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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

Saudis Installing Cranes at Yemen Ports

Saudi Arabia said on Thursday it was installing four cranes at three ports in Yemen to help boost humanitarian aid deliveries and was ready to assist with installing cranes at the key port of Hodeidah once it was under control of a neutral party.

Saudi Arabia’s hidden war

14 hours agoNews : World News Blog

The Saudis have now destroyed the last building in the heart of a Shia town in the east – the centre of growing unrest which the authorities are blaming on ‘terrorist’ groups. Meanwhile dozens of people have died in the clashes and thousands are being displaced as their homes are razed to the ground.

Saudi Arabia installing cranes at Yemen ports to boost aid delivery

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia said on Thursday it was installing four cranes at three ports in Yemen to help boost humanitarian aid deliveries and was ready to assist with installing cranes at the key port of Hodeidah once it was under control of a neutral party.

Despite Rift, Saudi Arabia Says It Will Allow Qatari Pilgrims To Conduct Hajj

16 hours agoNews : The Two-Way

Qatar has been isolated by neighboring countries in a heated diplomatic standoff. But Saudi Arabia has announced it plans to open its border to allow pilgrims from the tiny Gulf country.

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

Saudi, Iraqi leaders draw closer after Sadr meeting

For Saudi Arabia, talks with Iraq are attempt to build alliances with its Shia leaders, analysts say.

Saudi Arabia reopens Qatar border after surprise meeting

Saudi Arabia said Thursday it is reopening its border with Qatar to allow Qataris to attend the hajj amid a monthslong rift between the neighboring countries that led to both … Click to Continue »

Saudi king orders reopening of Qatar border to pilgrims despite rift

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has ordered the reopening of the border with Qatar to hajj pilgrims, state media said Thursday, despite a major diplomatic crisis roiling the region. The Salwa border crossing was closed after regional kingpin Saudi Arabia, as well as Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, severed diplomatic and trade ties with […]

Saudi Arabia to open border with Qatar to let pilgrims attend hajj

Move by King Salman follows the hosting of an envoy from Doha – the first signs of a thaw in the region’s diplomatic crisis Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has ordered the reopening of the land border with Qatar to facilitate the annual hajj...Show More Summary

Saudi King Salman invites Qatar pilgrims to Hajj

Saudi Arabia had closed its land border with Qatar in June as part of an economic and political blockade.

Saudi Arabia Shows How it Would Shoot Down Qatari Plane

yesterdayNews : The Newsroom

Saudi Arabia and allies Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have accused Qatar of funding terrorist groups abroad.

Saudi Arabia to open Salwa border point to Qatari pilgrims for haj: SPA

CAIRO (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it would welcome Qatari pilgrims to Saudi Arabia to perform the haj this season, amidst a feud that has triggered tensions between the two nations since June.

With a wary eye on Iran, Saudi and Iraqi leaders draw closer

BAGHDAD/DUBAI (Reuters) - It was an unusual meeting: An Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim cleric openly hostile to the United States sat in a palace sipping juice at the invitation of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, the Sunni kingdom that is Washington's main ally in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia, Iraq look to reopen border after 27 years

yesterdayNews : The Lookout

Iraqi and Saudi officials on Wednesday inspected a border crossing between their countries to examine how to reopen the frontier, closed for the past 27 years, officials said Wednesday. The border has been shut to all travellers except...Show More Summary

Saudi Arabia Shoots Down Qatar Plane In Animated Warning

Saudi Arabia and allies Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have accused Qatar of funding terrorist groups abroad.

Detente in the Persian Gulf is in Everyone's Interests

Paul R. Pillar Iran Saudi Arabia, Middle East Regimes that crave U.S. support in their regional rivalries are apt to strike two different postures that may seem contradictory but really aren’t.  They publicly play up the supposed threatening...Show More Summary

Saudi Government Looking To Jail More Citizens For 'Harming Public Order' With Their Religious Tweets

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The internet may be an amazing communication tool, but it's also a handy way for governments to keep an eye on their citizens. Saudi Arabia uses the internet for multiple things -- mainly monitoring dissent and controlling communication. An...Show More Summary

Saudi Arabia is moving to rein in its religious police. Sort of.

Early last month, the Saudi parliament held a biting public constitutional debate about enforcing Islamic law, one with far-reaching implications for how the kingdom is governed. The argument was part of a larger struggle over subduing the Hay’a, the body (often referred to as the “Religious Police”) that enforces moral and religious values in public places. Parliament? […]

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