2018 Events

Eid al-Fitr to be on Friday, June 15

The first day of Eid al-Fitr celebrations will begin on Friday, June 15 in most Muslim countries.

Friday announced first day of Eid al-Fitr

Yemen

Four UAE soldiers killed in assault on Yemen's Hudaida

The four were killed during a Saudi-UAE military attack against Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels in the port city.

Four UAE soldiers killed in assault on Yemen's Hudaida

Yemen

Saudi Arabia, UAE, attack port city of Hudaida

UN warns of devastating consequences for 250,000 Hudaida residents as coalition targets Houthi rebels in port city.

Saudi Arabia, UAE, launch attack on Yemen's port city of Hudaida

Yemen

UN in 'intense negotiations' to avert attack on Hudaida

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he hopes the battle for Hudaida, where Yemen's main port lies, can be avoided.

Inside Story

Is the drive to modernise Saudi Arabia taking a wrong turn?

More female activists are arrested days before the kingdom lifts its ban on female drivers.

Jordan

Why Gulf states are rushing to stabilise Jordan

Fearing a second Arab Spring at their doorstep, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States are eager to help Jordan's economy.

Jordan crisis: Why Gulf states are rushing to step in

Yemen

Saudi Arabia: Houthi missile attack kills three in Jizan

Three civilians killed in the province of Jizan in southern Saudi Arabia, bordering Yemen, Saudi military says.

Saudi Arabia: Houthi missile attack kills three in Jizan

Saudi Arabia

Two more Saudi women 'arrested' in ongoing crackdown

UK-based human rights group says Mayaa al-Zahrani and Nouf Abdelaziz al-Jerawi detained this week by Saudi authorities.

Middle East

Arab leaders to meet over Jordan economic crisis

The summit, which will be held in Mecca, will be attended by Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait.

Saudi Arabia to host meeting over Jordan economic crisis

Yemen

UN: Attack on Hudaida threatens up to 250,000 lives

UN raises the spectre of mass casualties in the port city of Hudaida as fresh fighting erupts in Yemen's Marib province.

UN: Attack on Yemen's Hudaida to have 'catastrophic' impact

War & Conflict

Red Cross pulls 71 foreign staff out of Yemen over security risks

Aid agency calls on all warring sides to provide security guarantees so it can continue its life-saving work.

Red Cross pulls 71 foreign staff out of Yemen over security risks

Saudi Arabia

Saudi court sentences four to death for links to Iran

The court said the four were guilty of conspiring to kill 'prominent figures' in the predominantly Sunni Gulf nation.

Saudi court sentences four to death for links to Iran

Inside Story

Is Yemen set to lose a humanitarian lifeline?

Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels is preparing a major offensive on the port city of Hudaida.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi, UAE hold first meeting of the two-nation council

The two countries had formed a separate military and trade partnership amid the GCC rift.

UAE, Saudi hold first meeting of the two-nation council

Opinion

The idea of regime change in Iran is delusional

Iranians know too well their history to allow a US-Saudi-Israeli alliance to change the Iranian regime.

Hamid Dabashi

by Hamid Dabashi

Hamid Dabashi