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The Latest: Saudis say 2 ships with food to dock at Hodeida

The Latest: Saudis say 2 ships with food to dock at HodeidaDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on the battle for Hodeida in Yemen (all times local):



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Russia, Saudis signal oil production boost

Russia, Saudis signal oil production boostRussia and Saudi Arabia said Friday they believe a deal is possible to gradually boost oil output from as soon as July as world oil prices have recently hit highs last seen in 2014. Meanwhile President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Moscow would be satisfied with the price of crude oil dropping to $ 60 per barrel, from its recent level of around $ 80. Russia and Saudi Arabia are the key movers behind a pact between OPEC and other producers that has limited production since 2017 but which experts fear may soon lead to a spike in prices.



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Saudis detain women's advocates ahead of driving ban lift

Saudis detain women's advocates ahead of driving ban liftSaudi authorities have arrested seven prominent women’s rights advocates, dividing public opinion just weeks before the kingdom is set to lift its driving ban on women. Without naming those detained, Saudi Arabia’s state security apparatus said seven people had been arrested for “attempting to undermine the security and stability of the kingdom… and to erode national unity”. The crackdown comes even as the kingdom breaks with long-held restrictions on women and the mixing of the genders, with its driving ban on women slated to end June 24.



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Iran's top leader: US pushing Saudis toward war with Iran

Iran's top leader: US pushing Saudis toward war with IranTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's top leader said Monday the United States is pushing Saudi Arabia into a war against Iran.



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Saudis see oil price on rise as Trump blasts OPEC

Saudis see oil price on rise as Trump blasts OPECSaudi Energy Minister Khaled al-Faleh said Friday the global market has the capacity to absorb higher oil prices, drawing a swift reaction from US President Donald Trump who accused OPEC of inflating prices. Faleh’s statement at a meeting of oil producers in Saudi Arabia came as crude hit the highest level in more than three years. “Looks like OPEC is at it again,” Trump tweeted.



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Saudis shoot down missiles fired by Houthi rebels in Yemen

Saudis shoot down missiles fired by Houthi rebels in YemenHouthi rebels in Yemen fired ballistic missiles into Saudi Arabia overnight Sunday, claiming their first casualty in the capital city since the kingdom intervened in the conflict three years ago. Saudi Arabian forces said their air defences intercepted three missiles fired at Riyadh and four others at the southern cities of Khamis Mushait, Jizan and Najran. One Egyptian was killed and two of his countrymen were wounded by shrapnel that fell on a house in Riyadh, with residents reporting loud explosions and bright flashes in the sky shortly before midnight. Video taken by motorists showed the remains of a missile fuselage smoking in the middle of a highway in Riyadh. "This aggressive and hostile action by the Iran-backed Houthi group proves that the Iranian regime continues to support the armed group with military capabilities," Turki al-Malki, spokesman of the Saudi-led coalition, said. New angle suggests this is actually a spectacular failure of a #Saudi interceptor and not the missile fired at #Riyadhpic.twitter.com/TejVbA8fh3— Strategic Sentinel (@StratSentinel) March 25, 2018 "The firing of multiple ballistic missiles towards cities is a serious development." The war in Yemen has pitted the rebels and their Iranian allies against Yemeni factions aligned with a military coalition which includes Saudi, the US and Britain. While it is not the first such attack on the kingdom, Houthi ballistic missiles have increased in range over time. A November 4 launch previously targeted King Khalid International Airport in the capital, showing the missiles had a range of over 620 miles. Western analysts identified it as being based on the Qiam missile type, an Iranian variant of the Scud system. Saudi Arabia has blamed Iran in the past for supplying the rebels with weapons, a charge Tehran has denied. Unclear if this is the remains of the Saudi interceptor or the Houthi missile fired from Yemen: pic.twitter.com/t57vP12ADb— فيصل عيدروس (@faisaledroos) March 25, 2018 The November attack saw the Saudi-led coalition escalate its attacks in response as well as a tightening of a blockade on the country’s ports and airports, aggravating an already dire humanitarian situation for millions. However, some experts raised questions over whether the missiles fired on Sunday were successfully intercepted and suggested the kingdom could have been overstating the capability of its missile defense system. A fighter from the separatist Southern Transitional Council gather on February 25, 2018, at the site of two suicide car bombings Credit: AFP One video appears to show a Patriot missile launch go rapidly wrong, with the missile changing course mid-air, crashing into a neighborhood in Riyadh and exploding. Another appears to detonate shortly after being launched. Saudi Arabia has faced criticism over its role in Yemen's civil war, with warnings that it was "orchestrating what will potentially become the worst famine in the last 50 years". Britain, which has sold billions of arms to Saudi since its bombing campaign began in 2015, has been criticised for its support of the ultra-conservative country. People check the damage created by debris, after ballistic missiles fired by Yemen's Houthi militia, fell at a house in Riyadh Credit: Reuters Boris Johnson, Foreign Secretary, and Penny Mordaunt, International Development Secretary, said yesterday that Saudi Arabia has "the right to defend itself against security threats including missiles launched from Yemen". "If Iran is genuinely committed to supporting a political solution in Yemen – as it has publicly stated – then it should stop sending in weapons which prolong the conflict, fuel regional tensions, and pose threats to international peace and security," the two Cabinet ministers said in a joint statement. Amnesty International said the attack may be a war crime. “Launching indiscriminate attacks is prohibited by international humanitarian law and can constitute a war crime," a spokesperson for the human rights organisation said.  “A high death toll may have been averted, possibly due to the missiles being intercepted, but that doesn’t let the Houthi armed group off the hook for this reckless and unlawful act. "These missiles cannot be precisely targeted at such distances, so their use in this manner unlawfully endangers civilians."



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Saudis Say They Have Intercepted Another Rebel Missile Targeting 'Top Leadership'

Saudis Say They Have Intercepted Another Rebel Missile Targeting 'Top Leadership'The Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Shiite rebels said it intercepted a missile fired over southern Riyadh on Tuesday, which the rebels said was targeting a “top leadership” meeting at the royal palace in the kingdom’s capital.



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Despite furor over Jerusalem move, Saudis seen on board with U.S. peace efforts

Despite furor over Jerusalem move, Saudis seen on board with U.S. peace effortsBy Samia Nakhoul, Stephen Kalin and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT/RIYADH/AMMAN (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia pulled no punches when it condemned President Donald Trump’s move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Trump reversed decades of U.S. policy on Wednesday with his announcement and instructions to begin the process of moving the embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, despite warnings that it would drive the wedge between Israel and the Palestinians deeper.



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US Air Force official: Missile targeting Saudis was Iranian

US Air Force official: Missile targeting Saudis was IranianIran manufactured the ballistic missile fired by Yemen's Shiite rebels toward the Saudi capital and remnants of it bore "Iranian markings," the top U.S. Air Force official in the Mideast said Friday, backing the kingdom's earlier allegations.



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Qatar accuses Saudis of hampering Qatari hajj pilgrims

Qatar accuses Saudis of hampering Qatari hajj pilgrimsThe Qatari authorities have accused Saudi Arabia of jeopardising the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca of Qatari pilgrims by refusing to guarantee their safety. Saudi Arabia and its allies have been boycotting Qatar since June 5, accusing it of backing extremist groups and of ties to Shiite Iran, in the region’s worst diplomatic crisis in years. On July 20, Riyadh said that Qataris wanting to perform this year’s hajj would be allowed to enter the kingdom for the pilgrimage, but imposed certain restrictions.



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