RIYADH: A Saudi court on Tuesday sentenced 15 people to death for spying for the kingdom's rival Iran, local media and a source close to the case said, in a move likely to heighten regional tensions. The source told AFP that most of the 15 Saudis were members of the kingdom's Shia minority. Their trial opened in February, a month after Riyadh cut diplomatic ties with Tehran over the burning of the Saudi embassy and a consulate by Iranian demonstrators protesting the kingdom's execution of cleric Nimr al-Nimr. The most…
RIYADH: Unidentified gunmen killed two Saudi policemen in the eastern city of Dammam early on Tuesday, authorities in the region said. The officers came under "heavy fire from an unknown source" as they parked their vehicle in a commercial area, the official SPA news agency quoted a police spokesman as saying. The spokesman did not say who police suspected had carried out the shooting, the latest in a series of attacks on officers in mainly Shia areas of the oil-rich east of the kingdom. Two policemen were killed in a…
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Abdulaziz al-Sheikh has said that Iranians are "not Muslims", after Iran's supreme leader launched a fresh tirade over the kingdom's handling of the hajj pilgrimage, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.
RIYADH: Saudi police shot dead a would-be suicide bomber targeting a mosque in the Shia-dominated district of Qatif, the interior ministry said on Wednesday.
TEHRAN: Saudi Arabia "must stop" its prolonged attempts to frustrate Iran's efforts to reduce tensions in the Middle East and beyond, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Wednesday.
DUBAI: Iran's first-ever participation in international talks on Syria could lead to wider negotiations between arch-rivals Tehran and Riyadh on the conflicts in Yemen and Iraq, a UN official said.