Tuesday, January 18, 2022


Saudi Arabia

HRW says Saudi takeover of Newcastle aimed at sportswashing

Human rights groups have strongly criticized the Saudi-led takeover of Newcastle United club. They have accused the monarchy of "sportswashing" to improve its damaged global image.

Saudi Arabia executes Shia man over ‘terror charges’

Saudi Arabia has executed a man from Qatif region in the Shia-populated Eastern Province over alleged links to a "terrorist cell."

UAE says seeking to reduce tension with Iran

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) says Abu Dhabi is trying to manage rivalries with Tehran through talks to avoid new conflict in the region. It comes as Iran, in the recent past, has held four rounds of negotiations with its Persian Gulf rival, Saudi Arabia, to restore the damaged relationship.

Saudi Arabia says ‘very robust’ to end Yemen war

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said Riyadh is conducting a “dialogue” with Washington regarding the war in Yemen. He says Riyadh is seeking to end the Yemen war.

Saudi Arabia seeks talks with Iran, concrete results

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz expressed hope that Riyadh's talks with Tehran will lead to confidence building, as the two regional rivals are engaged in dialogue following years of heightened tensions.

US okays $500m copter maintenance deal with Saudi Arabia

The US Department of State has approved a possible $500 million sale to Saudi Arabia to provide maintenance services to the country's helicopter fleet, according to a statement released Thursday.

India to host Iranian, Saudi FMs

New Delhi is preparing for visits by the Iranian and Saudi foreign ministers, Indian officials confirmed, as part of a series of engagements aimed at discussions on Afghanistan with partner countries as well as Tehran-Riyadh ties.

Families of 9/11 victims say US ‘helping protect Saudi Arabia’

9/11 survivors and relatives say the US government is still “covering up for Saudi Arabia”, two decades after Al-Qaeda hijackers, many of them Saudi nationals, killed almost 3,000 people.

Saudi security chief fired over embezzlement

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud dismissed Public Security Director Khalid bin Qaraar Al-Harbi on Tuesday, referring him to investigation on charges of embezzlement of the public funds.

Riyadh executes young Shia man over ‘terror charges’, opposition denies allegations

Saudi authorities carried out the death sentence handed down to a young man from the Shia-majority Qatif region over terrorist charges. This as a crackdown led by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) against pro-democracy campaigners continues in the country with a long history of executions.

Iraqi resistance: Saudi Arabia, UAE run Daesh militants

A senior leader of the Iraqi Kata'ib Hezbollah resistance movement says the Saudi and Emirati spy agencies are directly running elements of the Daesh, after the terror group killed several policemen on a checkpoint outside the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk.

Envoy: Next Round of Iranian-Saudi Talks to Be Held in Baghdad

Iran’s ambassador to Iraq says the fourth round of Tehran-Riyadh negotiations are to be held in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Report: Iran FM, UAE Premier Offended at Photo Opportunity at Baghdad Summit

Reports indicate that Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian took umbrage at the arrangement of the locations of dignitaries at a photo opportunity at a regional summit in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Raisi Says Ready to Reopen Iran’s Embassy in Riyadh

Iran's President-elect Ebrahim Raisi says there is no barrier to the reopening of the Iranian embassy in Riyadh once he's sworn in in August.

GCC Chief’s Anti-Iran Stance Not Shared by All Members: Tehran

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman says the stance adopted by the secretary general of the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on the Islamic Republic does not reflect the viewpoints of all member states.

Yemen’s Ansarullah Hits Saudi Oil Facility in Missile Attack: Spokesman

Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah says its forces have hit a large oil facility in the southern Saudi Arabian city of Jizan in drone and missile attacks overnight.

Iran Censures UN for Taking Saudi-Led Coalition Off Child Rights Blacklist

Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran has slammed the United Nations for its double standards on human rights after the UN chief’s decision to remove the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen from a list of violators of children's rights.

Is Bin Salman Sincere in Offering Olive Branch to Iran?

An expert on Persian Gulf issues has weighed in on reports of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s request that new Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi mediates between Tehran and Saudi Arabia.

Riyadh Left Alone by Arab Allies in Anti-Iran Campaign: Analyst  

A senior political analyst says Saudi Arabia has been left high and dry by most of its Arab allies in its campaign against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

‘Bin Salman’s Purge of Royals Stems from His Paranoia’

A political expert believes the new wave of arrests of Saudi princes and top officials is because Mohammed bin Salman is a paranoid person and intends to get rid of any threat to his monarchy.

Saudi Releases New Photos to Show King Salman Is Alive

Saudi Arabia has released images of King Salman carrying out his royal duties on Sunday, dismissing rumours of his death.

Saudi King Either Dead or On His Deathbed: Whistleblower

King Salman of Saudi Arabia is most probably dead or is currently on his deathbed, Saudi whistleblower and Twitter activist Mujtahid has said on Saturday, after news came out that the Saudi authorities have detained two of the kingdom’s most prominent figures for an alleged coup attempt.

Bin Salman to Meet Netanyahu in Cairo: Report

Senior Arab diplomatic sources say Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman could meet Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of a potential summit in Cairo that follows US President Donald Trump's unveiling of a controversial plan for the Middle East.

Envoy Reveals How Yemeni Fighters Procure Their Weapons

The Yemeni ambassador to Tehran has, for the first time, shed light on how the Yemeni Ansarullah movement procures weaponry and munitions in its resistance against the Saudi-led coalition.

Denmark, Netherlands Summon Saudi Envoys over Spying Activities

The Danish and Dutch governments have summoned the Saudi ambassadors to Copenhagen and Stockholm, respectively, in order to express their official protest after arresting and charging four terrorists for spying on behalf of the kingdom in the two European states.

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