Saudi Arabia

Saudi To Consider Sri Lankan Maid’s Appeal Against Stoning

By Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO, Dec 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Saudi authorities have agreed to consider an appeal against the sentence of death by stoning imposed on a 45-year-old Sri Lankan maid for adultery, Sri Lanka’s deputy foreign minister said on Tuesday, welcoming the decision as a “big victory.” The married woman, who had been

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Syrian Rebels Say Conference to Unify Opposition To Be Held in Saudi Arabia

BEIRUT, Dec 6 (Reuters) – A conference to try to unify Syria’s disparate opposition groups will open on Tuesday in Saudi Arabia, according to a powerful rebel group invited to the meetings, weeks before proposed international peace talks begin. The Saudi conference marks an attempt to bring together groups whose disunity has been a long-standing

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U.N.-Backed Yemen Peace Talks to Convene on Dec. 15

ADEN, Yemen, Dec 5 (Reuters) – United Nations-backed peace talks aimed at ending eight months of civil war in Yemen between an Iranian-allied militia group and the embattled Saudi-backed government will convene on Dec. 15, Saudi-owned TV quoted Yemen’s foreign minister as saying. “Consultations on the implementation of Resolution 2216 will be held on Dec.

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First Among Equals

BY Omar Mohamed THE ANCIENT Chinese philosopher Mencius once said,  “A state without an enemy or external peril is absolutely doomed.” Today, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is not faced with one enemy but a growing number of enemies. We have had to rethink our security architecture, our allies, and our integration in the wake

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Small Steps for Women’s Rights and Democracy in Saudi Poll

By Angus McDowall RIYADH, Dec 1 – Saudi Arabian women are running for election and voting for the first time on Dec. 12, but their enfranchisement marks only a pigeon step towards democracy and gender equality in the autocratic Islamic kingdom. “For 10 years, since men first voted, we have waited for this chance,” said

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Al Qaeda Threatens Saudi Arabia Over Plan to Execute Prisoners

DUBAI, Dec 1 – Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen threatened the Saudi government over its plan to carry out a mass execution of prisoners, including Al Qaeda members, the militant group announced in a statement posted on social media. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the deadliest branches of the global militant

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Saudi Arabia Imposes Sanctions on At Least 12 Hezbollah Figures

DUBAI, Nov 26 – Saudi Arabia imposed sanctions on at least 12 senior Hezbollah figures accused of responsibility for carrying out operations for the group, which it had designated a terrorist organization in March of last year, state media reported on Thursday. “These names were designated today and sanctions imposed on them under the terrorism

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Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Says Kingdom Considering Subsidy Cuts

RIYADH, Nov 25 – Saudi Arabia may reduce energy and water subsidies for wealthy citizens, impose a value added tax (VAT) and taxes on unhealthy goods like cigarettes and sugary drinks, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was quoted as saying on Wednesday. The world’s top oil exporter has previously said it was studying increases

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American Reset?

The next U.S. president will have to take on the Middle East. But do contenders know their Baghdad from their Basra? BY Roshanak Taghavi, Safa Joudeh, Ammar Abdullah, Suadad Al Salhy and Maher Abu Khater It is a truth universally acknowledged that when it comes to the Middle East, pragmatism trumps idealism for U.S. presidents.

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Daesh Claims Attack on Yemen’s Army in Hadramawt

ADEN, Yemen, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Daesh claimed responsibility for an attack on the army in the eastern region of Hadramawt on Friday that a security source said killed at least 19 Yemeni soldiers and 35 militants. Earlier on Friday a different security source said Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) was responsible for

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