Saudi Arabia threatened life of Khashoggi investigator, UN confirms – National

The U.N. human rights office said on Wednesday it confirmed the accuracy of remarks by independent U.N. expert Agnes Callamard in The Guardian alleging a senior Saudi official had made a threat against her. The Guardian newspaper reported on Tuesday that a Saudi official threatened Callamard, U.N. expert on summary killings, would be “taken care of” if she was not reined in following her investigation into […]

Erdogan says Saudi Arabia wants to purchase Turkish armed drones

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia is seeking to buy armed unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) from Turkey, following years of tension between the two rival regional powers. Ties between the both, Ankara and Riyadh have been strained since the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, at Saudi consulate in Istanbul. […]

Iran rejects new talks on nuclear deal after Macron suggests adding Saudi Arabia – National

Iran’s foreign ministry on Saturday rejected any new negotiations or changes to the participants in Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers, after French President Emmanuel Macron said any new talks should include Saudi Arabia. “The nuclear accord is a multilateral international agreement ratified by U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231, which is non-negotiable and parties […]

Who is Loujain al-Hathloul? UBC grad, women’s rights activist jailed in Saudi Arabia

Prominent Saudi women’s rights activist and University of British Columbia (UBC) graduate Loujain al–Hathloul, 31, was convicted by a Saudi court on Monday on charges which include seeking to change the Saudi political system and harming national security. Here are some details about al–Hathloul, who has been detained since 2018. Read more: UBC grad sentenced to 6 […]

Saudi Arabia eases coronavirus restrictions, allows pilgrims to return to Mecca – National

A very small, limited number of people, donning the white terrycloth garment symbolic of the Muslim pilgrimage, circled Islam’s holiest site in Mecca on Sunday after Saudi Arabia lifted coronavirus restrictions that had been in place for months. The kingdom had taken the rare step in early March of suspending the smaller year-round “umrah” […]

Canada, Western nations urge Saudi Arabia to prosecute Khashoggi killers – National

Dozens of Western countries, including Canada, voiced concern on Tuesday at Saudi Arabia’s continued detention of women activists and called for those behind the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi to be brought to justice. At least a dozen prominent women’s rights activists were arrested in Saudi Arabia in 2018 as it lifted a ban […]

Pakistan looking to diversify cooperation with S. Arabia: Khattak – Newspaper

ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Pervez Khattak has said that Pakistan values its ties with Saudi Arabia and is looking to diversify the cooperation between the two countries. Mr Khattak was talking to Saudi envoy Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Maliky, who had called on him here on Monday. “We consider Saudi Arabia as a confident and a trust-worthy […]