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Saudi Arabia reshuffles cabinet with eye on culture

Saudi Arabia reshuffles cabinet with eye on culture

  RIYADH (AFP) – Saudi Arabia announced another cabinet reshuffle Saturday with a heavy focus on culture and religion, as the kingdom undergoes a major image overhaul. This is the second significant government change since the appointment of Prince Mohammed bin Salman, son of the king, as heir to the region’s most powerful throne. The crown […]

Saudi Arabia seeks to criminalise sexual harassment

Saudi Arabia seeks to criminalise sexual harassment

Saudi Arabia is preparing to outlaw sexual harassment, officials said Tuesday, less than a month before the conservative kingdom lifts its decades-long ban on women driving.The kingdom’s Shura Council, which advises the cabinet, approved a draft law on Monday which would introduce a prison term of up to five years and a penalty of 300,000 […]

Qatar bans goods from UAE, Saudi Arabia

Qatar bans goods from UAE, Saudi Arabia

DUBAI: Qatar said it was banning products originating from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain, almost a year after those states imposed an embargo on Doha, accusing it of supporting terrorism. “Products originating from the blockading states, which as a result of the blockade cannot pass the Gulf Cooperation Council Customs Territory, […]

Saudi Arabia says new Yemen missile intercepted

Saudi Arabia says new Yemen missile intercepted

RIYADH ;Saudi air defences on Friday intercepted a ballistic missile over the southern city of Najran after it was fired from rebel-held territory in neighbouring Yemen, a Saudi-led military coalition said. Debris from the missile landed in residential areas of Najran without causing casualties, coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki said in a statement released by the […]

Saudi Arabia says new Yemen missile intercepted

Saudi Arabia says new Yemen missile intercepted

RIYADH ;Saudi air defences on Thursday intercepted a ballistic missile over the southern city of Jizan after it was fired from rebel-held territory in neighbouring Yemen, a Saudi-led military coalition said. Debris from the missile landed in residential areas of Jizan without causing casualties, coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki said in a statement released by the […]

Saudi Arabia fights extremism with ‘5-star’ rehab centre

Saudi Arabia fights extremism with ‘5-star’ rehab centre

With its indoor swimming pool, sun-splashed patios and liveried staff, the Saudi complex has the trappings of a five-star resort, but it is actually a rehab centre — for violent militants. Riyadh’s Mohammed bin Nayef Counselling and Care Centre, a cushy halfway house between prison and freedom, spotlights a controversial Saudi strategy for tackling homegrown […]

Two transgender Pakistanis tortured to death in Saudi Arabia

Two transgender Pakistanis tortured to death in Saudi Arabia

Two transgender Pakistanis tortured to death in Saudi Arabia PESHAWAR: Two transgender persons, both natives of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), died on Tuesday after being subjected to torture allegedly by Saudi police in Riyadh for dressing up as women in public. Thirty-five transgender people were arrested by a law enforcement agency for cross-dressing, which is a punishable offence in […]

Saudi Arabia denies police tortured two transgender Pakistanis to death

Saudi Arabia denies police tortured two transgender Pakistanis to death

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 […]

39,000 Pakistanis deported from Saudia Arabia in four months: media report

39,000 Pakistanis deported from Saudia Arabia in four months: media report

RIYADH: At least 39,000 Pakistanis have been deported from the Saudia Arabia in the past four months for violating the rules of residence and work, informed Saudi Gazette. The paper also said that the involvement of a number of Pakistani nationals in some terror-related actions became a caused of public worry, further adding that Pakistanis […]

UAE, Saudi Arabia defends Trump visa ban

UAE, Saudi Arabia defends Trump visa ban

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates’ top diplomat on Wednesday came out in defense of President Donald Trump’s order temporarily barring citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. The comments by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Gulf federation’s foreign minister, could help bolster the administration’s […]

Saudi Arabia to fine employers 2000 riyals for withholding workers’ passports

Saudi Arabia to fine employers 2000 riyals for withholding workers’ passports

RIYADH (Web Desk) – Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Labor and Social Development has announced that the employers who hold back the passports of workers without their written consent will be penalized. According to the spokesman of the ministry, Khalid Abalkhail, a fine of 2000 Saudi riyals per worker will be imposed on the employer. “The […]