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A handout picture made available by the National Iranian Oil Tanker Company (NITC), shows the reported damage in the hull of the Iranian-flagged ctanker.(AP Photo)

Images show damage after mysterious Iran oil tanker attack

Dubai | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2019 05:36 PM IST
Iran said Friday the ship had been targeted in a missile attack, which has yet to be corroborated. Saudi Arabia denies being involved.
Shah Rukh Khan with actors Jason Momoa, Jackie Chan and Jean-Claude van Damme in Riyadh.(Instagram)
Shah Rukh Khan with actors Jason Momoa, Jackie Chan and Jean-Claude van Damme in Riyadh.(Instagram)

Shah Rukh Khan poses with Jackie Chan, Jean-Claude van Damme in Riyadh, tells Jason Momoa that AbRam is a fan of Aquaman. Watch

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2019 09:17 AM IST
Shah Rukh Khan left for Riyadh in Saudi Arabia to participate in Joy Forum, a Saudi Arabia film industry event. Pictures and videos of him sharing the stage with Jason Momoa, Jackie Chan and Jean-Claude van Damme have gone viral. Watch them here.
The move to allow women in Saudi Arabia to serve in the armed forces is the latest in a series of measures aimed at increasing the rights of women in the kingdom.(Bloomberg File Photo)
The move to allow women in Saudi Arabia to serve in the armed forces is the latest in a series of measures aimed at increasing the rights of women in the kingdom.(Bloomberg File Photo)

Saudi Arabia rules women can join armed forces

Riyadh | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2019 08:06 AM IST
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto ruler, has approved a handful of reforms aimed at widening women’s rights, including allowing them to drive and to travel abroad without consent from a male “guardian”.
Jeff Bezos with Hatice Cengiz, partner of dead Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.(Photo: AP)
Jeff Bezos with Hatice Cengiz, partner of dead Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.(Photo: AP)

Jeff Bezos attends anniversary memorial of Journalist Khashoggi murder

Istanbul | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2019 08:48 PM IST
Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos joined activists in Istanbul Wednesday for a vigil outside the Saudi consulate where journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered a year ago.
Javad Zarif said Saudi believes that they can buy security like they have so far bought everything with money, but security cannot be bought.(HT Photo)
Javad Zarif said Saudi believes that they can buy security like they have so far bought everything with money, but security cannot be bought.(HT Photo)

Iran Foreign Minister tells Saudis that ‘security cannot be bought’

Tehran | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2019 08:48 AM IST
Saudi Arabia and Iran are locked in a decades-long struggle for regional dominance and back opposing sides in a bitter war that has pushed Yemen to the brink of famine.
Riyadh has rejected a claim by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement that it carried out the strikes on two oil plants that initially halved Saudi production, the largest-ever assault on oil facilities in the world’s top oil exporter.(Reuters image)
Riyadh has rejected a claim by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement that it carried out the strikes on two oil plants that initially halved Saudi production, the largest-ever assault on oil facilities in the world’s top oil exporter.(Reuters image)

Saudi says it will respond appropriately if probe confirms Iran’s role in attacks

RIYADH | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2019 09:08 PM IST
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir said the probe would prove that the Sept. 14 strikes came from the north and that Iran bore responsibility, a charge Tehran denies.
Donald Trump has also said he has ordered for the release of crude from America’s strategic reserves to keep world markets “well supplied”.(NYT)
Donald Trump has also said he has ordered for the release of crude from America’s strategic reserves to keep world markets “well supplied”.(NYT)

Trump suggests Iranian role in Saudi oilfield attacks

Washington | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON SEP 16, 2019 07:54 PM IST
The president did not name Iran before in tweets he posted Sunday saying the US knew the “culprit”, but had not identified Iran, which has been named, however, by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other officials, who have also released satellite images to back their claims.
Saudi human resources professional Mashael al-Jaloud, 33, walks in western clothes past women wearing niqab, an Islamic dress-code for women, at a commercial area in the Saudi capital Riyadh on September 3, 2019. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)(AFP)
Saudi human resources professional Mashael al-Jaloud, 33, walks in western clothes past women wearing niqab, an Islamic dress-code for women, at a commercial area in the Saudi capital Riyadh on September 3, 2019. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)(AFP)

Saudi woman turns heads as she struts in mall without abaya

Riyadh | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2019 11:18 AM IST
Last year, de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hinted during an interview with CBS that the dress code may be relaxed, saying the robe was not mandatory in Islam.
Women in Saudi Arabia will now be allowed to travel without their male guardians.(REUTERS Photo)
Women in Saudi Arabia will now be allowed to travel without their male guardians.(REUTERS Photo)

Saudi Arabia allows women to travel without male ‘guardian’ approval

Riyadh | By Agence France-Presse
PUBLISHED ON AUG 02, 2019 08:28 AM IST
The restriction that drew international censure and prompted extreme attempts by residents to flee the kingdom ended Thursday.
Saudi Arabia plans to restrict certain hospitality jobs to its own citizens by the end of the year, banning the recruitment of foreign workers for those positions.
Saudi Arabia plans to restrict certain hospitality jobs to its own citizens by the end of the year, banning the recruitment of foreign workers for those positions.

Saudi Arabia to ban foreigners from hospitality jobs

Bloomberg | By Vivian Nereim
UPDATED ON JUL 29, 2019 11:01 AM IST
The decision, announced in a Labor Ministry statement on Friday, will apply to resorts, hotels rated three stars or higher, and hotel apartments rated four stars or higher.
Speaking at an event in Istanbul, Erdogan said that the report proved that Saudi Arabia was guilty and had prior knowledge of the murder.(AP File Photo)
Speaking at an event in Istanbul, Erdogan said that the report proved that Saudi Arabia was guilty and had prior knowledge of the murder.(AP File Photo)

Khashoggi’s killers will pay price: Turkish President

Istanbul | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2019 02:38 PM IST
“(They will) pay the price and be held accountable,” he said, following release of a UN expert’s report on Wednesday which held Saudi Arabia responsible in the murder case.
Khashoggi, a critic of the prince and a Washington Post columnist, was last seen at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct 2 where he was to receive papers ahead of his wedding.(Reuters File Photo)
Khashoggi, a critic of the prince and a Washington Post columnist, was last seen at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct 2 where he was to receive papers ahead of his wedding.(Reuters File Photo)

Evidence suggests Saudi Crown Prince is liable for Jamal Khashoggi murder: UN expert

Geneva | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2019 04:03 PM IST
There was no immediate reaction from Riyadh which was sent the 100-page report in advance - but the kingdom has regularly denied accusations that the prince was involved.
The Shi’ite-majority Eastern Province, where Qureiris is from, became a focal point of unrest in early 2011 with demonstrations calling for an end to discrimination and for reforms in the conservative monarchy.(Amensty UK/Twitter)
The Shi’ite-majority Eastern Province, where Qureiris is from, became a focal point of unrest in early 2011 with demonstrations calling for an end to discrimination and for reforms in the conservative monarchy.(Amensty UK/Twitter)

13-year-old boy arrested for political unrest won’t be executed: Saudi Arabia

New York | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUN 17, 2019 10:46 AM IST
Murtaja Qureiris, was detained in September 2014, has received an initial 12-year prison sentence with time served since his arrest and four years suspended for his young age.
A technician opens a pressure gas valve inside the Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) group gathering station on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, 2012.(REUTERS)
A technician opens a pressure gas valve inside the Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) group gathering station on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, 2012.(REUTERS)

The fall in oil prices could benefit the Indian economy

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUN 13, 2019 06:13 PM IST
India should be thankful for more than the obvious gains like a reduced trade deficit, a more stable exchange rate, more fiscal space, lower inflation and reduced interest rates
Many art experts are split over whether the painting is genuine, saying it was not painted by the Italian master personally but instead by his workshop.(HT Photo)
Many art experts are split over whether the painting is genuine, saying it was not painted by the Italian master personally but instead by his workshop.(HT Photo)

World’s most costly painting on Saudi prince’s yacht: Report

New York | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2019 10:58 AM IST
On Monday, London-based art dealer Kenny Schachter, writing for the website Artnews, offered answers: the painting now resides on the gargantuan yacht owned by powerful Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
SpiceJet on Monday announced the launch of non-stop flights from Mumbai to Colombo, Dhaka, Riyadh, Hong Kong and Kathmandu.
SpiceJet on Monday announced the launch of non-stop flights from Mumbai to Colombo, Dhaka, Riyadh, Hong Kong and Kathmandu.

SpiceJet to start direct flights from Mumbai to Colombo, 4 other int’l destinations

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON APR 15, 2019 02:36 PM IST
In a release, the carrier said it would be the first Indian budget carrier to launch daily direct flights on the Mumbai-Colombo, Mumbai-Dhaka, Mumbai-Riyadh, Mumbai-Hong Kong and Mumbai-Kathmandu sectors. Boeing 737 NG aircraft would be deployed in the new routes.
The houses given to the Khashoggi children are located in the port city of Jeddah and are worth up to $4 million, the newspaper reported.(REUTERS)
The houses given to the Khashoggi children are located in the port city of Jeddah and are worth up to $4 million, the newspaper reported.(REUTERS)

Slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s children get houses, thousands of dollars per month by Saudi govt: Report

Washington | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 02, 2019 11:32 AM IST
Khashoggi -- a contributor to the Post and a critic of the Saudi government -- was killed and dismembered in October at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul by a team of 15 agents sent from Riyadh. His body has not been recovered.
Members of the Saudi team that killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi received training in the United States, the Washington Post has reported.(AP)
Members of the Saudi team that killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi received training in the United States, the Washington Post has reported.(AP)

Members of Saudi team that killed Khashoggi received training in US: Report

Washington | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON MAR 31, 2019 08:19 AM IST
A critic of the Saudi regime, Khashoggi was killed and dismembered October 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by a team of 15 agents sent from Riyadh. His body has never been recovered.
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.
Two sisters from Saudi Arabia who fled the conservative kingdom and have been hiding out in Hong Kong for nearly six months said they did so to escape beatings at the hands of their brothers and father. (Representative Image)(AFP)
Two sisters from Saudi Arabia who fled the conservative kingdom and have been hiding out in Hong Kong for nearly six months said they did so to escape beatings at the hands of their brothers and father. (Representative Image)(AFP)

‘I was like a prisoner’: Saudi sisters trapped in Hong Kong recall beatings

Hong Kong | By Reuters
UPDATED ON FEB 23, 2019 07:37 PM IST
The pair, who say they have renounced their Muslim faith, arrived in the Chinese territory from Sri Lanka in September.
Two sisters from Saudi Arabia were intercepted at Hong Kong airport by the kingdom’s diplomats en route to Australia. (Representative Image)(AFP)
Two sisters from Saudi Arabia were intercepted at Hong Kong airport by the kingdom’s diplomats en route to Australia. (Representative Image)(AFP)

‘Dream of a safe place’: Saudi sisters stuck in Hong Kong hope to flee repression

Hong Kong | By Reuters
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2019 05:22 PM IST
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is visiting Beijing on a tour of Asia just a month after a Saudi woman made global headlines by barricading herself in a Bangkok airport hotel to avoid being sent home to her family.
Prince Mohammed arrived late Tuesday for a 36-hour visit that was to be dominated by economic ties.(HT Photo)
Prince Mohammed arrived late Tuesday for a 36-hour visit that was to be dominated by economic ties.(HT Photo)

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman looks for ‘good things’ from India trip

New Delhi | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2019 01:33 PM IST
Prince Mohammed predicted “good things” will come out of talks with Indian leaders as he started a landmark visit to the world’s largest democracy Wednesday.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman shakes hands with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Buenos Aires, 2018. The two countries are now moving beyond the traditional buyer-seller relationship as is best exemplified by the joint venture for $44 billion worth Ratnagiri refinery and petro-chemical project .(REUTERS)
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman shakes hands with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Buenos Aires, 2018. The two countries are now moving beyond the traditional buyer-seller relationship as is best exemplified by the joint venture for $44 billion worth Ratnagiri refinery and petro-chemical project .(REUTERS)

India has a lot to gain from partnering with Saudi Arabia

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2019 09:35 AM IST
A convergence on Pakistan and Afghanistan should not be made a litmus test for India’s relationship with Saudi Arabia.
India is expected to raise Pakistan’s use of cross-border terrorism with the Saudi prince, who will hold talks with PM Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday.(PTI File)
India is expected to raise Pakistan’s use of cross-border terrorism with the Saudi prince, who will hold talks with PM Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday.(PTI File)

India may raise Pakistan’s use of cross-border terror with Saudi Arabia

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2019 08:42 AM IST
After concluding his visit to Pakistan on Monday, the prince flew back to Riyadh, from where he will travel to New Delhi on Tuesday – a reflection of the Saudi leadership’s appreciation of India’s sensitivities in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack.
Saudi Arabia defends app allowing men to monitor women relatives. (Representative Image)(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Saudi Arabia defends app allowing men to monitor women relatives. (Representative Image)(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Saudi Arabia defends app allowing men to monitor women relatives

Riyadh | By Agence France-Presse
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2019 06:01 PM IST
The free app is available on Android and Apple smartphones and allows users to renew passports, visas and eases a variety of other electronic services.
Jamal Khashoggi was dismembered after his murder October 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul but his remains have yet to be found.(AFP)
Jamal Khashoggi was dismembered after his murder October 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul but his remains have yet to be found.(AFP)

Saudis don’t know where Khashoggi’s body is: Official

Washington | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON FEB 12, 2019 10:36 AM IST
Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs, said the murder was carried out by Saudi officials “acting outside their scope of authority” and that 11 people have been charged with the crime.
A military base deep inside Saudi Arabia appears to be testing and possibly manufacturing ballistic missiles, experts and satellite images suggest. (Representational Image)(Bloomberg)
A military base deep inside Saudi Arabia appears to be testing and possibly manufacturing ballistic missiles, experts and satellite images suggest. (Representational Image)(Bloomberg)

Experts, images suggest a Saudi ballistic missile program

Dubai | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON JAN 26, 2019 08:44 PM IST
Michael Elleman, the senior fellow for missile defense at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in Washington, also reviewed the satellite photos and said they appear to show a ballistic missile program.
The U.A.E. transferred $1 billion as part of an agreement between Pakistan and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development this month, the central bank said in a statement on Twitter Thursday.(AFP)
The U.A.E. transferred $1 billion as part of an agreement between Pakistan and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development this month, the central bank said in a statement on Twitter Thursday.(AFP)

Saudi loans $1 billion in ‘short-term relief’ to Pakistan

By Khalid Qayum and Ismail Dilawar, Bloomberg
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2019 02:11 PM IST
Pakistan has averted a balance-of-payment crisis this year and it is close to concluding an investment agreement with China, Finance Minister Asad Umar said Thursday.
Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi.(AP file photo)
Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi.(AP file photo)

CCTV footage shows men transporting ‘body parts of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’

Ankara | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2018 08:54 PM IST
The images shown on A-Haber television late Sunday feature three men carrying five suitcases and two large black bags into the home of the Saudi consul general in Istanbul.
Buthaina Mansur al-Rimi’s life has changed drastically since last year -- orphaned in Sanaa, the little girl controversially ended up in Saudi Arabia for medical care and has just returned to Yemen’s capital.(AFP)
Buthaina Mansur al-Rimi’s life has changed drastically since last year -- orphaned in Sanaa, the little girl controversially ended up in Saudi Arabia for medical care and has just returned to Yemen’s capital.(AFP)

‘Want the war to stop’: 8-year-old’s tragic story makes her symbol of Yemen unrest

Sanaa | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2018 11:09 AM IST
Images of Buthaina’s rescue and a picture of her swollen and bruised at a hospital trying to force open one of her eyes with her fingers were beamed worldwide.
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