Saturday, February 4, 2023

Saudi Arabia

Report: Saudi Arabia executions rate almost doubled under MbS, King Salman

The rate of executions in Saudi Arabia since King Salman and his son Mohammed bin Salman came to power in 2015 has almost doubled annually, according to a new report.

Saudi Arabia overtakes India as world’s fastest growing major economy

Saudi Arabia has topped India as the fastest growing major economy in the world, with its non-oil sector growing at the fastest rate in more than one year.

Pompeo defends Saudi Arabia despite Khashoggi murder: Book

Publishing a new book, former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threw his full support for Riyadh, despite the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which has been widely blamed on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Saudi Arabia sentences academic to death for using Twitter and WhatsApp

Awad al-Qarni, a prominent pro-reform law professor in Saudi Arabia, was sentenced to death for alleged crimes including having a Twitter account and using WhatsApp to share news considered “hostile” to the kingdom, according to court documents seen by The Guardian.

Houthis warn Saudi Arabia, UAE of more attacks as MbS seeking a way out of “Yemen quagmire”

Yemen's Ansarullah movement says the Saudi-led coalition has exploited a UN-sponsored truce to tighten the brutal blockade against the war-wracked country, stressing that it won’t allow the status quo to persist, and will inevitably launch missile strikes against Saudi Arabia and its ally the UAE.

Saudi Arabia plans to use Christmas as cover to carry out mass execution: Report

The UK Government has been informed that Riyadh is preparing a Christmas execution spree while the western countries are preoccupied with festivities in a cynical effort to avoid diplomatic "blowback".

Flash floods hit Saudi Arabia’s Mecca

Streets in the holy city of Mecca have been engulfed by rushing waters following torrential rains across several governorates of Saudi Arabia.

Houthis warn terrible fate awaits Saudi Arabia over Yemen war

A top-ranking Yemeni official has warned that terrifying future awaits Saudi Arabia and its regional allies, which have been waging a bloody war and siege against Yemen.

Saudi Arabia, China agree to boost ties on energy, defence

Saudi Arabia and China have reaffirmed their cooperation on the global oil market and the principle of non-interference in internal affairs during a visit to Riyadh by the Chinese president.

China’s president meets Saudi’s crown prince ahead of summit with Arab leaders

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) has received China’s President Xi Jinping in Riyadh as part of a visit expected to bolster bilateral political and economic ties.

China’s president arrives in Saudi Arabia amid tensions with US

Chinese President Xi Jinping landed in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday. The three-day visit is likely to focus on energy ties as Beijing strives to revive its economy and Riyadh looks to expand its global alliances beyond partnership with the West, especially the United States.

US judge dismisses lawsuit against MbS over Khashoggi killing

A US federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

US lawmakers to investigate “secret oil deal” between Biden, Saudis

The top-ranking Republican on the US House Oversight and Reform Committee has announced an investigation into whether President Joe Biden forged a secret agreement with Saudi Arabia to help Democrats in November’s midterm elections by driving down oil prices.

Saudi Arabia, S. Korea to boost ties on energy, defence fields

South Korean and Saudi Arabian leaders pledged stronger ties on Thursday in the fields of energy, defence industries and building projects, as the oil-rich kingdom signed investment agreements worth $30 billion with South Korean companies.

Report: Saudi Arabia steps up attacks on US-based dissidents with Israeli spyware

Saudi Arabia has stepped up its crackdown on dissidents on the United States' soil, using an Israeli spyware, an investigative report has revealed.

Report: Saudi courts hand down death sentences to 15 political dissidents

An international human rights organization has confirmed that Saudi Arabia’s courts have sentenced more than a dozen anti-Riyadh activists to death following “unfair trials and based on confessions coerced through torture and ill-treatment.”

Officials say US mulling reduction of Saudi military aid over oil dispute

The White House is considering rolling back military aid to Saudi Arabia as a punishment for the decision by OPEC+, which is de facto led by Riyadh, to reduce oil production, US officials have told the news network NBC.

Families of 9/11 victims launch fresh campaign against Saudi-backed tournament

Family members of the victims of the 9/11 attacks, have launched a fresh campaign against LIV Golf, with the Saudi-backed circuit to hold a tournament at Trump National Doral Golf Club set to begin on Friday.

Saudi crown prince mocked Biden in private: Report

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s 37-year-old de facto ruler, has reportedly mocked US President Joe Biden in private while questioning his mental state, according to a report.

MbS not attending Arab summit on doctors’ advice

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will not attend an upcoming Arab summit in Algeria in compliance with doctors’ recommendations to avoid travel, the Algerian presidency has announced.

Retired US generals take lucrative jobs with Saudi Arabia

Hundreds of retired US military personnel have taken top jobs with foreign governments, mostly in countries known for political repression and human rights abuses, according to a report by The Washington Post.

Reports say Biden re-evaluating US-Saudi relationship

US President Joe Biden has reportedly said it’s time for the United States to rethink its relationship with Saudi Arabia, while also defending his recent visit to the Arab country.

Top senator proposes ‘freeze’ on US-Saudi cooperation over oil dispute

Chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) has urged the US government to freeze its cooperation with Saudi Arabia, including in the military and security fields, due to Riyadh’s decision to cut oil production

Mohammed bin Salman named PM of Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been named the kingdom’s prime minister in a cabinet reshuffle ordered by King Salman, according to a royal decree published by the official Saudi Press Agency.

Four injured in suicide bombing in Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah

A man wanted by Saudi security forces killed himself and wounded four others by detonating an explosive belt in Jeddah.

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