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  • US applies steady pressure on Saudi for human rights: Obama January 28, 2015

    Even as US works closely with the Saudis on common strategic goals like counter terrorism, US President Barack Obama said he and his administration continue to apply "steady, consistent pressure" on issues like human rights. "Sometimes we have to balance our need to speak to them about human rights issues...
  • Maintained sustained dialogue with Saudis to promote free speech: Obama to Fareed Zakaria January 27, 2015

    New Delhi: US President Barack Obama has said his country has maintained sustained dialogue with Saudi Arabia and all other countries on promoting free speech. In an exclusive interview to CNN's Fareed Zakaria, Obama said, "What I found effective is to apply study-consistent pressure. Even we are getting business done that...
  • Obama's three-day India visit ends, US President flies to Saudi Arabia January 27, 2015

    New Delhi: United States President Barack Obama on Tuesday afternoon left for Saudi Arabia from Palam Air Force Base in New Delhi after his India visit which lasted for a little over two days. Obama was invited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the chief guest at India's 66th Republic...
  • White House confirms cancellation of Barack Obama's visit to Taj Mahal in Agra on January 27 January 24, 2015

    New Delhi: The White House on Saturday confirmed the cancellation of US President Barack Obama's visit to Taj Mahal in Agra on January 27. As per the initial plan Obama was to visit Taj Mahal along with the US first lady Michelle Obama on January 27. Obama will leave India after...
  • Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah dies, new ruler is Salman January 23, 2015

    Riyadh: Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah died early on Friday and his brother Salman became king, the royal court in the world's top oil exporter and birthplace of Islam said in a statement carried by state television. King Salman has named his half-brother Muqrin as his crown prince and heir. "His Highness Salman...
  • Snowmen un-Islamic, says Saudi Arabian cleric January 13, 2015

    Dubai: A prominent Saudi Arabian cleric has whipped up controversy by issuing a religious ruling forbidding the building of snowmen, described them as anti-Islamic. Asked on a religious website if it was permissible for fathers to build snowmen for their children after a snowstorm in the country's north, Sheikh Mohammed Saleh...
  • Saudi blogger flogged in public 50 times for insulting Islam: witness January 12, 2015

    Dubai: A Saudi blogger convicted of insulting Islam was brought after Friday prayers to a public square in the port city of Jiddah and flogged 50 times before hundreds of spectators, a witness to the lashing said. The witness said Raif Badawi's feet and hands were shackled during the flogging but...
  • Amit GT to open 15 stores in UAE, Saudi Arabia January 11, 2015

    New Delhi: Designer Amit GT is set to open 15 stores of his luxury fashion line, Amit GT Couture in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia. The designer has signed up with a Saudi-based company to open 15 exclusive Amit GT Couture boutiques in the UAE and Saudi Arabia,...
  • Crude oil prices plunge after OPEC rejects drastic cut in oil output November 28, 2014

    Crude oil prices have plunged after OPEC members rejected calls for drastic action to cut their oil output. OPEC's Secretary General said they would not try to shore up prices by reducing production. Following the announcement Brent crude hit its lowest since August 2010 - falling below 72 dollars a...
  • Saudi Arabia beheads 9th Pakistani since mid-October November 27, 2014

    Riyadh: Saudi Arabia on Thursday beheaded a Pakistani for heroin smuggling, bringing to nine the number of people from his country executed since mid-October. Mohammed Rahman Mohammed Asghar had been "tried and found guilty of smuggling a large quantity of heroin into the kingdom," the official Saudi Press Agency said....
  • Saudi man divorces wife for ignoring his Whatsapp messages November 17, 2014

    Dubai: A Saudi man has divorced his wife after she ignored his Whatsapp messages despite reading them. The husband, in his 30s, was frustrated by his wife's seemingly endless interest in using her phone for chatting with friends and family. "She spent most of her time on the phone to the...
  • Ambassadors of Gulf Arab states to return to Qatar November 17, 2014

    Riyadh: Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on Monday said they will reinstate their ambassadors to Qatar after withdrawing them in an unprecedented move eight months ago. The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, which also includes Kuwait and Oman, had been rattled by the rift in relations that was widely...
  • Ready to cooperate in all sectors: Saudi Crown Prince tells Modi November 16, 2014

    Brisbane: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday held a bilateral meeting with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. During the delegation level talks held on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Brisbane, the Saudi crown prince congratulated the Prime Minister and said...
  • Baghdadi not dead? Islamic State releases audio recording November 13, 2014

    Beirut: Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called for attacks in Saudi Arabia, said his caliphate was expanding across the Arab world, and called for "volcanoes of jihad" in a speech purported to be in his name on Thursday. Baghdadi also said a US-led military campaign against his group in Syria...
  • Indian teacher honoured in Saudi Arabia October 24, 2014

    Jaddah: The Indian community in Saudi Arabia held a reception in Jeddah to honour a teacher who has received India's best teacher award. The Indian government had conferred the National Award for Best Teacher on Syed Hameed, principal of the International Indian School in Jubail, around 1,500 km from Jeddah. Hameed was...
  • Passengers stranded at Saudi airport as Air India flight gets delayed by over 40 hours October 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Over 200 passengers were left stranded at the Dammam airport in Saudi Arabia after an Air India flight was delayed by over 40 hours. The Air India flight slated to take off on October 18 was grounded due to technical snag. A part had to be sent from...
  • Saudi Arabia plans to ban children from performing Haj October 19, 2014

    Jeddah: Saudi Arabia plans to ban children below 10 years of age from performing Haj taking into account their health and the rigorous strain during the annual pilgrimage, one of the world's largest gatherings. The issue came up for discussion during a recent meeting between the heads of pilgrim establishments...
  • Crude oil prices at four-year low after Iraq cuts down prices October 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Crude oil prices have fallen down to a four-year low after Iraq cut down prices over the weekend. Iraq's State Oil Marketing Company has cut oil prices to Asian and European buyers. The fall is expected to continue as output expands. Kuwait has indicated that OPEC is...
  • 80 Indians died during Haj pilgrimage this year October 11, 2014

    Jeddah: Nearly 80 Indians have died during the Haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia this year with most of the deaths due to illness or age-related ailments, a senior official said on Saturday. Of the 136,020 Indian pilgrims who performed Haj this year, 100,020 came through the Haj Committee of India....
  • Haj pilgrims buy gifts worth $586 million in Saudi Arabia October 8, 2014

    Jeddah: The Haj pilgrims this year have spent an estimated SR2.2 billion (over $586 million) on gifts, a top official of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) has revealed. According to Ibrahim Batarji, chairman of JCCI's Industrial Committee, the pilgrims spent SR1,500 on an average. "How much a pilgrim...
  • Palestinians seek $3.8 billion in aid for Gaza September 24, 2014

    New York: Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has said he has asked for $3.8 billion in urgent aid to help rebuild Gaza following its devastating 50-day war with Israel this summer. Hamdallah told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia has pledged $500 million and other nations have indicated they...
  • Asian Games 2014: Indian men lose to Saudi Arabia in second qualifier of basketball September 21, 2014

    Incheon: After an impressive start in their opening game, the Indian men cagers failed to maintain the momentum as they went down fighting 6773 to Saudi Arabia in their second Group B qualifying round match in the basketball competition of the Asian Games on Sunday. India scripted a fightback in the...
  • Hajj flights from Srinagar resume September 20, 2014

    Srinagar: Hajj flights from floodhit Jammu and Kashmir resumed on Saturday as 550 pilgrims from the state left for Saudi Arabia for the annual pilgrimage. "Hajj flights from Srinagar to Saudi Arabia have been resumed from today and two flights took off from the Srinagar...
  • TCS opens Saudi Arabia's first allwoman BPO centre September 14, 2014

    Mumbai: India's largest software exporter TCS on Sunday said that it has opened Saudi Arabia's first allfemale business process centre, which will provide employment to up to 3,000 women in three years. Saudi Aramco and GE are the centre's first customers, TCS said in a statement. Both...
  • Don't put marital problems online, warns Saudi cleric September 7, 2014

    Riyadh: Saudi Arabia's top cleric has warned couples against publicising their marital problems on social networking sites, saying such publicity could create a scandal, media reports said on Sunday. Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz AlAsheikh, chairman of the Council of Senior Ulema and the General Presidency of Scholarly Research and Ifta (empowered...
  • Five women terrorists facing trial in Saudi Arabia September 7, 2014

    Riyadh: Five female terrorists, four of them Saudi Arabian nationals, are facing trial in the Gulf nation for organising a terror group and luring people into terrorism, media reported. The Special Criminal Court in Riyadh heard that the unnamed women terror suspects used to get support and guidance from members of...
  • Six criminals rob man of foreign currency, ornaments August 11, 2014

    Six unidentified persons looted cash including foreign currency and other valuables worth Rs 3 lakhs from a man who was returning to his native village in Muzaffarnagarfrom Saudi Arabia, police said. Six armed men came in a car and intercepted the victim Nafis' car on DelhiDehradun National highway near here yesterday,...
  • Saudi bans brides from 4 countries: newspaper August 7, 2014

    Saudi men have been banned from marrying women from three Asian and one African country as the Gulf state toughens the rules restricting marriage with foreigners, a local daily said. Marrying women from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Myanmar and Chad is no longer permissible, Makkah newspaper reported. It said the total population of these...
  • Saudi men told not to marry women from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Chad August 6, 2014

    Islamabad/Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has prohibited its men from marrying women from Pakistan, Bangladesh and two other nations, in an apparent move aimed at discouraging its citizens from marrying foreigners. Apart from Pakistan and Bangladesh, Saudi men now can't marry women from Chad and Myanmar as well. Saudi Arabia is home to an...
  • Nearly 6,000 Indians languishing in foreign jails July 31, 2014

    New Delhi: Nearly 6,000 Indians are currently languishing in foreign jails with maximum of 1,400 being lodged in Saudi Arabia, government said on Thursday. Replying to a question in Rajya Sabha, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who also looks after the Overseas Indian Affairs Ministry, said a total of 5,986...