Jon Gambrell, Associated Press Updated 8:16 pm PDT, Sunday, August 5, 2018 Photo: David Kawai, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 The Saudi Arabian Embassy is shown in Ottawa, Canada, on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. Saudi Arabia has ordered Canadian Ambassador Dennis Horak to leave the ultraconservative kingdom within 24 hours after his nation criticized the recent arrests of women's rights activists. The Saudi Foreign Ministry also said it would freeze "all new business" between the kingdom and Canada. (David Kawai/The Canadian Press via AP) less The Saudi Arabian Embassy is shown in Ottawa, Canada, on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. Saudi Arabia has ordered Canadian Ambassador Dennis Horak to leave the ultraconservative kingdom within 24 hours after his nation ... more Photo: David Kawai, AP Saudi Arabia orders Canadian envoy to leave over … [Read more...] about Saudi Arabia orders Canadian envoy to leave over criticism
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ANKARA (Reuters) – Iran’s top authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has criticised Saudi Arabia over its management of the haj pilgrimage and called for a fresh investigation into a 2015 crush that killed hundreds, Iranian state TV reported on Monday. The criticism comes ahead of this year’s haj and amid tension between Tehran and Riyadh over proxy wars in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen in which the two support opposing sides. Riyadh says nearly 800 pilgrims died when two big groups of pilgrims collided at a crossroads in Mina, a few km (miles) east of Mecca, on their way to performing the “Stoning of the Devil” ritual at Jamarat. Counts by countries of repatriated bodies showed over 2,000 people may have died, including more than 400 Iranians. “A fact-finding committee, with Iran’s presence, should be formed to investigate these cruelties. Relevant Iranian authorities should mobilise all legal resources to follow up the … [Read more...] about Iran’s Khamenei criticises Saudi Arabia over management of haj pilgrimage
MANILA - Autopsies will be conducted to rule out foul play in the death of two Filipino migrant workers in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Thursday. Philippine Ambassador to Lebanon Bernardita Catalla said an autopsy will be conducted Friday by a court-appointed forensic doctor on the remains of the Filipina who allegedly jumped from her employer’s 6th-floor apartment, the DFA said in a statement. OFW sa Lebanon, patay nang 'mahulog' sa gusali The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh is, meanwhile, waiting for the results of the investigation and autopsy on another Filipina domestic worker who reportedly took her own life. Ambassador Adnan Alonto said authorities will conduct an autopsy next week on the remains of a 40-year-old woman from Agusan del Sur who allegedly hanged herself at her employer’s home in Al Hasa. “We know their loved ones are asking why our two kababayan would even think of taking their own lives and we … [Read more...] about Remains of 2 OFWs in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon to undergo autopsy
As the kingdom prepares for its next evolution, Saudi Aramco is central. But a planned public listing leaves the company, and the country, at risk. By STANLEY REEDJUNE 16, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story RAS TANURA, Saudi Arabia — This port, on the calm blue waters of the Persian Gulf, operates with militarylike precision. Black- and red-hulled super oil tankers must ask for permission to load months in advance. Detailed records go back 30 years to trace any vessels that have broken the rules by dumping oil or using substandard equipment. High-tech radars constantly scan for potential troublemakers, like boats sent from Iran.At the top of the hexagonal control tower, staff dressed in neat white uniforms with officers’ epaulets keep watch, looking over the sweep of countless storage tanks and ships. “If a target tries to hide behind a ship, we can see him,” said Salah al-Ghamdi, the chief pilot at the … [Read more...] about An Oil Giant Is Taking Big Steps. Saudi Arabia Can’t Afford for It to Slip.
Saudi Arabia on Monday (Jun 4) began issuing its first driving licences to women in decades, authorities said, just weeks before the historic lifting of the conservative kingdom's ban on female motorists. This picture from Oct 22, 2013 shows Saudi activist Manal al-Sharif behind the wheel in Dubai in solidarity with women in her homeland campaigning to get the right to drive. (AFP/MARWAN NAAMANI) Ten Saudi women swapped their foreign licences for Saudi ones in multiple cities, including the capital Riyadh, as the kingdom prepares to end its ban on Jun 24. The move, which follows a government crackdown on women activists, is part of a much-publicised liberalisation drive launched by powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as he seeks to modernise the petro-state. "Ten Saudi women made history on Monday when they were issued driving licences," said the information ministry's Centre for International Communication (CIC). "Expectations are that next week an additional 2,000 … [Read more...] about Saudi Arabia starts issuing driving licences to women