Obama vetoes bill that would allow 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia

Obama vetoes bill that would allow 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia

Setting up a potential override by Congress, President Barack Obama vetoed a bill Friday that would have allowed the families of 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia. Obama cited the potential for the popular bipartisan bill to backfire against the U.S., its diplomats and military personnel. The bill sailed through both chambers […]

US Congress to allow 9/11 families to sue Saudi Arabia

US Congress to allow 9/11 families to sue Saudi Arabia

The US House of Representatives passed legislation Friday that would allow victims of the 9/11 attacks and their relatives to sue Saudi Arabia’s government for damages, despite the White House’s threat to veto the measure. The vote’s timing was symbolic, passing two days before the 15th anniversary of the hijacked-plane attacks that killed thousands in […]

Pressure mounts on Western powers to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Pressure mounts on Western powers to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia

As a UN conference on the arms trade kicked off in Geneva on Monday, France, Britain and the United States came under fire from NGOs for selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, which is waging a controversial campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen. The Swiss city is hosting the second conference on the UN-backed Arms Trade […]

Saudi Arabia introduces e-bracelets for Hajj pilgrims

Saudi Arabia introduces e-bracelets for Hajj pilgrims

Saudi Arabia will introduce electronic identification bracelets for all pilgrims to Mecca, Saudi media said on Thursday, as part of a safety drive a year after the annual Islamic rite suffered its deadliest disaster in a generation. As many as 2,070 people died in a crush when thousands of pilgrims converged on a walkway intersection […]

Pre-Islamic Civilization in Madain Saleh in Saudi Arabia

Pre-Islamic Civilization in Madain Saleh in Saudi Arabia

Madain Saleh is a pre-Islamic archaeological site located in the Al-Ula sector, within the Al Madinah Region of Saudi Arabia, approximately 400km north-west of Madinah. Formerly known as Hegra it is the largest conserved site of the civilization of the Nabataeans south of Petra in Jordan. The site features 131 massive rock cut tombs with […]