Egypt relinquishes disputed Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia

Egypt relinquishes disputed Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia

Special to WorldTribune.com Egypt has agreed to hand over ownership of two disputed Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. The two countries agreed to maritime borders that give the islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Riyadh, an Egyptian cabinet statement said on April 9. “This enables both countries to benefit from the exclusive economic zone […]

Spike in worldwide executions credited to Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia

Spike in worldwide executions credited to Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Amnesty International says the number of confirmed executions across the world surged to its highest level in more than two decades in 2015, fueled by the rising use of capital punishment in Iran, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia. In a report released on April 6, the London-based […]

Brussels attacks spark self-criticism in Arab media

Brussels attacks spark self-criticism in Arab media

Special to WorldTribune.com While the usual blame-Israel responses cropped up in some Mideast media circles following the Brussels terrorist attacks, a new and noteworthy trend was seen in Arab media. Several media outlets put the blame squarely on Muslim and Arab culture for the attacks which killed 35 and wounded more than 300. A columnist […]

Report: Son reigns as Saudi king sidelined by dementia

Report: Son reigns as Saudi king sidelined by dementia

Special to WorldTribune.com Saudi King Salman’s son is said to be “ruling the kingdom” amid the king’s deteriorating health. The 80-year-old king is said to have Alzheimer’s or dementia, according to Lebanese media reports. Related: Saudi King Salman hospitalized after erratic behavior, Oct. 8, 2015 “The king is not in a stable condition and in […]

Senior Saudi royal slams Obama’s lecture on sharing

Senior Saudi royal slams Obama’s lecture on sharing

Special to WorldTribune.com A Saudi royal ripped into U.S. President Barack Obama for “insulting” the kingdom by “telling us to share our world with Iran.” Prince Turki al-Faisal, the kingdom’s former intelligence chief and envoy to Washington, slammed Obama’s recent comments to The Atlantic magazine in which the president said the Saudis need to “share” […]

Iran welcomes U.S. firms, rejects Russia-Saudi oil freeze plan

Iran welcomes U.S. firms, rejects Russia-Saudi oil freeze plan

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iran has said it has no plans to freeze its oil production, in a blow to a deal reached last month between Russia and Saudi Arabia to curb falling global oil prices. Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh told Iran’s Press TV on March 13 that […]

Saudis get diplomatic pressure to pay foreign construction workers

Saudis get diplomatic pressure to pay foreign construction workers

Special to WorldTribune.com Saudi Arabia is being pressed to ensure foreign construction workers, many of whom have not been paid for months, receive their salaries. The workers who flocked to the kingdom when oil prices were skyrocketing are now seen as being victimized by low oil prices as the Saudi government clamps down on state […]

Saudis increases oil exports to China by 36 percent in shot at Iran

Saudis increases oil exports to China by 36 percent in shot at Iran

Special to WorldTribune.com In increasing its oil exports to China, Saudi Arabia has fired a “shot across Iran’s bow,” industry analysts say. Saudi shipments of oil to China rose by 36 percent in February to the highest level in at least three years, according to ClipperData, a firm that tracks global crude shipments. Analysts seized […]

Aid ship docks in Yemen after being blocked by Saudis

Aid ship docks in Yemen after being blocked by Saudis

Special to WorldTribune.com A World Food Program (WFP) ship carrying humanitarian aid docked in Yemen on March 2 nearly a month after being diverted to Saudi Arabia. Saudi said it blocked the shipment on Feb. 11 because the vessel, the Mainport Cedar, was carrying communications equipment. The ship was carrying relief supplies to the port […]