Saudi Arabia


Students of higher education, both in the Kingdom and abroad, will also receive two bonus stipends as will social security beneficiaries and the disabled.
06:55 GMT

King Salman ordered give two months’ salaries to all government employees will be processed and the money dispersed in three weeks.

He merged the Education Ministry and Higher Education Ministry and replaced Justice Minister Mohammed al-Issa,
04:55 GMT

Saudi Arabia's new King Salman ordered a cabinet reshuffle on Thursday but kept in place veteran Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi, Finance Minister Ibrahim Alassaf.

January 30, 2015

The injured victim was rushed to the hospital. He is now in stable condition. (AFP/File)
16:21 GMT

Unknown gunmen attacked two U.S. citizens in Saudi Arabia on Friday. One of the victims was injured, but he his currently in stable condition.

January 29, 2015

King Salman has announced several major cabinet moves. (File photo)
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Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi is staying in place, Reuters reported.

January 28, 2015

Saudi Aramco will renegotiate some contracts and postpone some projects due to falling oil prices, the head of Saudi Arabia's state oil company said on Tuesday.
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Saudi Aramco will renegotiate some contracts and postpone some projects due to falling oil prices, the head of Saudi Arabia's state oil company.

January 27, 2015

Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz was born on August 30, 1959. He is one of the sons of the late Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz from his wife, Princess Jawhara bint Abdulaziz bin Musaid bin Jalawi al-Saud.(AFP/Fayez Nureldine)
13:22 GMT

The new Saudi King Salman declared the name of the deputy crown prince: Mohammed bin Nayef, the first grandson of the founder King Abdulaziz to assume the post. But who is the man that will carry the banner of the House of Saud in ruling Saudi Arabia in the future?

January 26, 2015

A still from the video, which shows Abdo crying over the king's passing. (Image: Albawaba Arabic)
14:04 GMT

Saudi Arabian singer Mohammad Abdo broke down in tears over Saudi King Abdallah's death this week.

Over 1,000 Saudi businessmen and companies in various sectors are expected to attend the March Economic Summit.
04:55 GMT

Egypt’s government has sent invitations to more than 6,000 businessmen and 120 countries to participate in the summit.

January 25, 2015

In October, a document showed Germany’s national security council approved the export of arms to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other countries in the Middle East.
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Germany has decided to stop exporting arms to Saudi Arabia, the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag said on Sunday, citing government sources as saying the kingdom was “too unstable”

January 24, 2015

His Childhood:  Abdullah was born in 1924 in Riyadh, the fifth (or tenth!) son of Saudi Arabia's founder, Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud, better known as Ibn Saud. His mother was from the Al Rashid dynasty, Bedouin rivals of the Al Saud. As a boy, he suffered from a speech impediment.
19:30 GMT

Reformist or stagnating ruler? Turns out the late King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia was a lot of things. Here's the decade-long King in twelve slides.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who arrived in Riyadh Saturday, previously declined an invitation to visit Saudi Arabia. (AFP/File)
18:32 GMT

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Riyadh. He will offer his condolences after the death of Saudi King Abdullah.

Lindsay paid a tribute to the late King Abdullah on her Instagram account. (Image:
16:53 GMT

Seriously, why did Lindsay Lohan post an Instagram about Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah's death?

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz died early on Friday and his brother Salman became king of the world's top oil exporter.
15:28 GMT

Oil prices rose on Friday after the death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah added more uncertainty to an oil market that has more than halved over the last six months.

Among other leaders to offer condolences in Beirut were U.S. Ambassador David Hale and Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt. (AFP/File)
14:30 GMT

Following the early Friday death of Saudi King Abdullah, Lebanese officials joined international voices when Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri was consoled by hundreds in downtown Beirut.

U.S. President Obama and Saudi King Abdullah are pictured during a meeting in the White House in 2010. (AFP/File)
11:14 GMT

In the wake of the death of Saudi King Abdullah, U.S. President Barack Obama plans to cut his visit to India short and fly to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.