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100,000-year-old archeology site discovered in Riyadh

Archaeologists in Saudi Arabia have uncovered a 100,000-year-old site in the mountain range south of Riyadh dating back to the Paleolithic period. The joint Saudi-French mission was carried out at archaeological sites under the supervision of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, which included field surveys at the …

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Saudi airline Flynas to recruit female co-pilots

Riyadh-based carrier Flynas has announced plans to recruit Saudi women to work as co-pilots and flight attendants for the first time, just months after the kingdom lifted a decades-long ban on female motorists. Saudi Arabia in June ended a longstanding ban on women driving cars as Crown Prince Mohammad Bin …

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Death penalty sought in Saudi cleric trial

The trial of Saudi religious scholar Salman Al Awda opened today in the capital Riyadh in the presence of relatives and the media. The public prosecutor sought the death penalty. The prosecution presented 37 charges against Al Awda, a prominent member of the International Union for Muslim Scholars, the organisation …

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Coalition intercepts missile fired at Saudi Arabia

The Arab Coalition Air Defence Forces on Monday intercepted a ballistic missile launched by the Iran-backed Al Houthi militias towards Saudi Arabia from Saada Governorate in Yemen, with no injuries reported, a Coalition spokesman said. Colonel Turki Al Malki said the Coalition Air Defence detected the launch of the ballistic …

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Saudi-led coalition admits Yemen strike that killed dozens of children was ‘unjustified’

The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen said on Saturday it accepted that an air attack last month that killed dozens of people, including children traveling on a bus, was unjustified and pledged to hold accountable anyone who contributed to the error. The rare concession follows mounting international pressure, including from allies, …

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Saudi Arabia denies cancelling Aramco IPO

audi Arabia on Thursday rejected reports that Aramco’s planned initial public offering had been scrapped. “The government remains committed to the IPO of Saudi Aramco at a time of its own choosing when conditions are optimum,” Energy Minister Khalid Al Falih said in a statement. The plan to float around …

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Pilgrims gather on Mount Arafat for Haj climax

More than two million Muslims gathered at Mount Arafat on Monday for a vigil to atone for their sins and ask God’s forgiveness as the annual Haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia approached its climax. Pilgrims clad in white robes signifying a state of purity spent the night in an encampment …

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Canada asks for help in Saudi dispute

Canada is quietly working back channels to prod allies including Germany and Sweden to help resolve its row with Saudi Arabia, a government source confirmed Thursday. The senior official, who asked not to be identified due to the sensitivity of the diplomacy, said Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland spoke with her …

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Saudis weigh fresh measures against Canada

Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it was “considering additional measures” against Canada, adding that there was no room for mediation in the kingdom’s escalating diplomatic dispute with the country, and that Ottawa knew what it needed to do to “fix its big mistake”. “There is nothing to mediate. A mistake …

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My son, Osama: Bin Laden’s mother speaks out

On the corner couch of a spacious room, a woman wearing a brightly patterned robe sits expectantly. The red hijab that covers her hair is reflected in a glass-fronted cabinet; inside, a framed photograph of her firstborn son takes pride of place between family heirlooms and valuables. A smiling, bearded …

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