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Saudi Arabia sets free minor prisoner who faced execution over suspected involvement in anti-government protests

Human rights activists say Saudi Arabia has freed a prisoner who was arrested when aged 13 for suspected involvement in anti-government protests. Murtaja Qureiris had once been facing the death penalty, although he was finally sentenced to a prison term. He was held in 2014, partly due to his alleged participation in demonstrations during the […]

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Saudi Arabia executes 81 men in one day, more than whole of last year

Saudi Arabia executed 81 men on Saturday, more than during the whole of last year. The group included seven Yemenis and one Syrian national. They were convicted of “multiple heinous crimes”, including terrorism, state news agency SPA said. Some were charged with belonging to the Islamic State group (IS), al-Qaeda or the Houthi rebels in […]

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Nearly 2,000 children recruited by Yemen’s Houthi rebels have died on the battlefield

Nearly 2,000 children recruited by Yemen’s Houthi rebels have died on the battlefield, the United Nations says, and the group is sourcing key components for weapon systems from companies in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. In an annual report to the Security Council circulated on Saturday, UN experts said they had found evidence the […]

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Yemen: Death toll in prison air strikes climbs to 82

The death toll from the Saudi-led coalition airstrike on a prison operated by Yemen’s Houthi rebels climbed to at least 82 detainees, the rebels and an aid group said Saturday. Internet access in the Arab world’s poorest country meanwhile remained largely down as the coalition continued airstrikes on the capital of Sanaa and elsewhere. The […]

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Houthis hijack and seize UAE-flagged cargo ship off Yemen

Houthis, Islamist political and armed group hijacked a United Arab Emirates-flagged cargo vessel which it said was engaged in “hostile acts” but which the Saudis said was carrying hospital equipment. The ship was heading to the Saudi port of Jizan, just north of Yemen, from the Yemeni Red Sea island of Socotra when it was […]

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Saudi-led coalition conduct air raids against military camp in Yemen’s Sanaa

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen has said it launched air raids against a military camp in the rebel-held capital Sanaa, as the Houthi rebels said the attacks hit a prison compound and a hospital. The coalition said it destroyed seven drone and weapons stores at the camp, Saudi state TV reported on Thursday, adding […]

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Dozens of camels barred from Saudi beauty contest over Botox injections and other artificial touch-ups

Saudi authorities conducted their biggest-ever crackdown on camel beauty contestants that received Botox injections and other artificial touch-ups, Saudi Press Agency reported, with over 40 camels disqualified from the annual pageant. Saudi Arabia’s popular King Abdulaziz Camel Festival, which kicked off earlier this month, invites the breeders of the most beautiful camels to compete for […]

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Salt Bae leaves highly priced London restaurant six weeks after opening

Turkish chef Nusret Gökçe, nicknamed Salt Bae, is leaving flagship London restaurant Nusr-Et. The salt-sprinkling chef is leaving for Saudi Arabia where he is set to open his newest outpost. The butcher-turned-chef won’t be around to slice steaks and show off his salt-smattering skills tableside for adoring fans. Deep-pocketed foodies have previously paid £250 for prime […]

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Yemen: Houthi missile attack on mosque and religious school in Marib kills and injures 29 civilians

A Houthi ballistic missile attack on the Yemeni province of Marib has killed and injured 29 civilians, including women and children, according to the country’s information minister. In a tweet on Monday, Muammar al-Iryani said the two ballistic missiles used in the attack hit a mosque and a religious school. The Marib governor’s office said […]

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Saudi Arabia’s crown prince suggested killing of King Abdullah, exiled officer says

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has suggested using a ‘poison ring’ to kill the late King Abdullah, a former top Saudi intelligence official has alleged. In an interview to CBS, Saad al-Jabri said Mohammed bin Salman told his cousin in 2014 that he wanted to do so to clear the throne for his father. There were […]

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Yemen War: Saudi Arabia-led coalition claims to have killed more than 260 Houthi rebels

More than 260 Houthi rebels were killed in fighting over the past three days near Yemen’s strategic city of Marib, the Saudi Arabia-led coalition said on Sunday. The rebel deaths are the latest among hundreds the coalition claims have been killed in recent battles around the internationally recognised government’s last bastion in oil-rich northern Yemen. […]

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Saudi Arabia sets 2060 target to reach net-zero emissions

One of the world’s largest oil producers, Saudi Arabia, announced Saturday it aims to reach “net zero” greenhouse gas emissions by 2060, joining more than 100 countries in a global effort to try and curb man-made climate change. Although the kingdom will aim to reduce emissions within its own borders, there is no indication Saudi […]