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Shortly after the attack on Dec. 6, 2019, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz condemned it a "heinous crime" and said it "does not represent the Saudi people."(AFP)

Saudi Arabia sued by families of victims of 2019 Florida base attack

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 23, 2021 06:09 PM IST
The complaint, which was filed on Monday in a federal court in the city of Pensacola, alleged that Saudi Arabia had known about the gunman being radicalized and that it could have prevented the killings.
Known for his elegant manner and trademark goatee beard, Yamani's 24-year tenure running the oil affairs of the world's biggest crude producer made him a global celebrity during the inflationary "oil shocks" of the 1970s.(AP)
Known for his elegant manner and trademark goatee beard, Yamani's 24-year tenure running the oil affairs of the world's biggest crude producer made him a global celebrity during the inflationary "oil shocks" of the 1970s.(AP)

Yamani, the Saudi oil minister who brought the West to its knees

Reuters | , Dubai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 23, 2021 02:42 PM IST
Yamani was a witness to the 1975 murder of the Saudi king who had plucked him, a non-royal, from obscurity to be oil minister.
Trade visitors are seen walking over a road crossing covered with Lockheed Martin branding at Farnborough International Airshow.(File Photo / REUTERS)
Trade visitors are seen walking over a road crossing covered with Lockheed Martin branding at Farnborough International Airshow.(File Photo / REUTERS)

Saudi's SAMI signs defence venture deal with US Lockheed Martin

Reuters | , Dubai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2021 07:53 PM IST
Lockheed Martin is involved in a project to install a $15 billion missile defence system in Saudi Arabia.
The kingdom has reported more than 370,000 coronavirus cases and 6,000 deaths.(Reuters)
The kingdom has reported more than 370,000 coronavirus cases and 6,000 deaths.(Reuters)

Saudi Arabia approves AstraZeneca Covid-19 shot as it aims to ramp up program

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 05:35 PM IST
The Saudi Food and Drug Authority has now approved shots developed by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE, and AstraZeneca.
Ayesha Al Jizani was sentenced on Sunday to death by the court for killing Abiron Begum in March 2019.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Ayesha Al Jizani was sentenced on Sunday to death by the court for killing Abiron Begum in March 2019.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

In a rare verdict, Saudi woman sentenced to death for murdering Bangladeshi maid

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 15, 2021 08:06 PM IST
Bangladesh is one of the world's top exporters of labour and depends heavily on the remittances they send home to relatives.
Tribesmen loyal to Houthi rebels raise their weapons during a gathering.(File photo / AP)
Tribesmen loyal to Houthi rebels raise their weapons during a gathering.(File photo / AP)

Saudi Arabia will continue to treat Houthis as terrorists: UN representative

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 14, 2021 04:34 PM IST
Biden's administration has said it would halt US support for the Saudi-backed military campaign but continue to pressure the Houthis.
People wear face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus in front of a banner showing Saudi King Salman, right, and his Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, outside a mall in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia.(AP)
People wear face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus in front of a banner showing Saudi King Salman, right, and his Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, outside a mall in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia.(AP)

Biden administration expects Saudi Arabia to improve human rights: White House

Reuters | , Washington
PUBLISHED ON FEB 06, 2021 04:50 AM IST
Pskai's comments underscored US President Joe Biden's intention to make human right a key issue in US-Saudi relations, which he pledged during the 2020 campaign to reassess.
Saudi citizens, diplomats, and health workers flying in from the banned countries will be allowed to enter the kingdom(HT File Photo)
Saudi citizens, diplomats, and health workers flying in from the banned countries will be allowed to enter the kingdom(HT File Photo)

Saudi Arabia bans international flights from 20 countries, including India

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2021 09:04 PM IST
  • Saudi Arabia had been ramping up domestic measures to contain the surge of coronavirus cases. Saudi health minister Tawfiq al-Rabiah has been urging people to be on their guard, not become complacent, and adhere strictly to Covid-19 preventative measures.
General view of Riyadh city in Saudi Arabia.(Reuters)
General view of Riyadh city in Saudi Arabia.(Reuters)

Blast heard in Saudi capital Riyadh: Report

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 04:58 PM IST
Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV cited local reports of an explosion and videos circulating on social media of a missile being intercepted over Riyadh.
On Friday, the Saudi-led coalition had said it foiled two Houthi attacks using an armed drone launched towards Saudi Arabia and an explosive-laden boat in the southern Red Sea. (Representative Image)(Bloomberg)
On Friday, the Saudi-led coalition had said it foiled two Houthi attacks using an armed drone launched towards Saudi Arabia and an explosive-laden boat in the southern Red Sea. (Representative Image)(Bloomberg)

Saudi-led forces thwart air attack on Riyadh: Saudi state television

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 03:03 PM IST
The coalition intercepted and destroyed an "enemy air target", state-run Al Ekhbariyah channel and Saudi-owned Al Hadath said on their Twitter accounts.
Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud attends a news conference following talks with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia January 14, 2021. Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via REUTERS/Files(via REUTERS)
Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud attends a news conference following talks with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia January 14, 2021. Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via REUTERS/Files(via REUTERS)

Saudi Arabia optimistic, expects 'excellent relations' with Biden administration

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 07:25 PM IST
Biden pledged on the election campaign trail to reassess ties with Saudi Arabia, a state he described as a "pariah" in 2019.
Saudi shipments to China in 2020 were rose 1.9% from a year earlier to 84.92 million tonnes. In picture - Saudi Aramco's Ras Tanura oil refinery and oil terminal.(Reuters)
Saudi shipments to China in 2020 were rose 1.9% from a year earlier to 84.92 million tonnes. In picture - Saudi Aramco's Ras Tanura oil refinery and oil terminal.(Reuters)

Saudi Arabia edges past Russia to become China's biggest oil supplier in 2020

Reuters | , Beijing/singapore
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 03:07 PM IST
Russia was a close second with shipments of 83.57 million tonnes, or 1.67 million bpd, up 7.6% from 2019.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt agreed last week to fully restore ties with Qatar, ending a three-year dispute. (For Representative Purposes Only)(Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt agreed last week to fully restore ties with Qatar, ending a three-year dispute. (For Representative Purposes Only)(Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)

Saudi Arabia, Qatar to restart direct flights after three years from Monday

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2021 01:41 PM IST
  • Saudi Arabian Airlines will operate weekly flights from Jeddah and Riyadh to Doha, while Qatar Airways will resume flights to several destinations in the kingdom.
Qatar Airways said via Twitter on Saturday it will resume flights to Riyadh on Monday, Jeddah from Jan. 14, and Dammam from Jan. 16.(Unsplash)
Qatar Airways said via Twitter on Saturday it will resume flights to Riyadh on Monday, Jeddah from Jan. 14, and Dammam from Jan. 16.(Unsplash)

Qatar and Saudi Arabia to resume direct flights

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2021 08:46 AM IST
Qatar Airways and Saudi Airlines will resume flights between Doha and Riyadh from Monday in a reopening of airspace as part of a political rapprochement in a three-year-old dispute.
Saudi Arabia to lift travel ban on March 31(Reuters)
Saudi Arabia to lift travel ban on March 31(Reuters)

Saudi Arabia to resume international travel from March 31

Reuters | , Cairo
PUBLISHED ON JAN 09, 2021 08:05 AM IST
Saudi Arabia will soon lift the ban from international travel. They will allow citizens to travel abroad and return home after March 31.
File image of Gianni Infantino.(AP)
File image of Gianni Infantino.(AP)

Amnesty critical of FIFA leader starring in Saudi PR video

Washington | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 07:54 PM IST
FIFA said the “main purpose” of the two-day trip to Saudi Arabia during the coronavirus pandemic was “to witness the signing of the historic declaration between the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council.”
UBS raised its forecast for Brent to $60 per barrel by mid-year, following Saudi Arabia’s unilateral cut and expectations of a second quarter demand recovery as coronavirus vaccine rollouts should revive travel.(Reuters file photo)
UBS raised its forecast for Brent to $60 per barrel by mid-year, following Saudi Arabia’s unilateral cut and expectations of a second quarter demand recovery as coronavirus vaccine rollouts should revive travel.(Reuters file photo)

Oil hits 11-month highs on Saudi output cut pledge, equities rally

Tokyo | By Reuters| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 02:50 PM IST
Brent crude climbed 39 cents, or 0.7%, to $54.77 a barrel by 0757 GMT, after touching $54.92, the highest since Feb. 26. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) gained 33 cents, or 0.7%, to $51.16. The contract also touched its highest since Feb. 25 at $51.34 earlier in the session.
Photo of Indian motorcycle racer CS Santosh(Twitter)
Photo of Indian motorcycle racer CS Santosh(Twitter)

Santosh in induced coma after Dakar crash

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sandip Sikdar
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 10:43 PM IST
The 37-year-old Santosh, who was representing the Hero MotoSports in one of the world’s biggest rallies, crashed on Wednesday and is being kept under a 24-hour observation.
South Korea will send a delegation to Iran to negotiate the release of a seized oil tanker and its crew, Seoul said on Tuesday,(VIA REUTERS)
South Korea will send a delegation to Iran to negotiate the release of a seized oil tanker and its crew, Seoul said on Tuesday,(VIA REUTERS)

Arab leaders agree to end Qatar standoff

AL-ULA, Saudi Arabia | By Agencies, Al-ula, Saudi Arabia
PUBLISHED ON JAN 07, 2021 12:39 AM IST
The Saudi decision to open its airspace and borders to Qatar was the first major step towards ending the diplomatic crisis that began in 2017, just as the Trump administration was raising pressure on Iran.
he absence of deliveries follows a slump in crude shipments to the US that left the desert kingdom in October.(Reuters file photo)
he absence of deliveries follows a slump in crude shipments to the US that left the desert kingdom in October.(Reuters file photo)

Saudi oil exports to US at zero for first time in 35 years

By Bloomberg | Posted by Deepali Sharma
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 10:18 PM IST
For Saudi Arabia, cutting shipments to the US is the quickest way to telegraph to the wider market that it’s tightening supply.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani during the Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) 41st Summit at Al-Ula in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.(REUTERS PHOTO.)
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani during the Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) 41st Summit at Al-Ula in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.(REUTERS PHOTO.)

India welcomes restoration of ties between Qatar and four other Arab states

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 09:41 PM IST
The four countries had cut ties with Qatar in 2017 and imposed a partial blockade, accusing the gas and oil-rich state of backing acts of terrorism. Qatar, which had angered the other states because of its close ties with Iran and the broadcasts of the Al-Jazeera news channel, had dismissed these allegations.
The Gulf leaders made no mention of whether Qatar would rejoin the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.(Reuters representative image)
The Gulf leaders made no mention of whether Qatar would rejoin the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.(Reuters representative image)

Gulf Arabs agree to restore Qatar ties but no word on OPEC role

By Bloomberg | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 02:39 PM IST
The breakthrough ending a dispute among some of the world’s top oil and gas producers that erupted in 2017 came just two weeks before President-elect Joe Biden takes office after pledging a new start with Tehran
Meanwhile US crude oil inventories dropped by 1.7 million barrels in the week to Jan. 1 to 491.3 million barrels, data from industry group the American Petroleum Institute showed late on Tuesday.(Reuters file photo)
Meanwhile US crude oil inventories dropped by 1.7 million barrels in the week to Jan. 1 to 491.3 million barrels, data from industry group the American Petroleum Institute showed late on Tuesday.(Reuters file photo)

Oil rises to 11-month high after Saudi Arabia pledges unilateral output cut

Tokyo | By Reuters| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 02:33 PM IST
Brent crude rose as much as 0.9% to $54.09 a barrel, the highest since Feb. 26, 2020. It was at $53.82 a barrel at 0757 GMT after jumping 4.9% on Tuesday.
The decision to open land, air and sea borders comes ahead of a summit of regional leaders in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.(AP representative image)
The decision to open land, air and sea borders comes ahead of a summit of regional leaders in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.(AP representative image)

Saudi Arabia reopens borders with Qatar in US-backed deal

By Bloomberg | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON JAN 05, 2021 02:29 PM IST
The dispute stretched beyond the Gulf region, with the countries lining up on opposite sides of conflicts and geopolitical squabbles in the wider Middle East and in Africa.
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies must decide whether to add more barrels to the market. They are currently idling 7.2 million barrels a day, or about 7% of world supplies.(Bloomberg)
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies must decide whether to add more barrels to the market. They are currently idling 7.2 million barrels a day, or about 7% of world supplies.(Bloomberg)

OPEC+ meets to discuss output hike with Saudi Arabia urging caution

By Bloomberg | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 09:56 PM IST
The kingdom highlighted the new risk to the oil market posed by a more infectious strain of the coronavirus, which has heightened the economic risks even as the roll-out of vaccines has buoyed prices.
Travellers from other countries will have to spend three to seven days in self-isolation and also provide PCR test results.(AP (Representative Image))
Travellers from other countries will have to spend three to seven days in self-isolation and also provide PCR test results.(AP (Representative Image))

Saudi Arabia to lift entry ban linked to new coronavirus strain on Sunday

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | By Asian News International | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 12:24 PM IST
According to the SPA news agency, the country will resume international flights and reopen borders from 11:00 a.m. (8:00 GMT) on Sunday.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin chairs a joint meeting of the country's State Council and the Council for Strategic Development and National Projects via a video conference call at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia.(via REUTERS)
Russia's President Vladimir Putin chairs a joint meeting of the country's State Council and the Council for Strategic Development and National Projects via a video conference call at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia.(via REUTERS)

Russia 2020 output at lowest in nearly a decade

By Bloomberg | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 02, 2021 02:47 PM IST
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies implemented unprecedented output cuts from May as global lockdowns to contain the spread of Covid-19 crushed demand.
In December, Russia produced 42.46 million tons, according to Bloomberg calculations based on CDU-TEK numbers.(Bloomberg file photo)
In December, Russia produced 42.46 million tons, according to Bloomberg calculations based on CDU-TEK numbers.(Bloomberg file photo)

Russia’s 2020 crude oil output at lowest in nearly a decade

By Bloomberg| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 01:34 PM IST
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies implemented unprecedented output cuts from May as global lockdowns to contain the spread of Covid-19 crushed demand. Russia shouldered the biggest burden of cutbacks along with OPEC’s de facto leader, Saudi Arabia.
Before the pandemic, OPEC members were content with two summits per year at the organisation’s headquarters in Vienna.(Reuters file photo)
Before the pandemic, OPEC members were content with two summits per year at the organisation’s headquarters in Vienna.(Reuters file photo)

New Year OPEC+ meeting to decide production levels

London | By Agence France-Presse| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 11:52 AM IST
The OPEC+ ministerial meeting comes after oil consumption tanked in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia. Despite a pick up in prices towards the end of last year, the market levels for black gold remain uncertain.
At least 22 people were killed and dozens more wounded in Wednesday’s attack on Aden airport.(REUTERS)
At least 22 people were killed and dozens more wounded in Wednesday’s attack on Aden airport.(REUTERS)

Saudi-led coalition strikes at Yemen capital after attacks on Aden blamed on Houthis

Aden | By Reuters | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON DEC 31, 2020 05:23 PM IST
The coalition accused the Houthi movement, which it has been fighting for six years, of staging the attack on Aden’s airport and a second one on the presidential palace.
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