Tuesday, January 18, 2022


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Rights group slams rise in executions in Saudi Arabia 

The European-Saudi Organization of Human Rights, ESOHR, has reported a 148% increase in the number of executions in Saudi Arabia last year compared to 2020.

Saudi Arabia seeks to develop nuclear program

Saudi Arabia aims to take advantage of its uranium resources to develop its nuclear power program, Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al Saud revealed.

Chinese, Saudi FMs discuss Iran nuclear deal, Yemen

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks on Monday with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud in Wuxi City of Jiangsu Province. The top diplomats discussed a range of issues, including the Iran nuclear deal and Yemen.

Report: Saudi Arabia seeks to upgrade depleted air defense

Saudi Arabia has appealed to regional countries to replenish the depleted stock of intercepting missiles for its US-made Patriot air-defense system as Yemeni forces ramp up rocket and drone strikes on the kingdom, the Financial Times reported.

Envoy: Baghdad to host 5th round of Iran-Saudi talks soon

Iranian ambassador to Iraq says Baghdad will soon host the fifth round of talks between Tehran and Riyadh. Iran and Saudi Arabia have held four rounds of dialogue so far in order to ease tensions on several issues.

Saudi Arabia building own missiles with Chinese help

Media reports say Saudi Arabia has acquired the capability to produce ballistic missiles with help from China.

US: Saudi Arabia building ballistic missiles with China’s help

US intelligence agencies have assessed that Saudi Arabia is now actively manufacturing its own ballistic missiles with the help of China, CNN reported.

‘Saudi cities hit by Yemeni missile, drone strikes’

Yemeni troops say they have launched retaliatory fire against several Saudi Arabian cities, using ballistic missiles and drones.

‘Saudi Arabia executed 886 inmates since 2015, including minors, women’

Saudi Arabia has executed 886 people, including minors, in an accelerating rate during the past six years, a Europe-based rights group reports.

Report: Saudi king holed up for over 480 days

Reports say, King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia has isolated himself in the kingdom's northwest desert for more than 480 straight days, reigniting concerns for his health while his heir, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), lies in wait for the throne.

US Senate rejects attempt to block Biden’s Saudi arms sale

The US Senate on Tuesday night rejected a bipartisan effort to block President Joe Biden's $650 billion arms sale to the Saudi government.

Lebanon’s information minister quits to ease Saudi dispute

Lebanon's information minister resigned on Friday saying he was putting the nation before his personal interest as he sought to end a diplomatic spat with Saudi Arabia sparked by his comments.

Turkey seeks Saudi records for Khashoggi murder suspects

A Turkish court has asked authorities to check if defendants on trial in absentia for the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi already face charges in Saudi Arabia.

“Saudi airbase, Aramco under Yemen drone attacks”

The Yemeni army says they have launched a large-scale military operation inside Saudi Arabia, hitting the kingdom’s Khaled airbase and Aramco refinery. The "Eighth Deterrence Operation" was carried out by 14 drones.

US senators move to block major arms sale to Saudi Arabia

A group of American senators are trying to block Joe Biden administration's arms sale to Riyadh over the kingdom’s involvement in the bloody war in Yemen, three senators announced on Thursday.

Nasrallah: Saudis after civil war in Lebanon

Secretary General of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement warns Saudi Arabia is seeking to stage a civil war in Lebanon. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah also rejected as baseless Saudi claims that Iran has occupied Lebanon.

Saudi warplanes pound Yemen, capital hit

Saudi fighter jets have targeted several areas in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, as well as Amran and Sa’dah provinces on Wednesday evening.

‘US-Saudi arms deal shows Biden not committed to peace’

A high-ranking member of Yemen's Supreme Political Council has announced the US arms deal with Saudi Arabia shows the Biden administration is not committed to Yemen peace.

FBI releases documents about investigating ties between Saudi govt. and 9/11

The FBI has released hundreds of pages of newly declassified documents about its long effort to explore connections between Riyadh and the September 11th attacks.

US approves $650m sale of missiles to Saudi Arabia

The US State Department has approved its first major arms sale to Riyadh under President Joe Biden with the sale of air-to-air missiles valued at $650 million, according to the Pentagon.

Iraq to ink energy contracts with Saudi Arabia

Baghdad plans to sign energy contracts worth tens of billions of dollars with Riyadh, the state newspaper Al-Sabaah reported, citing Iraqi Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul Jabbar.

FM: Lebanon, Saudi crisis not to be resolved through negotiation

The recent diplomatic crisis between Beirut and Riyadh cannot be resolved through negotiations, Lebanon's top diplomat says. The row began after a Lebanese minister stated Saudi Arabia-led war on Yemen was an act of aggression.

Yemen: Saudi, allies should admit defeat in war

Yemen’s Defense Minister Mohammad al-Atefi has stated the Saudi-led coalition waging war against the country has no choice but to admit defeat . He stressed all occupied areas would soon be restored to the Yemeni sovereignty.

Report: US raises Saudi-Israel normalization with MbS

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan has raised the possibility of normalizing relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel during the last month meeting with crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS), American and Saudi sources told Axios.

Persepolis officially protests unfair seat allocation, delays in S Arabia

Iranian football club Persepolis has officially protested against a lack of proper coordination in holding training sessions, and allocating all stadium seats to Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal in quarterfinals round of the 2021 AFC Champions League.

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