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Senior Saudi Cleric in Apparent Swipe at Iran

A senior Saudi religious leader on Friday warned against those who would "wreak havoc" under the guise of pilgrimage, an apparent swipe at the kingdom's rival Iran.

The comments by Sheikh Saleh bin Abdullah bin Hameed at the Grand Mosque in Mecca coincide with a dispute between Shiite Iran and its Sunni regional rival Saudi Arabia over this year's hajj.

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Saudi Executes Pakistani Drug Smuggler

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday put to death a Pakistani man convicted of drug smuggling, bringing to 93 the number of executions in the kingdom this year.

Mohammed Ishaq Thawab Gul had been found guilty of trafficking heroin into the kingdom, the interior ministry said.

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Kerry Holds Saudi Talks ahead of Syria, Libya Meetings

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held talks in Saudi Arabia on Sunday to secure its support ahead of a potential showdown with Russia at talks on the Syrian conflict.

After his Saudi meetings, Kerry was due to fly to Vienna which this week will host the international contact groups engaged in efforts to halt fighting in Syria and Libya.

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Saudi Woman Sentenced to 6 Years' Jail for IS Support

A Saudi woman has been sentenced to six years in prison for "acts of sedition" including pledging allegiance to the Islamic State jihadist group, newspapers reported on Thursday.

A court in Riyadh issued the sentence against the unnamed 27-year-old on Wednesday, the Saudi Gazette said.

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Experts: Reshuffle Shows Saudi Determination to Change

With a major government reshuffle, Saudi Arabia's King Salman and his powerful son have shown their determination to move the kingdom's economy away from oil, experts say.

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Qaouq: Saudi Chiefly Responsible for Ongoing Aleppo Massacres

Deputy head of Hizbullah Sheikh Nabil Qaouq held on Monday Saudi Arabia responsible for the ongoing conflict in Syria, accusing it of being the main backer of takfiri and al-Qaida-linked groups, reported the National News Agency.

He said: “The Saudi regime is chiefly responsible for the ongoing bloody massacres taking place in Aleppo.”

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Bomb Injures Policeman at Saudi Patrol Station

A small bomb exploded outside a highway patrol station in eastern Saudi Arabia, injuring a policeman, official media said on Friday.

The attack happened late Thursday in the Al-Ahsa region, the Saudi Press Agency said, citing a provincial police spokesman.

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Saudi Executes Jordanian for Drug Smuggling

Saudi Arabia on Thursday executed a Jordanian convicted of drug smuggling, bringing to 88 the number of foreigners and Saudis put to death this year.

Mohammed Abu Zayed had been found guilty of smuggling amphetamines in his car, the interior ministry said.

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Saudi Unveils Far-Reaching Plan to Move Away from Oil

Saudi Arabia said Monday it would create the world's largest wealth fund and sell shares in state energy giant Aramco as it unveiled a vast plan to transform its oil-dependent economy.

The announcement of the long-term reform program, dubbed "Saudi Vision 2030", marks the beginning of a hugely ambitious attempt to move Saudi Arabia beyond oil, the backbone of its economy for decades, amid a steep fall in prices.

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Saudi Executes Pakistani Man for Drug Trafficking

Saudi Arabia executed a Pakistani national on Thursday for smuggling drugs, taking to 86 the number of people the ultra-conservative kingdom has put to death this year.

Shah Zaman Khan Sayyed had been found guilty of attempting to smuggle heroin and amphetamines into the kingdom, the interior ministry said.

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