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Saudi rejects Turkey call to extradite Khashoggi killers

RIYADH:  Riyadh Saturday dismissed Ankara's calls to extradite 18 Saudis wanted for the murder of critic Jamal Khashoggi, as Washington warned the crisis risked destabilising the Middle East. "The individuals are Saudi nationals. They're detained in Saudi Arabia, and the investigation is in Saudi Arabia, and they will be prosecuted in Saudi Arabia," Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told a regional defence forum in Bahrain. He was responding to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who on Friday renewed his call for the…

PM Khan meets Saudi King Salman

RIYADH: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday held a meeting with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz in Riyadh. The Custodian of the two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received the prime minister at Al-Yamamah palace here today, according to Saudi Press Agency. During the meeting, they reviewed close relations between the two countries and latest developments in the region. Matters pertaining to mutual interest, trade, investment and economic ties also came under discussion during the meeting.Foreign…

Bilateral talks to begin after elections in India: PM Imran

RIYADH: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said an anti-Pakistan campaign is underway in India owing to upcoming elections in the neighbouring country. "We would hold talks with the Indian government once elections are over.” The prime minister was responding to a question during a session of the 'Future Investment Initiative Conference' in Riyadh. Mr Khan said: “Peace is not only important for Pakistan but also for India. Peace in Afghanistan is also critical for Pakistan." The PM reiterated that his government…

Syria, Iran dominate Arab League summit

RIYADH: Arab leaders -- minus Syrian President Bashar al-Assad -- meet in Saudi Arabia for a summit on Sunday as world powers face off over Syria and tensions rise between Riyadh and Tehran. Saudi Arabia is pushing for a tough, unified stance against its regional arch-rival Iran at the annual gathering of the 22-member Arab League. The two regional titans, locked in proxy wars in Syria and in Saudi Arabia's southern neighbour Yemen, back opposing parties in Iraq and Lebanon. The summit begins 24 hours after the…

Saudi Arabia says revamping education to combat ‘extremist ideologies’

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is revamping its education curriculum to eradicate any trace of Muslim Brotherhood influence and will dismiss anyone working in the sector who sympathizes with the banned group, the education minister said.  Promoting a more moderate form of Islam is one of the promises made by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman under plans to modernize the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom. The education ministry is working to “combat extremist ideologies by reviewing school curricula and books to ensure they do…

Riyadh still holds 95 suspects as anti-graft probe winds down

RIYADH: Saudi authorities are still holding 95 suspects in an anti-corruption drive targeting the kingdom's elite, a report said Wednesday, as the campaign winds down nearly three months after it was launched by the crown prince. Authorities rounded up some 350 suspects since November 4, including billionaire princes and ministers who were detained in Riyadh's luxury Ritz-Carlton hotel. Most detainees agreed on financial settlements in "cash, real estate and other assets" in exchange for their freedom, Saudi-owned Al…

Saudi Arabia to raise energy prices, compensate families

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia decided Tuesday to hike energy prices while paying compensation to Saudi families, as the world's top oil exporter seeks new revenue sources. The cabinet, in a session chaired by King Salman, approved plans to "reform" electricity and fuel charges, as part of measures to counter lower oil prices on the world market, the official news agency SPA reported. In a first, the government also approved cash transfers to some 3.7 million Saudi families, covering 13 million of the country's 20-million…

Saudi Arabia says it dismantles IS cell in Riyadh

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has dismantled an Islamic State cell in the capital Riyadh, Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television said on Thursday, citing a statement from the newly-created Presidency of State Security. Saudi state television said security forces had killed two members of the cell, arrested five others and raided three locations, without providing details.

Two dead in school shooting in Saudi Arabia, no children present

RIYADH: Two people were killed and another injured when a man opened fire inside a private school's administration building in Saudi Arabia's capital, Riyadh, on Wednesday, but no students were present, the head of the school told Reuters. The shooting was "a case of a disgruntled employee," said Talal al-Maiman, CEO of Kingdom Holding and chairman of Kingdom Schools, which operated the school. "It is with regret that the administration building of Kingdom Schools witnessed this morning a shooting incident by an Arab…