WASHINGTON, Sept 21: The Pentagon on Friday announced it will deploy additional U.S. troops and missile defense equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as President Donald Trump has at least for now put off any immediate military strike on Iran in response to the attack on the Saudi oil industry.

WASHINGTON, Sept 21: U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday approved sending American troops to bolster Saudi Arabia’s air and missile defenses after the largest-ever attack on the kingdom’s oil facilities, which Washington has squarely blamed on Iran.

KATHMANDU, Sept 17: Nepal has condemned the recent drone attacks on Saudi Aramco oil processing facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Sept 15: A weekend drone attack on Saudi Arabia that cut into global energy supplies and halved the kingdom’s oil production threatened Sunday to fuel regional tensions, as Iran denied U.S. allegations it launched the assault and tensions remained high over Tehran’s collapsing nuclear deal with world powers.

RIYADH, Sept 14: Drone attacks on two Saudi Aramco factories in Abqaiq and Khurais on Saturday caused fires that the company’s security forces brought under control, a spokesman for Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry said in a statement.

RIYADH, Sept 1: The new head of Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption commission said he plans to go after graft by ordinary government employees, following a high-profile campaign two years ago that netted princes, ministers and top businessmen.

DUBAI, August 12: Saudi Aramco is ready for its initial public offering, but a timing for the deal will be decided by its sole shareholder, the Saudi government, a senior executive said on Monday.

MUZDALIFA, Aug 11: Nearly 2.5 million Muslims gathered at Saudi Arabia’s Mount Arafat on Saturday for a vigil to atone for their sins and then descended to Muzdalifa for the final stages of the annual haj pilgrimage amid summer heat and regional tensions.

ADEN, Aug 11: The Saudi-led coalition intervened in Aden on Sunday in support of the Yemeni government after southern separatists effectively took over the port city, fracturing the alliance that had been focused on battling the Iran-aligned Houthi movement.

KATHMANDU, Aug 7: The Nepali embassy in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh has halted the recruitment process of Nepali women in the so-called ‘supplies and contracting companies’ after its research revealed ‘grim condition of women working in such companies in Saudi Arabia.

DUBAI, Aug 5:  Yemeni Houthi forces launched drone attacks on Saudi Arabia’s King Khalid airbase and Abha and Najran airports, the Houthis’ military spokesman said on Monday.

DUBAI, August 2: Saudi Arabia on Friday published new laws that loosen restrictions on women by allowing all citizens — women and men alike — to apply for a passport and travel freely, ending a long-standing guardianship policy that had controlled women’s freedom of movement.

DUBAI, August 2: Saudi Arabia published new laws early Friday that loosen restrictions on women by allowing any citizen to apply for a passport and travel freely, ending a long-standing guardianship policy that gave men control over women.

KINSHASA, July 26: Saudi Arabia has stopped issuing visas to people from Congo while citing the Ebola outbreak there, even as the World Health Organization recommends against travel restrictions.

DUBAI, July 9: Saudi Arabia says it has intercepted a drone launched by Yemen’s Houthi rebels targeting “civilian infrastructure” in the kingdom.

OSAKA/VIENNA, June 30: Russia has agreed with Saudi Arabia to extend by six to nine months a deal with OPEC on reducing oil output, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, as oil prices come under renewed pressure from rising U.S. supplies and a slowing global economy.

OSAKA, June 29: Russian President Vladimir Putin told Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Saturday he was happy to discuss cooperation between the two countries in the energy market.

KATHMANDU, June 28: The Nepal Hajj Committee is preparing to increase facilities for Hajj pilgrims this time in a qualitative approach.

DUBAI, June 24: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived Monday in Saudi Arabia in a hastily arranged visit amid mounting tensions between Washington and Tehran as Iran’s navy chief warned Iranian forces wouldn’t hesitate to shoot down more U.S. surveillance drones from their skies.

KATHMANDU, June 20: The Nepali Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, has urged the foreign employment agencies in Nepal not to send any Nepali workers to Saudi Arabia until they were ensured of minimum facilities as determined by the Government of Nepal.

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GENEVA, June 19:  An independent U.N. report into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said Wednesday there is “credible evidence” to warrant further investigation into the possible role of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and suggested sanctions on his personal assets.

MECCA, May 31: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman opened an emergency summit of Arab leaders in Islam’s holiest city of Mecca on Friday with a call for the international community to use all means to confront Iran, but he also said the kingdom remains committed to peace.

WASHINGTON, May 25: U.S. President Donald Trump, declaring a national emergency because of tensions with Iran, swept aside objections from Congress on Friday to complete the sale of over $8 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan.

DUBAI, May 19: Saudi Arabia does not want war but will not hesitate to defend itself against Iran, a top Saudi diplomat said Sunday amid heightened tensions in the Persian Gulf after attacks on the kingdom’s energy sector.

DUBAI, May 17: Saudi Arabia accused Tehran of being behind a drone strike that shut down a key oil pipeline in the kingdom, and a newspaper close to the palace called for Washington to launch “surgical” strikes on Iran, raising the specter of escalating tensions as the U.S. boosts its military presence in the Persian Gulf.

DUBAI, May 14: Saudi Araba said drones attacked one of its oil pipelines as other assaults targeted energy infrastructure elsewhere in the kingdom on Tuesday, shortly after Yemen’s rebels claimed a coordinated drone attack on the Sunni power.

DUBAI, May 14: New satellite photos obtained by The Associated Press show the oil tankers that Gulf officials alleged were the targets of “sabotage” off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.

SAUDI ARABIA, April 17: A Saudi court on Wednesday postponed a hearing in the trial of 11 women activists which has drawn international censure, officials said, just days after campaigners reported a new crackdown on their supporters.

WASHINGTON, March 28: U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has approved six secret authorizations by companies to sell nuclear power technology and assistance to Saudi Arabia, according to a copy of a document seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

BEIRUT, March 2: Saudi Arabia has stripped citizenship from Hamza bin Laden, the son of slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the interior ministry said in a statement published by the official gazette.

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SAUDI ARABIA, Feb 24: Saudi Arabia appointed its first female ambassador early Sunday to serve as its top diplomat in the United States, pulling a son of King Salman back to the kingdom to serve as deputy defence minister amid deteriorating ties with America after the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

NEW DELHI, Feb 20: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Wednesday he saw investment opportunities of more than $100 billion in India over the next two years as he began his first official visit amid tensions between arch foes India and Pakistan.

ISLAMABAD, Feb 18: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has ordered the release of about 2,100 Pakistani prisoners from the kingdom’s jails during a high-profile visit to Islamabad, Pakistan’s information minister said on Monday.

CAIRO, Feb 14: Saudi Arabia said it regrets the European Commission’s decision to include the country in a blacklist of nations seen as posing a threat to the bloc because of lax controls against terrorism financing and money laundering, a statement published by Saudi Press Agency said early on Thursday.

TAIZ, Jan 28: The sound of music fills the halls at a school in the Yemeni city of Taiz, where little Nazira Al-Jaafari sits at a keyboard as a teacher takes her through the notes.

RIYADH, Jan 14: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Saudi Arabia’s king and crown prince in Riyadh on Monday, but will cut short the rest of his Middle East trip to attend a family funeral, a State Department spokesman said.

DUBAI, Jan 3: Saudi prosecutors will seek the death penalty for at least five people in the slaying of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, the kingdom’s state media reported on Thursday as 11 suspects attended their first court hearing.

Netfilx pulled an episode of the comedy show ‘Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj’ from its Internet streaming service in Saudi Arabia after kingdom officials complained, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday.

MOSCOW, Jan 2: According to the Financial Times, Netflix received a request from the Saudi Arabian Communications and Information Technology Commission to pull down the episode of Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj show containing criticism of the Saudi Arabian government over Jamal Khashoggi's murder and the Yemeni war.

RIYADH, Dec 9: The Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) annual summit was set to open in Riyadh on Sunday, with regional unity imperilled by a bitter row with Qatar and the host, Saudi Arabia, facing a diplomatic crisis over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

TEHRAN, Dec 6: Qatar’s surprise decision to leave the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) might be just a taste of things to come, as some analysts suggest the tiny Persian Gulf country plans to irritate Saudi Arabia even more by leaving the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council ([P]GCC).

WASHINGTON, Nov 29: The US Senate took a defiant stance against President Donald Trump's White House on Wednesday, advancing a measure that would end American military support for the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen.

BUENOS AIRES, Nov 29: An Argentine judge reviewing a Human Rights Watch complaint against Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman asked the foreign ministry on Wednesday to seek information from Turkey, Yemen and the International Criminal Court.

WASHINGTON DC, Nov 23: After issuing a statement standing by Saudi Arabia in the wake of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, President Trump told reporters that “the world should be held accountable” for the writer’s killing.

Detained activists in Saudi Arabia, including those who campaigned for the right for women to drive, have been sexually harassed and tortured in prison, Amnesty International says.

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RIYADH, Nov 10: Norway announced the suspension of new licenses for weapons exports to Saudi Arabia Friday, following Germany’s lead, as European countries are increasing their pressure on the kingdom over the murder of journalist Kamal Khashoggi and the humanitarian crisis caused by the war in Yemen.

RIYADH, Nov 9: Saudi Arabia is set to send scores of Rohingya Muslim refugees to Bangladesh, years after they fled persecution in their home country; but have indefinitely been held in the Kingdom’s detention centers.