Stephen Kalin

Western tourists trickle into Saudi Arabia as it tries to open up

15 Dec 2018

RIYADH Western tourists, a rarity in Saudi Arabia, visited this weekend under a new visa system, as one of the world's most inaccessible countries tries to open up its society and diversify its economy away from oil.

Saudi Arabia seeks new political bloc in strategic Red Sea region

12 Dec 2018

RIYADH Saudi Arabia is seeking an alliance with six countries bordering the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, a strategic area vital to global shipping and increasingly an arena of contention with regional rivals like Iran, Turkey and Qatar.

Qatar rift overshadows Gulf Arab summit as emir stays away

09 Dec 2018

RIYADH A Gulf Arab summit called for regional unity as Bahrain and Qatar traded barbs over the Qatari emir's decision not to attend the gathering in Saudi Arabia on Sunday in a sign that a row between Doha and its neighbours is still festering. | Video

Saudi Arabia hosts GCC summit amid Qatar tensions, Khashoggi crisis

09 Dec 2018

RIYADH, Dec 9 The Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) annual summit was set to open in Riyadh on Sunday, with regional unity imperilled by a bitter row with Qatar and the host, Saudi Arabia, facing a diplomatic crisis over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Saudi king urges action against Iran, backs Yemen peace

20 Nov 2018

RIYADH Saudi Arabia's King Salman urged the international community on Monday to halt Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes and reiterated the kingdom's support for U.N. efforts to end the war in Yemen.

Khashoggi family receives condolences after Riyadh proffers murder culprits

17 Nov 2018

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia/ISTANBUL Mourners paid their respects on Friday to the family of Jamal Khashoggi, the prominent Saudi writer murdered by agents of his own government, after the authorities said they had identified the culprits and cleared the crown prince of any involvement. | Video

U.S. imposes sanctions for Khashoggi killing, Saudis seek death penalty

16 Nov 2018

WASHINGTON/RIYADH The United States imposed economic sanctions on 17 Saudi officials on Thursday for their role in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor sought the death penalty for five suspects in the murder. | Video

Saudi Arabia seeks death penalty in Khashoggi murder case

15 Nov 2018

RIYADH/ANKARA Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for five out of 11 suspects charged in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, his office said on Thursday, as the kingdom tries to contain its biggest political crisis in a generation.

Exclusive: Britain's Hunt sees prospect for Yemen talks, news on Khashoggi inquiry

13 Nov 2018

RIYADH British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt on Tuesday said prospects for talks to end Yemen's 3-1/2-year-old war were "more real" after Saudi Arabia confirmed to him its willingness to evacuate 50 wounded Houthi fighters as a confidence-building measure.

Auction of detained Saudi tycoon's properties to start Dec 2 - sources

11 Nov 2018

RIYADH Saudi Arabia will start auctioning real estate assets of billionaire Maan al-Sanea and his company on Dec. 2 to help repay billions of dollars due to creditors, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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