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.

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Saudi spy chief, architect of Syria policy, replaced 15 Apr 2014

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.

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Saudi Arabia - reported poison gas use by Syria is challenge to world 15 Apr 2014

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal on Tuesday said the "grave news" that President Bashar al-Assad's forces had carried out two poison gas attacks last week was a challenge to "international will".

Concerned for stability, Saudi Arabia tightens curbs on dissent 15 Apr 2014

* Conservative kingdom using legislation to stamp out dissent

Saudi Arabia: reported poison gas use by Syria is challenge to world 15 Apr 2014

* Rebels, Syrian government blame each other for gas attacks

Gunmen kill Saudi guard near Yemeni border, wound another - media 14 Apr 2014

RIYADH - Unidentified gunmen in Yemen shot dead a Saudi Arabian border guard and wounded another in the early hours of Monday morning, Saudi news websites reported, in what would be the second such incident in five days.

Saudi Arabia jails 13 for aiding overseas fighters 14 Apr 2014

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.

Saudi Arabia says seizes drugs worth $267 million, arrests six 13 Apr 2014

RIYADH - Saudi Arabian police have arrested six people and seized illegal drugs worth 1 billion riyals (159 million pounds) that were being smuggled into the country from neighbouring Bahrain, the Interior Ministry said on Sunday.

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German tank sale to Saudi Arabia likely to be cancelled: newspaper 13 Apr 2014

BERLIN - A sale of several hundred German battle tanks to Saudi Arabia is likely to be cancelled because of opposition from Social Democrat Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, a German newspaper reported on Sunday.

German tank sale to Saudi Arabia likely to be cancelled - newspaper 13 Apr 2014

BERLIN - A sale of several hundred German battle tanks to Saudi Arabia is likely to be cancelled because of opposition from Social Democrat Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, a German newspaper reported on Sunday.

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Surrender talks set with separatists in Ukraine as standoff lasts into Easter

DONETSK/KIEV - A senior mediator from Europe's OSCE security body is due to start negotiating the surrender of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, although hopes for a rapid end to the crisis are limited. | Video