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Saudi Arabia and Syria ‘agree to reopen embassies’ after Tehran-Riyadh detente

Saudi Arabia and Syria have agreed to reopen their embassies after an 11-year freeze in diplomatic relations. The move comes following the Iran-Saudi agreement to restore relations.

Saudi Arabia to reopen consulate in Syria after years of closure

Amid rapprochement between several Arab states and Syria, reports suggest that Saudi Arabia will reopen its consulate in Syria's capital Damascus, soon.

US senators introduce resolution on human rights record in Saudi Arabia

US senators have introduced a resolution that could force the White House to critically appraise Saudi Arabia’s human rights record and possibly reassess Washington's security assistance for Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia executes Jordanian man over drug charges

A Jordanian man said to have been tortured for 12 days into signing “a false confession”, was executed over drug charges in Saudi Arabia, despite interventions from the UN and the UK.

Saudi oil giant Aramco earns record profit of $161bn in 2022, drawing criticism from activists

Saudi Arabia’s oil giant Aramco has reported earning $161bn last year, claiming the highest-ever recorded annual profit by a publicly listed company.

Saudi Arabia executes Shia political activist on terror charges

Saudi Arabia has executed an imprisoned political activist from the Shia-majority Eastern Province. The death penalty came after five years of arbitrary detention.

Saudi Arabia says Arab nations need new approach towards Syria

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister says consensus is building in the Arab world that isolating Syria is not working and that dialogue with Damascus is needed "at some point" to at least address humanitarian issues, including a return of refugees.

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.

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