May 26, 2015

Saudi beheads 88th person, exceeding last year's total

The number of people beheaded in Saudi Arabia this year overtook the total for all of 2014 on Tuesday, despite activists’ concerns that trials are not conducted fairly. According to AFP tallies, the executions of two Saudis for drug trafficking and a third for ...

May 23, 2015

Islamic State loyalists claim Saudi mosque attack

A suicide bomber unleashed a blast in a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia on Friday as worshippers commemorated the birth of a revered saint, killing at least 21 people and wounding dozens more in the deadliest attack in the kingdom in more than ...

May 20, 2015

Saudi Arabia advertises for swordsmen as execution rate soars

Saudi Arabia advertised vacancies for eight executioners Tuesday after beheading nearly as many people since the start of the year as it did in the whole of 2014. The civil service ministry said that no qualifications were necessary and that applicants would be exempted ...

Gulf nations get 'ironclad' security commitment from Obama

May 15, 2015

Gulf nations get 'ironclad' security commitment from Obama

President Barack Obama pledged America’s “ironclad commitment” to anxious Persian Gulf nations Thursday to help protect their security, pointedly mentioning the potential use of military force and offering assurances that a potential nuclear agreement with Iran would not leave them more vulnerable. At the ...

Saudis, Yemen rebels blame each other for violating truce

May 15, 2015

Saudis, Yemen rebels blame each other for violating truce

Saudi Arabia and Yemen’s Iranian-backed Shiite rebels on Thursday traded charges of violating a humanitarian cease-fire, as a helicopter gunship belonging to the Saudi-led coalition struck a truck in northern Yemen, killing nine people. The attack was the latest in a series of violent ...

Kerry arrives in Saudi Arabia, calls for pause in Yemen war

May 7, 2015

Kerry arrives in Saudi Arabia, calls for pause in Yemen war

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sought to secure a pause in Yemen’s war as he arrived in Saudi Arabia Wednesday for meeting with top officials, citing increased shortages of food, fuel and medicine that are adding to a crisis that already has neighboring ...

Apr 29, 2015

Saudi king names counterterrorism czar as new crown prince

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Wednesday removed his half-brother from the post of crown prince and named his nephew, the country’s Interior Minister, in his place. The post of crown prince secures Prince Mohammed bin Nayef as the most likely successor to King Salman. ...