Monday, September 27, 2021

Saudi Arabia

Saudi king assures UN of support for efforts to prevent nuclear Iran

He says his kingdom insists on the importance of keeping the Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction.

Iran planning new round of talks with Saudi Arabia, says envoy

The announcement of plans for new talks, carried by the semi-official Iranian news agency Isna, came days after a regional summit held in Baghdad to help ease tensions among Iraq's neighbours.

Saudi Arabia to reopen borders for vaccinated umrah pilgrims

Authorities will begin accepting travel requests from Aug 9.

Saudi Arabia to reopen to vaccinated tourists after 17 months

Travellers fully vaccinated with Saudi-approved jabs – Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson – will be able to enter the kingdom without the need for an institutional quarantine period.

Haj pilgrims face growing heatstroke risks

Climate scientists say that rising temperatures could 'compromise the very essence of Islam'.

Saudis approve Sinovac vaccine

This will allow millions of Muslims who have been administered with the Chinese vaccine to perform the haj or umrah to Mecca.

Opec+ abandons oil policy meeting after failing to reach consensus

The UAE and other producing nations want to raise their agreed output baselines to meet rising demand as pandemic restrictions are relaxed.

Saudi Arabia releases two prominent women’s rights activists

Many women were arrested in August 2018 for campaigning for an end to the kingdom’s male guardianship system.

Khashoggi’s Saudi killers ‘received training in the US’

The scandal allegedly prompted the US to suspend several security programmes, including wide-reaching efforts to modernise Riyadh's intelligence agencies.

Socially distanced robots serve Mecca holy water ahead of haj

Roughly 20 robots are currently available for helping visitors and pilgrims at the haj.

Saudi Arabia beheads man for crimes committed when a minor

Anti-death penalty charity Reprieve and Amnesty International says Mustafa Hashem al-Darwish's family received no advance notice of his fate and only found out he had been executed by reading the news online.

Jordan prince sought Saudi help for coup, says court charge

While Hamzah, the king's half-brother, will not face trial, his alleged role will be central to the trial.

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