Saudi Arabia`s Grand Mufti urged young people on Thursday to ignore calls to jihad from people representing "deviant principles", the latest salvo in an anti-militant campaign by the kingdom`s religious establishment.
A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced 18 men to prison terms of 10 months to 25 years for their part in a series of militant attacks against government and foreign targets between 2003-06, state media reported late on Wednesday.
Saudi Arabia`s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh, the highest religious authority in the country, said the militant groups Islamic State and al Qaeda were "enemy number one of Islam" and not in any way part of the faith.
Saudi Arabia has executed four men for possession of hashish, domestic media reported, taking to 17 the number of people put to death in the conservative Islamic kingdom in two weeks and prompting disquiet from international rights groups.
Kalashnikov-wielding robbers have attacked the motorcade of a Saudi prince in Paris, making off with 250,000 euros (USD 335,000) in cash and reportedly stealing "sensitive" documents, French police said on Monday.