Saudi Arabia unveils first targets in sweeping reform plan

Saudi Arabia unveils first targets in sweeping reform plan

In a press conference in the early hours of Tuesday in Jeddah, officials revealed sweeping plans to create some 450,000 non-government jobs by 2020, boost non-oil revenues and cut the cost of public wages.

Saudi, Iran agree to repatriate dead pilgrims: Reports

 Saudi and Iranian health ministers have agreed to repatriate Iranian pilgrims killed in last week's Hajj stampede, Saudi state media said, after Tehran threatened a "fierce" response over delays.

Two Hyderabad women among those killed in Hajj stampede

Another woman from Hyderabad is among those killed in the stampede during Hajj at Mina near the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, officials said.

Grand Mosque accident: Nine Indian pilgrims injured, says MEA

Grand Mosque accident: Nine Indian pilgrims injured, says MEA

Ministry of External Affairs said on Friday night that they had received reports of nine Indian pilgrims being injured in in the mishap that happened at Mecca`s Grand Mosque.

Air India plans to operate 230 special Haj flights to Jeddah

National carrier Air India plans to operate 230 special Haj flights to Jeddah from seven cities - Delhi, Srinagar, Mumbai, Kochi, Hyderabad, Panaji and Nagpur this year.

Saudis welcoming Iran deal with reservations: Carter

Saudi King Salman welcomed the Iran nuclear deal in a meeting with Defense Secretary Ash Carter but expressed reservations about how effectively it will be enforced, Carter said on Wednesday.

Ramadan festival breathes new life into Saudi`s old Jeddah

Ramadan festival breathes new life into Saudi`s old Jeddah

Residents of the Saudi Red Sea city of Jeddah are slowly returning to its historic centre, where a Ramadan cultural festival and UN heritage status are giving new life to the old quarter.

Air India sends DGCA nodal officer to Jeddah

National carrier Air India has rushed its DGCA nodal officer to Jeddah to get first hand information on one of its cabin crew members, who is under detention at Jeddah Airport since June 4, on charges of gold smuggling.

'Several' Americans held in Yemen: State Dept

Several Americans have been detained in Yemen, a State Department official said Sunday, amid reports that at least four US citizens are being held by Shiite rebels.

India in touch with Saudi Arabia over Indians in Najran

India on Wednesday said it is in touch with Saudi Arabia where over 100 Indians were caught in the crossfire in the Saudi town of Najran, bordering Yemen.

Saudi navy evacuates diplomats from Yemen`s Aden

Saudi warships evacuated dozens of foreign diplomats from Yemen`s main southern city Aden hours before the kingdom launched an air war on advancing Shiite rebels, state media announced on Saturday.

Woman gets 70 lashes for insulting Saudi man on WhatsApp

A 32-year-old woman will receive 70 lashes and have to pay USD 5,332 fine for defaming a Saudi man on an instant messaging application.

Indian arrested in Saudi Arabia for posting blasphemous image

An Indian has been arrested in Saudi Arabia for allegedly posting a blasphemous image of the Kaaba on his Facebook page, a media report here said on Thursday.

India's Haj quota fixed at 136,020 for this year

The Haj quota for India for 2015 has been fixed at 136,020 pilgrims following the conclusion of the annual Haj agreement between India and Saudi Arabia.

Pan-Muslim body urges restraint after cartoon 'hatred'

A pan-Islamic human rights body on Sunday urged Muslims to show restraint despite what it called the "hatred" displayed by French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo's cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

'Saudi postpones blogger lashing on medical grounds'

Saudi Arabia postponed until next week Friday`s flogging of a blogger jailed for insulting Islam, citing medical reasons, a week after he received the first 50 of 1,000-lash sentence, his wife said.

Saudi-Egypt power link project to start in new year

A project to link the electricity grids of Egypt and Saudi Arabia will start next year at a cost of at least $1.5 billion, officials said on Monday.

Dummy stun-grenade on plane, probe on; Minister contradicts Air India

Rebuffing Air India's attempts at cover-up, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Saturday disclosed that a dummy stun-grenade was found on board an Air India jumbo plane when it landed at Jeddah in the wee hours.

Defused grenade found on PM Modi's standby aircraft?

In a security scare, the Air India crew on Friday night found a defused grenade in the business class of an Air India jumbo aircraft, which was kept as a standby for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent US visit.