Iran pilgrims to join this year´s hajj: Saudi Arabia
Iranian pilgrims will participate in this year´s annual hajj, Saudi Arabia said on Friday, after an absence last year...
Trump meets top Saudi prince as Yemen war rages
US President Donald Trump hosted Saudi Arabia´s powerful Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House Tuesday,...
Saudi Arabia denies police tortured two transgender Pakistanis to death
Saudi Arabia denied on Tuesday claims by Pakistani activists that two transgender women from Pakistan were beaten to death...
Iran pilgrims to join this year´s hajj: Saudi Arabia
Iranian pilgrims will participate in this year´s annual hajj, Saudi Arabia said on Friday, after an absence last year during tensions between the regional rivals. “The ministry of hajj and the Iranian organisation have completed all the necessary measures to ensure Iranian pilgrims perform hajj 1438 according to the... Read more
Trump meets top Saudi prince as Yemen war rages
US President Donald Trump hosted Saudi Arabia´s powerful Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House Tuesday, for talks expected to focus on the economy and rolling back Iranian influence. Trump welcomed the young prince to the Oval Office, as both countries expect to improve ties that... Read more
Saudi Arabia denies police tortured two transgender Pakistanis to death
Saudi Arabia denied on Tuesday claims by Pakistani activists that two transgender women from Pakistan were beaten to death in police custody after being arrested in Saudi Arabia along with more than 30 other members of the community. Reports of the deaths had been carried in Pakistani media and... Read more
Saudi Arabia to pay billions as oil revenues collapses
Saudi Arabia is working to pay billions of dollars owed to private firms after oil revenues collapsed, the kingdom’s new finance minister said on Thursday. The arrears have left tens of thousands of foreign workers, chiefly in the construction sector, struggling for months while they await back wages. “I... Read more
Saudi grooves to new beat as entertainment opens up
With pumping hip hop beats and electrifying dancers, Saudi Arabia has launched what’s being hailed as an entertainment revolution for the ultra-conservative kingdom, which usually tightly restricts music, dance and theater. Hundreds of men and women, side-by-side, hooted their appreciation and clapped to the beat as New York-based theatrical group... Read more
Govt compensates families of 5300 stranded in Saudi Arabia
Chairman Board of Governors Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF), Amjad Malik Monday said around 5,300 families of Pakistani workers stranded in Saudi Arabia had been paid Rs 50,000 per family as compensation, as per data available in the Pakistani embassy. He said the compensation amount was being paid to the... Read more
Saudi king rejects mixing hajj with politics
Saudi King Salman said Tuesday the kingdom rejects any attempt to play politics with the hajj, the annual pilgrimage which has added to tensions between Riyadh and Tehran. For the first time in nearly three decades, Iran´s 64,000 pilgrims are not attending the hajj in Saudi Arabia after the... Read more
Eid ul Azha being celebrated in Saudi Arabia, Gulf, Europe today
The Muslims in several parts of the world celebrating Eid ul Azha (the Feast of Sacrifice) on Monday (today). The eid is being marked in Saudi Arabia, Gulf states, Europe, United States, Canada and several other parts of the world today. The eid begins with congregations of eid prayers... Read more
Nearly 1.5 million Muslims begin annual hajj in Saudi Arabia
From Asia, Africa and points in between, nearly 1.5 million Muslims begin the annual hajj in western Saudi Arabia on Saturday. After preliminary rituals this week in Makkah at the Grand Mosque, Islam’s holiest site, the pilgrims will move on Saturday in buses, by train or even on foot... Read more
US House votes to allow 9/11 families to sue Saudi Arabia
The US House of Representatives passed legislation by voice vote on Friday that would allow the families of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to sue Saudi Arabia’s government for damages. The US Senate passed the “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act,” or JASTA, unanimously in May. Opponents... Read more
29 Pakistani Hajj pilgrims died in Saudi Arabia
A total of 29 intending pilgrims of Pakistan have so far died natural death in Saudi Arabia during Hajj 2016. Briefing Hajj Advisory Committee (HAC) in Makkah Mukarma, he said the contingent of 1635 muavineen and 432 medical mission has been deployed in Saudi Arabia to serve intending pilgrims.... Read more
No longer wanted, Pakistani workers not to leave Saudi Arabia without pay
We will wait here – one year, two years. We will wait for our money. Then we will go back,” said Sardar Naseer, 35, a Pakistani welder at the Qadisiya Labour Camp, which houses around 2,000 workers from construction conglomerate Saudi Oger. Migrant construction workers, abandoned in their thousands... Read more
Oil dips in Asia amid Saudi Arabia output boost reports
Oil prices eased slightly in Asia Thursday amid reports OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia would further raise output in August. Prices hit five-week highs this week, supported by hopes that a Russian-Saudi cooperation may reach a pact to freeze output, easing the stubborn supply glut dogging the market since late... Read more
Saudis back terrorism after prince attends rebel rally: Iran
Iran on Sunday accused Saudi Arabia of backing terrorism after a senior Saudi prince, a former intelligence chief, addressed a Paris rally held by exiled Iranian rebels and told them he wanted the Iranian government to fall. “The Saudis are resorting to well-known terrorists … as they have also... Read more