Saudi woman activist freed after nearly three years in jail

RIYADH: Saudi authorities released prominent women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul after nearly three years in detention, her family said, in a case that had drawn international condemnation. Hathloul, 31, was arrested in May 2018 with about a dozen other women

Saudi Arabia hosts G20 talks on virus recovery, debt relief

RIYADH: G20 finance ministers and central bankers are set to hold talks on Wednesday aimed at spurring global recovery from a coronavirus-triggered recession and considering a proposal to extend debt relief for crisis-hit countries. The virtual talks, hosted by current

Saudi gang sentenced to 64 years for theft, money laundering

RIYADH: Six out of eleven member gang have been sentenced to 64 years in prison for blowing up an ATM and stealing 1.4 million riyals. The Criminal Court in Riyadh ordered 700,000 riyals seized from them to be confiscated. It

Umrah services to resume in phased manner: Saudi Minister

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will lift the suspension of Umrah services and visits to the holy sites in a phased manner after nine months of closure due to the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic. Mohammed Saleh Benten, Saudi Minister of Hajj and

Saudi military commander sacked over corruption charges

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has sacked a top military commander and his son after an anti-corruption probe. Joint forces commander Prince Fahad bin Turki — a senior royal family member — and Abdulaziz bin Fahad, the deputy emir of northern Al-Jouf

Saudi Aramco profit crashes 73% amid signs of recovery

RIYADH: State oil giant Saudi Aramco’s profit has plunged 73 percent in the second quarter of the year amid a slump in energy demand and prices due to the coronavirus crisis. All major oil companies have taken a hit in

General Bajwa calls MBS, inquires about Saudi King’s health

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa called Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to inquire about Saudi King Salman’s health. According to Saudi media, the army chief wished speedy recovery of the Saudi King and

Saudi King in stable condition after being admitted to hospital

RIYADH: Saudi King Salman held a cabinet meeting via video call from hospital in the capital Riyadh on Tuesday, a day after he was admitted for inflammation of the gall bladder. A video of the king chairing the meeting was

106-year-old Saudi woman survives coronavirus

RIYADH: A Saudi woman aged 106 has recovered from COVID-19 after contracting the potentially fatal disease. The woman, a resident of the Saudi border city of Arar, had displayed symptoms of the new coronavirus while suffering from diabetes and high

Family of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi forgives killers

RIYADH: The sons of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said on Friday that they have forgiven the killers of their father. “In this blessed night of the blessed month (of Ramadan) we remember God’s saying: If a person forgives and

Saudi Arabia abolishes flogging as means of punishment

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has abolished flogging as a punishment, the state human rights commission said on Saturday, hailing a major step forward in the reform programme. The court-ordered floggings in Saudi Arabia – sometimes extending to hundreds of lashes –

Saudi princess pleads for release from high-security prison

RIYADH: A prominent Saudi princess jailed without charges has made a rare public appeal to the king and crown prince on Thursday for her release from a high-security prison. Princess Basmah bint Saud, a 56-year-old businesswoman and an outspoken royal

Around 150 members of Saudi royal family infected with coronavirus

RIYADH: As many as 150 members of the ruling Saudi royal family have been infected with coronavirus in recent weeks, a news report said. The renowned New York Times cited hospital communications, doctors and sources familiar with the family. Saudi

Saudi FM phones Qureshi to assure him full support over Kashmir

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud called Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Saturday to assure him about Saudi Arab’s complete assistance over Kashmir matter. The Saudi Minister telephoned o FM Qureshi for a growing frustration over

Saudi prince gets approval to export 50 falcons from Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has given special approval for Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia to export 50 unique falcons from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia during the period 2019-20. As per details, the Falcons of

PM arrives in Riyadh to hold talks with Saudi leadership

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister has arrived in Riyadh for talks with Saudi leadership on entire spectrum of bilateral relations and situation in region. Governor Riyadh Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Pakistan’s Ambassador Raja Ali Ijaz welcomed him at

Gen Bajwa hails Saudi contingent at strike corps training exercise

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Qammar Javed Bajwa on Thursday visited strike corps during its winter collective training near Bahawalpur, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). According to a statement by the military’s press wing, the army chief witnessed

Saudi Shura Council chief calls for lifting of curfew in IOK

ISLAMABAD: Chairman of Saudi Shura Council Dr Abdullah-ibne-Muhammad Al Sheikh has called for lifting of curfew and lockdown in Indian Occupied Kashmir at the earliest. Speaking to Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser along with delegation of Saudi Majlis-ash-Shura, he said

Saudi Aramco listing

Saudi Aramco, the world’s most profitable organisation, finally has a price tag. After years of delay, Saudi Arabia has placed a value of $1.71 trillion on the state-owned energy giant – making it also by far the most valuable company

Saudi Aramco declares $1.71 trillion valuation in IPO

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Sunday put a value of up to $1.71 trillion on energy giant Aramco in what could be the world’s biggest IPO, but missed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s initial target of $2 trillion. Aramco said it

Saudi Aramco stock offering to launch on Nov 17

RIYADH: Saudi Aramco announced in a prospectus on Saturday that its much-anticipated initial public offering will begin on November 17, with a final share price to be determined on December 5, a day after subscriptions close. After years of delay

Saudi oil giant Aramco heads for record-setting market debut

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced on Sunday the stock market debut of energy giant Aramco in what could be the world’s biggest IPO. After years of delay, Aramco said it plans to sell an unspecified number of shares on the Riyadh

Pakistani pilgrims among dead in Saudi bus crash: FO

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office has confirmed that Pakistani nationals were among those dead in Saudi Arabia bus accident. In a statement, the Foreign Office spokesperson said that a bus carrying 39 passengers from Riyadh to Makkah met an unfortunate accident

Tourism in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is easing up restrictions on women even further as it seeks a push for tourism with a new visa policy. In the latest move, the Kingdom has allowed women to rent hotel rooms without a male guardian present,

Yemen rebels threaten to strike Dubai and Abu Dhabi

ADEN: Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels on Wednesday threatened to attack multiple targets in the United Arab Emirates “We announce… that we have dozens of targets in the UAE, among them Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and that they can be targeted