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Clashes between Saudi forces, gunmen kill 4

Clashes between Saudi security forces and gunmen suspected of carrying out a deadly terrorist attack against the country’s Shia Muslims have claimed the lives of at least four people. The exchange of fire between the Saudi troops and armed terrorists left at least four people dead, including two members of the security forces, in the town of Buraida north of the Saudi capital Riyadh on Tuesday. Fifteen peop ...

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1.5mn Hajj pilgrims converge on Mt Arafat for Hajj rituals

Nearly 1.5 million Muslim pilgrims from across the world are to begin their Hajj rituals by converging at the plain of Arafat on the outskirts of Islam’s holiest city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. The worshipping rituals in at least once-in-a-life-time spiritual journey, mandatory for any able-bodied adult Muslim, will begin Thursday evening at Mount Arafat, where the pilgrims will stay and engage in religious ...

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Saudi Arabia to host training bases for Syria militants: US officials

American officials say Saudi Arabia has agreed to a request from the US administration to provide bases to train foreign-backed militants fighting against the Syrian government. “We now have the commitment from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to be a full partner in this effort – the train-and-equip program – to host that program,” a senior US government official said on Wednesday. The agreement by Saudi Arabia ...

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Security tightens in Saudi border with Iraq

Saudi Arabia has enhanced security along its borders with Iraq, saying it is part of efforts to protect the country against infiltrators. Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz said the monarchy launched a multilayered fence in the north, AFP quoted Saudi media as saying on Saturday. The fence was said to be part of a security plan that covers 900 kilometers (560 miles) of the northern border. Saudi Ara ...

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Saudis consider demolishing Prophet Mohammad’s tomb: Report

A controversial plan has emerged in Saudi Arabia to demolish the tomb of Islam’s Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and relocate his body to an anonymous grave, in a move sure to draw an angry response from the Muslim world, a report says. A leading Saudi academic put forward the proposal as part of a consultation document, which has been circulated among the supervisors of al-Masjid al-Nabawi mosque in the holy city ...

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Saudis demand release of Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr

Protesters have taken to the streets in Saudi Arabia’s restive Eastern Province, calling for the release of senior Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. Blocking rural roads in the Qatif region, the demonstrators denounced the Saudi regime’s suppression of the Shia population in the country. Sheikh Nimr was attacked and arrested in Qatif in July 2012. He has been charged with disturbing the country’s security, g ...

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Bahrainis protest Saudi crackdown on Shias

Bahrainis have staged a demonstration to express their outrage over Saudi Arabia’s crackdown on the Shia population in the country. The protesters took to the streets in Sitra Island on Sunday to show solidarity with the Shia Saudi cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who has been in prison for two years. Sheikh Nimr has been sentenced by Saudi Arabia to death. Sheikh Nimr was attacked, injured and arrested by Saudi ...

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UN raps Saudis for harassing activists

Saudi Arabia has been slammed for harassing human rights activists under a failed judicial system. On Thursday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay singled out the case of human rights defender Waleed Abu al-Khair, who was sentenced on 6 July to 15 years in prison, and called on Saudi authorities to immediately release all those people serving long jail terms just for peacefully advocating hum ...

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Shells hit Saudi border areas near Iraq: Report

A Saudi official says a number of shells have hit the kingdom’s northeastern Arar area along the border with Iraq, which has been the scene of escalating Takfiri violence over the past weeks. “Three shells struck near a residential complex in the northern border area, without causing casualties,” AFP quoted an unnamed Saudi border official as saying on Monday. The Saudi official also stated that an investig ...

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Saudi Arabia deploys troops to Iraq border

Saudi Arabia has deployed 30,000 soldiers to its border with Iraq in the face of a looming threat by the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants operating inside the neighboring country. The Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television said on Thursday that deployment came after Iraqi soldiers withdrew from the area, leaving Saudi Arabia’s 800-kilometer (500-mile) border with Iraq unprote ...

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