Malaysian Muslims offer Eid-ul-Fitr prayers at the National mosque in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: Manan Vatsyayana/ AFP

Australia, US, UK, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Europe celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Sunday

onSaudi Arabia, 16 other countries announce end of Ramadan, declare Sunday Eid-ul-Fitr Day Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, and other Arab countries announced on Saturday that Sunday will be the first day of Eid... Read more »
Saudi Arabia concludes 20-nation military exercise 'North Thunder'

Saudi Arabia concludes major military exercise of 20 Arab and Islamic nations

At least 20 countries from Arab and Islamic countries participated in the North Thunder war games in the northern region of the kingdom RIYADH (Saudi Arabia) – Saudi Arabia concluded a major... Read more »
The execution of Nimr al-Nimr has brought the Middle East to a boiling point.

The Execution of Sheikh Nimr and Sunni-Shia Feud

The unity of Muslims as one nation would remain a myth and unattainable goal unless the Muslim clergies of both the sects reconcile on living in harmony despite their mutual differences of... Read more »

Oil dives below $33 – the lowest in 11 years

Oil prices hit their lowest in over 11 years on Wednesday, as the row between Saudi Arabia and Iran was seen making any cooperation between major exporters to cut output even more... Read more »

Bahrain, Sudan sever ties with Iran, UAE reduces number of diplomats

Bahrain, Sudan sever ties with Iran following Saudi Arabia while UAE reduces number of diplomats, widening Middle East conflict Bahrain and Sudan, both close allies of Saudi Arabia, have joined the kingdom and cut... Read more »
Shiites carrying a placard with an image of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr at a protest in Srinagar, in the disputed region of Kashmir, on Saturday. Credit Dar Yasin/Associated Press

Saudi Arabia breaks off Diplomatic ties with Iran over cleric’s execution

Tensions sparked by cleric’s execution raise alarm about growing hostilities in regional battle for influence between two countries Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic relations with Iran as tensions between the two long-time regional... Read more »
Firefighters arrive at the scene of the Saudi Arabian embassy which was torched by members of an angry mob in Tehran. Photo: EPA

Angry Iranian protesters ransack and torch Saudi Embassy after mass execution

Iran leader sees ‘divine vengeance’ for Saudi cleric execution Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi Embassy in Tehran early on Sunday as Shi’ite Muslim Iran reacted with fury to Saudi Arabia’s execution of... Read more »

Saudi Arabia executes 47 for ‘terrorism’, including top Shia cleric

Region anger was growing tonight after Saudi Arabia announced the execution of 47 prisoners accused of terrorism charges, including a Muslim Shi’ite cleric RIYADH: Saudi Arabia executed 47 people on Saturday for... Read more »
Saudi civil defence agency workers at the hospital after the fire. Photograph: Reuters

At least 25 dead in fire at Saudi Arabia’s Hospital

At least 25 killed and 100 people injured after blaze breaks out at Jazan hospital in Saudi Arabia JAZAN (Saudi Arabia) – A fire at a hospital in Saudi Arabia has killed at... Read more »
Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman announced a new Islamic coalition to combat terrorism.

Saudi Arabia forms 34-state Islamic coalition to fight Terrorism

List of coalition countries include Egypt, Qatar, Turkey, Malaysia, and Pakistan, among others; Iran absent from alliance RIYADH (Saudi Arabia) – Saudi Arabia on Tuesday formed a 34-state military coalition to combat terrorism,... Read more »
Women line up to vote at a girls high school in North Jeddah. Photo: WALL STREET JOURNAL

Saudi women voted for first time and won 17 seats in historic election

In first poll in which women can vote and be candidates, female winners are declared across the conservative kingdom RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — At least 17 Saudi women have won seats on local... Read more »

Hajj 2015: the precarious balance between pilgrimage and consumerism

By Ian Reader The tragic news that more than 700 people have been killed in a crush during one of the Hajj’s ritual events, the stoning of a pillar representing the devil at... Read more »
Hundreds of thousands of Muslim pilgrims on the first day of Eid al-Adha, in Mina near Mecca, Saudi Arabia, September 24, 2015. Photo: AP

More than 700 pilgrims killed, 719 injured during Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia

More than 700 people are crushed to death and 719 injured in stampede during Muslim Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia MINA (Saudi Arabia) – According to latest reports, at least 717 people... Read more »
Former Saudi Foreign Minister and veteran diplomat Prince Saud al-Faisal dies at the age of 75

Glowing tributes pour in for veteran Saudi diplomat, Prince Saud Al-Faisal

World leaders joined Saudi Arabia on Friday in mourning the demise of the world’s longest-serving foreign minister, Prince Saud Al-Faisal, who passed away on Thursday in Los Angeles. Western and Arab leaders... Read more »

Why did Saudi Arabia intervene in Yemen?

By Mohammed Khalid Alyahya While Iran’s destructive influence in Yemen is as alarming to Saudi Arabia as its meddling in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, Saudi Arabia’s decision to intervene militarily in Yemen... Read more »
A policeman carries out an inspection after the explosion at the al-Anoud mosque. Photograph: Faisal al-Nasser /Reuters

At least 4 killed in bomb attack outside mosque in Saudi Arabia

Second Saudi Arabia suicide bombing fuels ISIS campaign fears Attacker detonates bomb in car park of Shia mosque in Dammam, killing four people a week after suicide blast kills 21 at another... Read more »
Saudi men inspected damage after a suicide bombing inside a mosque in Qatif, Saudi Arabia, on Friday. Photo: AFP — Getty Images

Suicide blast kills at least 21 at Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia

At least 21 people were reportedly killed after attacker detonates explosives during Friday prayers in Saudi Arabia’s Qatif province RIYADH, (Saudi Arabia) — A suicide bomber killed at least 21 people during... Read more »
President Mamnoon Hussain inspects a guard of honour alongside long-range ballistic missiles the Shaheen II during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad on March 23, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

Saudi Arabia in talks to buy Pakistani nuclear weapons: Report

Saudi Arabia has made a “strategic decision” to purchase “off-the-shelf” nuclear weapons from Pakistan, a US official says. At the prospect of the international community’s nuclear deal with Iran, Saudi Arabia has... Read more »

Saudi Arabia halts operation ‘Decisive Storm’ in Yemen

Saudi-led coalition ends about 4-week long military operation in Yemen The Saudi Ministry of Defense has announced the end of Operation Decisive Storm, a military campaign led by the kingdom in Yemen... Read more »

Is Arab League summit beginning of a new era in diplomacy?

The Arab Summit, held recently at Sharm El-Sheikh, can be the beginning of a new phase in joint Arab action and the credibility of Arab countries if decisions are translated into reality.... Read more »

Pakistan decides not to participate in Saudi-led coalition against Yemen

Pakistan says it is not prepared to participate in the Saudi-led coalition that has launched airstrikes on Yemen. ISLAMABAD (Pakistan) – “Instead of aggravating the situation (in Yemen) by participating in it... Read more »

Pakistan PM Sharif meets Saudi King Salman, vows to strengthen ties

RIYADH (Saudi Arabia) – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reached Riyadh on Wednesday on the invitation of King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud for a three-day visit. He was received at the... Read more »

Rethinking education, different mindset needed to combat atrocities: UN HR Chief

Top UN Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein urges Muslim leadership to take the initiative to combat conflicts and prevent atrocities The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has called for better leadership... Read more »

Will Saudi Arabia adopt a new Foreign policy?

By Abdulrahman al-Rashed So far, there has been no indication that Saudi Arabia intends to follow a different foreign policy, either partially or completely. Saudi policy is usually set in stone, however the... Read more »