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Op-Ed: Top Saudi cleric claims chess 'work of Satan' and 'forbidden'

Mecca - Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Sheikh responded to a question on a Saudi television show saying that chess was "the work of Satan," as were alcohol and gambling.

Saudi Arabia buying up farmland in Southwestern U.S.

In what looks to be a prelude to the "water wars," Saudi Arabia has been buying up farmland in the southwestern part of the U.S. to grow alfalfa hay that is then shipped back to Saudi Arabia to feed its dairy cattle because it doesn't have enough water.

Op-Ed: Cheap oil sinking stock markets

Cheap oil has already affected global markets and economies in countless ways, from disrupting Venezuelan politics to sinking the Russian ruble and introducing the world to “low-flation.”

Saudi Arabia to build tower that reaches 3,280 feet into the sky

Jeddah - The world's tallest tower is Burj Khalifa (2,716-feet), located in Dubai, but in the future it may be stripped of its Guinness title if Saudi Arabia builds its Jeddah Tower.

Op-Ed: Palestinian poet sentenced to death by Saudi court for apostasy

Riyadh - A Saudi court sentenced Asharaf Fayadh, a Palestinian poet, to death for abandoning his Muslim faith, a form of apostasy punishable by death in Saudi Arabia and a number of other countries who implement Sharia law.

Lebanese amphetamine smuggling plot foiled

Lebanese authorities have reported that an attempt to smuggle major quantities of amphetamine has been foiled by officials.

Crane accident kills at least 87 people in Saudi Arabia

Mecca - Saudi Arabia's Civil Defense Authority is reporting that at least 87 people have died and another 201 or more people were injured when a crane collapsed on the Grand Mosque in the Holy city of Mecca today.

Death toll in Mecca’s Grand Mosque tragedy crosses 100

Mecca - Part of a huge construction crane crashed into Mecca's Grand Mosque, killing more than 100 Hajj pilgrims and injuring dozens of others.

Op-Ed: Gulf States create many refugees but accept few

The lion's share of refugees from Syria are in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan. The Gulf States such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the UAE have taken in few if any refugees while at the same time their citizens help finance groups fighting the Syrian civil war.

Op-Ed: Gulf states paying price for intervention in Yemen

Sanaa - As long as the Saudi-led coalition against the Houthi rebels in Yemen engaged solely in a bombing campaign, they were free of casualties except for a few losses at the southern Saudi border.

Saudi King’s extravagance amid refugee tragedy sparks criticism

Washington - Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz booked the entire Four Seasons Hotel, Georgetown, during his visit to Washington DC. Reports highlighted the profligacy citing Saudi Arabia’s apathy to the Syrian refugee crisis.

Middle East refinery expansion plans experiencing complications

Cairo - Expansion to oil refining capacities hit an unforeseen snag, halting an already expensive importing chain responsible for gasoline production. Partially responsible for these snags is an increase in domestic energy needs amidst excruciating heat.

Saudi Arabia: Prince vows to give entire fortune to charity

Riyadh - Billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia said he will give his entire fortune — worth $32 billion (£20bn) — to charity when he dies.

Wikileaks publishing over half a million secret Saudi documents

The transparency advocacy website, Wikileaks, is publishing secret documents from the Saudi Foreign Ministry. Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, has confirmed that Wikileaks is publishing these documents in batches.

Op-Ed: Times prematurely warns ISIS no threat

Riyad - No need to worry about ISIS, a New York Times” op-ed piece, headlined “Calm Down, ISIS Isn’t Winning” said Friday morning. Whoops.

Saudi Arabia considers buying nuclear weapons from Pakistan

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia is said to be engaged in a strategic review of its security that includes as one possibility acquiring nuclear weapons from Pakistan.

Saudi woman gets revenge on husband with $100,000 traffic fines

A Saudi Arabian woman angered by her husband’s decision to take a second wife has exacted her revenge by raking up $100,000 in deliberate fines on his wedding night.

Op-Ed: Saudi violence continues unabated

Sanaa - Mansour Hadi was feted as the legitimate Yemen president by members of the Arab League. He resigned in January, but after managing to flee house arrest in the capital Sanaa, he sought refuge in the south in Aden where he declared he was president again.

Sweden, Saudi Arabia to resume normal diplomatic relations

Stockholm - Saudi Arabia and Sweden have agreed to resume normal diplomatic relations two weeks after they were unexpectedly interrupted by a row over critical comments from Stockholm.

Saudi Arabia and allies poised to invade Yemen

Sanaa - Latest reports are that up to 150,000 Saudi troops have massed at the border with Yemen together with heavy artillery. There are a number of allies supporting the Saudis including members of the Gulf Cooperation Council and Egypt.

Saudi Arabia withdraws ambassador to Sweden in diplomatic row

Stockholm - A diplomatic dispute between Saudi Arabia and Sweden that has frayed relations between two of the world’s most-influential nations could exacerbate philosophical differences that could threaten cooperation in the battle against terrorism.

Saudi Arabia becomes the leading importer of arms

According to a recent report, Saudi Arabia surpassed India as the leading importer of arms in 2014. The U.S. kept its spot as the top exporter of arms, bolstered by exports to Middle Eastern countries concerned about increased instability in the region.

Militarization and alternative biofuel drives Ethiopian land-grab

Ethiopia buys military weapons and claims advance on Millennium Goal objectives while India and others gain large scale alternative biofuel crops and claim advance on reduction of fossil fuel dependency.

Op-Ed: Obama's sickening Saudi homage is object lesson in U.S. hypocrisy

Riyadh - By paying effusive homage to the late Saudi King Abdullah and by honoring the kingdom's new fundamentalist dictator with his presence, President Barack Obama has given the world an object lesson in American hypocrisy.

Op-Ed: Activists wonder if four confined women are still alive

Riyadh - While President Obama travels to Saudi Arabia to mourn the passing of a King Abdullah, four of the king's imprisoned daughters have disappeared off social media, and activists are concerned the women have passed on.

Op-Ed: Saudis and Iran ride rocky road to improved relations

Iran and Saudi Arabia are competitors for influence in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia also represents Sunni influence in the area while Iran is a prime supporter of Shia groups.

Jailed Saudi blogger's wife pleads for international pressure

The wife of Saudi blogger, Raif Badawi, who has convicted of “insulting Islam” called on world leaders to pressure the Saudi government into releasing him in the wake of the government postponing his second set of 50 lashes due to medical reasons.

Op-Ed: Saudi's market share challenged by U.S. shale producers

Vienna - The last two days of this week after OPEC decided not to cut current production levels, oil prices plunged by 10 percent just within the span of the last two days of the week.

Op-Ed: New Saudi legislation classifies atheists as terrorists

Riyad - Human Rights Watch reports that the kingdom of Saudi Arabia has introduced new legislation to deal with terrorism that includes as terrorists not just members of the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Islamic State but atheists.

Op-Ed: Islamic State — The 'wrong' kind of brutality

San Francisco - As the United States and five Arab nations — none of them democracies, most of them repressive dictatorships — begin bombing Islamic State targets in Syria, President Barack Obama has begun boasting on the "broad coalition" he's enlisted in the fight.
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The number of the dead are at 31 now, with 107 injured.
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Photo shows Saudi Arabia's Swedish embassy in Stockholm.
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah (R) in Riyadh
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A Twitter post by @ Mujtahidd
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Two of the princesses with their pets earlier this month.
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A screen capture of an image retweeted by Princess Sahar.
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