Coronavirus pandemic

Curfew in Mecca, Medina extended to 24 hours over coronavirus

Saudi Arabia extends measures to combat coronavirus while other Gulf Arab states lock down migrant worker districts.

Curfew in Mecca, Medina extended to 24 hours over coronavirus

AJ Impact

Trump signals oil price war truce as Saudis call OPEC+ meeting

Saudi Arabia calls for emergency meeting of OPEC and its allies led by Russia to balance oil markets.

Trump signals oil price war truce as Saudis call OPEC+ meeting

Science & Technology

Twitter removes thousands of accounts linked to Saudi, Egypt

Social media giant takes down fake accounts amplifying messaging critical of Iran, Qatar and Turkey, among others.

Twitter removes thousands of accounts linked to Saudi, Egypt

AJ IMPACT

Top US senator warns Saudi Arabia over oil price war with Russia

Republican Dan Sullivan calls on Riyadh to end price war, reminding its ally of US role in defending the kingdom.

Top US senator warns Saudi Arabia over oil price war with Russia

AJ Impact

White House mulls tariffs on Saudi crude to aid US shale oil: WSJ

President Trump will meet with US oil CEOs on Friday to discuss aid to the industry, the Wall Street Journal reports.

White House mulls tariffs on Saudi crude to aid US shale oil: WSJ

AJ Impact

Saudis flood crude markets, defying Trump's plea to end price war

Russia has been more conciliatory toward Trump's efforts to end oil-price war, while Saudis take to boasting on Twitter.

Saudis flood crude markets, defying Trump's plea to end price war

AJ Impact

As oil prices crash, Saudi, UAE businesses scramble for cash

Saudi and UAE governments have pledged some $70bn in virus relief, but the measures are proving insufficient.

As oil prices crash, Saudi, UAE businesses scramble for cash

Hajj

Saudi tells Muslims to wait on Hajj plans amid coronavirus crisis

Minister asks Muslims to defer preparations for the annual pilgrimage scheduled in late July due to the pandemic.

Saudi tells Muslims to wait on Hajj plans amid coronavirus crisis

AJ Impact

US, Russian oil officials to meet as Brent crude hits 18-year low

Trump called Putin about the crash in oil prices, and the two agreed to discuss a way forward.

US, Russian oil officials to meet as Brent crude hits 18-year low

AJ Impact

Aramco mulls pipeline stake sale as payment obligations loom

Aramco said it would pay $75bn in dividends this year and the first installment is due on stake in chemicals producer.

Aramco mulls pipeline stake sale as payment obligations loom

AJ Impact

Blasting oil price war as 'crazy', Trump says he'll talk to Putin

Prices of US benchmark WTI crude briefly dropped below $20 a barrel on Monday.

Blasting oil price war as 'crazy', Trump says he'll talk to Putin

Coronavirus pandemic

Saudi king offers to pay for coronavirus patients' treatment

Saudi Arabia's health minister says citizens and residents diagnosed with the virus will be covered by the kingdom.

Saudi king offers to pay for coronavirus patients' treatment

Yemen

Saudi-UAE coalition carries out air raids on Yemen's Sanaa

According to rebel-run Al Masirah TV, the coalition launched 19 air attacks on the capital.

Saudi-UAE coalition carries out air raids on Yemen's Sanaa

Middle East

Saudi-led coalition intercepts missiles over Riyadh, Jizan

Two civilians 'slightly injured' from falling missile debris as Yemen's Houthi rebels claim responsibility for attack.

Yemen

Why Houthis offered Saudi POWs swap for jailed Palestinians

Leader of Yemen-based Houthi rebels offers Saudi pilot and officers in a swap for Palestinian activists in Saudi jails.

Why Houthis offered Saudi POWs swap for jailed Palestinians