Saudi boy of eight filmed driving car on motorway

Saudi boy of eight filmed driving car on motorway

Image copyright Twitter/@eMoroor Image caption Many social media users expressed shock and anger at the actions of the vehicle’s owner Police in Saudi Arabia have arrested a man after video emerged showing an eight-year-old boy driving a car on a motorway near Jeddah. The Red Sea city’s traffic police department said officers had also impounded […]

Yemen conflict: Saudi ban ‘catastrophic’ for aid

Yemen conflict: Saudi ban ‘catastrophic’ for aid

Image copyright AFP Image caption The port of Hodeida is a key entry point for UN aid Aid agencies are seeking urgent access for humanitarian supplies to war-torn Yemen, after the Saudi-led coalition closed all routes into the country. The UN and the Red Cross said a “catastrophic” situation threatened millions who rely on life-saving […]

Paris climate accord: Syria to sign up, isolating US

Paris climate accord: Syria to sign up, isolating US

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Syria’s decision was reported at the Bonn climate conference The US is set to become isolated in its stance on the Paris climate agreement, after Syria said it was preparing to join the deal. The Paris deal unites the world’s nations in tackling climate change. Syria and Nicaragua were […]

UK FM: Iran remarks ‘could be clearer’

UK FM: Iran remarks ‘could be clearer’

Media captionMr Ratcliffe maintains his wife is innocent Boris Johnson has said he is sorry if his remarks about a British-Iranian mother caused anxiety to her family. The foreign secretary had been criticised for saying Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, in prison in Iran, had been training journalists there. A charity said the remarks could worsen her sentence. […]

Saudis accuse Iran of ‘direct aggression’ over Yemen missile

Saudis accuse Iran of ‘direct aggression’ over Yemen missile

Media captionA Yemeni TV station released footage of what it claimed was a Riyadh-bound missile Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has accused Iran of an act of “direct military aggression” by supplying missiles to rebels in Yemen. This “may be considered an act of war”, state media quoted the prince as telling UK […]

Saudi Arabia arrests: Anti-corruption drive ‘just the start’

Saudi Arabia arrests: Anti-corruption drive ‘just the start’

Image copyright EPA Image caption The purge bolsters the position of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman The arrest of dozens of Saudi royal figures, ministers and businessmen is just the start of an anti-corruption drive, the attorney general says. Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb issued a statement describing the detentions as “merely the start of a […]

UK FM urged to retract Iran remark

UK FM urged to retract Iran remark

Media captionMr Ratcliffe maintains his wife is innocent The husband of a British-Iranian woman, in prison in Iran, has urged Boris Johnson to retract his remark that she had been training journalists in Iran. Richard Ratcliffe said Iranian officials were using the foreign secretary’s statement to justify extending his wife Nazanin’s jail term. Mr Johnson […]

Saudi prince killed in helicopter crash near Yemen border

Saudi prince killed in helicopter crash near Yemen border

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption File photo: A Saudi special forces helicopter flying in Riyadh, 2015 A Saudi prince has been killed when the helicopter he was travelling in crashed near the border with Yemen, state television reported. Prince Mansour bin Muqrin, the deputy governor of Asir province, was travelling with several officials when […]

Lebanon PM forced by Saudis to resign, says Hezbollah

Lebanon PM forced by Saudis to resign, says Hezbollah

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Saad al-Hariri resigned on Saturday in a broadcast from Saudi Arabia The leader of Lebanon-based Shia group Hezbollah has said that Saudi Arabia forced the Lebanese prime minister to resign. Saad al-Hariri stepped down in a televised broadcast from Saudi Arabia on Saturday, denouncing Hezbollah and its Iranian backers, […]

Saudi princes among dozens detained in ‘corruption’ purge

Saudi princes among dozens detained in ‘corruption’ purge

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is among those held The heir to the throne in Saudi Arabia has consolidated his hold on power with a major purge of the kingdom’s political and business leadership. A new anti-corruption body, headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, detained 11 princes, four sitting […]