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Saudi intercepts missiles over curfew-locked Riyadh, border city

Mar 29, 2020 - 8:24 PM

It is the first major assault on Saudi Arabia since the Huthis offered last September to halt attacks on the kingdom after devastating twin strikes on Saudi oil installations

Saudi sentences Yemeni to death over Spanish theater stabbing

Dec 29, 2019 - 8:30 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The assailant, identified by Saudi police as a 33-year-old Yemeni, went on a stabbing spree during a live musical in the capital's King Abdullah Park in November

3 performers stabbed on stage in Saudi Arabia capital

Nov 12, 2019 - 2:47 PM

A Yemeni man stabbed 3 performers of a foreign theater troupe on stage during a live musical performance in Riyadh's King Abdullah Park

Press rights group in secret Riyadh mission to urge journalists' release

Jul 10, 2019 - 9:00 PM

The RSF delegation went to Riyadh in late April and urged Saudi authorities to release 30 journalists who it says are imprisoned in the kingdom for their work

File photos from AFP, Shutterstock

Saudi court resumes high-profile trial of women activists

Apr 17, 2019 - 3:28 PM

The 11 activists face charges that include contact with foreign media, diplomats and human rights groups

FIGHTING FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS. Women's rights activists hold signs as they take part in a demonstration organized by Amnesty International outside the Saudi Arabia embassy in Paris, on March 8, 2019 during International Women's Day. File photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

OFW in Riyadh cries for help after employer 'tried' to kiss her

Jan 25, 2019 - 2:08 PM

An overseas Filipino worker in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, posts a video of herself crying and seeking help after her employer tries to kiss her on the nape

Trump names new US ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Nov 14, 2018 - 5:30 PM

John Abizaid, a top US general from the Iraq war who has studied the Middle East for years, is named as ambassador to Saudi Arabia

ARLINGTON,VA - FEBRUARY 28: Retired Gen. John Abizaid, Defense Health Board subcommittee chair conducts a briefing about the Dover Port Mortuary Independent Review Subcommittee Report at the Pentagon February 28, 2012 in Arlington, Virginia. In the report it is noted that small portions of unidentified human remains recovered from the September 11, 2001, attacks on the Pentagon and from the impact site of United flight 93 which crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, were incinerated and subsequently dumped in a landfill, the Defense Department acknowledged Tuesday. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP WIN MCNAMEE / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Death of OFW under investigation in Saudi Arabia

Nov 04, 2018 - 8:30 PM

There are allegations that Filipina worker Emerita Gannaban, who reportedly died of poisoning, had been maltreated

Saudi and U.S.: A friendship based on security and oil

Oct 25, 2018 - 3:00 AM

Though bound together by security considerations and oil, the ties and friendship between the US and Saudi Arabia have not always been smooth.

US-SAUDI RELATIONS. US President Donald Trump (L) is welcomed by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (2nd-L) upon arrival at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh on May 20, 2017, followed by First Lady Melania Trump (R). Photo by Mandel Nga/AFP

After diplomatic row, Canada's Cirque du Soleil dazzles Riyadh

Sep 24, 2018 - 8:19 AM

The acrobatic troupe performs in Riyadh to mark Saudi Arabia national day, more than a month after the kingdom expelled Canada's ambassador and froze all new trade

DAZZLING. A member of the Canadian circus troop Le Cirque du Soleil performs a show as a part of celebrations of the 88th Saudi National Day at the King Fahad stadium on September 23, 2018 in Riyadh. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Yemen forces closing in on rebel-held port – Saudi-led coalition

May 29, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Hodeida is Yemen's largest entry point for aid on which millions depend, as the country teeters on the brink of famine

HODEIDA. A file photo taken on November 7, 2017 shows a view of Yemen's rebel-held Red Sea port of Hodeida. File photo by Abdo Hyder/AFP

OFW scalded by Saudi employer finally coming home after 4 years

Apr 04, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif interceded to pave the way for the homecoming of Fahima Alagasi after he met with President Rodrigo Duterte in Manila

FAHIMA ALAGASI. OFW Fahima Alagasi is finally free to return to the Philippines after a long wait. Photo from Migrante-Middle East

Egyptian President Sisi to meet Lebanon's Hariri

Nov 21, 2017 - 8:03 PM

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri is now in Paris where he already announced on Twitter that he would visit Egypt for the meeting ahead of his planned return home for Lebanon's Independence Day celebrations on Wednesday.

Arab League chief asks Lebanon be 'spared'

Nov 20, 2017 - 11:56 PM

'No one can accept, or want, any harm to happen to Lebanon,' says Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit after meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun

DIPLOMACY. A handout picture provided by the Lebanese photo agency Dalati and Nohra on November 20, 2017, shows Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit (left) meeing Lebanese President Michel Aoun at the presidential palace of Baabda. Photo by Dalati and Nohra/AFP

Lebanon's Hariri leaves Riyadh for France after 'Saudi hostage' rumors

Nov 17, 2017 - 9:46 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has been in Riyadh since issuing a statement on television there on November 4 that he was stepping down because he feared for his life

FREE. An image grab from an AFP TV shows French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (left) during a meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the latter's residence in the Saudi capital Riyadh on November 16, 2017. Photo by Rania Sanjar/AFP

Israel military chief: We are ready to cooperate with Saudi to face Iran

Nov 16, 2017 - 11:57 PM

'We are ready to exchange experience with the moderate Arab countries and exchange intelligence information to face Iran,' said Israel General Gadi Eisenkot on Elaph, a Saudi-run news site.

COOPERATION. In this file photo, Israel's new Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot during his swearing-in ceremony at the Prime Minister's Jerusalem offices on February 16, 2015. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Saudi king hosts Lebanese patriarch in historic first

Nov 14, 2017 - 10:06 PM

Lebanese Maronite patriarch Beshara Rai arrive in Riyadh, in the first trip to the Saudi kingdom by a senior Lebanese figure

HISTORIC. A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on November 14, 2017, shows Lebanon's Christian Maronite patriarch Beshara Rai (right) meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh. Photo by Bandar Al-Jaloud/ Saudi Royal Palace / AFP

Rebel-held Yemen capital braces for 'famine' as blockade tightens

Nov 09, 2017 - 11:17 PM

A resident of Sanaa says 'the situation was already catastrophic, but that didn't stop Saudi Arabia from imposing a total blockade for us to die of hunger'

Sanaa, capital of Yemen

Saudi crown prince accuses Iran of 'direct aggression'

Nov 07, 2017 - 5:35 PM

Riyadh accuses Tehran of supplying ballistic missiles to the Huthi rebels in Yemen. Iran denies the allegation

UN blacklists Saudi-led coalition for killing children in Yemen

Oct 06, 2017 - 10:40 AM

The group was briefly included on the annual list of shame last year before a threat by Saudi Arabia to cut off its funding to UN programs forced a reversal

UN BLACKLIST. In this file photo, displaced Yemeni children stand outside a make-shift shelter at a camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) on the outskirts of Sanaa on April 15, 2017. File photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

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Aug 18, 2017 - 12:45 PM

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2 dead in Saudi school shooting – security source

May 31, 2017 - 9:18 PM

UPDATED Police are treating the case as a criminal matter and not a terrorist incident a security source says

Trump uses Ramadan message to urge end to violence

May 27, 2017 - 2:50 PM

US President Donald Trump vows to stand with Muslim leaders to counter terrorism and the ideology that fuels it

VISIT. US President Donald Trump speaks during the Arabic Islamic American Summit at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh on May 21, 2017. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Cebu Pacific to stop flights to Kuwait, Doha, and Riyadh

May 24, 2017 - 4:30 PM

Service to Kuwait will end in June 2017 while service to Riyadh and Doha will end in early July

Tiga hal yang perlu kamu tahu mengenai KTT Negara-Negara Arab-Amerika Serikat

May 21, 2017 - 4:36 PM

Presiden Jokowi akan berbicara di KTT tersebut mengenai pengalaman Indonesia dalam menghadapi terorisme

BAHAS TERORISME. KTT Negara-Negara Arab-Amerika Serikat digelar di Riyadh pada 20-21 Mei. Fokus dari KTT itu yakni memberantas terorisme. Foto diambil dari situs resmi Riyadh Summit 2017

Trump aims to mend Muslim ties on 1st foreign trip

May 20, 2017 - 12:02 PM

US President Donald Trump tweets he will be strongly protecting American interests in his marathan 8 day trip to the Middle East and Europe

FIRST FOREIGN TRIP. US President Donald Trump speaks during an event with Independent Community Bankers Association in the Kennedy Garden of the White House on May 1. Photo by Mandal Ngan/AFP

Trump takes perilous first steps on world stage

May 20, 2017 - 7:33 AM

US President Donald Trump will make 6 stops in 8 days holding countless face to face meetings with world leaders like Saudi s King Salman and Pope Francis

FIRST FOREIGN TRIP. US President Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up as he makes his way to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on May 4. Photo by Mandael Ngan/AFP

Saudi OFWs raise problems before 'Tatay' Duterte

Apr 13, 2017 - 9:04 AM

Her voice cracking a female OFW tells the President Wala pong presidenteng talagang nakatulong nang malaki kundi kayo po

THANKING DUTERTE. One of the OFWs who addressed President Rodrigo Duterte on April 12, 2017, says no other president has helped them as much as Duterte. Screen grab from RTVM

Results: September 2016 Electrical Engineer Licensure Examinations (Middle East)

Oct 12, 2016 - 6:17 PM

Check the full list of passers of the Electrical Engineer board exam held in Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates; Al Khobar Jeddah and Riyadh Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Doha Qatar and in Kuwait

PH gov't urged to fix master list of stranded OFWs to fast-track aid

Aug 11, 2016 - 2:50 PM

ACTS OFW Representative John Bertiz and OFW advocate Susan Ople say the Department of Foreign Affairs should take the lead in repatriating stranded OFWs in Saudi Arabia

OFW ADVOCATE. ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz wants the government to do all that it can to help stranded OFWs in Saudi Arabia. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

ISIS releases video of Germany train attacker making threats

Jul 19, 2016 - 11:03 PM

In the video that lasts two minutes 20 seconds the 17 year old says soldiers of the caliphate will attack infidels everywhere

GERMANY ATTACKER? An image grab taken from a video released on July 19, 2016 by Aamaq News Agency purportedly shows teenager "Mohammed Riyadh", the Afghan refugee who slashed people on a German train. Photo by Aamaq News Agency/AFP

Riyadh's $22.5B rail and bus project on track – governor

May 05, 2016 - 1:40 PM

The Riyadh Metro the biggest ever infrastructure project in the Saudi capital is targeted for completion by end 2018

Workers stand in a tunnel on May 4, 2016 at a construction site of a section of the Saudi capital Riyadh's $22.5 billion metro system. The system, which will have six lines covering 176 kilometres (109 miles), supported by a bus network of 1,150 kilometres, is due to be completed by the end of 2018. Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced a long-term reform programme, dubbed "Vision 2030", marking the beginning of a hugely ambitious attempt to move Saudi Arabia beyond oil, the backbone of its economy for decades. / AFP PHOTO / FAYEZ NURELDINE

ISIS-claimed attack on Saudi police kills foreigner

Apr 03, 2016 - 11:30 PM

Saudi Arabia s interior ministry does not specify the nationality of the victim

6 dead in attack on Saudi education office

Feb 11, 2016 - 10:25 PM

UPDATED Reports say the alleged gunman was a teacher

Passengers evacuated from Madrid-Riyadh flight after bomb threat

Feb 04, 2016 - 9:53 PM

A note reading 11:30 bomb is found pinned to the inside of the aircraft with a knife

BOMB THREAT. Saudi Arabian Airlines flight SVA 226 remains isolated in Adolfo Suarez-Madrid Barajas airport after evacuating 97 passengers and 15 crew members due to a bomb threat on February 4, 2016, in Barajas, 10 km from Madrid. Photo by Pedro Armestre/AFP

Diduga pelaku teror, satu WNI ditangkap di Arab Saudi

Feb 02, 2016 - 12:39 PM

KBRI di Riyadh akan meminta akses konsuler agar bisa mendampingi AB dalam menjalani proses hukum

Ilustrasi pelaku teror. Foto oleh Rappler.com

At least 20 women elected in Saudi

Dec 14, 2015 - 11:06 PM

It s the first time that women could run in Saudi Arabia s municipal polls

A FIRST. Saudi candidate Amal Badreldin al-Sawari stands outside a polling station after casting her ballot in the capital Riyadh, on December 12, 2015 during municipal elections. Photo by Fayez Nureldine / AFP

OFW supporter: Duterte will kill for peace? Same in Saudi Arabia

Dec 02, 2015 - 10:36 AM

Duterte s iron fist approach to criminality appeals to OFWs who live in societies with a similar justice system

'Abused' OFW in Saudi Arabia dies – migrants' group

Oct 24, 2015 - 2:40 PM

Migrante Middle East calls on the Philippine government to investigate the untimely death of 25 year old Rehana Lusay Bayan

'HEADS MUST ROLL.' After being in coma for weeks, overseas Filipino worker Rina (not her real name) has died, according to Migrante-Middle East. File photo courtesy of Migrante-Middle East

Iran-Saudi war of words heats up over hajj disaster

Sep 27, 2015 - 11:16 PM

Iranian leaders are fiercely critical of Saudi authorities handling of safety at the hajj

TRAGEDY. Hundreds are dead after a tragic stampede at the Hajj pilgrimage. Photo by AFP

UAE pounds Yemen rebels after coalition's deadliest day

Sep 06, 2015 - 12:00 AM

The strike hit an arms depot triggering huge explosions that the exiled Yemeni government said also killed 5 Bahraini coalition troops

A handout image made available by the United Arab Emirates News Agency (WAM) on September 5, 2015, shows Emiratis carrying the body of Abdullah Ali Hassan Al Hammadi, an Emirati armed forces' soldier who was killed the previous day in Yemen's eastern province of Marib. The UAE said 45 of its soldiers fighting rebels in Yemen were killed in an arms depot blast, while five border guards from Bahrain died in the deadliest day yet for the Saudi-led coalition. AFP PHOTO / HO / WAM

Dialogue urged over labor migration row

Jul 16, 2015 - 11:30 PM

Saying dialogues have failed them in the past lawyer Steven Yanson says the anti Cacdac group would be willing to talk to any government official in positions higher than Labor Secretary Baldoz

Recruiters divided over labor migration reforms

Jul 16, 2015 - 6:18 PM

A newly formed group of recruiters alleges abuse of power by the POEA chief while established stakeholder groups regard them as disgruntled agencies unable to conform to POEA rules

Cebu Pacific launches maiden flight to Doha

Jun 05, 2015 - 10:54 AM

The budget carrier becomes the first Philippine carrier to fly to Qatar’s capital

Saudi advertises for swordsmen as execution rate soars

May 20, 2015 - 12:12 AM

Saudi Arabia advertises vacancies for 8 executioners after beheading nearly as many people since the start of the year as it did in the whole of 2014

SAVED. A relative shows a picture of Satinah, an Indonesian maid whose execution order was rescinded after Indonesia paid blood money to Saudi Arabia. Photo by Prawira / EPA

UN envoy urges extension of Yemen humanitarian truce

May 17, 2015 - 9:31 PM

This humanitarian truce should turn into a permanent ceasefire says UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Sheikh Ahmed

Saudi beheads Pakistani, 84 executions in 2015

May 17, 2015 - 8:46 PM

Iftikhar Ahmed Mohammed Anayat is guilty of attempting to traffic heroin into the kingdom in balloons concealed in his stomach

Saudi executions won't affect Indonesia plans, official says

Apr 17, 2015 - 1:17 PM

Indonesian is protesting Saudi s execution of two Indonesians this week without prior notice

PROTEST. Indonesian migrant worker activists protest outside the Saudi Arabian embassy in Jakarta in 2011 over the beheading of an Indonesian worker. File photo by EPA

Indonesia protests beheading of domestic worker in Saudi Arabia

Apr 15, 2015 - 2:19 PM

Indonesia claims the sentence was carried out without Zainab s family and consular officials being given adequate notice

Indonesian domestic worker beheaded in Saudi Arabia

Apr 14, 2015 - 8:50 PM

Saudi Arabia beheads an Indonesian domestic worker who knifed to death a Saudi woman described in press reports as her employer

PROTEST. Indonesian migrant worker activists wearing black t-shirts, hold placards during a protest outside the Saudi Arabian embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 21 June 2011. Photo by Mast Irham / EPA