Qatar denies blocking Saudi Arabia’s hajj pilgrimage flights
The pilgrimage has turned into a point of contestation between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which are locked in a diplomatic crisis that has seen Saudi Arabia and its allies cut all ties with Doha over accusations of state support for Islamist extremist groups and ties to Shiite Iran.
Mystery Qatari sheikh pushed into Gulf crisis spotlight; played crucial role in reopening border with Saudi Arabia
The sheikh- Abdullah bin Ali bin Abdullah bin Jassim al-Thani, belongs to a branch of the Al-Thani royal family which may have seen its power eroded in recent years, but is still very well-connected.
Saudi Arabia to open luxury beach resort where women can wear bikinis instead of burkhas
The Red Sea luxury resort will reportedly have relaxed rules on women’s dressing, allowing them to wear bikinis on the beach instead of an abaya or burkha. The resort is expected to transform the country into a tourist resort akin to Dubai in the Middle Eastern region.
Yemen food crisis is man-made; economic strangulation used as war tactic: UN
Yemen has been facing a humanitarian crisis and war between the Houthi Shia and Saudi backed Hadi faction ever since Saudi Arabia began it’s intervention. International community has repeatedly condemned Saudi Arabia for acts like bombing civilian areas.
Saudi Arabia: After last year’s boycott, 90,000 Iranians set to depart for haj
Around 800 pilgrims were due to leave Iran on three flights to nearby Medina on Sunday, the director of the haj at Iran’s Haj and Pilgrimage Organization, Nasrollah Farahmand told state media.
Qatar accuses Saudis of hampering Mecca pilgrimage of Qatari nationals, failing to assure safety of pilgrims
The ministry accused Riyadh of “intertwining politics with one of the pillars of Islam, which may result in depriving many Muslims from performing this holy obligation”.
Canada probes possible Saudi use of its equipment in crackdown
Trudeau’s Liberal government has had to defend this contract against criticism that it may have violated Canada’s export control rules that bar arms exports to countries with a poor human rights record and the prohibit using these weapons against civilians.
Saudi Arabia-led coalition kills 40 Houthi militants in Yemen, near Saudi border: Report
The coalition forces set up the ambush after getting intelligence that the Houthi militants and forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh were mobilising in the region near the Saudi border.
China, India oil imports show Saudi Arabia is already carrying the burden of cuts
Saudi Arabia would limit crude oil exports to 6.6 million barrels per day (BPD) in August, almost 1 million BPD below levels a year ago to boost crude oil prices by taking a razor to its exports. Imports from Saudi Arabia has dropped to 8.4 percent in the first half of 2017.
Palace Intrigues in the Desert Kingdom
The briefings behind the recent reports indicate that there remains considerable unhappiness at the power and influence enjoyed by one prince, who is widely seen as inexperienced, impulsive and haughty and is heading two unwinnable wars, in Syria and Yemen.
Russia ready to help mediate in Qatar row if asked – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
“We are interested in this crisis being overcome, taking into account mutual concerns and finding solutions which will be acceptable for all participants of this process,” Lavrov told Kurdish television channel Rudaw.
Saudi Arabia allows direct flights to Qatari pilgrims for Hajj
The flights will be the first between Saudi Arabia and Qatar since Riyadh and three other Arab states cut ties last month with Doha for allegedly supporting terrorism. Qatar has denied the accusations.
Saudi prince arrested after videos of his abusive behaviour surface
Saudi Arabia’s state TV reported that the king ordered a full investigation into the incident along with the arrest of Prince Saudi bin Abdulaziz bin Musaed bin Saud bin Abdulaziz and the others that appeared in the clips.
Arabs urge Qatar to accept 6 principles to combat extremism
The memorandum of understanding signed by the US and Qatar lays out steps Qatar can take to bolster its fight against terrorism and address shortfalls in policing terrorism funding. Al Hashimy called the MOU “an excellent step.”