Saudi Arabia http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/24087/all en Iran seizes Saudi fishing vessels -Fars news agency http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/iran-seizes-saudi-fishing-vessels-fars-news-agency <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>DUBAI, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Iran's coast guard has detained two<br /> Saudi fishing vessels after they entered Iranian waters, the<br /> semi-official Fars news agency reported on Tuesday.</p> <p>Separated by about 250 km (150 miles) of Gulf waters,<br /> Shi'ite Muslim power Iran and Sunni Muslim-led Saudi Arabia have<br /> often had tense relations. Saudi Arabia, a U.S. ally, has<br /> accused Iran of fomenting unrest among Shi'ites in its oil-rich<br /> Eastern Province, a charge Iran denies.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/iran-seizes-saudi-fishing-vessels-fars-news-agency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Fars Fars News Agency Iranian seizure of Royal Navy personnel Law Saudi Arabia Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 14:01:08 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731533 at http://www.globalpost.com Saudi king appoints prince Saud bin Nayef oil province governor http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/saudi-king-appoints-prince-saud-bin-nayef-oil-province-governor <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah appointed Prince Saud bin Nayef as governor of the oil-producing Eastern Province, the Royal Court said in a statement carried by state news agency SPA on Monday.</p> <p>The Eastern Province is where minority Shi'ite Muslims have held protests over the past two years calling for more rights and the release of jailed relatives.</p> Asia House of Saud Saudi Arabia Social Issues Thomson Reuters Mon, 14 Jan 2013 11:00:03 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5734068 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Saudi king names new governor for restive oil region http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/update-2-saudi-king-names-new-governor-restive-oil-region <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah appointed a former diplomat to run its most sensitive region on Monday, naming Prince Saud bin Nayef as governor of oil-producing Eastern Province, scene of protests by the kingdom's Shi'ite Muslim minority.</p> <p>The appointment gives Prince Saud, who was born in 1956, a senior government job at a moment when the ruling al-Saud family is making a transition towards a younger generation of leaders.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/update-2-saudi-king-names-new-governor-restive-oil-region" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia House of Saud Human Interest Saudi Arabia Social Issues Thomson Reuters Mon, 14 Jan 2013 12:00:34 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5734094 at http://www.globalpost.com Saudi clerics demand fair trials for prisoners http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/saudi-clerics-demand-fair-trials-prisoners <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Clerics hail from heartland of austere school of Islam</p> <p>* Say authorities must treat women prisoners properly</p> <p>* Call on officials to honour pledges to release detainees</p> <p>By Asma Alsharif</p> <p>JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Jan 14 (Reuters) - More than 100 Saudi clerics have signed a petition calling for fair hearings for prisoners held on security grounds in the conservative kingdom, which has arrested thousands of people in a campaign against Islamist militants.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/saudi-clerics-demand-fair-trials-prisoners" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Al-Qaeda Asia Saudi Arabia War Thomson Reuters Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:45:28 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5734308 at http://www.globalpost.com Obama meets new Saudi interior minister at White House http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/obama-meets-new-saudi-interior-minister-at-white-house <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama met Saudi Arabia's new interior minister, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, on Monday to discuss security and regional issues, the White House said.</p> <p>Prince Mohammed, appointed in November after the death of his father, veteran Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz, is best known as Saudi Arabia's long-time security chief and has garnered the praise of Western governments for his role in the campaign against al Qaeda.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/obama-meets-new-saudi-interior-minister-at-white-house" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Business Entertainment Environment Health Middle East Politics Saudi Arabia Thomson Reuters Mon, 14 Jan 2013 21:30:26 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5734398 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Saudi Arabia appoints Prince Muqrin as second deputy PM http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/update-1-saudi-arabia-appoints-prince-muqrin-second-deputy-pm <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds analyst comments, background)</p> <p>RIYADH, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has named former intelligence chief Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz as second deputy prime minister, a role historically seen as making the incumbent second in line to become king.</p> <p>Holders of the position have gone on in the past to be crown prince of the world's top oil exporter, where the ruling family controls most senior government posts and, in the absence of elections, wields near absolute authority.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/update-1-saudi-arabia-appoints-prince-muqrin-second-deputy-pm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia House of Saud Human Interest Kings of Saudi Arabia Middle East Saudi Arabia Thomson Reuters Fri, 01 Feb 2013 12:16:23 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5742911 at http://www.globalpost.com Saudi king names brother deputy premier: SPA http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/saudi-king-names-brother-deputy-premier-spa <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Saudi King Abdullah on Friday appointed one of his brothers, Moqren bin Abdul Aziz, as a deputy prime minister, making him second in line to the throne, the official SPA news agency said.</p> <p>"Prince Moqren bin Abdul Aziz, adviser and special envoy of the king, has been named second vice president of the Council of Ministers," said the SPA report.</p> <p>The king, 89, is the president of the Council, and Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz, 77, is the first vice president.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/saudi-king-names-brother-deputy-premier-spa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> House of Saud Human Interest Middle East Saudi Arabia AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 13:00:20 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5742957 at http://www.globalpost.com Saudi king names brother deputy premier: SPA http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/saudi-king-names-brother-deputy-premier-spa-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Saudi King Abdullah appointed one of his brothers, Moqren bin Abdul Aziz, as deputy prime minister, on Friday, making him second in line to the throne, the official SPA news agency said.</p> <p>"Prince Moqren bin Abdul Aziz, adviser and special envoy of the king, has been named second vice president of the Council of Ministers," said the SPA report.</p> <p>The king, 89, is the president of the Council, and Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz, 77, is the first vice president.</p> <p>In the event of the king's death, the 68-year-old Moqren could then become crown prince.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/saudi-king-names-brother-deputy-premier-spa-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> House of Saud Human Interest Kings of Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 13:45:46 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5743021 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: List of Asian Cup winners http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/football-list-asian-cup-winners <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A list of past winners of the Asian Cup. Qualifying for the 2015 edition gets underway on Wednesday:</p> <p>1956 - South Korea</p> <p>1960 - South Korea</p> <p>1964 - Israel</p> <p>1968 - Iran</p> <p>1972 - Iran</p> <p>1976 - Iran</p> <p>1980 - Kuwait</p> <p>1984 - Saudi Arabia</p> <p>1988 - Saudi Arabia</p> <p>1992 - Japan</p> <p>1996 - Saudi Arabia</p> <p>2000 - Japan</p> <p>2004 - Japan</p> <p>2007 - Iraq</p> <p>2011 - Japan</p> <p>afp</p> Asia Saudi Arabia Western Asia AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 07:00:30 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5746076 at http://www.globalpost.com Serbia, Saudi Arabia establish diplomatic ties http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/serbia-saudi-arabia-establish-diplomatic-ties <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Serbia has established diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia for the first time since the 1990s break-up of the former Yugoslav federation, aiming to "step up economic cooperation", a foreign ministry statement said Tuesday.</p> <p>Saudi Arabia was the only country in the Arab world with which Serbia did not have diplomatic ties, the ministry said.</p> <p>Faced with a decrease of foreign investments necessary to revive its ailing economy, Serbia has recently stepped up contacts with Arab countries.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/serbia-saudi-arabia-establish-diplomatic-ties" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Saudi Arabia Western Asia AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 18:16:23 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5746705 at http://www.globalpost.com Saudi Arabia looks to buy patrol boats from German firm - media http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130210/saudi-arabia-looks-buy-patrol-boats-german-firm-media <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Deal worth 1.5 billion euros - Bild am Sonntag</p> <p>* National security council gives initial nod - report</p> <p>* Arms exports restricted, widely criticised in Germany</p> <p>BERLIN, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia is looking into buying patrol boats worth 1.5 billion euros ($2 billion) from a German firm, and appears to have won the Berlin government's approval despite widespread public criticism of arms deals, a newspaper reported on Sunday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130210/saudi-arabia-looks-buy-patrol-boats-german-firm-media" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Military industry Saudi Arabia Technology Thomson Reuters Sun, 10 Feb 2013 12:30:51 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5751662 at http://www.globalpost.com Saudi Arabia mulls German patrol boat deal: report http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/saudi-arabia-mulls-german-patrol-boat-deal-report <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Saudi Arabia is planning to buy German patrol boats for a total of around 1.5 billion euros ($2 billion) despite some opposition in Germany, a newspaper reported on Sunday.</p> <p>Germany's federal security council, which includes Chancellor Angela Merkel, has issued a positive response to a preliminary request for the sale by the Bremen-based Luerssen shipyard, the Bild am Sonntag said.</p> <p>The boats, worth between 10 million euros and 25 million euros each, are expected to be delivered to Saudi Arabia within two years after the contract has been signed, the paper said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/saudi-arabia-mulls-german-patrol-boat-deal-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Saudi Arabia Western Asia AFP Sun, 10 Feb 2013 14:16:03 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5751758 at http://www.globalpost.com Saudi capital governor dead: SPA http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/saudi-capital-governor-dead-spa <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Riyadh governor Prince Sattam bin Abdul Aziz, a half brother of the Saudi king, died on Tuesday, state news agency SPA reported without saying what caused his death.</p> <p>SPA quoted a royal statement as saying that Prince Sattam, who was in his 70s, would be buried in the Saudi capital on Wednesday. The brief report gave no other details about why and where the death occurred.</p> <p>Prince Sattam was appointed Riyadh governor after his half-brother, Crown Prince Salman, was named defence minister in October 2011.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/saudi-capital-governor-dead-spa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> House of Saud Middle East Saudi Arabia AFP Tue, 12 Feb 2013 22:46:24 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5753959 at http://www.globalpost.com HRW urges Saudi to free ex-judge http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/hrw-urges-saudi-free-ex-judge <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Human Rights Watch on Wednesday urged Saudi authorities to free an ex-judge and founder of a rights group who is serving a 15-year jail sentence for "breaking allegiance to the king."</p> <p>Sulaiman al-Rashudi, 76, was one of 16 people detained in 2007 and sentenced to jail in November 2011 "for peacefully trying to establish a human rights organisation in Jeddah" and "breaking allegiance to the king," HRW said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/hrw-urges-saudi-free-ex-judge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Saudi Arabia AFP Wed, 13 Feb 2013 13:15:27 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5754294 at http://www.globalpost.com Saudi urges unity against 'terror' threat http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/saudi-urges-unity-against-terror-threat <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A senior Saudi official told an international conference on security on Saturday that the "terrorist" threat remains and urged global cooperation to combat it.</p> <p>"The danger of terrorism and terrorists still persists and affects several countries," Prince Turki bin Mohammed al-Saud of the foreign ministry told delegates at the opening of the two-day event.</p> <p>"We must face up to it using all means and at all levels, local, regional and international.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/saudi-urges-unity-against-terror-threat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia House of Saud Saudi Arabia War AFP Sat, 16 Feb 2013 13:45:58 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5757493 at http://www.globalpost.com