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  • US applies steady pressure on Saudi for human rights: Obama 4 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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 5 days ago

    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...
  • US President Barack Obama leaves for 3-day visit to India, to reach New Delhi on Sunday 1 week ago

    Washington: United States President Barack Obama on Saturday evening left Andrews Air Force Base for his highly anticipated three-day landmark trip to India on an invitation by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Obama is accompanied by a sizable delegation that includes several top officials, as well as First Lady Michelle...
  • White House confirms cancellation of Barack Obama's visit to Taj Mahal in Agra on January 27 1 week ago

    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...
  • Islamic terrorists celebrate Saudi King's death online January 23, 2015

    Beirut: Islamic terrorists and their supporters celebrated the death of Saudi King Abdullah on social media on Friday, many of them describing him as a "servant" of the Americans who conspired with the West to kill Muslims. Abdullah, who died at the age of 90, began battling al-Qaeda terrorists around a...
  • 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...
  • PM Modi wishes speedy recovery of Saudi King January 17, 2015

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday spoke to Saudi Crown Prince Salman and conveyed his best wishes for the speedy recovery of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. An official statement said that Modi had a telephonic conversation with Crown Prince Salman. The Prime Minister enquired about the health of...
  • 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...
  • New Delhi: Saudi diplomat roughed up for taking dog inside park November 3, 2014

    New Delhi: A Saudi Arabian diplomat was allegedly roughed up by a group of youths for taking his pet dog inside a park near his residence in south Delhi's Safdarjung Enclave area. The incident took place a fortnight ago when the victim, identified as Abdul Rehman, a secretary rank officer working...
  • 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...