US President Biden, Saudi King Salman discuss end to Yemen war

Biden affirms US commitment to Saudi defence, calls for diplomacy in Yemen and praises release of rights activists. United States President Joe Biden spoke for the first time since becoming president with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Thursday as the US prepares to release a report about the 2018 murder of […]

US report on Khashoggi murder critical for justice: UN expert

The pending release of an unclassified United States intelligence report on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi will be a critical step in the ongoing search for justice, a leading United Nations expert has said. Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said the report by the Office of […]

Biden to call Saudi Arabia’s King Salman about Khashoggi report

Report warns the imminent release of ‘explosive’ US intelligence document could entangle one of the king’s sons. President Joe Biden is expected to call Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud on Wednesday, ahead of the scheduled release of a US intelligence report detailing the disappearance and murder of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Citing a […]

Lawsuit blames Saudi Arabia for 2019 attack at Florida army base

The lawsuit is filed on behalf of the families of three killed and 13 injured by a Saudi military trainee at a base in Florida. Victims of a 2019 shooting at a military base in the US state of Florida and their families are suing Saudi Arabia, claiming the kingdom knew the gunman had been […]

Long-serving Saudi oil minister Ahmed Zaki Yamani dies at 90

Ahmed Zaki Yamani – a long-serving oil minister in Saudi Arabia who led the kingdom through the 1973 oil crisis and the nationalisation of its state energy company, and later found himself kidnapped by the assassin Carlos the Jackal – has died in London. He was 90. Saudi state television reported his death on Tuesday […]

MBS: Saudi sovereign fund doubling assets in five years to $1.07T

The five-year plan would see the fund creating 1.8 million direct and indirect jobs, said Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) plans to double its assets to 4 trillion riyals ($1.07 trillion) by 2025, Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Sunday, a move that would make it one of the world’s […]

Saudi women can join military in latest widening of rights

The kingdom said in 2019 it would allow women to leave the country without permission from a male relative. Women in Saudi Arabia can now take up arms and enter the military, the latest profession in the kingdom to open up to female recruits. Saudi Arabian women can be employed as soldiers, lance corporals, corporals, sergeants, and […]

US reaffirms Saudi ‘defence partnership’ amid Houthi attacks

Pentagon chief condemns Houthi attacks and expresses commitment to security ties in call with Saudi crown prince. The United States has reaffirmed its “strategic defence partnership” with Riyadh in the face of renewed attacks by Yemen’s Houthi rebels against Saudi Arabia during a call between US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed […]

Saudi wealth fund plays to win with $3.3bn in video-game stock

The video-game industry has been long favoured by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who had said he is part of the first generation in the kingdom to grow up playing video games. Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund is pursuing investments in an industry long favored by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman: video games. The […]

Saudi Arabia’s ‘Project HQ’ stirs competition with Dubai

Foreign companies that want to participate in Saudi government investment opportunities need to move their headquarters to the kingdom by 2024, minister says. Saudi Arabia’s finance minister says Riyadh and Dubai “will have healthy competition” after announcing that foreign companies that want to participate in Saudi government investment opportunities need to move their headquarters to […]

UN ‘alarmed’ at military escalation in Yemen’s Marib

The UN’s humanitarian chief says he is “very alarmed” by a Houthi rebel advance on the Yemeni government’s last northern stronghold, saying an assault on the city of Marib could endanger millions of civilians. Mark Lowcock, the UN undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs, tweeted on Tuesday that an assault would endanger two million civilians and could […]

Saudi woman handed death sentence for killing Bangladeshi maid

Saudi court sentences Ayesha al-Jizani to death for killing Bangladeshi maid Abiron Begum in March 2019, says Bangladeshi official. A criminal court in Saudi Arabia has handed the death sentence to a Saudi woman for killing her Bangladeshi maid in a ruling rights groups say was a rare example of an employer being found guilty […]

Saudi HQ: Kingdom will require foreign firms to set up shop

Saudi Arabia has offered firms a package of incentives including tax breaks to urge them to set up shop in the kingdom under a plan dubbed ‘Project HQ’, which is also designed to shift the Gulf’s business hub away from Dubai. Saudi Arabia said it will stop working with foreign firms that don’t base their […]

Saudi Arabia says it foiled Houthi drone attack on Abha airport

Riyadh says country’s air defences intercept and destroy a drone as Houthis say attack hit target with ‘high accuracy’. Saudi Arabia said it foiled a Houthi drone attack on an airport on Saturday just days before the new US administration is to stop designating the Yemeni rebels as a “terror” group. Saudi air defences “intercepted […]

White House says no call planned to Saudi Arabia

President Biden has announced an end to US support for a Saudi-led coalition’s war in Yemen. US President Joe Biden has no plans to call the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), the White House said. Biden said he intends to make human right a key issue in US-Saudi […]

Sisters of freed Saudi activist al-Hathloul demand ‘real justice’

Loujain al-Hathloul, who campaigned to end the male guardian system in Saudi Arabia, was released on Wednesday but her family wants her travel ban to be lifted. The sisters of prominent Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul have said they want real justice for her, and the lifting of a travel ban, a day after […]

The Saudi women’s rights activists who remain behind bars

Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul was released from prison on Wednesday, but several others remain in detention. Over the past three years, Saudi Arabia has detained hundreds it sees as dissenters – including activists like Loujain al-Hathloul – but it has begun provisionally releasing some as it comes under pressure from the United States. The detentions […]

Saudi Arabia says Yemen Houthi drone intercepted after Abha hit

Saudi-led coalition says it thwarted an armed drone attack launched by Yemen’s Houthis on a key air base. Saudi forces have intercepted an armed drone fired by Houthi fighters in Yemen, the Riyadh-led coalition said, a day after the armed group struck an airport in the kingdom. The latest drone attack targeted the garrison town of […]

Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul released from prison

Prominent women’s rights activist, who campaigned for women’s right to drive and to end kingdom’s male guardianship system, spent more than 1,000 days in prison. Prominent women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul has been released from a Saudi prison on Wednesday after nearly three years behind bars, her sister said in a Twitter post. “Loujain is […]

Plane catches fire after Houthis attack Abha airport: Saudi TV

The Saudi-led coalition claims Houthi rebels launched an attack on Abha airport causing a fire in a civilian aircraft. The Saudi-led coalition battling the Houthi rebels say the Yemeni rebel group launched an attack on Abha airport, causing a fire in a civilian aircraft that was brought under control. “A cowardly terrorist attack by the […]

UK approved $1.9bn of arms sales to Saudi Arabia since ban lifted

The United Kingdom signed off on arms exports worth nearly 1.4 billion pounds ($1.9bn) to Saudi Arabia between July and September last year following the lifting of a ban on weapons sales to the Gulf country – a move critics slammed as “immoral” amid the continuing war in Yemen. The publishing of the figures by […]

Jailed Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul expected to be released

Prominent activist Loujain al-Hathloul, who has been in jail since 2018, expected to be freed on Thursday, her sister says. Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul is expected to be released from prison on Thursday after more than 1,000 days in detention, according to her sister Alia al-Hathloul. In a tweet on Monday, Alia said […]

Saudi Arabia commutes death sentences of 3 men jailed as minors

Three men sentenced to death for joining 2012 protests as teens have their sentences converted to 10 years in jail. Saudi Arabia has commuted the death sentences of three men who were arrested for taking part in anti-government protests as minors, in the latest attempt by the kingdom to improve its human rights record. The […]

US ending aid to Saudi-led forces in Yemen, but questions persist

United States President Joe Biden last week announced plans to end US support for Saudi Arabia’s “offensive operations” in war-torn Yemen, including ceasing relevant arms sales to the government in Riyadh. The move signalled a distinct shift in Washington’s approach to the conflict and a renewed emphasis on reaching a diplomatic solution to the years-long […]