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Qatar denies blocking Saudi hajj pilgrimage flights

Qatar on Monday denied it had banned Saudi Arabian flights from landing in the emirate to transport Muslim pilgrims to Mecca, after an accusation by authorities in Riyadh. Saudi Arabian Airlines on Sunday said Qatari authorities hadShow More Summary

Saudi says Qatar blocks planes from transporting pilgrims

Qatar has blocked Saudi planes from transporting hajj pilgrims, Saudi state media said Sunday, after Riyadh reopened the border despite a major diplomatic crisis roiling the Gulf. Riyadh last week reopened its land border with QatarShow More Summary

Yousef al-Otaiba berates Saudi in leaked emails

Series of emails reveal Yousef al-Otaiba criticised kingdom as he attempted to influence policy in Riyadh.

Netanyahu's Priorities and U.S. Responses

Paul R. Pillar Israel Iran, Middle East Recently I wrote about the two-sided Saudi policy on Iran, in which Riyadh sees good reason to take quiet steps to reduce tension with its neighbor across the Persian Gulf while still making alarm...Show More Summary

Saudis in talks over alliance to rebuild Iraq and 'return it to the Arab fold'

Pact would give Saudi Arabia a leading role in rebuilding war-torn country, and allow it to shepherd Iraq away from its rival Iran Iraq and Saudi Arabia are negotiating a new alliance that would give Riyadh a leading role in rebuilding Iraq’s war-torn towns and cities, while bolstering Baghdad’s credentials across the region. Show More Summary

Qatar welcomes Saudi 'political' decision to open border for hajj

The Qatari foreign minister on Thursday welcomed Saudi Arabia's decision to reopen the two countries' border to Muslim pilgrims -- while lashing out at Riyadh's "politicisation" of religious freedoms. "Regardless of the manner in which...Show More Summary

First group of Qatari pilgrims enter Saudi Arabia by land: Saudi TV

By Sylvia Westall and Tom Finn DUBAI/DOHA (Reuters) - Qatari pilgrims began arriving in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, Saudi media reported, after Riyadh said it was opening up its border and airports for those attending the annual haj pilgrimage despite a diplomatic rift that cut travel ties. Show More Summary

Trump’s Outdated Hatred for Iran

The Saudi-Israeli tandem has often driven U.S. policies in the Middle East. But the Trump administration keeps following the old Saudi line on Iran even as Riyadh shifts toward diplomacy, notes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar. By Paul R. Pillar…Read more ?

Saudi Arabia to reopen border with Iraq after 27 years

Arar crossing to reopen for transportation of goods after Riyadh establishes joint trade commission with Baghdad.

Saudi top prosecutor summons Twitter users for harming public order

RIYADH (Reuters) - A group of Twitter users will be indicted in Saudi Arabia on charges of harming public order for threatening the "safety and moderate ideology of society" through extremism, according to a statement on state news agency SPA.

How a case against Israel officials helped Saudi Arabia

'False alarm' war crime case was used by lobbyists to try and influence US politicians into revoking law Riyadh opposed.

Iraq sends workers home as 'ungodly' heat grips Middle East

Power networks struggle in Baghdad and building work halted in Riyadh, while high humidity affects coastal cities While Europe does battle with a heatwave named Lucifer, the Middle East is enduring a summer so brutal that even thoseShow More Summary

Why a controversial Iraqi Shiite cleric visited Saudi Arabia

In a move that surprised many analysts, Muqtada al-Sadr — the controversial Iraqi Shiite cleric and political leader — visited Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, late last month. This followed a season of marked improvement in relations between Baghdad and Riyadh over the past year — which allowed for a measure of guarded optimism toward the future […]

Saudi crown prince announces plan for Red Sea tourism project

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia plans to develop resorts on about 50 islands off the kingdom's Red Sea coast backed by its Public Investment Fund (PIF), according to a statement carried by state news agency SPA on Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia reportedly using Canadian military trucks against its own civilians

Videos and photos posted on social media allegedly show Riyadh using Canadian equipment in a violent crackdown on minority Shia dissidents The Canadian government is investigating reports that Saudi Arabia is using armoured vehiclesShow More Summary

Saudi coalition downs Yemen rebel missile near Mecca

RIYADH (Reuters) - A ballistic missile fired by Yemen's Houthi rebels toward the Muslim holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia was shot down late on Thursday, said the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen.

Saudi crown prince in charge as king heads on holiday

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Salman left for holiday abroad on Monday and appointed his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to run the affairs of the world's top oil exporter in his absence, a royal decree said.

Qatari websites unblocked in Saudi due to technical glitch: royal adviser

RIYADH (Reuters) - Websites and some television channels linked to Qatar were unblocked in Saudi Arabia on Monday morning but the change arose from a technical glitch and the restrictions will be reimposed shortly, a key Saudi royal court adviser said.

Riyadh: No secret that the Nayef clan is losing control of state security

The coup in the palace got rid of the clan of Prince Mohammed ben Nayef, Riyadh's heir to the throne. However, the latter still believes that he is in charge of the Ministry of Home Affairs which has in fact been transferred to the son-in-law of the deposed prince. Show More Summary

Saudi Arabia woman arrested for wearing miniskirt, sparking public outcry

The woman, whose name was not given, was detained by police in the capital, Riyadh, for wearing "immodest clothes" that contradicted the country's conservative Islamic dress code, state media reported Tuesday.

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