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Saudi Arabia 'attacked by Scud missile' from Yemen

A Saudi-led force has been attacking Houthi positions in Yemen's capital, Sanaa. Credit: Reuters/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

Saudi Arabia shot down a Scud missile fired into the kingdom by Yemen's dominant Houthi group and its army allies, according to the Saudi state news agency, reports Reuters.

In a statement from the leadership of the Saudi-led joint Arab military coalition, Saudi Arabia said the attack by forces loyal to President Saleh happened in the early hours of the morning.

"At 2:45 on Saturday morning, the Houthi militias and ousted (President) Ali Abdullah Saleh launched a Scud missile in the direction of Khamees al-Mushait, and praise be to God, the Royal Saudi air defences blocked it with a Patriot missile," the statement said.

Saudi Arabia thwarts attack on US Embassy in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia says it has arrested 93 people with links to the so-called Islamic State, foiling several terror attacks including a planned strike on the US Embassy in the kingdom's capital, Riyadh.

Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki told the Associated Press that the arrests include a cell of 65 people arrested in March who were involved in a plan that included targeting residential compounds, prisons and security forces.

Authorities also thwarted a plot for a suicide attack on the US Embassy after receiving information about the plan in Mid-March, the General said.


Charles holds talks with Saudi king on 'significant' visit

Prince Charles and the new king of Saudi Arabia have held informal talks today in a visit that some have argued could have a "significant" impact on UK-Saudi relations.

The Prince of Wales with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (right) today. Credit: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

The Prince of Wales and King Salman spoke privately via an interpreter before a lavish meal in Riyadh - though it is not known whether Charles heeded calls to raise the plight of jailed blogger Raif Bawadi.

Amnesty International UK urged the future king to use his influence and intervene on behalf of Badawi - who was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes after setting up a website for Saudi liberals and being accused of insulting Islam.

Charles knows the Saudi monarchy well and was among a number of world leaders who traveled to the country to pay respects after the death of Salman's predecessor King Abdullah.

Speaking ahead of the visit, Simon Collis, Britain's ambassador to Saudi Arabia, said the conversations between the pair could be significant, though he could not say "whether or not" Charles would raise the plight of Mr Badawi.

Britain bidding to share prison expertise with Saudi Arabia

An MP accused the government of trying to share a "best practice of how to behead" with Saudi Arabia after the Justice Secretary defended the Government's attempt to sell expertise to the country's prison service.

Shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan slammed the MoJ bid for the £5.9 million contract.

Sadiq Khan slammed the MoJ bid for the £5.9 million contract. Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling defended the move, saying the Government has always tried to encourage "improvements" and "best practice" in countries around the world.

The pair clashed after reports that the MoJ's commercial arm, Just Solutions international, is hoping to sell its expertise to Saudi Arabia's prison service.

Prince Charles and PM pay respects to Saudi King

Prince Charles has flown to Saudi Arabia to pay his condolences. Credit: Saudi State TV

The Prince of Wales and David Cameron have arrived in Saudi Arabia to pay their respects following the death of King Abdullah.

The Prime Minister is meeting the new King Salman and other members of the royal family during his visit to Riyadh, with other world leaders including French president Francois Hollande also travelling to the country.

The US delegation is led by vice president Joe Biden, but Barack Obama will cut short a visit to India to travel to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

ITV News correspondent Richard Morgan reports:

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