King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein of Jordan and Prince  Prince Hashim bin Al Hussein were joined by  Prince Hamzah (centre second row) among other royal family members at prayers at the tombs of their forefathers in a supposed show of unity as they marked the centenary of the Kingdom in Amman, Jordan. Photograph: Youssef Allan/EPA

Jordan’s Prince Hamzah will not be prosecuted over his involvement in an alleged conspiracy to destabilise the kingdom but will be “dealt with within (...)

 Muslim pilgrims gather inside the Sacred Mosque, in Mecca, last year.  This year’s hajj will not be cancelled, but  only ‘very limited numbers’ of people will be allowed to perform the major Muslim pilgrimage. Photograph:  EPA

Muslims the world over have expressed sadness and disappointment at the Saudi decision to bar foreign pilgrims from performing the hajj this summer. T(...)

Saudi nurse checks a patient at a mobile clinic catering for the residents of Ajyad Almasafi district in the holy city of Mecca. Photograph: Bandar Aldandani/AFP

The Saudi authorities have imposed strict quarantine in Mecca to contain coronavirus contagion in poor neighbourhoods and migrant workers camps. The(...)

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud. The hereditary monarchy ruled by him is the site of the Muslim world’s two most sacred cities, Mecca and Medina. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Reuters

Founded by Abdel Aziz Ibn Saud in 1932, the deeply conservative tribal kingdom of oil-rich Saudi Arabia occupies most of the Arabian peninsula and dom(...)