QATIF, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) The fate of Saudi Arabia’s 2 million or so Shiites is closely watched because of the country’s intimate involvement in the region’s sectarian conflict through its rivalry with Iran and the teachings of its influential clergy that Shiism is heretical.
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(RNS) Among those countries frequently cited by human rights groups with the most aggressive laws banning free expression are China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
(Reuters) Saudi Arabia’s regional rival Iran expressed outrage at the deaths of 131 of its nationals at the world’s largest annual gathering of people while politicians in Tehran suggested Riyadh was incapable of managing the event.
At least 717 pilgrims were killed Thursday on the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha in a crush at Mina outside the holy city of Mecca.
Ali al-Nimr was given the death penalty after taking part in demonstrations three years ago for democracy and equal rights in Saudi Arabia.
(RNS) Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has sought to bring slow change to one of the most conservative nations on earth.
(RNS) Some are urging President Obama to apply pressure on King Abdullah to revise school textbooks that disparage Christians, label Jews “pigs,” and teach that execution is an Islamic response to gay sex.
LONDON (RNS) A new report says eight current and incoming member states of the U.N. Human Rights Council were among 24 countries to imprison believers and atheists in 2013 for violating local laws that restrict freedom of religion or belief.