Saudi Arabia

Amir Khan defends £7m Saudi Arabia fight despite human rights concerns

Amir Khan has defended the choice of location for his next fight in the face of human rights concerns by claiming Saudi Arabia is undergoing significant change. The 32-year-old faces the unheralded Indian Neeraj Goyat at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah on July 12 less than three months after he was controversially stopped in six rounds by Terence Crawford. Amnesty International ...

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Saudi Arabia buying new missile technology from China

Saudi Arabia has significantly escalated its ballistic missile programme by buying technology from China, according to a US media report. In a story published on Wednesday, broadcaster CNN said the United States government had obtained intelligence on the technology transfers, but the administration of US President Donald Trump did not initially share its knowledge with key members of Congress. Jeff Stacey, a US national security consultant who worked at the ...

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King delivers Jordan’s address at emergency Arab Summit in Mecca

His Majesty King Abdullah on Thursday affirmed Jordan’s support for its Arab brothers in defending their interests and safeguarding their security and stability, expressing the Kingdom’s firm rejection of any attempts to meddle in the internal affairs of Arab states or threaten their sovereignty or security in any way. In an address delivered at the emergency Arab Summit in Mecca, ...

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Saudi Arabia: Palestine is our ‘central cause’

Saudi Arabia has said that it fully supports Palestine and its effort to achieve statehood adding that this is a top priority for the kingdom. In a meeting of foreign ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held in Jeddah yesterday, Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Ibrahim Bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf, said: “The conflict with Israel is the most important ...

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Saudi dissident launches case against Saudi Arabia

Saudi dissident and satirist Ghanem al-Dosari, who has been living in the United Kingdom, has launched a legal case against Saudi Arabia. Al Jazeera spoke to al-Dosari who says his phone was hacked and personal data stolen. He accused Saudi Arabia of the misuse of private information, harassment and trespass. Al Jazeera’s Rory Challands reports from London.

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Saudi Arabia gathers Arab leaders over attacks on oil assets

Arab leaders have gathered in Saudi Arabia for a three-day emergency summit following attacks on Gulf oil assets this month which Riyadh pins on Tehran. Thursday’s events come after Saudi Arabia accused Iran of ordering drone attacks on oil pumping stations in the kingdom, which were claimed by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group, and the sabotage of oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates ...

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Saudi Arabia Intercepts Houthi Missiles Headed for Mecca, Embassy Says

The ballistic missiles, reportedly intercepted over Taif, were fired by Yemeni Houthi rebels and were headed for Islam’s holiest city as well as Jeddah, a port city on the Red Sea Saudi Arabia intercepted two Houthi ballistic missiles fired from Yemen over Taif on Monday, Riyadh’s embassy in Washington said. One of the missiles was heading for Mecca and the ...

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Editor of Independent flies out for meeting with Saudi partner

The editor of the Independent has flown to Riyadh to meet with the news outlet’s controversial new Saudi publishing partner despite growing concerns over its links to the country following the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Christian Broughton’s trip comes as a number of media organisations boycott a major Riyadh investment conference. It was said to be a long-planned meeting with the ...

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman meets Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri met Saudi King Salman on Wednesday, in his first visit back to the country since he announced his resignation in the kingdom. Hariri announced on November 4 that he was stepping down in a televised address from Riyadh, only to rescind it the following month after France intervened. Saudi Arabia’s state news agency SPA said ...

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Saudi scholars to vet teaching of prophet Muhammad to curb extremism

Saudi authorities have taken an “unprecedented” step to tackle Islamic extremism by setting up a council of scholars to vet religious teachings around the world. A royal order issued this week by King Salman established a global body of elite scholars based in the holy city of Medina to root out and “eliminate fake and extremist texts”. The King Salman ...

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