SaudiArabia

  • Emergency order issued by TSA regarding cargo from five countries

    Growing concern about terrorists getting a bomb onto a plane headed for the United States prompted an emergency order requiring stricter scrutiny of air cargo by TSA Administrator David Pekoske.  Effective Monday morning, all cargo being loaded onto flights at last point of departure airports in five predominately Muslim...
  • America could dethrone Russia and Saudi Arabia as oil king in 2018

    The United States is poised to ramp up crude oil production by 10% in 2018 to about 11 million barrels per day, according to research firm Rystad Energy. Surging shale oil output should allow the United States to dethrone Russia and Saudi Arabia as the planet’s leading crude oil...
  • Saudi Arabia to allow cinemas in kingdom after 35-year ban

    Saudi Arabia has lifted a decades-long ban on cinemas, part of a series of social reforms by the powerful crown prince that are shaking up the ultra-conservative kingdom. The government said it would begin licensing cinemas immediately and the first movie theatres are expected to open next March, in...
  • Trump tweets approval of Saudi Arabian arrests

    In tweets Monday evening, President Trump appeared to endorse Saudi Arabian King Salman’s decision to remove a prince who headed the National Guard and create a new “anti-corruption” committee on Saturday. As part of the probe, which is overseen by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, dozens of princes and...
  • Saudi Arabia will let women enter sports stadiums

    DUBAI — Saudi Arabia will for the first time allow women to attend sports events, preparing special sections in three selected stadiums from early next year in another step toward opening public spaces to women. The stadiums in Jeddah, Dammam and Riyadh will be set up to accommodate families...
  • Saudi Arabia Will Finally Allow Women To Drive Cars

    Saudi Arabia’s government announced on Tuesday that it will grant women the right to drive cars next year in a major sign of social change for the ultraconservative kingdom. The civil rights breakthrough follows years of civil disobedience since the 1990s by women demanding the right to drive in...
  • Video: Nearly 2 million Muslims gather for the start of hajj

    In Saudi Arabia, more than 1.7 million pilgrims are marking the start of the hajj pilgrimage on Wednesday by circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca — Islam’s holiest site — and performing a series of rites that trace the footsteps of the Prophet Muhammad. Muslims believe the rites also trace the footsteps...
  • Saudi Arabia Says Qatar Has Declared War Over Muslim Holy Sites

    Saudi Arabia has escalated its feud with Qatar by accusing its fellow oil-rich, majority-Sunni Muslim monarchy of trying to internationalize Islamic holy sites. Speaking amid talks with regional allies Sunday, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir rejected what he called Qatar’s request that his country lift absolute control over...
  • Trump congratulates Saudi Arabia’s new Prince

    President Donald Trump congratulated Saudi Arabia’s new crown prince on Wednesday on his elevation to the position of king-in-waiting just hours after his father, King Salman, made the announcement. According to a White House readout of a call between Trump and Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman, the two men...