Feb 26, 2015

Muslim forum in Mecca on 'terrorism' seeks education reform

A counterterrorism conference attended by senior Muslim scholars from around the world on Wednesday called for education reform to tackle religious extremism. Participants at the meeting in the Saudi holy city of Mecca urged Muslim leaders to review the religious messages in education, to ...

Saudi Arabia bolsters border to shut out Islamic State

Feb 25, 2015

Saudi Arabia bolsters border to shut out Islamic State

The chain-link fences, topped with coils of barbed wire, rise and fall like a serpent’s back across the desert scrubland between Saudi Arabia and the jihadi threat just across the Iraqi border. A double-fence system and complementary hi-tech surveillance tools, officially completed in September, ...

Feb 24, 2015

Saudi court orders death for man who renounced Islam

An Islamic court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to death for renouncing Islam, the English-language daily Saudi Gazette reported on Tuesday. The man, in his 20s, posted an online video ripping up a copy of Islam’s holy book, the Koran, and hitting ...

Saudi Arabia condemns 'terrorist' killing of Muslim trio in U.S.

Feb 16, 2015

Saudi Arabia condemns 'terrorist' killing of Muslim trio in U.S.

Saudi Arabia on Sunday condemned the killing in North Carolina of three American Muslim college students as a “heinous terrorist” act, and called for an end to incitement against Muslims. The statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency also condemned as a “terrorist” ...

Outspoken Saudi prince to launch pan-Arab news channel

Feb 1, 2015

Outspoken Saudi prince to launch pan-Arab news channel

An outspoken billionaire Saudi prince on Sunday launched a pan-Arab satellite news channel aimed at challenging established networks in the region. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is a nephew of King Abdullah, who died on Jan. 23. In a highly conservative Islamic kingdom, Alwaleed, who ...

Saudis postpone blogger's flogging for third week

Jan 31, 2015

Saudis postpone blogger's flogging for third week

Authorities in Saudi Arabia delayed the flogging of a blogger convicted of insulting Islam for a third straight week Friday in the face of growing international pressure against the punishment, according to rights group Amnesty International. Raif Badawi underwent the first of what were ...

Saudi airman imprisoned for raping boy in Las Vegas

Jan 29, 2015

Saudi airman imprisoned for raping boy in Las Vegas

A Saudi Arabian Air Force sergeant who arrived in Las Vegas for New Year’s Eve two years ago may never get to leave Nevada after being sentenced Wednesday to a minimum of 35 years in state prison for kidnapping and raping a 13-year-old boy ...

Jan 27, 2015

First beheading under new Saudi king stirs attention; guilt doubted

Saudi Arabia on Monday executed a man convicted of raping several girls in a case that has captured the kingdom’s attention and marks the first beheading carried out under the newly enthroned King Salman. The Interior Ministry said Moussa al-Zahrani was executed in the ...

Jan 26, 2015

World leaders pay respects on Saudi day of mourning

More foreign leaders flocked to Saudi Arabia paying their respects to King Salman on Sunday, as the normally gridlocked streets of Riyadh turned quiet during a day of mourning for his predecessor Abdullah. The latest arrivals included Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito, Iraqi Kurdish leader ...