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The move comes as rights groups continue to urge Riyadh to release all imprisoned women's rights activists.

Saudi human rights defender Israa Al-Ghomgham, 32, was sentenced to eight years in prison for documenting protests in the Al-Qatif region.

Saudi court sentences seven to death for 2014 killings

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Saudi court sentences seven to death for 2014 killings

Seven defendants were handed the death penalty and three others given 25-year prison terms after being convicted of killing seven people during Ashura in Saudi Arabia's Shia region

Coronavirus could make a mirage of Saudi's Vision 2030

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Coronavirus could make a mirage of Saudi's Vision 2030

Comment: Mohammed bin Salman's grand plans to diversify the economy and reduce its oil dependency could be one of coronavirus' biggest ...

Saudi refuses to return bodies of executed Shia Muslims

The New Arab

Saudi refuses to return bodies of executed Shia Muslims

More than 80 members of Saudi Arabia's Shia Muslim community have been executed since 2016. None of their bodies have been handed over to family ...

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi expects Covid-19 cases to spike to 200,000

Saudi Arabia's health minister warned that coronavirus cases in the kingdom may spike to up to 200,000 within weeks.

The New Arab

The Middle East at war with coronavirus

Moroccans face jail time if they are caught in public without face masks, Saudi Arabia imposes a 24-hour virus lockdown in five cities, while in ...

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi imposes 24-hour virus lockdown in five cities

Saudi Arabia extended the duration of daily curfews in four governorates and five cities, including the capital, to 24 hours to combat ...

The New Arab

Saudi deploys 'counter-insurgency force' to impose Riyadh coronavirus lockdown

The Rapid Response Force of the National Guard usually tasked with counter-insurgency has deployed armoured vehicles in the capital Riyadh to ...

Saudi Arabia trims 2020 spending amid oil crash

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi Arabia trims 2020 spending amid oil crash

Saudi Arabia introduced its first austerity measures as the economy suffers from the fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic.

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi Arabia suffers plummeting oil prices due to coronavirus

Saudi Arabia is bracing for an economic downturn as oil prices plummet due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Saudi authorities break up wedding party amid virus fears

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi authorities break up wedding party amid virus fears

Saudi authorities break up a wedding celebration in the city of Unayzah amid fears over the spread of coronavirus in the country.

Saudi police arrest people fleeing from quarantined Shia province

The New Arab

Saudi police arrest people fleeing from quarantined Shia province

Several people attempting to leave the Shia-majority region of Qatif in eastern Saudi Arabia were arrested.

Gulf states enforce further travel restrictions in coronavirus battle

The New Arab

Gulf states enforce further travel restrictions in coronavirus battle

Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia are other countries are restricting travel due to coronavirus fears.

Saudi Arabia quarantines Shia-majority region to contain coronavirus spread

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi Arabia quarantines Shia-majority region to contain coronavirus spread

All 11 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in Saudi Arabia are located in the eastern Qatif region.

The New Arab

Saudi Arabia issues death sentence for juvenile offenders

The charges facing the group relate to the 'crime' of burying the victims of extrajudicial government killings of Shia dissidents during a 2012 crackdown on protests.

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi Arabia arrests 'most wanted terrorist' in eastern region

Saudi authorities have arrested a man they say opened fire at security patrols and carried out robberies in the country's restive eastern ...

Stasa Salacanin

New nationalism on the rise​ in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is experiencing a powerful wave of new nationalism that is transforming domestic politics as well as the country's foreign policy.

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi security forces kill eight in Shia-majority Qatif region

Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province - which includes Qatif - has seen bouts of unrest since 2011 when protesters emboldened by the Arab ...

Rights groups slam Saudi Arabia's mass execution of activists

The New Arab

Rights groups slam Saudi Arabia's mass execution of activists

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International slammed Saudi Arabia once again on Wednesday for its move to execute dozens of people, including ...

The New Arab

Two dead following attack on Saudi checkpoint

An attack on a Saudi checkpoint has seen two militants shot dead and two arrested.

Saudi Arabia says six suspects killed in security raid

The New Arab

Saudi Arabia says six suspects killed in security raid

Saudi Arabia says that a raid earlier this week in the

Saudi forces kill 'several gunmen' in Shia-majority region

The New Arab

Saudi forces kill 'several gunmen' in Shia-majority region

Saudi security forces have said that they have killed several 'wanted people' during a shootout in the Shia-majority eastern region of ...

Millions of pilgrims trek to Iraq's Karbala for Arbaeen

The New Arab & agencies

Millions of pilgrims trek to Iraq's Karbala for Arbaeen

The annual commemoration, called Arbaeen, draws more pilgrims each year - according to Iraqi figures - than the hajj in Saudi Arabia.

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