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COVID-19: Scaled-down Hajj to begin from Wednesday

MAKKAH: A scaled-down Hajj with only just 1,000 pilgrims due to the COVID-19 pandemic will begin on Wednesday for the first time in modern history. Up to 1,000 people residing in the kingdom will participate in the Muslim ritual, a tiny fraction of the 2.5 million that attended last year, …

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Saudi activist reports King in critical health conditions

TEHRAN: A prominent Saudi activist and whistleblower, known by online pseudonym ‘Mujtahidd’, posted a leaked message on Twitter, claiming that Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the king of Saudi Arabia is in critical health conditions. “A doctor in KFSH leaked the following message,” he wrote. “An important person currently in …

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Iraq’s PM to visit Iran, Saudi Arabia, US on first foreign tour

Iraq’s new Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi will visit Iran next week as part of his first foreign tour since taking office. Iraqi National Security Adviser Qasim al-Araji said Wednesday that the tour aimed at discussing cooperation in various fields will also take Kadhimi to Saudi Arabia and the US, the …

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Saudi Professor Publishes Article to Israel Academic Journal

In an unprecedented move, a senior Saudi Arabian professor from King Saud University in Riyadh has published an article in an Israeli journal,” according to Tel Aviv University. In his first article in Hebrew, Professor Mohammed Ibrahim Alghbban, head of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization and Hebrew Studies, claims that …

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Fresh Saudi Air Raids Kill 9 Civilians in Yemen’s Jawf

TEHRAN: Saudi warplanes bombed residential areas in Yemen’s northern province of Jawf, killing at least nine civilians. Two buildings in al-Masafa al-Marazeeq area of the al-Hazm district were targeted by Saudi jets on Wednesday afternoon, Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network reported. The raids left nine civilians, including two women and …

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Saudi permission for ‘raunchy’ photo shoot in Medina sparks controversy

The Saudi regime, long claiming to be the custodian of Muslims’ holiest shrines, has sparked widespread controversy over granting permission for a “raunchy” photo shoot of international supermodels in the ultra-conservative kingdom. The Middle East Monitor press observatory organization revealed on Thursday that the kingdom in Riyadh, under Crown Prince …

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