By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia said on Monday it was working hard to correct mistaken targeting by its military coalition in Yemen that has killed civilians including children, but U.N. rights experts voiced scepticism. International pressure mounted on the kingdom, including from allies, to do more to limit civilian casualties in a 3-1/2 year civil war that has killed more than 10,000 people and pushed the already impoverished country to the brink of famine. Saudi Arabia leads a coalition of Arab states fighting against the Houthi movement that controls Yemen's capital. The U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child on Monday examined the Saudi record on compliance with a treaty protocol on children in armed conflict, and repeatedly raised the issue of children killed by coalition attacks in Yemen. "This has been going on a number of years. But still there is no information that any perpetrators or people responsible for these kinds of actions have been prosecuted … [Read more...] about Saudi Arabia admits coalition ‘mistakes’ in targeting in Yemen
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Aritz Parra, Associated Press Updated 6:02 am PDT, Tuesday, September 4, 2018 FILE - In this April 12, 2018 file photo, Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, left and Spain's then Defense Minister Maria Dolores Cospedal shake hands after signing bi-lateral agreements in the presence of the then Prime Minister of Spain Mariano Rajoy, right, at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain. Spain has cancelled the sale of 400 laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia it was reported Tuesday Sept. 4, 2018, amid fears that the weapons could be used in the Riyadh-led coalition fighting the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen. The deal was originally signed in 2015 under a conservative government, but the new Spanish center-left administration plans to return the 9.2 million euros (10.6 million dollars) already paid by the Saudis. less FILE - In this April 12, 2018 file photo, Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, left and Spain's then Defense Minister Maria Dolores Cospedal … [Read more...] about Spain cancels bombs sale to Saudi Arabia amid Yemen concerns
Ever since Franklin Roosevelt’s historic rendezvous in 1945 with Abd Aziz Ibn Saud, the founder of Saudi Arabia, American presidents have been enamored with Saudi kings. But nothing in the 70 plus-year history of U.S.-Saudi ties comes close to the cosmic groveling that now defines President Donald Trump’s relationship with Saudi Arabia and his slavish obeisance to its dangerous and irresponsible policies.Story Continued Below Since Trump became president, the U.S. has enabled and supported a disastrous Saudi war in Yemen; watched as Riyadh launched a political and economic war against Qatar that’s split the Gulf Cooperation Council and enhanced Iran’s influence; stood by as the Saudis virtually kidnapped the pro-American Lebanese Prime Minister in a bungled attempt to weaken Hezbollah; remained silent while the Saudis under the guise of reform cracked down on journalists, bloggers, businessmen and anyone else who dared criticize the 30-something crown prince; … [Read more...] about What Is Trump Getting for Sucking Up to Saudi Arabia?
Ben Fox, Associated Press Updated 2:55 pm, Wednesday, May 2, 2018 Photo: AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - This undated file photo provided by Ramzi Kassem, an attorney for Mohammed Ahmed Haza al-Darbi, shows al-Darbi from Saudi Arabia holding a photograph of his children, as he sits for a portrait inside the detention center at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Pentagon said Wednesday, May 2, 2018, that Al-Darbi, who was sentenced to 13 years in October 2017 by a military commission, has been sent to his native Saudi Arabia to serve out the remainder of his sentence. (Ramzi Kassem via AP, File) less FILE - This undated file photo provided by Ramzi Kassem, an attorney for Mohammed Ahmed Haza al-Darbi, shows al-Darbi from Saudi Arabia holding a photograph of his children, as he sits for a portrait inside the ... more … [Read more...] about Guantanamo prisoner sent to Saudi Arabia; first under Trump
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is currently on a multi-week tour across the US, meeting with heavy hitters in government, business, and the media. Starting with President Donald Trump, MbS, as he is known, has since gone on to meet other important politicians in Washington, including influential members of Congress and a number of Trump Cabinet officials. But the crown prince isn’t just meeting with politicians. The Independent reported that a leaked copy of his itinerary revealed meetings with journalists, media moguls, academics, and some of the biggest players in the world’s economy. Here are some of the biggest names MbS is meeting during his charm offensive: Donald Trump Trump has now met with MbS multiple times, both in the US and Saudi Arabia. He has emerged as a strong supporter of the young crown prince, as well as his father, King Salman. The president brought several charts with him when he met with MbS at the White … [Read more...] about Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince is taking a landmark US tour, meeting with with stars from Elon Musk and Bill Gates to Oprah