September 23, 2019

US claims Washington assassination terror plot foiled

The US says it has broken up a major terror plot in which agents linked to Iran sought to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington. Two men originally from Iran - one a naturalised US citizen - have been charged with counts of conspiracy, Attorney General Eric Holder said. The plot was … [Read more...]

Saudi woman driver sentenced to 10 lashes

A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a woman to 10 lashes for breaking the country's ban on female drivers. The woman, identified only as Shema, had been protesting against the ban on woman drivers in the Gulf kingdom. She was found guilty of driving in Jeddah last July. Women2drive, which … [Read more...]

al-Qaeda leader Abu Hafs al-Shahri killed in Pakistan

A senior al-Qaeda leader in Pakistan, Abu Hafs al-Shahri, has been killed, say senior US officials. There has been no independent confirmation of the death, which officials said happened in the Waziristan tribal region. The US frequently carries out drone air strikes against suspected … [Read more...]

Arab nations recall ambassadors from Syria

As Syria's violent clampdown against internal dissent continues, the governments of countries in the region have recalled their ambassadors for consultaton. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain say they were recalling their ambassadors from Syria to discuss the situation. Saudi Arabia's King … [Read more...]

Yemen’s President Saleh appears on TV

President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen has appeared on TV for the first time since being badly burned in an attack on his palace last month. Unable to move much with both hands wrapped in bandages President Saleh said he welcomed power-sharing, but stressed that it should be "within the framework … [Read more...]

Hundreds dead after boat sinks in the Red Sea

A boat carrying illegal immigrants has sunk in the Red Sea drowning an estimated 200 people. The boat was enroute to Saudi Arabia from an unknown port of origin when it sank off the Sudanese coast. The Sudanese Media Centre, a state-linked news agency, said only three people had been … [Read more...]

Ex-Tunisian president Ben Ali sentenced to 35 years prison

A Tunisian court has sentenced ex-Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and his wife Leila to 35 years in prison for theft and other charges. The only problem for justice is that neither Ben Ali or Leila were in court. They have long fled to a luxury exile in Saudi Arabia. The couple fled … [Read more...]

Yemen’s President Saleh in Saudi Arabia

Yemen's president Ali Abdullah Saleh has been flown to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment, only a day after he was wounded when his palace was shelled, Saudi Arabian officials have announced. Comflicting reports yesterday had Saleh fleeing the country and staying in Yemen following the artillery … [Read more...]

Woman arrested in Saudi Arabia for driving a car

Religious police in Saudi Arabia have arrested Manal al-Sherif, a Saudi woman for driving a car in the eastern city of Khobar. Al-Sherif had posted a video of herself driving a car on Facebook and YouTube as part of a protest against women being banned from drivinging in Saudi Arabia. Manal … [Read more...]

Posthumous Osama Bin Laden tape released by al-Qaeda

A 12 minute audio recording made by Osama Bin Laden shortly before he died has been released by al-Qaeda. In the message, he praises the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt and speaks of a "rare historic opportunity" for Muslims to rise up. "I think that the winds of change will blow over the entire … [Read more...]

Donald Trump cranks up presidential bid

Property billionaire Donald Trump is taking advantage of his wealth and endless supply of media friendly quotes to hog the airwaves and give momentum to his possible bid for the White House in 2012. Trump is not fussy who he takes aim at. President Obama is an obvious target but Donald has also … [Read more...]

Worlds tallest ‘mile high’ tower approved

A plan to construct the worlds tallest building has been given the green light in Saudi Arabia. The 1.6km 'mile-high' Kingdom Tower is to be built at Obhur, on the Red Sea coast, near Jeddah, Western Saudi Arabia. When finished the $28.5 billion tower will be almost double the height of the … [Read more...]

Bahrain declares state of emergency

King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain has asked the head of the military to guarantee security across the country, after declaring a three-month state of emergency, following weeks of pro-democracy demonstrations. The state of emergency comes a day after troops from neighbouring Gulf States … [Read more...]

Saudi Arabia troops enter Bahrain

More than 1000 Saudi troops have entered Bahrain following growing protests against the government and its ruling family. A convoy of over 150 armoured personnel carriers and other vehicles moved across the border to take up positions guarding key installations and buildings. The United Arab … [Read more...]

Saudi King announces new benefits for citizens

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has returned home after months of medical treatment abroad and immediately announced a flurry of increased benefits for Saudi citizens. King Abdullah has stepped off the plane and sniffed the air of change. Wisely he has decided that it might just be an opportune time … [Read more...]