Saudi Arabia

Soccer-Australia claim Liverpool's Smith with Socceroos call-up

SYDNEY, Aug 21 - Australia coach Ange Postecoglou called England under-21 international Brad Smith into his squad for next month's Asian Cup warm-ups against Belgium and Saudi Arabia on Thursday.

MIDEAST STOCKS-Banks lift Saudi to 6-year high; Suez project cheers Egypt 20 Aug 2014

DUBAI, Aug 20 - Banks led Saudi Arabia's stock index to a new six-year peak as trading volumes increased on Wednesday, while Egypt also extended gains. But other Gulf markets were subdued as a summer lull deepened.

Saudi court sentences one to death, 30 to jail for militant attacks 19 Aug 2014

RIYADH - A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced one man to death and 30 others to prison terms of up to 30 years for their part in a series of militant attacks against government and foreign targets since 2003, state media reported.

UPDATE 1-Saudi court sentences one to death, 30 to jail for militant attacks 19 Aug 2014

RIYADH, Aug 19 - A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced one man to death and 30 others to prison terms of up to 30 years for their part in a series of militant attacks against government and foreign targets since 2003, state media reported.

Saudi Arabia opens family courts, first step in wider legal reform 19 Aug 2014

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia on Tuesday opened new courts focusing on family disputes, the first of a series of specialised tribunals aimed at making the kingdom's legal system faster, more transparent and predictable.

Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti denounces Iraq's Islamic State group 19 Aug 2014

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh, the highest religious authority in the country, said on Tuesday the militant groups Islamic State and al Qaeda were "enemy number one of Islam" and not in any way part of the faith.

Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti denounces Iraq's Islamic State group 19 Aug 2014

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh, the highest religious authority in the country, said on Tuesday the militant groups Islamic State and al Qaeda were "enemy number one of Islam" and not in any way part of the faith.

Saudi Arabia executes five men for drug possession, murder 19 Aug 2014

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia executed four men for possession of hashish on Monday and another man for murder on Tuesday, local media reported, taking to 18 the number of people it has put to death in two weeks, prompting alarm from rights groups.

Saudi court sentences one to death, 13 to jail, for attacks 19 Aug 2014

RIYADH, Aug 19 - A Saudi Arabian court on Monday sentenced one man to death and 13 others to prison terms of up to 30 years for their part in a series of militant attacks against government and foreign targets last decade, state media reported.

MIDEAST STOCKS-Saudi Arabia the main attraction amid summer lull 18 Aug 2014

DUBAI, Aug 18 - Saudi Arabia's bourse could extend gains on Monday, as most of the region stays quiet with few themes to excite Gulf investors.

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U.S. military failed in rescue attempt for journalist Foley

BAGHDAD/EDGARTOWN Mass. - The U.S. military earlier this summer carried out an attempt to rescue journalist James Foley and other American hostages held in Syria, a U.S. official said on Wednesday, in an operation that the Pentagon said ultimately failed to find the captives. | Video