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Saudi Arabia promises $500 million for Gaza rebuilding

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GAZA - Saudi Arabia has pledged $500 million (£306.1 million) to help rebuild Gaza, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Al-Hamdallah said on Thursday, with the full cost of post-war reconstruction expected to be around $4 billion over three years.

Saudi role against Islamic State turns on relief for Arab Sunnis 1:05pm BST

RIYADH - In its war against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria the United States wants strong public support from Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam and champion of Arab Sunni Muslims.

Saudi fighter with Islamic State urges fighters to wage jihad in kingdom - SITE 9:44am BST

DUBAI - A Saudi suicide bomber with the Islamic State group called on fellow Saudis to wage jihad and expressed hope that the group would expand into Saudi Arabia and "expel the disbelievers from the Arabian Peninsula", the SITE monitoring service said.

Asian Olympic boss unsure why Saudi Arabia excluded women 8:46am BST

INCHEON South Korea - Asia's top Olympic official is unsure why Saudi Arabia excluded women from their team for the Asian Games and says he thought the Islamic kingdom had "broken the ice" when they picked female competitors for the London Olympics.

Games--Asian Olympic boss unsure why Saudi Arabia excluded women 8:20am BST

INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 18 - Asia's top Olympic official is unsure why Saudi Arabia excluded women from their team for the Asian Games and says he thought the Islamic kingdom had "broken the ice" when they picked female competitors for the London Olympics.

MIDEAST STOCKS-Saudi rises on economic reform plans; better global mood boosts region 17 Sep 2014

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Saudi Arabia's top clerics speak out against militancy 17 Sep 2014

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's top clerical council, the only body in the country authorised to issue fatwas or Islamic legal opinions, declared on Wednesday that "terrorism is a heinous crime" under Sharia, and perpetrators should be made an example of.

Saudi Arabia's top clerics speak out against militancy 17 Sep 2014

RIYADH, Sept 17 - Saudi Arabia's top clerical council, the only body in the country authorised to issue fatwas or Islamic legal opinions, declared on Wednesday that "terrorism is a heinous crime" under Sharia, and perpetrators should be made an example of.

UPDATE 1-Saudi Arabia to allow OTC trade of shares in suspended or delisted firms 17 Sep 2014

RIYADH, Sept 17 - Saudi Arabia's securities market regulator said on Wednesday that it would permit off-market trading of shares in companies which had been suspended or delisted from the stock exchange.

Saudi court sentences two to death, jails 13 over attack 16 Sep 2014

DOHA - A court in Saudi Arabia sentenced two men to death and 13 others to long prison terms after they were accused of killing a policeman and three civilians and forming an al Qaeda cell in prison, the kingdom's state news agency (SPA) said on Tuesday.

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Kurds issue call to arms as Islamic State gains in Syria

BEIRUT - Islamic State fighters besieged a Kurdish city in northern Syria on Thursday after seizing 21 villages in a major assault, prompting a call to arms from Kurds in neighbouring Turkey who urged followers to go and help resist the group's advance. | Video