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Report: Saudi dissidents ‘sexually assaulted and murdered’ in prison

Prisoners held for opposing the government in Saudi Arabia are being murdered, sexually assaulted and inflicted with “sheer” brutality, according to a new report.

Report: US developing ‘normalization roadmap’ for Saudi Arabia, Israel

The White House has been working on a “road map for normalization” between Israel and Saudi Arabia ahead of US President Joe Biden’s visit to the Middle East next month, according to four US sources briefed on the issue.

MbS visits Turkey for first time since Khashoggi murder

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Turkey on Wednesday for the first time in years for talks with President Tayyip Erdogan aimed at fully normalising ties that were ruptured after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Analyst: Biden using Saudi trip as platform to win 2nd term

US President Joe Biden, who as a presidential candidate had vowed to make Saudi Arabia a “pariah”, is pursuing a multi-pronged agenda by embarking on a controversial trip to the kingdom, an Iranian political analyst says.

Expert: US needs oil, Biden sinking

The high inflation and the soaring fuel prices in the US are gnawing away at President Joe Biden’s popularity, so he is going back on his election campaign promises to find new financial resources, a political expert says.

Families of 9/11 victims press Biden over Saudi meeting

A group representing the families and loved ones of the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks wrote an open letter to President Joe Biden over his reported upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia.

Report: Saudi Arabia likely to boost oil production

Saudi Arabia may agree to boost oil production to cool skyrocketing prices if Russia’s output falls significantly under the new EU sanctions, according to a report.

US officials in Saudi Arabia for talks over Iran, energy

Two senior US officials visited Saudi Arabia this week for talks that included global energy supplies, Iran and other regional issues, the White House announced on Thursday.

Activist: Reports of Saudi transfer of power fabricated

Reports that suggest the transfer of power in Saudi Arabia from the ailing king to the de factor ruler is imminent, are baseless and meant to test public opinion, says a Saudi dissident and political activist.

Saudi Arabia executes two Shia youths

Saudi authorities have executed two young men from the Shia-populated Qatif region over trumped-up allegations of involvement in terrorist activities.

Saudi king admitted to hospital for ‘examinations’

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz has been admitted to hospital for unspecified medical tests, state media reported Sunday.

Report: CIA chief met with MbS in Jeddah

US President Joe Biden’s CIA director reportedly had an unannounced meeting with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman last month in Jeddah.

Erdogan: Turkey, Saudi Arabia striving to increase all-out relations

Ankara and Riyadh are striving to increase all kinds of political, military and economic relations to start a new era, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said early Friday.

Kuwait, Saudi Arabia rekindle ties with Lebanon

Saudi Arabia and Kuwait returned their ambassadors to Beirut in a move that slowly thaws a diplomatic crisis that has strained Lebanon since last October, sparked by critical comments of the Saudi-led coalition’s war in Yemen. Recent improvements in relations between Lebanon and the two Persian Gulf states have relieved the cash-strapped country’s politicians.

Turkish court halts Jamal Khashoggi trial, transfers it to Saudi Arabia

A Turkish court has ruled to suspend the trial in absentia of 26 Saudis accused in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi and for the case to be transferred to Riyadh.

Saudi oil facilities hit by Yemen’s Ansarullah drone attacks

Yemen’s Ansarullah movement has hit oil facilities in southern Saudi Arabia with a barrage of drone attacks.

UN condemns Saudi Arabia mass execution

The United Nations human rights chief has condemned Saudi Arabia's execution of a record 81 people in a single day. Michelle Bachelet has urged the kingdom to stop using the death penalty.

Iran rights body denounces S Arabia’s mass execution, calls for probe

Iran’s High Council for Human Rights has strongly condemned Saudi Arabia’s recent mass execution and called for a thorough investigation.

Iranian president condemns West’s silence on mass execution in Saudi Arabia

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi has condemned the West’s silence toward Saturday’s mass execution in Saudi Arabia.

Advisor to Iran’s leader condemns Saudi executions as “carnage”

Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advisor to Iran’s leader has strongly condemned the recent mass execution of people including teens in Saudi Arabia as a crime and blatant carnage.

Iran says Saudi mass executions against basic principles of human rights

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh, in reaction to the mass execution of people in Saudi Arabia, has said the move contravenes the basic principles of human rights and international law, violated humanitarian principles and accepted legal procedures, and was carried out without observing fair judicial proceedings.

‘All Saudi refineries on list of Yemen’s targets’

The Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar’s website has quoted informed sources in Yemen’s capital Sana’a as saying that Yemeni forces have put all refineries and oil installations of Saudi oil giant Aramco on their list of targets.

Iraqi politician: Riyadh’s recent execution of Shiites a terror act

The spokesman for the Iraqi Al-Nujaba Movement says the execution of Shiites in Saudi Arabia by the Al-Saud regime is a combination of terrorism and chicanery.

Saudi Arabia executes 81 individuals in a single day

Saudi Arabia executed 81 people Saturday convicted of crimes ranging from killings to belonging to militant groups. It's the largest known mass execution carried out in the kingdom in its "modern history."

Saudi officials confirm drone attack on oil refinery caused fire

A drone attack on an oil refinery in the Saudi capital caused a small fire but no disruption to supplies, officials announced Friday. It comes as crude prices have soared after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

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