Sep 4, 2014

U.S. citizen among 24 jailed over Saudi 'terror cell'

A Riyadh court jailed 24 people, including a U.S. citizen, for up to 27 years Wednesday for forming a “terrorist cell” and attempting to attack Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, state media said. The defendants, sentenced to at least two years in prison, also include ...

Top Saudi cleric calls Islamic State, al-Qaida enemies of Islam

Aug 20, 2014

Top Saudi cleric calls Islamic State, al-Qaida enemies of Islam

Saudi Arabia’s top cleric said Tuesday that extremism and the ideologies of groups like the Islamic State and al-Qaida are Islam’s No. 1 enemy and that Muslims have been their first victims. Grand Mufti Sheik Abdul-Aziz al-Sheik also said in his public statement that ...

Aug 19, 2014

Saudi Arabia executes four for hashish smuggling

Saudi Arabia executed four people from the same family Monday for attempting to smuggle “large quantities” of hashish into the kingdom, officials and a rights group said. The Interior Ministry said they were executed in southern Najran province near Yemen after they were found ...

Aug 14, 2014

Saudis give U.N. $100 million to fight terrorism

Saudi Arabia has handed over a check for $100 million to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to help finance the U.N.’s center to combat global terrorism. The U.N. chief welcomed the generous gift at a ceremony in his office Wednesday and said the recent upsurge in ...

Aug 11, 2014

Saudi Arabia jails four for seeking to fight in Syria

Saudi Arabia’s Specialised Criminal Court has sentenced four men to prison for travelling abroad to fight in Syria’s civil war, local and state media reported on Sunday. King Abdullah decreed in February that citizens involved in fighting overseas faced up to 20 years in ...

U.N. chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

Jul 23, 2014

U.N. chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday it is his “hope and belief” that his emergency mission to the Middle East will lead to an end to the fighting between Hamas and Israel “in the very near future.” Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council by videoconference ...

Sunni uprising in Iraq wins support in gulf

Jun 24, 2014

Sunni uprising in Iraq wins support in gulf

The Sunni uprising in Iraq has received enthusiastic support from many Persian Gulf Arabs, despite official unease over the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, branded a terrorist group by governments in the region. While public opinion is hard to gauge in the ...