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Saudi Arabia Orders Citizens To Leave Lebanon ‘Immediately’

Saudi Arabia is ordering its citizens living or visiting Lebanon to leave the country as tensions between the two governments have risen exponentially in the past week. Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri abruptly resigned last weekend in a televised announcement from the Saudi capital, renouncing Iran’s influence in Lebanese politics in his resignation. He also…

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, UAE, Yemen Cut Ties With Qatar

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen are breaking off diplomatic relations and cutting sea, land, and air ties with Qatar, accusing the fellow Sunni Arab state of backing “terrorist groups aiming to destabilize the region,” as well as “Iranian-backed terrorist groups” active in east Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Qatari diplomats…

Trump To Visit Saudi Arabia, Israel, Vatican On First Foreign Trip

President Donald Trump will be traveling to Saudi Arabia, Israel and Rome in first foreign trip. Trump will meet with a “gathering” of Arab and Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia, before going on to meet leaders in Israel and finally the Pope in Rome. The trip is about “making sure the three faiths work together”…

Air Base Hit By Trump Reopens Less Than 24 Hrs Later

New airstrikes have targeted a town in northwest Syria that was hit by a deadly chemical attack earlier this week, activists said. It wasn’t immediately clear who conducted the strikes on Khan Sheikhoun, which hit on Friday and Saturday, though only Russian and Syrian regime aircraft have been bombing that area of rebel-held Idlib province.…

U.S. Told Russia About Syria Strikes in Advance

Russia confirmed Friday that it received advanced warning from the U.S. about its strike on Syria, in which the United States launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles in the first American assault on President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Moscow condemned the strike and gave notice that Russia is pulling out of all agreements to minimize risk of…

U.S. Limits Devices on Planes From 8 Muslim-Majority Nations

Starting Tuesday morning, electronic devices larger than a smartphone are forbidden from passenger cabins on foreign airlines’ nonstop flights to the U.S. from 10 airports in eight Muslim-majority countries across the Middle East and Africa. The new Trump administration policy, which took effect at 3 a.m. ET, means passengers traveling from those areas must check…

SEAL, American Girl Die in First Trump-Era U.S. Military Raid

In addition to a Navy SEAL being killed during U.S. raid in Yemen on Sunday, NBC News confirmed that also killed in the firefight was the 8-year-old daughter of Anwar al-Awlaki, the U.S.-born al Qaeda leader who was killed by U.S. forces five years ago. The strike in southern Yemen was ordered by President Donald…

Obama To Veto Bill Allowing 9/11 Lawsuits Against Saudi Arabia

President Obama will veto the bill that would allow 9/11 victims and their families to sue countries like Saudi Arabia for any role they may have played in the deadly terror attacks. The president has previously expressed skepticism about the legislation, saying it would unnecessarily harm relations with the Saudis, but the bill passed both…

Report: Trump Took Saudi Arabia Cash

Donald Trump reportedly sold the 45th floor of Trump World Tower to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for $4.5 million in June 2001 and the apartments later became part of the Saudi Mission to the United Nations. This comes after Trump has repeatedly hammered Hillary Clinton for accepting money from the country through the Clinton…

Suicide Bombing At U.S. Embassy In Saudi [VIDEO]

Two security officers at the U.S. consulate in Jeddah were reportedly injured Monday when a suicide bomber blew himself up in front of the building. The incident occurred just before morning prayers, prompting authorities to seal off the area, according to Saudi media. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State…

Saudi Arabia Cuts Diplomatic Relations With Iran [VIDEO]

Saudi Arabia set a 48-hour deadline for Iranian diplomats to leave the kingdom as tensions continued to escalate over the Saudi execution of a top Shia Muslim cleric. Riyadh said Sunday it had severed diplomatic ties with Iran after protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran. The protests followed the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr…

Saudi Arabia’s Execution of Cleric Sparks Outrage [VIDEO]

Saudi Arabia’s execution Saturday of a prominent Shiite cleric and 46 other men prompted outrage in parts of the Middle East, with Iran warning Riyadh would pay a “high price”. British politicians and the leaders of Iraq and Iran were among those who condemned the killing of Nimr al-Nimr, a prominent Shia cleric opposed to…

25 Dead, 100 Hurt in Saudi Hospital Fire [VIDEO]

A fire at a hospital in Saudi Arabia left at least 25 people dead and more than 100 injured, the government said Thursday. The fire at a hospital in Jazan, in the southwestern part of the country, is believed to have started in the first floor, which contains the maternity ward and intensive-care unit, according…

Suspect Traveled to Saudi Arabia in 2015 [VIDEO]

Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the suspected attackers in the San Bernardino, California, shooting that left 14 people dead, traveled to Saudi Arabia in the spring and returned with a wife, according to a co-worker. Patrick Baccari said Farook was away for about a month. When he returned, Baccari had learned that Farook had married,…

450+ Killed in Mecca Saudi Arabia Stampede [VIDEO]

More than 450 people have been crushed to death in a stampede near the holy city of Mecca as the hajj pilgrimage reaches its climax, Saudi Arabian officials say. An additional 700 were injured as millions took part in the final rite of the journey. The gathering, which attracts more than 2 million people, had…

FIFA: Germany Sent Saudi Arabia Weapons in Exchange for Support

The latest in the widening Fifa corruption scandal is unbelievable. Germany is reported to have sent Saudi Arabia weapons in exchange for support of their bid to host the 2006 World Cup. Germany reportedly sent Saudia Arabia a shipment of rocket-propelled grenades in exchange for support of their bid to host the 2006 World Cup.…

US, Saudi Arabia announce 5-day ceasefire in Yemen ‘soon’ [VIDEO]

Saudi Arabia and the United States said Thursday a renewable, five-day cease-fire in Yemen’s war would start soon to facilitate aid to millions of civilians in need, if Iran-backed rebels and their allies also agree to stop fighting.At a joint news conference, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said the kingdom would halt airstrikes in Yemen…

Saudi Arabia Starts Bombing Yemen [VIDEO]

Operations began by Saudi Arabia on Thursday against Houthi rebels in Yemen, hours following the rebels seized control of the military base employed by U.S. authorities for drone strikes. Warplanes have apparently started bombing the airport in Sanaa’s capital city. Yemeni Leader Rabbo Mansour Hadi left his home. The White House claimed Thursday that Obama…

Saudi Arabian King Abdullah Dies

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has died, state tv reported on Friday and his brother Salman became king, it said in a statement attributed to Salman. King Salman has called on the family’s Allegiance Council to pay allegiance to Muqrin as his crown prince and heir.

Saudis Arrest Man Who Filmed Beheading

Authorities have arrested the man responsible for the chilling footage of a public beheading in Saudi Arabia circulating the Internet, Saudi news outlets reported on Sunday. The video, distributed by human rights activists last week, reveals a public execution of a woman on Jan. 12 in the city of Mecca. Footage shows three security officers…

Saudi Women Who Defied Driving Ban Sent To Terrorism Court [VIDEO]

Two women who were detained in Saudi Arabia for defying a ban on female drivers are to be tried in a terrorism court, activists said Thursday. The women, ages 25 and 33 have been detained for nearly a month. Activists said their cases have been transferred over comments they made on social media, rather than…

Obama Attends G7 Without Russia

The G7, formerly known as the G8, is meeting in the Netherlands on Monday to work out how to punish Russia for the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea. The emergency summit was called by President Obama in the hopes of continuing steps against the Putin regime, including a potential permanent expulsion of Russia from the G8.…

Saudi women drive cars to protest government ban

Women in Saudi Arabia took to the streets in cars on Saturday to protest the ban on female driving in the ultraconservative kingdom. Activists said more than 60 women claimed to have participated in the protest action, which was deemed a rare show of defiance. AP

Families Of 17 Slain US Service Men Collect Damages From Iran

The families of 17 US servicemen killed in a 1996 bombing in Saudi Arabia linked to Iran can collect damages from Iran-funded accounts at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, a federal judge ruled. U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel in Manhattan ordered the bank, which did not oppose the motion, to hand over more than…