Tag: Saudi Arabia

Iran Rules Out Meeting Between Trump and Rouhani

Iran has dismissed the possibility of a meeting between the country’s president, Hassan Rouhani, and President Trump on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly next week, the country’s state-run news media reported on Monday. “Neither is such a plan on our agenda nor will such a thing happen,” Seyed Abbas Mousavi, a spokesman […]

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Iran Rejects U.S. Accusation It Is Responsible for Saudi Attacks

Iran on Sunday forcefully rejected charges by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that it was responsible for drone attacks that caused serious damage to two crucial Saudi Arabian oil installations, with a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry dismissing his remarks as “maximum lies.” The attacks on Saturday, which hold the potential to disrupt global oil […]

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Drones Strike Big Saudi Refineries, and Houthis Claim Responsibility

The war that has devastated Yemen reached into Saudi Arabia early Saturday, with drone strikes on two major Saudi oil refineries, and a claim of responsibility from Yemen’s Houthi rebel faction. There were no reports of casualties and the extent of the damage was unclear, but the attacks struck deep within Saudi territory, at the […]

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Saudi King Appoints a Son, Prince Abdulaziz, as Energy Minister

BEIRUT, Lebanon — King Salman of Saudi Arabia on Sunday named his son Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman as energy minister, putting a member of the royal family for the first time in one of the kingdom’s most important roles, as part of a wider shake-up of top energy-sector jobs. The appointment of Prince Abdulaziz, an […]

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The Crown Prince’s Digital Iron Fist

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia makes no secret of his desire to transform his country. Since he began consolidating power in 2015, he has marketed himself to domestic and international audiences as a force of modernity, touting an agenda of cultural liberalization and economic reform. In 2016, he outlined his would-be revolution […]

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Saudi-Led Airstrikes in Yemen Kill More Than 60 in Prison, Rebels Say

SANA, Yemen — Airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen hit a university used as a detention center in a southwestern province on Sunday, killing at least 60 people, officials and the rebels’ health ministry said. A spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross said the death toll could be […]

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How Two Sisters Pulled Off a Daring Escape From Saudi Arabia

ISTANBUL — Dua and Dalal AlShowaiki spent five years planning their escape from Saudi Arabia. In early June, they finally had their chance during a family vacation in Istanbul. When their father walked into the hotel bathroom, asking his second wife to watch the young women, Dua told her younger sister to get her shoes […]

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Ally Attacks Ally in Yemen’s War Within a War

CAIRO — Yemen’s government accused the United Arab Emirates of bombing its troops on Thursday as they tried to retake the southern city of Aden from Emirati-backed separatists. At least 25 soldiers were killed and 150 wounded in the airstrikes on Thursday morning, a government commander said by phone from the scene of the attack. […]

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A Season of Hope in Sudan

The sight of the former president of Sudan, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, sitting caged inside a courtroom in Khartoum on Monday had an absurdly theatrical aspect to it. For nearly 30 years Mr. al-Bashir pranced arrogantly about, overcoming political opposition and surviving global condemnation after his 2009 indictment for war crimes. The old man in his […]

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American Military Drone Shot Down Over Yemen

WASHINGTON — An American military drone was shot down on Tuesday in Yemen, southeast of the capital, Sana, officials said Wednesday, in the second such episode this summer. Iranian-backed Houthi forces claimed credit for the downing of the unmanned drone, an MQ-9 Reaper. In a statement on Wednesday, the United States Central Command said it […]

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Houthis in Yemen Claim Drone Attack on Saudi Oil Facilities

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Yemen’s Houthi movement said on Saturday that it had launched 10 drones in the “biggest attack” on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia since the Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015, but a Saudi official said it had caused only a “minor” fire and no casualties. Speaking to Houthi-run television […]

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Goldberg Explained What Went Wrong In His Match With The Undertaker, A ‘Perfect Storm Of Crappiness’

WWE Network Wrestling legend Bill Goldberg might’ve successfully “erased the feeling” of his Super Showdown match with The Undertaker in Saudi Arabia by running through Dolph Ziggler at SummerSlam, but one question remains: what exactly went wrong? You could say a pre-match concussion is to blame, or the heat in Saudi Arabia, or WWE asking […]

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Saudi Aramco Reports $47 Billion Earnings in First Half of 2019

Saudi Aramco reported Monday that the company earned $47 billion in the first half of 2019. The earnings report was a first in the secretive company’s long history and reflected a challenging market: The company said the profits represented a decline from $53 billion in the period a year earlier, when oil prices were higher. […]

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Hajj Begins as Muslims Flock to Mecca

Hundreds of thousands of Muslims from across the globe on Friday began the annual pilgrimage to the Great Mosque of Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the hajj — with the faithful walking in the footsteps of the Prophet Muhammad — one of Islam’s most holy rites. This year’s pilgrims included survivors and relatives of victims […]

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Saudi Arabia Chips Away at Oppressive System by Granting Women Travel Rights

BEIRUT, Lebanon — On the surface, the new regulations Saudi Arabia announced early Friday did not seem like much. In dense, bureaucratic language, they granted all Saudis over the age of 21 the right to handle family matters and their own affairs, while officials said that all adults could obtain passports and travel on their […]

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Saudi Arabia Says Women Can Travel Without Male Guardians

Saudi Arabia announced on Friday that it would allow adult women to obtain passports, travel and work without securing the permission of a male relative, dealing significant blows to the kingdom’s so-called “guardianship” system that has long been criticized by rights campaigners as oppressive to women. The new regulations, made by the Saudi cabinet and […]

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Trump Vetoes Bipartisan Resolutions Blocking Arms Sales to Gulf Nations

WASHINGTON — President Trump vetoed a series of bipartisan measures on Wednesday that would have blocked the sale of billions of dollars of arms to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Lawmakers from both parties sent an angry joint message to Mr. Trump last month, saying that he could not go around Congress in […]

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Saudi Guardianship Laws Could Be Set to Change. Here’s How Women Are Reacting.

The renewed prospect that Saudi Arabia might lift its restrictive guardianship laws has been met with a mix of hope and cynicism by women in the conservative kingdom. Saudi news media reported recently that the government is considering what would be the most significant reform yet of women’s rights in the kingdom, which has some […]

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Yemen Has Been a Saudi Prince’s War. Now It’s His Quagmire.

From the beginning of Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen, it was Prince Mohammed’s war. Prince Mohammed bin Salman, then 29 and in his third month as defense minister, was shown in official photographs surrounded by generals, poring over maps, inspecting a helicopter and even wearing a pilot’s headset while riding in the back of a […]

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