Iran hits growing consensus between Israel and Sunni Muslim states

Iran hits growing consensus between Israel and Sunni Muslim states

by WorldTribune Staff, February 20, 2017 The growing level of cooperation between Israel and Sunni Muslim states is not sitting well in Iran. Iran on Feb. 20 blasted what it said was coordination between Israel and Saudi Arabia, describing attempts to create an “international atmosphere” against Teheran, Israel’s Arutz Sheva reported. “It’s unfortunate that this […]

Obesity-watch: Saudis to start granting female gym licenses kingdomwide

Obesity-watch: Saudis to start granting female gym licenses kingdomwide

by WorldTribune Staff, February 15, 2017 Saudi Arabia will begin granting licenses to female-only gyms by the end of February, the kingdom’s sports authority said. Princess Reema bint Bandar, vice president for women’s affairs at the General Authority of Sports, told Saudi daily Okaz that the sports authority also plans to open a female-only gym in every district in […]

Saudi deports 40,000 Pakistani workers over terror fears

Saudi deports 40,000 Pakistani workers over terror fears

by WorldTribune Staff, February 14, 2017 Saudi Arabia over the past four months has deported some 40,000 Pakistani workers, many of whom were said to be linked to Islamic State (ISIS) and other terror groups. The foreign workers were deported for visa violations, security concerns and being involved in crimes such as theft and drug […]

‘We want the same thing’: Saudi energy chief encouraged by Trump policies

‘We want the same thing’: Saudi energy chief encouraged by Trump policies

by WorldTribune Staff, February 9, 2017 U.S. President Donald Trump is finding an unlikely energy ally in Saudi Arabia. Though Trump during the campaign singled out Saudi as a country that would find its oil exports to the U.S. blocked, Saudi Minister of Energy Khalid al-Falih said the kingdom is encouraged by “the pro-industry, pro-oil […]

Reports: Houthi missile hits military base near Saudi capital

Reports: Houthi missile hits military base near Saudi capital

by WorldTribune Staff, February 6, 2017 A surface-to-surface missile launched by Iran-backed Houthi rebels hit a Saudi military camp near Riyadh on Feb. 5, according to regional news reports. The Saudi Ministry of Defense has not commented on the incident, but a number of local citizens reported on Twitter that the missile hit a military camp in […]

Trump’s travel ban finds wide support in the Middle East

Trump’s travel ban finds wide support in the Middle East

by WorldTribune Staff, February 5, 2017 Middle East countries, which deal with the threat of terrorism on a 24/7 basis, are widely backing U.S. President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority nations. Mideast governments who are dealing with the consequences of former President Barack Obama’s “fecklessness … want the United States […]

White House says Saudis agree on need for Syria, Yemen safe zones

White House says Saudis agree on need for Syria, Yemen safe zones

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The White House says President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman agreed to support safe zones in Syria and Yemen in an hour-long phone call. During his campaign, Trump had repeatedly called for Gulf states to pay for establishing safe zones to protect Syrian refugees. […]

Saudi foreign minister ‘optimistic’ about incoming Trump administration

Saudi foreign minister ‘optimistic’ about incoming Trump administration

by WorldTribune Staff, January 17, 2017 Saudi Arabia is enthused about what it is hearing from U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. The president-elect has pledged to restore American influence in the world, defeat Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), and contain Iran, the Saudi foreign minister said. “We are optimistic about the incoming administration and […]

Security forces kill jihadist suspects during fire fight in Riyadh

Security forces kill jihadist suspects during fire fight in Riyadh

by WorldTribune Staff, January 8, 2017 Two suspected jihadists, including one who was making explosive belts, were killed by Saudi security forces on Jan. 7. The suspects were shot and killed during a police operation in the north of the capital Riyadh, the Saudi Interior Ministry said, according to AFP. Tayeh al-Saihari and Talal al-Saidi, who […]

Oman, Iran’s closest Gulf ally, signals change by joining Saudi alliance

Oman, Iran’s closest Gulf ally, signals change by joining Saudi alliance

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Oman, Iran’s closest ally in the Persian Gulf region, has signaled that it may be changing course by joining a Saudi-led coalition of Muslim countries fighting terrorism. Arab news outlets said on December 28 that Oman’s defense minister sent a letter to Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown […]

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