Saudi Arabia halts travel to Islam’s holiest site over virus

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Thursday halted travel to the holiest sites in Islam over fears about a new viral epidemic just months ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage, a move coming as the Mideast has over 220 confirmed cases of the illness. The extraordinary decision by Saudi Arabia stops foreigners […]

Saudi king touts reforms, Aramco IPO in annual address

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi King Salman touted his country’s reforms in his annual address Wednesday and stressed the importance of his government’s decision to publicly list shares of the state-run oil giant Aramco. He also used his speech to warn rival Iran against further aggressions. Two key Saudi Aramco processing sites were targeted […]

President Trump: US locked and loaded for response to attack on Saudis

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A weekend drone attack on Saudi Arabia that cut into global energy supplies and halved the kingdom’s oil production threatened Sunday to fuel a regional crisis, as the U.S. released new evidence to back up its allegation that Iran was responsible for the assault amid heightened tensions over Tehran’s […]

Saudi Arabia: Drone attacks knocked out half its oil supply

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Yemen’s Houthi rebels launched drone attacks on the world’s largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia and a major oil field Saturday, sparking huge fires and halting about half of the supplies from the world’s largest exporter of oil. The attacks were the latest of many drone assaults on the […]

Rebuked by many, Saudi crown prince feted at G20 summit

OSAKA, Japan (AP) — For many he’s an international pariah, but you wouldn’t know it by the lavish reception Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has received at the G-20 summit this week.He beamed as he stood front and center, sandwiched between President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, for a group photo […]

Saudi King Salman urges international effort to thwart Iran

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s King Salman opened an emergency summit of Arab leaders in Islam’s holiest city of Mecca on Friday with a call for the international community to use all means to confront Iran, but he also said the kingdom remains committed to peace. King Salman delivered his remarks at Arab […]

Saudi Arabia says 2 oil tankers damaged by sabotage attacks

FUJAIRAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia said Monday two of its oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in attacks the previous day that caused “significant damage” to the vessels, one of them as it was en route to pick up Saudi oil to take to the United […]

US to stop refueling of Saudi aircraft in Yemen war

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will stop refueling Saudi Arabian aircraft fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen, the Pentagon and the Saudi kingdom said late Friday. The refueling change does not affect the U.S. military assistance and training to improve the Saudi airstrikes, which have reportedly caused thousands of civilian deaths. “The U.S. and the […]

Reprinted Guest Editorial: Montgomery County is the Saudi Arabia of Water, but you’d never know it looking at your water bill

Publisher’s Note: Kirk Osborn holds a degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He has been deeply involved with technological advances in the petroleum industry for more than three decades. The Golden Hammer appreciates this wonderful discussion and illustration Osborne provided after a recent conversation he had with Jim Spigener, one of the […]

Saudi Khashoggi saw Turkey as base for a new Middle East

ISTANBUL (AP) — Friends say Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a proud Arab who wanted to set up a base in his ancestral homeland of Turkey, contributing to the growing community of exiled Arabs who have taken refuge there. For Khashoggi, a history lover, the growing Arabic community and Turkey’s power in the region echoed […]