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King Salman approved a range of initiatives aimed at assisting firms and individuals operating in the sector to mitigate Covid-related financial and economic effects. (Bandar Aljaloud/Saudi Royal Palace via AP)(AP)

Saudi King Salman sacks hajj and umrah minister in royal decrees

Reuters | , London
PUBLISHED ON MAR 12, 2021 08:23 PM IST
  • "Mohammed Saleh ben Taher Benten, Minister of Haj and Umrah shall be relieved form his position," state news agency said in a tweet
FILE - In this June 28, 2019, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump talks with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a group photo at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan.(AP)
FILE - In this June 28, 2019, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump talks with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a group photo at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan.(AP)

G-20 summit opens with Saudi urging united response to virus

Dubai | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 09:19 PM IST
The G-20’s member-countries represent around 85% of the world’s economic output and three-quarters of international trade.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman hosted the Central Intelligence Agency’s director Thursday(REUTERS)
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman hosted the Central Intelligence Agency’s director Thursday(REUTERS)

Saudi king hosts CIA chief for talks

Riyadh | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2019 06:26 AM IST
The meeting in Riyadh was attended by a number of Saudi officials including Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and intelligence chief Khalid al-Humaidan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Riyadh late on Monday night(ANI/Twitter)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Riyadh late on Monday night(ANI/Twitter)

PM Modi arrives in Saudi Arabia, to hold bilateral talks with King Salman

Riyadh | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON OCT 29, 2019 03:45 AM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver the keynote address under the title ‘What’s next for India?’ at the Future Investment Initiative (FII), which is dubbed as ‘Davos in the Desert’.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have a packed schedule during his day-long visit to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday(Reuters Archive)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have a packed schedule during his day-long visit to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday(Reuters Archive)

Strategic partnership, trade top PM’s agenda in Saudi Arabia

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 15, 2020 06:23 AM IST
India and Saudi Arabia will sign several agreements, including one on forming a Strategic Partnership Council and another on a joint venture for retail outlets for petroleum products, during Modi’s visit.
A prominent bodyguard to King Salman, General Abdelaziz al-Fagham, has been shot and killed in what authorities have described as a personal dispute.(AP Photo)
A prominent bodyguard to King Salman, General Abdelaziz al-Fagham, has been shot and killed in what authorities have described as a personal dispute.(AP Photo)

Saudi King Salman’s bodyguard shot dead, 7 others injured during altercation, say police

Riyadh | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2019 07:20 PM IST
General Abdelaziz al-Fagham, who was frequently seen by the king’s side, died Saturday evening in the western city of Jeddah, police said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
A prominent bodyguard to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman was shot and killed in what authorities described as a personal dispute.(REUTERS)
A prominent bodyguard to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman was shot and killed in what authorities described as a personal dispute.(REUTERS)

King Salman’s bodyguard shot in ‘dispute’, reports Saudi state media

Dubai | By Associated Press
PUBLISHED ON SEP 29, 2019 01:06 PM IST
Tributes poured in across social media for Maj. Gen. Abdulaziz al-Fagham, with many including images of the bodyguard at work.
Riyadh pumps some 9.9 million barrels per day (bpd) of which around 7.0 million bpd are exported, mostly to Asian markets.(AP Photo)
Riyadh pumps some 9.9 million barrels per day (bpd) of which around 7.0 million bpd are exported, mostly to Asian markets.(AP Photo)

Saudi Arabia says oil output to be restored by end of September

Jeddah | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2019 10:38 AM IST
Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, who was only appointed to the role earlier this month, said that the world’s top energy exporter had dipped into its strategic reserves to maintain supply to clients.
King Salman bin Abdulaziz (C) of Saudi Arabia welcoming Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan (L) at the opening session of a summit of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in the Saudi holy city of Mecca, June 1, 2019.(AFP)
King Salman bin Abdulaziz (C) of Saudi Arabia welcoming Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan (L) at the opening session of a summit of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in the Saudi holy city of Mecca, June 1, 2019.(AFP)

Pakistan PM Imran Khan face social media storm for allegedly disrespecting Saudi king

Hindustan Times, Islamabad | By Imtiaz Ahmad
PUBLISHED ON JUN 04, 2019 09:27 AM IST
A widely circulated video showed Pakistan PM Imran Khan walking towards the Saudi king but he appeared to be speaking directly to the royal’s translator rather than addressing him directly.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman slammed Iran over recent attacks targeting the kingdom, describing the incidents on Saturday in a speech before Muslim leaders gathered in Mecca as “terrorist acts” that threaten global energy supplies.(AFP Photo)
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman slammed Iran over recent attacks targeting the kingdom, describing the incidents on Saturday in a speech before Muslim leaders gathered in Mecca as “terrorist acts” that threaten global energy supplies.(AFP Photo)

Saudi king slams Iran’s ‘terrorist acts’ at Islamic summit

Mecca | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2019 08:39 AM IST
It was the monarch’s strongest words yet since tensions spiked in recent weeks between the two regional heavyweights.
A projection of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sits during national day in Riyadh.(AFP File Photo)
A projection of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sits during national day in Riyadh.(AFP File Photo)

‘Traitor’ is the new ‘infidel’ as nationalism grips Saudi Arabia

Riyadh | By Bloomberg
UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2019 02:24 PM IST
Saudi Arabia’s undergoing an aggressive nationalist rebranding, downplaying an austere religious doctrine associated abroad with terrorism, and promoting veneration of de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as he pursues an economic overhaul.
Prince Talal was an older brother to King Salman and the father of businessman Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. The royal court said prayers for Prince Talal, who died on Saturday, will be held in Riyadh on Sunday.(AP)
Prince Talal was an older brother to King Salman and the father of businessman Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. The royal court said prayers for Prince Talal, who died on Saturday, will be held in Riyadh on Sunday.(AP)

Saudi prince who called for reforms dies at 87

Saudi Arabia | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2018 10:19 AM IST
Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz founded the first school for girls in Riyadh, according to the Saudi newspaper Arab News. The school was founded at a time when females had no access to formal education in the landlocked capital and schools were open to boys only.
Saudi Arabia said Thursday the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul was “premeditated” based on information supplied by Turkey, state media reported.(AP)
Saudi Arabia said Thursday the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul was “premeditated” based on information supplied by Turkey, state media reported.(AP)

Murder of Jamal Khashoggi ‘premeditated’, says Saudi prosecutor

Riyadh | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2018 06:35 PM IST
Saudi Arabia said Thursday the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul was “premeditated” based on information supplied by Turkey, state media reported.
A dozen of Indonesian journalists hold posters with photos of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest outside Saudi Arabian Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia.(AP Photo)
A dozen of Indonesian journalists hold posters with photos of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest outside Saudi Arabian Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia.(AP Photo)

Insight: As Khashoggi crisis grows, Saudi king asserts authority, checks son’s power: sources

Dubai | By Reuters
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2018 11:06 PM IST
So grave is the fallout from the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi that King Salman has felt compelled to intervene, five sources with links to the Saudi royal family said.
The Washington Post, a newspaper to which Jamal Khashoggi contributed, cited unnamed US officials as saying that Saudi officials had been heard discussing a plan to lure Khashoggi from the US state of Virginia, where he resided, and detain him.(REUTERS)
The Washington Post, a newspaper to which Jamal Khashoggi contributed, cited unnamed US officials as saying that Saudi officials had been heard discussing a plan to lure Khashoggi from the US state of Virginia, where he resided, and detain him.(REUTERS)

Saudi crown prince ordered operation targeting journalist Jamal Khashoggi: Report

Washington | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2018 12:09 AM IST
United States has demanded answers from Saudi Arabia over Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance.
US President Donald Trump called King Salman on Saturday and they discussed efforts being made to maintain supplies to ensure oil market stability and global economic growth.(REUTERS)
US President Donald Trump called King Salman on Saturday and they discussed efforts being made to maintain supplies to ensure oil market stability and global economic growth.(REUTERS)

Donald Trump: I told Saudi Arabia king he wouldn’t last without US support

SOUTHAVEN | By Reuters
UPDATED ON OCT 03, 2018 01:07 PM IST
Trump did not say when he made those remarks to the Saudi monarch.
Saudi Arabia says it has executed and “crucified” a Myanmar man convicted of killing a woman and carrying out other crimes.(AFP Photo)
Saudi Arabia says it has executed and “crucified” a Myanmar man convicted of killing a woman and carrying out other crimes.(AFP Photo)

Saudi Arabia ‘crucifies’ Myanmar man convicted of murder

United Arab Emirates , Dubai | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2018 08:51 AM IST
Elias Abulkalaam Jamaleddeen entered a Myanmar woman’s home firing a gun, then stabbed her to death, reported Saudi Arabia media.
A cargo ships sits docked at the Viau terminal in the Port of Montreal in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.(Bloomberg file photo)
A cargo ships sits docked at the Viau terminal in the Port of Montreal in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.(Bloomberg file photo)

Aggressive Saudis end diplomatic ties with Canada over rights criticism

Bloomberg | By Zaid Sabah and Glen Carey
UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2018 11:49 PM IST
Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador to Ottawa and ordered the Canadian envoy to Riyadh to leave within 24 hours.
File photo of Saudi Arabia's King Salman in the Kremlin in Moscow on October 5, 2017.(Reuters)
File photo of Saudi Arabia's King Salman in the Kremlin in Moscow on October 5, 2017.(Reuters)

Saudi king begins holiday in still unbuilt $500 bn mega-city

Riyadh | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2018 01:56 PM IST
The state media said King Salman would “spend some time in rest and recreation” in NEOM but gave no details.
An oil tank at the Saudi Aramco headquarters at Damam city.(Reuters File Photo)
An oil tank at the Saudi Aramco headquarters at Damam city.(Reuters File Photo)

Saudi ready to pump more oil to balance market: King Salman

Agence France-Presse, Riyadh | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUL 03, 2018 09:08 PM IST
Saudi Arabia, which has been pumping around 10 million barrels per day, holds the largest spare capacity in the world and is the only country that can add substantial supply to the market.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud(Reuters File Photo)
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud(Reuters File Photo)

Saudi crown prince says Israel has ‘right’ to its land

Agence France-Presse, Washington | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2018 05:48 PM IST
No such senior Saudi official is known to have previously accepted that Israel has a “right” to any land beyond the practical need to secure a lasting deal.
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