Latest Jiddah News

3x3 basketball player from Switzerland comes out as gay

Jan. 15, 2021 9:48 AM EST

ZURICH (AP) — A player on Switzerland’s 3x3 basketball team publicly came out as gay on Friday. Marco Lehmann announced his sexuality one month after playing at the 3x3 World Tour finals in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. “This is for the future generations so they can live a free sporting life without...

A Saudi waits for the arrival of relatives from Qatar in front of a screen displaying a Qatar Airways flight for the first time in 3 years, at King Khalid Airport in Ryadh, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Saudi Arabia, along with the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt, ended a three-year dispute with Qatar following a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in AlUla last week. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Qatar-Saudi Arabia direct flights resume amid Gulf detente

Jan. 11, 2021 9:28 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Qatar Airways jetliner landed in Saudi Arabia on Monday, completing the first direct flight from Doha to Riyadh since the kingdom’s boycott of the tiny, energy-rich state in 2017. The resumption of direct flights came after regional heavyweight Saudi Arabia...

Visitors prepare to fish in front of the Red Sea port, in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Dec.14, 2020. An explosion rocked a ship off Saudi Arabia's port city of Jiddah on the Red Sea, authorities said Monday, without elaborating. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Saudi TV: Houthi sea mine strikes cargo ship in Red Sea

Dec. 25, 2020 4:51 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A sea mine planted by Yemen's Houthi rebels struck a cargo ship in the southern Red Sea on Friday, Saudi Arabia's state-owned television channel reported, without providing further details. Al-Ekhbariya quoted the Saudi-led coalition, which has been fighting Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen since...

This undated photo released by AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHER SG shows the Singapore-flagged oil tanker BW Rhine. The BW Rhine suffered an explosion early Monday, Dec. 14, 2020 after being hit by

'External source' causes oil tanker blast off Saudi Arabia

Dec. 14, 2020 9:26 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An oil tanker off Saudi Arabia's port city of Jiddah suffered an explosion early Monday after being hit by “an external source,” a shipping company said, suggesting another vessel has come under attack off the kingdom amid its yearslong war in Yemen. The...

Shipping firm says explosion on tanker at Saudi Arabia's Jiddah port caused by ship being "hit from an external source"

Dec. 13, 2020 11:17 PM EST
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Shipping firm says explosion on tanker at Saudi Arabia's Jiddah port caused by ship being "hit from an external source."
In this October 2019 photo, the MT Agrari is seen off the coast of Frederikshavn, Denmark. A mine in the Red Sea off Saudi Arabia's coast near Yemen exploded and damaged the oil tanker MT Agrari on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, authorities said, the latest incident targeting the kingdom amid its long war against Yemen's Houthi rebels. (Morten Weesgaard via AP)

Mine explodes, damaging oil tanker off Saudi Arabia

Nov. 25, 2020 2:43 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A mine in the Red Sea off Saudi Arabia's coast near Yemen exploded and damaged an oil tanker Wednesday, authorities said, the latest incident targeting the kingdom amid its long war against Yemen's Houthi rebels. The blast happened before dawn and struck the MT Agrari, a...

This Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 satellite image from Planet Labs Inc. annotated by TankerTrackers.com, shows a damaged tank and fire-suppressing foam on the ground at a Saudi Arabian Oil Co. facility in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. Yemen's Houthi rebels said they struck a Saudi oil facility in the port city of Jiddah on Monday with a new cruise missile, just hours after the kingdom finished hosting its virtual Group of 20 leaders summit. (Planet Labs Inc. via AP)

Yemen rebels' missile strikes Saudi oil facility in Jiddah

Nov. 23, 2020 10:33 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Yemen's Houthi rebels said they struck a Saudi oil facility in the port city of Jiddah early Monday with a new cruise missile, just hours after the kingdom finished hosting its virtual Group of 20 leaders summit. The kingdom acknowledged the attack hours later. Videos of...