

Apo - The Islamic holy month of Ramadan will begin Thursday in Saudi Arabia, the land of the religion's two holiest sites, authorities said.

Yemeni PM says row over Socotra island resolved

Aden - Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed bin Dagher announced on Monday that a dispute over the island of Socotra sparked after the deployment of United Arab Emirates troops has been resolved.

Saudi-financed Belgian mosques teach hatred of Jews, gays: report

Apo - Teaching manuals in Gulf Arab-financed mosques in Belgium promote anti-semitic stereotypes of Jews and call for the persecution of homosexuals, according to a leaked Belgian intelligence report.

Saudi tests siren after Yemen rebels fire new missiles

Apo - Saudi Arabia said Thursday it tested a new siren system for the capital Riyadh and oil-rich Eastern Province, the day after Yemeni rebels fired three ballistic missiles at the kingdom.

Saudi air defences intercept two missiles over Riyadh: state TV

Apo - Saudi Arabia's air defences intercepted two ballistic missiles over the capital Riyadh on Wednesday, state television said, the latest in a series of attacks claimed by rebels in neighbouring Yemen.

Saudi ready to raise oil supply after US pullout from Iran deal

Apo - Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil exporter, has said it will take all necessary measures to prevent supply shortages following the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.

Tensions brew on Yemen's Socotra after UAE deployment

Aden - A Saudi delegation is on the strategic Yemeni island of Socotra in a bid to defuse tensions which erupted after the United Arab Emirates deployed troops there, Yemeni state media reported.

Guantanamo inmate transferred to Saudi Arabia: Pentagon

Washington - A Guantanamo Bay inmate who pleaded guilty to helping plan a 2002 attack on a French oil tanker has been transferred to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

Tehran dismisses Pompeo's 'unfounded' accusations

Tehran - Iran on Monday dismissed "unfounded" accusations by new US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over its "ambition to dominate the Middle East".

Saudi Aramco appoints first woman to board of directors

Apo - Saudi national oil giant Aramco said Sunday that five new members had been appointed to its board of directors, including the first woman in the firm's history.Lynn Laverty Elsenhans, 60, is the former head of US oil company Sunoco Inc.

Israel's Netanyahu to discuss Iran deal with Pompeo

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he plans to discuss the Iran nuclear deal and Tehran's "growing aggression" when he meets visiting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo later Sunday.

Pompeo talks tough on Iran in first trip to Mideast allies

Apo - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lashed out at Iran during a rapid tour of Middle East allies on Sunday ahead of a crucial White House decision on whether to quit the nuclear deal with Tehran.

Saudi king launches building of entertainment mega-park

Apo - Saudi Arabia's King Salman has launched construction of an "entertainment city" near Riyadh, part of a series of multi-billion dollar projects aimed at helping the oil-dependent kingdom diversify its economy.

Pompeo briefs Saudi, Israel on Trump plans for Iran deal

Apo - Washington's new chief diplomat was to meet Saudi and Israeli leaders on Sunday to rally coordinated opposition to Tehran and brief them on President Donald Trump's threat to end the Iran nuclear deal.

Saudi-led strike 'kills dozens' of Yemen rebels

Sanaa - A Saudi-led coalition air strike has killed dozens of Yemeni rebels including two commanders, state media said Saturday, in another blow to the insurgents following the assassination of their political chief.

Strike kills dozens of Yemen rebels including commanders: Saudi TV

Dubai - An air strike on Yemen's capital by a Saudi-led military coalition has killed dozens of Huthi rebels including at least two commanders, Saudi television reported Saturday.

Saudi Arabia downs Yemeni rebel missile: state media

Apo - Saudi Arabia said its air defences on Friday intercepted a missile fired by Yemeni rebels, days after the insurgents' second-in-command was killed in an air raid by Riyadh and its allies.

'Gap in perceptions' threatens wider Middle East war

Tehran - Analysts fear a wider Middle Eastern war is brewing between Iran and its rivals, Israel and Saudi Arabia, warning that their failure to understand each other's intentions threatens to tear the region apart.

Yemen rebels on defensive after strike takes out leader

Dubai - Yemen's Huthis suffered a major setback with the killing of their political chief in a Saudi-led air strike, analysts say, in a signal of Riyadh's determination to pursue its military campaign against the rebels.

UN chief strongly condemns air strikes on Yemen wedding

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday strongly condemned airstrikes on a wedding in Yemen that killed dozens of people, including children, and called for an investigation.

Yemen rebels vow to avenge coalition killing of political head

Sanaa - Yemen's Huthi militias vowed Monday to avenge the killing of their top political leader in what they said was a Saudi-led coalition air strike, the highest-ranking rebel to die in the three-year conflict.

Dozens killed in air raid on Yemen wedding: medics

Sanaa - Dozens were killed and wounded in an air raid on a wedding party in Yemen, local officials said Monday, with Huthi rebels blaming a Saudi-led military coalition.

Cinema makes return to Saudi Arabia

Apo - Saudi Arabia hosted its first public film screening in over 35 years on Friday, two days after US movie giant AMC unveiled the kingdom's debut theatre in Riyadh.

Saudis see oil price on rise as Trump blasts OPEC

Jeddah - Saudi Energy Minister Khaled al-Faleh said Friday the global market has the capacity to absorb higher oil prices, drawing a swift reaction from US President Donald Trump who accused OPEC of inflating prices.

Saudi-Russia oil alliance likely to undercut OPEC

Dubai - Saudi Arabia hopes to bring Russia into the fold of an expanded club of global oil giants to sustain a stable market, leaving OPEC's role in question, analysts say.

Saudi Arabia unveils first new cinema with 'Black Panther' screening

Apo - Saudi Arabia on Wednesday unveiled its first cinema in over 35 years with a private screening of the blockbuster "Black Panther", the first in a series of trial runs before movie theatres open to the wider public.

Saudi anti-extremism centre hosts French cardinal

Apo - Saudi Arabia's anti-extremism Etidal centre hosted French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran on Wednesday, authorities said, a rare visit as the crown prince pushes for inter-religious exchange in the ultra-conservative Sunni kingdom.
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