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John Kerry urged the Houthis and "those who have influence over them" to enter negotiations (File-AFP)
10:33 GMT
US Secretary of State encourages Houthis to come to the negotiating table.
The Saudi authorities arrested a 23-year-old man with links to Daesh militants in Syria. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Saudi authorities have held the ISIL (Daesh) militant group responsible for the fatal shooting of two policemen in the capital, Riyadh, earlier this month.

April 24, 2015

At least 115 children have been killed and 172 injured since start of Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen, says UNICEF.  140 children have been recruited as fighters.  (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
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At least 115 children have been killed and 172 injured in the Yemeni conflict since the launch of the Saudi-led airstrikes in the country, says UNICEF.

April 23, 2015

Saudi Arabia’s economy has been growing at an average rate of 6 per cent per annum (image: on file).
21:50 GMT
The hundreds of billions of dollars that would flow into investments in Saudi Arabia once its $530 billion capital market opens up is likely to give a major boost.
Saudi Arabia had announced two days ago that it was ending airstrikes. (AFP/File)
08:01 GMT
Saudi Arabia and its allies have launched a round of new airstrikes on Yemen, AFP reported on Thursday.
Another Opec producer, the UAE, has also trimmed supplies to Asia as it diverts more oil for use at a new refinery (image: on file).
05:55 GMT
Saudi Arabia has reduced contractual crude supplies to some customers in Japan and South Korea since March by trimming the volumes of oil loaded.

April 22, 2015

Supporters of the Shiite Houthi movement take part in a demonstration in the capital Sanaa on April 22, 2015, against the Saudi-led military "Decisive Storm" air campaign targeting Houthi rebels and their allies in Yemen. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
19:10 GMT
Iran said Wednesday two of its warships had reached the Gulf of Aden a day after the Saudi-led coalition announced the end of its air campaign.
Fresh strikes came hours after the announced end of Saudi's air campaign against the Houthis Tuesday night and as the US warned Iran against sending weapons to the Houthis. (AFP/File)
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Renewed strikes targeted new positions in Yemen's third largest city of Taez Wednesday, just hours after the announced end to their operation "Operation Decisive Storm."
The Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) said that it feared that raising of the Saudization rate at this time would have a negative impact on the job market as companies.
08:12 GMT
The Ministry of Labor clarified on Sunday that it has not issued any new regulations with regard to limiting expatriates’ stay in the Kingdom.

April 21, 2015

The Saudi stock exchange’s trading activity is dominated by local retail investors (image: on file).
20:12 GMT
The process of opening up the stock market should also be accompanied by increased transparency from administrative bodies.
Smoke billows from the Fajj Attan Hill in Sanaa following a reported airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition on an army arms depot, now under Houthi rebel control, on April 20, 2015. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
19:30 GMT
The objectives of "Operation Decisive Storm" were achieved, a Saudi defense ministry statement said Tuesday.
Yemenis check the damage following a raid by Saudi-led coalition warplanes on a missile depot in the rebel-held part of Sanaa on April 20, 2015. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
17:06 GMT
Saudi-led airstrikes conducted in Yemen's capital Monday killed 38 civilians and injured 532, medics said Tuesday.
Saudi National Guard Minister Prince Miteb Bin Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz and former US secretary of defense Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon on Nov. 21, 2014 in Arlington, Va. (AFP/Alex Wong)
16:46 GMT
King Salman has ordered the National Guard to be involved in Operation Decisive Storm, a minister announced Tuesday.
The move also comes as Saudi is preparing to open its stock market to foreign investors by June (image: on file).
14:44 GMT
British lender HSBC has been banned from taking on new funds in its asset management business in Saudi Arabia by financial regulator Capital Markets Authority (CMA).
Lebanese Army chief Jean General Jean Kahwaji, Lebanese Defence Minister Samir Moqbel, Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri and French Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian at the hand-over ceremony of a shipment of French weapons to the Lebanese Army in Beirut. (Image: AFP/Joseph Eid)
07:07 GMT
Lebanon rolls out the red carpet to receive the first shipment of French weapons, as part of a $3 billion deal financed by Saudi Arabia.

April 20, 2015

SABIC plans to cut costs and is well positioned to deliver sustainable growth.
17:36 GMT
SABIC reported a 39 percent decline in first-quarter profit to SR3.93 billion ($1.05 billion) as average sales prices dropped following a slump in global crude prices.
Saudi Arabia and its partners have carried out some 2,300 airstrikes on Houthi targets across Yemen since launching the air campaign more than three weeks ago. (AFP/File)
15:54 GMT
Sanaa residents say they say one of the largest explosions in three weeks of bombing after the Saudi-led coalition targeted a Scud missile base in the capital's Hadda district.
Yemeni Foreign Minister rejected Iranian offers for peace negotiations in the ongoing Yemen crisis, citing Iran's role in supporting rebel militants.  (AFP/File)
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Yemen's FM rejected Iranian offers for peace negotiations in the ongoing Yemen crisis, citing Iran's role in supporting rebel militants.
Unconfirmed reports say the Hamas leader was arrested in the Gulf on charges of money laundering and fund smuggling across the Saudi Arabian border. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
Unconfirmed reports say the militant group's leader has been apprehended in Saudi Arabia on charges related to money laundering and funds smuggling.
At what they said was the request of embattled Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, Riyadh launched an air campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen on March 25. (AFP/File)
06:53 GMT
The Saudi-led air campaign against Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen announced Sunday it has staged 2,300 airstrikes on targets across the country since the coalition formed almost a month ago, on March 25.

April 19, 2015

The Council will take its decision after examining the report of the finance committee (image: on file).
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The Shoura Council on Monday will vote on a proposal to convert the proposed sports stadiums into fully fledged sports villages.
A Yemeni vendor uses a lantern to read inside his shop at a market in the capital Sanaa on April 18, 2015 on the sixth day of a power outage across the country. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
17:46 GMT
Saudi Arabia has committed to the full $274 million needed cover emergency aid to Yemen after a UN appeal.
Research has found that Self-Driving cars, when introduced in the United States, could reduce crash costs by up to $488 billion and boost productivity by $645 billion (image: pixabay).
05:55 GMT
Given that self-driving cars eliminate the need for human control, it follows that self-driving cars could reduce road traffic deaths in the country by a massive 90%.

April 18, 2015

Al-Qaeda militants drove out government forces from a weapons depot in Mukalla Friday, one day after seizing a major airport.  (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
Al-Qaeda militants drove out government forces from a weapons depot in Mukalla Friday, one day after seizing a major airport.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif called for end to airstrikes and formation of a unity government. (AFP/File)
08:51 GMT
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif called for end to airstrikes and formation of a unity government.

April 17, 2015

Despite the hurdles they face, the majority of working women in the region are quite ambitious.
17:34 GMT
Around 75 per cent of working women in the GCC say that they are not treated equally in their workplaces, which hampers their prospects to advance in their careers as quickly as men.
It is the second time this week that an Indonesian domestic worker has been executed. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Saudi Arabia has beheaded an Indonesian female domestic worker, just two days after executing another woman from the Southeast Asian country.

April 16, 2015

Saudi Arabia announced last July that it would permit direct foreign purchases of shares in the first half of 2015 (image: on file).
19:35 GMT
Saudi Arabia will open its $532 billion stock market to direct foreign investment on June 15.
Saud al-Faisal said the country's judiciary would invest the case. (AFP)
17:57 GMT
Saudi Arabia has said two Saudi officers responsible for the sexual abuse of two teenage Iranian girls at Jeddah airport would receive the maximum penalty.
Ali Abdullah Saleh served as Yemen's President from 1990 to 2012. (AFP/File)
11:10 GMT
Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh has allegedly requested safe passage out of the country for him and his family.
According to the UN, about 16 million people lack access to safe water sources in Yemen, while nearly five million are now facing an emergency situation. (AFP/File)
08:26 GMT
As ground fighting intensifies and Saudi-led airstrikes rain down on areas across Yemen, the UN warns withering food supplies are leaving some 10 million civilians in need.
In resource-scarce Yemen, the Saudi campaign's blockade on airspace and sea ports and strained significantly the flow of foodstuffs and medical supplies from entering the country, further escalating international concern for the humanitarian crisis unfolding amid the fighting. (AFP/File)
07:12 GMT
In escalating tension between the rival nations, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made a fresh call for Saudi to 'halt immediately' its air campaign against Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen.

April 15, 2015

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi receives congratulations from Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz after becoming president. (AFP/File)
17:50 GMT
Egypt is set to take part in a major strategic maneuver with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries, a presidential statement said Tuesday.
OPEC agreed to maintain production at its meeting last November in spite of pressure to curb output and stabilise sliding prices,
09:59 GMT
Last week, Naimi said the kingdom stood ready to “improve” prices but only if other producers outside OPEC joined the effort.

April 14, 2015


Shar Al-Shahri, director general of the expropriation department, said owners must present their title deeds and other documents for getting compensation.
17:58 GMT
Saudi government is set to expropriate more than 749 properties around the country at a cost of SR466.4 million ($124 million) for future infrastructure projects.
Coalition fighter jets pounded areas across Yemen Tuesday as the Saudi-led military campaign in the country entered its 20th day. (AFP/File)
09:59 GMT
Now over two weeks old, the Saudi-led coalition targeted areas across Yemen Tuesday as ground fighting intensified in the war-torn country.
Haifaa Al Mansour's, director of the Saudi film "Wadjda." (Image: Facebook)
08:37 GMT
Saudi filmmakers celebrated the the second government-approved film festival in Saudi Arabia.
Yemeni supporters of the southern seperatist movement drive a tank in the city of Aden on April 13, 2015. Humanitarian groups have struggled to deliver aid and said the situation in Aden was deteriorating rapidly. (AFP/Saleh Al-Obeidi)
07:35 GMT
The United Nations Security Council will vote on a draft resolution which proposes imposing an arms arms embargo on Yemen’s Houthi leaders and urge the movement to withdraw from the territories under its control.
These programs included the implementation of 18 training programs for age groups of 10-24 years, covering more than 50 cities in 25 educational regions.
05:55 GMT
Boeing and Injaz Saudi Arabia signs a strategic partnerships agreement with more than SR500,000 to sponsor 20 schools within "Safeer Initiative".

April 13, 2015

Avellino stadium
13:58 GMT
An Italian businesswoman visiting the Kingdom is eyeing Saudi investors to participate in the reconstruction of a football stadium at a cost of 45 million euros in the Italian city of Avellino.
Khaled Bahah previously served as Yemen's Prime Minister before being appointed to Vice President. (AFP/File)
13:16 GMT
Former Prime Minsiter Khaled Bahah was sworn in as Vice President of Yemen on Monday in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh.
An armed Shiite Houthi rebel walks above debris on April 12, 2015 at the compound of Sanaa's al-Yarmuk football club which was reportedly hit by an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition the previous day in the Yemeni capital's northern al-Rawda district. (AFP/File)
09:30 GMT
The UN Chief, Ban Ki-moon, urged rival parties in Yemen to resume peace talks as the death toll continues to grow.

April 12, 2015

The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are equipped with an incredibly vivid, bright and fast front and rear camera.
16:11 GMT
The much-awaited Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have finally arrived in Saudi Arabia.
A Yemeni Shiite man holds up a picture of the Abd al-Malik al-Houthi during a demonstration. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
12:30 GMT
Hacker's fraudulently announced the death of a top Houthi leader over Iranian state media. No individual or group has claimed the attack.
The insurgency of the Taliban and the US war in Afghanistan have created years of instability that’s difficult to track. In times when interest in sex dipped down, there also tended to be casualties in NATO forces. Maybe most of those with Internet access in the country were also foreign troops.
08:31 GMT
Sex is a universal interest. But when revolutions begin, priorities change.
Smoke rises above the military academy in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on April 11, 2015, following an alleged air strike by the Saudi-led alliance on Shiite Houthi rebels camps. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
The Saudi Arabia-led coalition claimed to have launched upwards of 1,200 airstrikes against the Houthi rebels and supporters of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh since March 25th, 2015.
Members of the Saudi border guard and army's (APC) armoured personnel carrier patrol the Saudi-Yemeni border. (Image: AFP/FAYEZ NURELDINE)
06:30 GMT
Three Saudi soldiers have been killed and two others injured during clashes near the Yemeni border, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
Omair explained that the ratio of Saudi women assuming senior administrative positions has increased from 19 percent in 2004 to 24 percent in 2014.
05:55 GMT
The Family Business Forum 2015, being held at the Jeddah Hilton, enjoys a strategic partnership with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
The kingdom that exports 7.0 million barrels per day on average will see oil revenues fall by 35 percent to $171.8 billion in 2015,
04:55 GMT
The Saudi budget deficit will be more than twice its own forecast, a leading research firm has said, forcing the kingdom into the debt market for the first time in more than a decade.