Saudi capital turns quiet for day of mourning

 The distraught father of a Japanese hostage believed executed by his militant Islamist captors told Sunday how his mind had gone "totally blank" when he heard the news of his son`s death.

Egypt`s Sisi in Riyadh over king`s health

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi made a lightning stop in Riyadh on Monday night to wish the ailing Saudi King Abdullah good health, official media reported.

Malaysian court orders arrest of Indian-origin teacher's husband

A Malaysian court on Friday ordered the arrest of an Indian-origin teacher's Muslim-convert ex-husband after he failed to return their youngest child to her, media reports said.

Saudi King, Obama discuss Islamic State threat

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday called Saudi King Abdullah about his plan to fight the Islamic State (IS) militants just a few hours before he addressed the American public and the world on the threat posed by the Sunni militant group.

Afghan election in crisis as candidate pulls out of audit

Afghanistan`s fraud-hit election teetered on the brink of collapse Wednesday as one of the two candidates boycotted the UN-supervised vote audit set up to end a prolonged dispute over the rightful winner.

From jihad to pop culture, Islamists present new face on Web

The jihadist calling himself Abdullah caused a brief stir on the Internet this week - but not, to his disappointment, because of his backing for Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

Saudi king slams religious extremists as Muslims mark Ramadan

Saudi King Abdullah on Sunday sharply criticised religious extremists, vowing not to let "a handful of terrorists... terrify Muslims", in a speech marking the start of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Saudi king sacks deputy defence minister

Saudi Arabia`s King Abdullah on Saturday sacked the deputy defence minister, Prince Khaled bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz, just a month and a half after appointing him.

Saudi king tells Kerry he will press Sunnis to join Iraq government

Saudi King Abdullah pledged in talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry to use his influence to encourage Sunni Muslims to join a new, more inclusive Iraqi government to better combat an Islamist insurgency, a senior US official said on Saturday.

Afghan poll panel performance illegal: Abdullah

Afghanistan presidential poll candidate Abdullah Abdullah Thursday termed the performance of the country`s Election Commission as illegal, saying its decisions will be unacceptable.

Pro-Abdullah protest as Afghan election dispute deepens

About 100 supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah demonstrated in Kabul today against alleged election fraud in the first public protest of a growing political crisis.

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah slams Afghan election officials for `fraud`

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah on Sunday accused senior election officials of serious fraud, opening a dispute over the vote count that could threaten a smooth transition of power.

Abdullah still ahead in new Afghan vote results

New partial results released in Afghanistan`s presidential election show candidate Abdullah Abdullah still is the front-runner, though a runoff election will be likely.

Abdullah leads in Afghan presidential election

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah was leading in the partial results, the country`s Independent Election Commission (IEC) chairman announced Sunday.

Afghan national shot dead in Peshawar

An Afghan national was shot dead by unidentified persons in this northwestern Pakistani city on Monday, police said.

Barack Obama to travel to Saudi Arabia in March

US President Barack Obama will visit Saudi Arabia in March and meet with King Abdullah in a bid to reassure the key ally about the administration`s policies in the Middle East.

Saudi King orders punishing jihadi fighters

Saudi Arabia`s King Abdullah has issued a royal decree that punishes citizens who fight in conflicts outside the kingdom, with prison sentences ranging from three to 20 years in jail.

Obama discusses Iran deal with Saudi Arabia`s King

President Barack Obama has briefed Saudi Arabia`s King Abdullah on the interim agreement regarding Iran`s nuclear program.

PDP`s Mehbooba Mufti blames Abdullah for youth unemployment

People`s Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti has criticized the Omar Abdullah-led National Conference-Congress Government for taking away job opportunities from the youth and reinstating old people.

Abdullah urges India to continue good work in Afghanistan

Afghanistan`s former foreign
minister and opposition leader Dr Abdullah Abdullah has appreciated India`s role in post-Taliban period and said that it should continue with its good work in his war-torn country.