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 […]

Saudi crown prince ‘should be punished without delay,’ Khashoggi fiancée says – National

The fiancée of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi called on Monday for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to be punished after a U.S. intelligence report found he had approved the killing. Khashoggi, a U.S. resident who wrote opinion columns for the Washington Post criticizing Saudi policies, was killed and dismembered by a team linked […]

UN Yemen envoy makes 1st visit to Iran to push for peace – National

The United Nations special envoy for Yemen arrived on his first visit to Iran Sunday for talks on the grinding war in the Arab world’s poorest country, Iranian state TV reported. Martin Griffiths was set to meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and other officials during his two-day visit, his office said. The […]

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 […]

UBC grad sentenced to 6 years in Saudi prison for defying ban on women driving

One of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent women’s rights activists, and a University of British Columbia (UBC) graduate, was sentenced on Monday to nearly six years in prison under a vague and broadly-worded law aimed at combating terrorism, according to state-linked media. Loujain al-Hathloul’s case, and her imprisonment for the past two and a half […]

Cargo ship attacked off Yemen in the Gulf of Aden: authorities – National

A cargo ship travelling past Yemen in the Gulf of Aden came under attack in unclear circumstances, maritime authorities said Saturday. The Gulf of Aden is a crucial route for global trade, and has seen a number of Somali pirate attacks that have mostly stopped in recent years. Read more: Yemen opens new coronavirus […]

Mike Pompeo touts Trump administration’s Iran policy during Gulf Arab states tour – National

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday defended his tour of Gulf Arab states and the Trump administration’s continued efforts to squeeze Iran, even as a new U.S. administration led by Joe Biden prepares to enter the White House in January. Although Pompeo has not taken questions from U.S.-based reporters travelling with him […]

G20 leaders call for united response to coronavirus pandemic as summit opens – National

The Group of 20 summit opened on Saturday with appeals by the world’s most powerful leaders to collectively chart a way forward as the coronavirus pandemic overshadows this year’s gathering, transforming it from in-person meetings to a virtual gathering of speeches and declarations. In a sign of the times, the traditional “family photo” of […]

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” […]