Ethiopian maid stabs Saudi woman to death

Updated 03 March 2016

Ethiopian maid stabs Saudi woman to death

JEDDAH: Security officers in Al-Khafji arrested an Ethiopian housemaid on Tuesday evening after she stabbed her elderly sponsor to death.
Eastern Province police spokesman Col. Ziad Al-Ruqaiti said Al-Khafji police received a report at 4 p.m. on Tuesday from Civil Defense directing the team to open the door of the house in which an elderly woman lived with her housemaid.
“Upon their entry to the home, they found the elderly woman had been stabbed numerous times and the housemaid was not home,” he said.
He said an immediate and intensive search of the neighborhood was launched until the housemaid was found shortly thereafter in a state of confusion hiding in a nearby location. “Police immediately launched investigations into the crime, and the housemaid acknowledged that she killed her sponsor by stabbing her because of a dispute between them,” said Al-Ruqaiti.

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

Updated 21 November 2019

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

  • Saudi Arabia has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies, king says
  • Kingdom also welcomed US decision to return Iran's Fordow nuclear facility to its sanctions list

RIYADH: Iran should abandon its expansionist ideology that has only “harmed” its own people, Saudi Arabia's King Salman said on Wednesday, following violent street protests in the Islamic republic.

A wave of demonstrations erupted in the sanctions-hit country on Friday after an announcement that petrol prices would be raised by as much as 200 percent with immediate effect.

“We hope the Iranian regime chooses the side of wisdom and realizes there is no way to overcome the international position that rejects its practices, without abandoning its expansionist and destructive thinking that has harmed its own people,” the king told the consultative Shoura Council.

“The kingdom has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies,” King Salman said, quoted by the foreign ministry, reiterating that Riyadh does not seek war but is “ready to defend its people.”

A satellite image from Sept. 15, 2017, of the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran. (Google Earth)

Saudi Arabia has welcomed Washington's decision to return the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran to the sanctions list. 

Washington said on Monday that it will no longer waive sanctions related to Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant after Tehran resumed uranium enrichment at the underground site. 

“The right amount of uranium enrichment for the world’s largest state sponsor of terror is zero ... There is no legitimate reason for Iran to resume enrichment at this previously clandestine site,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters earlier this week.