Saudi Arabia

Illegal workers in Saudi Arabia rush to sign up for amnesty

Illegal foreign workers in Saudi Arabia, mostly Asians, are in a race against time to take advantage of an amnesty ending on Tuesday. Photo: EPA

Illegal foreign workers in Saudi Arabia, mostly Asians, are in a race against time to take advantage of an amnesty ending tomorrow that will allow them to stay or return home without prosecution.

Tuesday, 2 July, 2013, 3:09am

US moves to limit contagion if Middle East coronavirus Mers arrives via haj

Asian staff nurses walk towards the King Fahad hospital in Hofuf, 370km east of the Saudi capital Riyadh. Photo: AFP

In a war room of sorts in a neatly appointed government building, US officers dressed in crisp uniforms arranged themselves around a U-shaped table and kept their eyes trained on a giant screen. PowerPoint slides ticked through the latest movements of an enemy that recently emerged in Saudi Arabia - a mysterious virus that has killed more than half of the people known to have been infected.

2 Jul 2013 - 3:16am

Incubation period of Sars-like virus may be longer than thought

A doctor speaks to a patient outside a hospital in Khobar, Dammam. Photo: Reuters

The incubation period of the Sars-like virus that has killed 30 people globally, mainly in Saudi Arabia, may be longer than previously thought, requiring longer quarantine, a study says. The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) may have an incubation - the period between infection and symptoms - of nine to 12 days, longer than the one-to-nine-day period previously observed.

31 May 2013 - 4:40am

Coronavirus sparks fears of wider human transmission

A man, wearing a surgical mask as a precautionary measure against the novel coronavirus, walks near a hospital in Khobar city in Dammam. Photo: Reuters

The World Health Organisation voiced deep concern yesterday over the Sars-like virus that has killed 22 people in less than a year, saying it might potentially spread more widely between humans.

24 May 2013 - 4:26am

Saudi Arabia confirms another death from Sars-like virus

Saudi Arabia has announced another death from the Sars-like novel coronavirus, which the WHO plans to call Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. Photo: Reuters

Saudi Arabia has announced another death from the Sars-like novel coronavirus (nCoV) in its central al-Qassim region, bringing the total number of deaths in the kingdom to 17.

23 May 2013 - 8:31pm

Saudi woman reaches Mount Everest summit in historic climb

Mount Everest is the world's highest mountain. Photo: AFP

It is a first for the conservative Muslim kingdom where women’s sports are severely restricted, her proud father said.

19 May 2013 - 10:58am

Hezbollah link in court dispute leaves Saudi princes red-faced

Hezbollah link in court dispute leaves Saudi princes red-faced

Two prominent Saudi princes are involved in a London-registered company that supposedly facilitated "money laundering" for Hezbollah in Lebanon and helped smuggle precious stones out of Congo, according to allegations in court documents.

18 May 2013 - 2:50am

Fear grips Saudi Arabia as coronavirus deaths reach 15

A hospital in the Saudi capital Riyadh. Photo: AFP

Panic has gripped Saudis in the country's east, where most cases of a deadly novel coronavirus have been detected, as the death toll in the kingdom hits 15. Scores of people have reported to the emergency services at hospitals in the city of Al-Ahsa in Eastern Province after showing even the slightest signs of a fever.

15 May 2013 - 4:35am

Five more deaths from Sars-like virus in Saudi Arabia

A nurse walks outside the Al-Mamlaka hospital in the Saudi capital Riyadh. Photo: AFP

Five Saudis have died of a new Sars-like virus during the past few days and two more are being treated in an intensive care unit, the Saudi Health Ministry said. All seven of the cases occurred in al-Ahsa area of the kingdom's oil-rich Eastern Province, according to a ministry statement cited last on Wednesday by the Saudi Press Agency.

3 May 2013 - 1:59am

Saudi Arabia executes 7 men after appeals rejected

Saudi Arabia’s official news agency says seven Saudi men convicted of theft, looting and armed robbery have been beheaded, a week after their families appealed to the king for clemency.

Human Rights Watch had called for the sentences to be canceled because the men were juveniles when they were arrested.

13 Mar 2013 - 5:54pm

Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal insulted by Forbes' low rank

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal says he's worth US$29.6b.Photo: AFP

The prince, one of the most influential businessmen in the Middle East, insists the list undervalues him by US$9.6 billion. He has vowed to sever all ties with Forbes' reporters and accused them of damaging American-Saudi relations.

7 Mar 2013 - 2:53am

King Abdullah swears in first women to Saudi Arabia's Shura Council

Thirty Saudi women took seats in Saudi Arabia's Shura Council for the first time in the ultra-conservative kingdom's history, as they were sworn in before King Abdullah yesterday in Riyadh.

The women took their seats in the same room with 130 male colleagues and were sworn in collectively, state television said.

20 Feb 2013 - 4:32am

Briefs, January 12, 2013

A woman hold pictures of three murdered female Kurdish activists during a demonstration of Kurdish organizations in Hamburg, northern Germany. Photo: AP

Saudi King Abdullah appointed 30 women to the previously all-male consultative Shura Council in decrees published yesterday, marking a historic first as he pushes reforms in the ultra-conservative kingdom. 

12 Jan 2013 - 4:01am

Briefs, January 10, 2013

Philipines's Foreign Minister Albert Del Rosario. Photo: AFP

Philippine President Benigno Aquino has insisted civilians have the right to carry guns for self-defence, after a series of deadly shootings prompted calls for a total firearms ban. He said: "'Total gun ban would be a nice headline, but a knee-jerk reaction.

10 Jan 2013 - 4:06am

Gunmen kill Saudi diplomat, guard in Yemen capital

Yemeni soldiers stand guard outside the Saudi embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, on Wednesday. Photo: EPA

A Saudi diplomat and his bodyguard were killed in broad daylight when their car was raked with gunfire by unidentified assailants in the Yemeni capital on Wednesday, a diplomatic source said.

28 Nov 2012 - 9:49pm