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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…

Raheel Sharif dines with Trump’s son-in-law, Saudi Prince at Islamic Summit

RIYADH: Pakistan’s former army chief General Raheel Sharif’s latest picture made rounds in the social media, showing him flanking alongside top dignitaries of the Saudi Arabia and the United States. General Raheel Sharif, who is also head of Saudi-led Islamic military alliance, was at the US-Arab Islamic summit in Saudi Arabia where the heads of states including US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister of Pakistan expressed their views on terrorism and extremism. In a photo going rounds on twitter, former…

Trump urges Muslim leaders to honestly tackle extremism

RIYADH: US President Donald Trump on Sunday urged Muslim leaders to take a stand against violence committed in the name of religion, describing the struggle against extremism as a "battle between good and evil". In a highly anticipated speech to dozens of leaders of Muslim countries in Saudi Arabia, Trump lashed out at Iran and softened his tone on Islam by rejecting the idea of a battle between religions. He also avoided criticising his Saudi hosts and assembled leaders of Arab and Islamic nations on any human rights…

PM to attend US-Arab, Islamic Summit in Riyadh

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has accepted the invitation of the Custodian of Two Holy Mosques to attend the upcoming US-Arab and Islamic Summit in Riyadh, the PM’s Office said Tuesday. Saudi Arabia’s Minister for Information and Culture Dr Awwad Bin Saleh Al-Awwad extended the invitation to the Prime Minister in a meeting held here at the PM House. The visiting Minister is the special envoy of the Custodian of Two Holy Mosques to extend invitation on the latter’s behalf. The Summit will also be attended by…

Saudi to sell 49% of Aramco within decade: report

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia plans to sell up to 49 percent of its oil giant Saudi Aramco within 10 years as the world's largest crude exporter tries to lower its deficit, local media said on Saturday. The Al-Eqtisadiah daily quoted an unnamed official as saying the sale would raise funds to be spent "at home and abroad" in what is expected to form the world's largest state investment fund. The kingdom is looking to diversify its oil-dependent economy and has already announced cutbacks after its 2015 deficit snowballed to $97…