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Saudi Says Only “Immunised” Pilgrims Allowed In Mecca During Ramadan

Saudi Arabia has reported more than 393,000 coronavirus infections. (File)Saudi authorities said Monday only people immunised against Covid-19 will be allowed to perform the year-round umrah pilgrimage from the start of Ramadan, the holy fasting month for Muslims.The hajj and umrah ministry said in a statement that three categories of people would be considered "immunised" -- those who have received two doses of the vaccine, those administered a single dose at least 14 days prior, and people who have recovered from the infection.Only those people will be eligible for permits to perform umrah, as well as to attend prayers in the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca.The policy would effectively "raise the operational capacity" of the Grand Mosque during Ramadan, it said, adding that the...
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Saudi Crown Prince Discusses Green Initiative With Arab Leaders

The crown prince unveiled the ambitious campaign on Saturday. (File)Cairo: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called the leaders of Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, and Sudan to discuss a massive regional tree-planting project, state news agency (SPA) reported early on Monday."The Middle East Green Initiative aims, in partnership with the countries of the region, to plant 50 billion trees as the largest reforestation program in the world," SPA said.The crown prince unveiled the ambitious campaign on Saturday that sees Saudi Arabia planting 10 billion trees in coming decades and working with other Arab states to plant another 40 billion trees, to reduce carbon emissions and combat pollution and land degradation.SPA added that initiative also aims "to enhance the efficiency of oil produc...
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In Saudi’s Climate Change Campaign, A Plan To Plant Billions Of Trees

The new initiatives are part of the prince's Vision 2030 plan.Riyadh: Top crude exporter Saudi Arabia on Saturday unveiled a sweeping campaign to tackle climate change and reduce carbon emissions, including a plan to plant billions of trees in the coming decades.The OPEC kingpin seems an unlikely champion of clean energy, but the "Saudi Green Initiative" aims to reduce emissions by generating half of its energy from renewables by 2030, de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said.Saudi Arabia also plans to plant 10 billion trees in the kingdom in the coming decades, he said in a statement released by the official SPA news agency.Riyadh also plans to work with other Arab states on a "Middle East Green Initiative" to plant an additional 40 billion trees, in what would be the world...
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Fire At Saudi Oil Terminal After “Projectile Attack”: Energy Ministry

Fire broke out at oil terminal in Saudi Arabia after it was hit by a projectile (Representational)Riyadh: A fire broke out at an oil terminal in southern Saudi Arabia after it was hit by a projectile, the energy ministry said Friday, the sixth anniversary of a Riyadh-led military intervention in Yemen."A projectile attack on a petroleum products distribution terminal in Jizan... resulted in a fire in one of the terminal's tanks," the ministry said in a statement published by the official Saudi Press Agency, adding that no casualties were reported.It did not say who was behind the strike on Thursday, but it comes as Yemen's Huthi rebels increasingly mount attacks on the kingdom's energy installations.The attack comes after Saudi Arabia on Monday offered the Huthis a "comprehensive" UN-su...
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Saudi Aramco To Prioritise Energy Supply To China For 50 Years

Saudi Aramco will ensure China's energy security remains its highest priority, it's CEO has said.Saudi Aramco will ensure China's energy security remains its highest priority for the next 50 years and beyond as new and existing energy sources run in parallel for some time, CEO Amin Nasser told the China Development Forum on Sunday.Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter, retained its position as China's top supplier in the first two months this year, with volumes up 2.1% to 1.86 million barrels per day (bpd), China customs data showed on Saturday.The kingdom beat Russia to keep its ranking as China's top crude supplier in 2020 despite unprecedented production cuts in a pact between the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies to balance global markets afte...
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Saudi Arabia Bars Men From Marrying Women From Pak, 3 Other Nations: Report

The move is aimed at discouraging Saudi men from marrying foreigners, the report saidRiyadh: Saudi Arabia has prohibited its men from marrying women from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Chad and Myanmar, Pak newspaper Dawn reported citing a report in Saudi media.According to unofficial figures, there are about 5,00,000 women from these four countries currently residing in the kingdom.Saudi men wishing to marry foreigners now face tougher regulations, says a report in Makkah daily quoting Makkah Police Director Major General Assaf Al-Qurashi.The move is aimed at discouraging Saudi men from marrying foreigners and additional formalities have been placed before issuing permission for marriage with foreigners, the Dawn reported.Those wanting to marry foreign women should first obtain the consent of t...
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Yemen’s Houthis Attack Saudi Oil Heartland With Drones, Missiles

Smoke and dust rise near buildings that residents said was air strikes launched by Saudi-led coalitionSanaa: Yemen's Houthi forces fired drones and missiles at the heart of Saudi Arabia's oil industry on Sunday, including a Saudi Aramco facility at Ras Tanura vital to petroleum exports, in what Riyadh called a failed assault on global energy security.The Saudi energy ministry said there were no casualties or loss of property from the attacks. The defence ministry said it intercepted an armed drone coming from the sea prior to hitting its target at an oil storage yard at Ras Tanura, site of a refinery and the world's biggest offshore oil loading facility.Shrapnel from a ballistic missile fell near a residential compound in Dhahran used by state-controlled Saudi Aramco, the world's bigges...
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Focused On “Future Conduct” Of Saudi Arabia After Khashoggi Sanctions: US

Jamal Khashoggi was killed and dismembered by a team of operatives linked to the prince.Washington: The United States is focused on "future conduct" of Saudi Arabia and will expect Riyadh to improve its human rights record, a US spokesman said on Monday, after Washington imposed sanctions on some Saudis for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi but fell short of sanctions against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.The United States on Friday declassified a report that said the crown prince approved an operation in 2018 to capture or kill Khashoggi and issued some sanctions against Saudi nationals and entities.Washington's failure to penalize the crown prince has been criticized by rights groups and others, raising questions about accountability and the Biden administration's ple...
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US Urges Saudi Arabia To Disband Force Behind Jamal Khashoggi Killing

Biden declassified intelligence report that found that Prince Mohammed ordered 2018 killing of KhashoggiWashington: The United States on Monday urged Saudi Arabia to disband an elite unit controlled by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that Washington sanctioned over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi."We have urged Saudi Arabia to disband this group and then adopt institutional, systemic reforms and controls to ensure that anti-dissident activities and operations cease and cease completely," State Department spokesman Ned Price said of the Rapid Intervention Force.He also called on Saudi Arabia to take further action after last month provisionally releasing Loujain al-Hathloul, an advocate for women's right to drive in the ultra-conservative kingdom who was jailed for nearly thre...
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Yemen Huthi Rebels Claim Saudi Strikes, Threaten New Attacks

United States said Sunday it "strongly condemns" the Huthi attacks on Saudi Arabia.Sanaa: Yemen's Iran-backed Huthi rebels on Sunday claimed missile and drone strikes that targeted neighbouring Saudi Arabia overnight and threatened more attacks, as fighting in the grinding civil war escalates.Huthi fighters have intensified operations against the kingdom as air strikes by the Saudi-led military coalition pound rebel positions in the north of Yemen, in a bid to stop their offensive to seize the government's last northern stronghold of Marib.Years of war have already pushed Yemen to the brink of famine.Saudi Arabia -- which has been backing the Yemeni government against the rebels since 2015 -- said Saturday it thwarted a Huthi missile that targeted Riyadh."The operation was carried out w...