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Ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia has one of the world's highest rates of execution, with suspects convicted of terrorism, homicide, rape, armed robbery and drug trafficking facing the death penalty.

Israel's military has taken preliminary steps to demolish the home of a Palestinian gunman who killed three Israelis in a Jerusalem-area settlement on Tuesday.

It is still possible to protest in Saudi Arabia

Robert Cusack

It is still possible to protest in Saudi Arabia

A group of exiled opposition figures are organising small-scale, anonymous protests in Saudi Arabia, with videos emerging of citizens mocking the new crown prince, reports Robert Cusack.

Exposed: France's arms dealers making a killing in Yemen

Warda Mohamed and Tony Fortin

Exposed: France's arms dealers making a killing in Yemen

The long read: The US and UK are often lambasted for their sales of weaponry to Saudi Arabia. But France cannot be overlooked, write Warda ...

Execution looms for Saudi Shia youth 'tortured into confession'

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Execution looms for Saudi Shia youth 'tortured into confession'

Amnesty International has called on Saudi King Salman to quash the death sentence of a Saudi youth who was allegedly tortured and denied access ...

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More than two million Muslims gather for Hajj pilgrimage

All Muslims are required to make the pilgrimage at least once in their lifetimes if they have the means to do so, completing one of the pillars of Islam.

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Qatar restores full diplomatic ties with Iran

Qatar announced on Thursday the restoration of full diplomatic ties with Iran, 20 months after Doha broke them off with Tehran.

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Saudi Arabia and Iran to 'exchange diplomatic visits'

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamed Javad Zarif suggests that a thaw in relations between Tehran and Riyadh may be underway with plans for ...

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Qatar announces return of ambassador to Iran

Qatar says it will return its ambassador to Iran, 20 months after Doha broke diplomatic ties with Tehran.

Last house in restive Shia town demolished: Saudi authorities

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Last house in restive Shia town demolished: Saudi authorities

Some 488 homes have been demolished in the historic area of al-Mosawara, in the town of Awamiya in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, ...

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Fears as Saudi forces seal off eastern Shia town

Saudi Arabia's security forces have sealed off the Shia majority town of Awamiya in the east of the country following months of unrest and ...

Nobel laureates urge Saudi not to execute Shia activists

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Nobel laureates urge Saudi not to execute Shia activists

Ten Nobel laureates from across the world have penned an open letter urging Saudi Arabian authorities to hold off on the execution of 14 Shia ...

Saudi Arabia 'in control' of 'flattened' Shia district

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Saudi Arabia 'in control' of 'flattened' Shia district

Saudi Arabia's destructive campaign in the Shia-majority eastern province is 'complete' with huge concern over the human cost in this brutal ...

Canada 'urgently' investigating use of vehicles in Saudi crackdown

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Canada 'urgently' investigating use of vehicles in Saudi crackdown

Canada is working "with a real sense of urgency" to investigate whether Canadian-made military vehicles were used by Saudi forces in an ...

Saudi Arabia defends death penalty verdict for Shia activists

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Saudi Arabia defends death penalty verdict for Shia activists

Saudi Arabia's justice ministry has made a rare statement defending the death sentence passed on a group of Shia protesters.

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Saudi Arabia executes four 'terrorism' convicts in Qatif

Saudi Arabia has executed four people convinced of terrorism in the Shia majority eastern province of Qatif, the interior ministry has said.

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Violence erupts following Saudi demolition of historic Shia homes

Clashes have erupted between Saudi security forces and Shia gunmen after the demolition of centuries-old homes in the Shia town of ...

Robert Springborg

Saudi succession reshuffle threatens the house of cards

Comment: An indulged prince who flaunts his wealth, newly proclaimed Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman will find building support amid increasing ...

Robert Springborg

Saudi succession reshuffle threatens the house of cards

Comment: An indulged prince who flaunts his wealth, newly proclaimed Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman will find building support amid increasing ...

Saudi Arabia officer killed by grenade in Qatif province

Robert Cusack

Saudi Arabia officer killed by grenade in Qatif province

Protests against the demolition of the old town of Awamiyah, the hometown of Shia cleric, Nimr al-Nimr, have led to ...

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Bahrain investigates 'terrorist' hack of foreign minister's Twitter account

Tweets from Al-Khalifa’s account called for the end of the Bahraini monarchy and accused Bahrain and Saudi Arabia of imposing a ...

Suspected car bomb explodes in Saudi Shia-majority city

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Suspected car bomb explodes in Saudi Shia-majority city

An explosion has been reported in eastern Saudi Arabia, in a city beset with political unrest with the perpetrators still unknown.

Roadside bomb in restive Saudi town injures two policemen

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Roadside bomb in restive Saudi town injures two policemen

The security agents were protecting demolition workers who are demolishing the town's old quarter, despite fierce opposition from the local ...

Ten events that changed Iran since the Islamic Revolution

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Ten events that changed Iran since the Islamic Revolution

Iran is due to hold presidential elections on Friday. Here is a look back at ten key dates in the country's history, since the 1979 Islamic ...

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