Saudi Arabia

Saudi conservatives protest against Westernisation

RIYADH - Saudi Arabian conservatives have staged a rare protest outside the Royal Court in Riyadh against "Westernising" reforms including moves to allow physical education for schoolgirls, local media reported on Thursday.

Saudi spy chief, architect of Syria policy, replaced

RIYADH - Saudi Arabian intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the architect of Riyadh's attempts to bring down Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has been removed from his post, state media reported on Tuesday.

World, Syria 16 Apr 2014

Concerned for stability, Saudi Arabia tightens curbs on dissent

DUBAI/RIYADH - Saudi Arabia, rattled by regional turmoil that has destabilised the Middle East, is intensifying a crackdown on domestic dissent, raising fears that a more open space for public debate that emerged in recent years is under threat.

16 Apr 2014

Concerned for stability, Saudi Arabia tightens curbs on dissent

* Conservative kingdom using legislation to stamp out dissent

15 Apr 2014

Saudi Arabia: reported poison gas use by Syria is challenge to world

* Rebels, Syrian government blame each other for gas attacks

15 Apr 2014

Saudi Arabia imposes fines, jail terms for visa lapses

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia will punish people who employ foreigners illegally or break the terms of their visas, in an effort to encourage local employment.

14 Apr 2014

Saudi Arabia jails 13 for aiding overseas fighters

RIYADH - A Saudi Arabian court on Sunday jailed 13 men to sentences ranging from one to 10 years for aiding and financing militants fighting abroad, conspiring inside Saudi Arabia and harbouring wanted suspects, state news agency SPA reported on Monday.

14 Apr 2014

Saudi Arabia may close shops early to boost employment - paper

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia is expected to make shops close at 9 p.m. instead of midnight later this year, Saudi Gazette reported on Sunday, in a move aimed at encouraging employment by making sales jobs more attractive.

13 Apr 2014

Yemen reports first case of deadly MERS-coronavirus

SANAA - Yemen reported its first case of the deadly MERS coronavirus on Sunday in a further spread of the deadly strain in the Middle East two years after its outbreak in neighboring Saudi Arabia.

Health, Yemen 13 Apr 2014

Saudi Arabia may close shops early to boost employment - paper

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia is expected to make shops close at 9 p.m. instead of midnight later this year, Saudi Gazette reported on Sunday, in a move aimed at encouraging employment by making sales jobs more attractive.

13 Apr 2014
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Angry relatives clash with police as Korea recovers more dead from ferry

JINDO South Korea - Distraught relatives of hundreds of missing people inside a sunken South Korean ferry clashed with police on Sunday as coastguard divers retrieved more bodies from the ship and the number of confirmed dead rose to 49.