Free Press Journal
  • Pakistan invites Saudi Arabia to be 3rd partner in CPEC

    Islamabad: Saudi Arabia will be the third “strategic partner” of the USD 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a senior Pakistani minister announced Thursday, soon after Prime Minister Imran Khan returned from his first foreign trip to the cash-rich kingdom. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is the flagship project of the multi-billion dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a pet project of Chinese President Xi Jinping aimed at enhancing Beijing’s influence around

  • 26 wounded as Saudi Arabia intercepts Yemen rebel missile, say officials

    Riyadh: Saudi Arabia shot down a ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Huthi rebels, with shrapnel leaving 26 people wounded, a Riyadh-led coalition fighting the insurgents said. Two children were among the wounded from the missile that was intercepted over the southern Saudi city of Najran on Wednesday, said a coalition statement published by the Saudi state media.The Iran-backed Huthis have in recent months ramped up missile attacks against Saudi Arabia, which Riyadh

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    Saudi Arabia seeks death penalty for prominent cleric: Reports

    Riyadh: Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor sought the death penalty against prominent cleric Sheikh Salman al-Awda at the start of his trial Tuesday in Riyadh, a year after his arrest, media said. Awda faces 37 charges, the pro-government Okaz newspaper and other media close to the Saudi government reported, without offering any details.

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    Indian woman dies under mysterious circumstances in Saudi Arabia, family suspects foul play

    Hyderabad : A 41-year-old woman from Hyderabad, who was trafficked to Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh, died under mysterious circumstances. The family of the victim alleged she might have been murdered by her employer and have urged External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj to look into the matter and repatriate the body to perform last rites.

  • Akshay Kumar's 'Gold' becomes first Bollywood film to release in Saudi Arabia

    Akshay Kumar’s ‘Gold’ becomes first Bollywood film to release in Saudi Arabia

    Mumbai: Akshay Kumar starrer “Gold” will be the first Hindi film which will be releasing in Saudi Arabia, the National Award-winning actor says. An “excited” Akshay tweeted on Thursday night: “The story of India’s first Gold medal victory for the first time in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Happy to share, ‘Gold’ is the first ever Bollywood movie to release in the

  • 26 children killed by coalition strikes in Yemen: UN   

    United Nations : Two Saudi-led coalition air strikes in Yemen have killed at least 26 children, UN officials have said, renewing calls for an independent investigation of attacks targeting civilians in the three-year war.

  • 42 Haj pilgrims from Pakistan die in Saudi Arabia

    Islamabad: At least 42 Pakistani pilgrims have died of various causes during the ongoing Haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, officials from the Pakistani Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony said here.

  • Saudis, Canada eyeball-to-eyeball

    The new aggressive Saudi Arabia was on full display this month. Canada was the target and had to face the wrath of the powerful  33-year old Crown Prince, Mohammed Bin Salman, or MBS as he is popularly known. The new power centre behind the Saudi throne has taken umbrage at Canada’s criticism of its human rights record.

  • Haj begins today- Arabia tests Japan-inspired ‘nap pods’

    Mecca : Mansour al-Amer swipes a card to reveal a narrow sleep pod, reminiscent of Japan’s famed capsule hotels. But this pod is in Saudi Arabia, where the Muslim Haj pilgrimage begins on Sunday.

  • Kids among 43 killed in Yemen airstrikes

    Saana: About 43 people, mostly children believed to be aged under 10, were killed and several injured when Saudi-led coalition airstrikes hit buses in northern Yemen, officials said.

  • Row with Canada: Saudi suspends Toronto flights

    Riyadh : Saudi Arabia’s state airliner has suspended its direct flights to Toronto after Canada called for the release of detained activists for civil society and women’s rights.

  • Saudi Arabia suspends Toronto flights in row with Canada

    Riyadh: Saudi Arabia’s state airliner has suspended its direct flights to Toronto after Canada called for the release of detained activists for civil society and women’s rights. The Middle Eastern country has also frozen all trade and expelled Canada’s ambassador over the “interference”, BBC reported on Monday.

  • Saudi Arabia expels Canadian diplomat, recalls own envoy

    Riyadh : Saudi Arabia announced it was expelling the Ambassador of Canada and froze new trade deals with the country after Ottawas criticism of human-rights violations in the Islamic Kingdom.

  • DGCA suspends licence of 2 Jet Airways pilots for runway incursion at Riyadh

    Mumbai: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has suspended the flying licence of two Jet Airways pilots for attempting to take off an aircraft from a taxiway parallel to the runway at Riyadh airport in Saudi Arabia last week. As many as 148 people on board the Mumbai-bound Jet Airways flight escaped unhurt after the aircraft went off the runway following an aborted take off from there on August 3, the airline had

  • Iran pips S. Arabia in oil supply to India

    New Delhi : Iran overtook Saudi Arabia to be the second largest supplier of crude oil to Indian public sector firms during the first three months of current fiscal, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Monday.

  • 1st batch of Indian Haj pilgrims leaves for Saudi Arabia

    New Delhi: The first batch of Haj pilgrims was today flagged off by Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who said the preparations for ensuring a smooth pilgrimage have been completed. The first batch of 410 Haj pilgrims from Delhi left for Madina from the Indira Gandhi International Airport this morning.