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Al-Zahrani brothers held on a tip-off from father


RIYADH: Terrorist brothers Ahmed and Mohammed, the sons of Saeed Al-Zahrani, were trained for two months at a Daesh camp in Raqqa on how to use weapons and explosives before returning to the Kingdom to execute one of the organization’s plans inside the country, sources said. The brothers were provided large amounts of money, in addition to weapons, explosives and ... Read More »

KSA: Politics at Haj won’t be allowed


MAKKAH: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif has said that Saudi Arabia will not allow any political propaganda during Haj and security agencies will arrest anybody who tries to violate the sanctity of the pilgrimage.  Interacting with the media, he said the Kingdom has tackled terrorist activities with determination and resolve in the past. “These activities did not care about the ... Read More »

Sanaa push ‘slow but sure’


RIYADH: Incoming fire from Yemen hit a residence for construction workers in Jazan, killing three people and wounding 28, the Civil Defense said. It said that four Saudis were among the wounded, without giving the nationalities of the others. Al-Ekhbaria channel showed pictures of blast-damaged cars and shrapnel-punctured walls. The attack brings to at least 64 the number of people ... Read More »

Hungary’s new border rules are alarming, says UNHCR


ROSZKE, Hungary: Elements of Hungary’s new border rules are “really alarming,” the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said. UNHCR expressed its concerns at the time devoted to assessing asylum seekers and their return to Serbia. Erno Simon, a spokesman for the UNHCR in Hungary, cited Hungary’s decision to designate Serbia as a “safe third country” for refugees to be sent ... Read More »

Hadi men advance in Maarib; Sanaa in sight


MAARIB, Yemen: Yemeni loyalist forces, backed by the Saudi-led Arab coalition, said they were advancing Tuesday in a key province east of Sanaa, on the third day of a major offensive against rebels. The coalition intensified its airstrikes against the Iran-backed Houthi rebels earlier this month after a missile attack killed 60 Gulf troops, most of them Emiratis, in Marib ... Read More »

SR33m: Blood money estimate by experts


JEDDAH: Insurance firms may have to pay out about SR33 million in blood money to the families of the 111 people who died in Friday’s crane collapse at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, say experts. This amounts to about SR300,000 per person, which is the mandatory coverage that all contractors working on government projects have to take out once they ... Read More »

King: Responsibility will be fixed


MAKKAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman vowed to find out what caused a crane collapse that killed 111 people at the Grand Mosque in Makkah on Friday. “We will investigate all the reasons and afterward declare the results to the citizens,” King Salman said after visiting the site. The king expressed his condolences to the families of ... Read More »

King pays visit to injured in tragic crane crash


MAKKAH: Saudi Arabia has assured the Muslim world that the Haj pilgrimage will not be affected as a result of the crane crash in the Grand Mosque on Friday which claimed 107 lives. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman visited the Grand Mosque on Saturday and inspected the damage caused by the crane crash. He later visited the ... Read More »

Public ire over Netanyahu’s London visit


LONDON: Pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli demonstrators clashed outside British Prime Minister David Cameron’s London residence on Wednesday ahead of a visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Police officers separated the two groups and took away at least two protesters following minor scuffles and chanting by both sides, according to an AFP photographer. Around 400 pro-Palestinian activists gathered outside Downing Street ... Read More »

5-year-old Taif boy left sleeping in car dies


TAIF, Saudi Arabia: In a heartbreaking incident, a five-year-old child suffocated to death after his father left him in a car and forgot about it. Speaking about the event, the father in question was quoted in the local media as saying that he took his wife and children to school, and returned home. He locked the car and went inside ... Read More »

Queen lived through 155 Arab rulers…


LONDON: Queen Elizabeth II has officially marked 63 years and 217 days of rule, breaking the record as the longest-serving British monarch on Wednesday. She has lived through 155 Arab kings and presidents. Her reign has witnessed seven Saudi kings (King Abdul Aziz, King Saud, King Faisal, King Khalid, King Fahd, King Abdullah and current King Salman); five Kuwaiti princes ... Read More »

800 Egypt troops boost Yemen force


SANAA: As many as 800 Egyptian soldiers arrived in Yemen late on Tuesday, Egyptian security sources said, swelling the ranks of a Gulf Arab military contingent which aims to rout the Iran-allied Houthi group after a five-month civil war. It was the first reported deployment of ground troops there by Egypt, which has one of the Arab world's strongest armies. ... Read More »

Flayed: Raid on KSA diplomat’s home in India


RIYADH: The Saudi Embassy in India on Wednesday termed as “false and concocted” the charges of sexual assault leveled against one of its diplomats.  The embassy protested to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) over “police intrusion” into a diplomat’s house in violation of “all diplomatic conventions.” It said: “Such an attack on a diplomat and his family members ... Read More »

Talks with Delhi only if Kashmir on table: Sartaj Aziz


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will hold talks with India only if the Kashmir issue is on the agenda, said Sartaj Aziz, national security and foreign affairs adviser to the Pakistani prime minister, on Tuesday. He however expressed optimism that recent tensions with the neighboring country over the bitterly disputed Kashmir region can be defused. The commander of Pakistan’s border forces will travel ... Read More »

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