Latest Jiddah News

Saudi security say 2 Italians injured in apparent attack

Jun. 18, 2019 7:39 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry says two Italians were wounded in the coastal city of Jiddah earlier this month in what appears to have been a premeditated attack targeting their cars. Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki told The Associated Press...

New Saudi club to open with Ne-Yo, but alcohol still a no-no

Jun. 13, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A popular Mideast nightclub is opening a branch in Saudi Arabia on Thursday in the latest sign of how far the kingdom has loosened restrictions on entertainment. In line with the country's Islamic laws, though, it will not be serving alcohol. The club, White Saudi Arabia,...

Saudi Arabia flies Iranian to hospital off 'hostile' ship

Jun. 5, 2019 1:36 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia said it evacuated an Iranian crew member from a "hostile" ship off the coast of Yemen amid its war against the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, the second-such aid it has offered in recent weeks amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran. The Saudi...

The Latest: Iran's president says stay focused on Palestine

May. 31, 2019 8:34 AM EDT

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Latest on developments related to tensions in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has sent a message to a summit of Muslim countries saying they need to remain focused on the Palestinian issue. In a letter published on the...

Saudi King Salman urges international effort to thwart Iran

May. 30, 2019 10:49 PM EDT

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's King Salman opened an emergency summit of Arab leaders in Islam's holiest city of Mecca on Friday with a call for the international community to use all means to confront Iran, but he also said the kingdom remains committed to peace. King Salman delivered his...

Officials say Iran quadruples production of enriched uranium

May. 20, 2019 11:21 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran quadrupled its uranium-enrichment production capacity amid tensions with the U.S. over Tehran's atomic program, nuclear officials said Monday, just after President Donald Trump and Iran's foreign minister traded threats and taunts on Twitter. Iranian officials made a point to...

The Latest: Saudi says Yemen rebels launch new drone attack

May. 20, 2019 10:25 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in the Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 6:20 a.m. Saudi Arabia says Yemen's Houthi rebels have launched a bomb-laden drone targeting civilian infrastructure in...

UAE energy minister hints at support for oil production cuts

May. 19, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The United Arab Emirates' energy minister said Sunday he does not think oil producing nations should relax the production cuts currently in place. Suhail al-Mazrouei spoke to reporters on the sidelines of a meeting in Saudi Arabia of the world's major oil producers. His comments...

Iran oil tanker breaks down in Red Sea off Saudi coast

May. 2, 2019 5:00 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian oil tanker carrying over 1 million barrels of fuel oil suffered a malfunction in the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia, authorities said Thursday, raising concerns that the vessel could be leaking. The incident involving the Happiness I came as U.S. oil...

Saudi Arabia beheads 37 for terrorism crimes; most Shiites

Apr. 23, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Tuesday beheaded 37 Saudi citizens, most of them minority Shiites, in a mass execution across the country for alleged terrorism-related crimes. It also publicly pinned the executed body and severed head of a convicted Sunni extremist to a pole as a warning...