The family of a Shiite activist sentenced to death after protesting in Saudi Arabia has voiced concerns for his fate as a rights group warned of his imminent execution.
The sentence against Ali al-Nimr, only 17 when he was arrested in February 2012, has drawn international condemnation over his young age and allegations he was tortured.Full Story
There is still no date for a meeting that aims to form a coalition of Syrian opposition groups before peace talks targeted for January 1, the Saudi foreign minister said Thursday.
Riyadh is trying to bring "as broad a cross-section of Syrian opposition groups as possible" to a meeting in the kingdom, Adel al-Jubeir told a press conference with his Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz.Full Story
Saudi Arabia placed on Thursday a number of Hizbullah leaders and investment companies on its terrorism list due to their involvement in “operations throughout the Middle East.”
The Saudi Interior Ministry announced in a statement that 12 Hizbullah leaders and officials have been placed on the list.Full Story
Saudi Arabian officials were not informed of the meeting between Mustaqbal Movement chief MP Saad Hariri and Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh, stressing however that it is keen on the “situation of Christians in Lebanon”, reported al-Joumhouria newspaper on Wednesday.
A diplomatic source told the daily: “Riyadh will not agree to the presidential candidacy of anyone who opposes the main views of the Christian ranks in Lebanon, especially Lebanese Forces head Samir Geagea.”Full Story
Gulf monarchs are to hold their annual summit on December 10 in the Saudi capital, three weeks before an international target date for bringing together Syria's government and opposition.
A Saudi official confirmed on Monday that the heads of state of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council will meet in Riyadh on December 10.Full Story
Iran has called for all sides in Yemen's war to join U.N.-sponsored peace talks and accused Saudi Arabia of worsening the conflict with its military intervention against Tehran-backed rebels.
In talks with visiting U.N. envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed on Wednesday, Iranian officials including Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif backed his efforts to resolve the conflict.Full Story
Human Rights Watch has urged the U.S. Congress to block the sale of aerial bombs to Saudi Arabia, warning their likely use in Yemen risked more civilian deaths.
The kingdom has led a bombing campaign in its southern neighbor since March, carrying out hundreds of strikes against Iran-backed rebels who had overran much of the country.Full Story
The death toll from two days of rains and flooding in western Saudi Arabia rose to at least eight on Wednesday, including three children, public safety officials said.
Most of the fatalities came in the Medina area, in the kingdom's west, where five bodies were recovered, the civil defense agency said.Full Story
Two Saudi policemen were shot dead on Wednesday when they came under fire in the kingdom's east, where most of the minority Shiite community live, the interior ministry said.
The pre-dawn attack happened near a farm in the Saihat area of Qatif, on the Gulf coast.Full Story
The "heinous" Paris attacks are a violation of all religions and underline the need to intensify efforts against "terrorism," Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said Saturday as he arrived for talks on ending Syria's civil war.
"I wanted to express our condolences to the government and people of France for the heinous terrorist attacks that took place yesterday which are in violation and contravention of all ethics, morals and religions," Adel al-Jubeir told reporters in Vienna.Full Story