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UPDATED: Thu., March 22, 2018, 2:18 p.m.

Mattis praises Saudis, $1B arms sale to be approved

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Thursday said Saudi Arabia was “part of the solution” in Yemen, where the Saudis are leading a U.S.-supported military campaign against Houthi rebels that is …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 27, 2018, 11:32 a.m.

Saudi prince freed amid corruption probe veiled in secrecy

Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who had been held in a luxury hotel since November in a wide-reaching anti-corruption probe that has been shrouded in secrecy and intrigue, was …


Saudi Arabia’s VAT to make haj, umrah more costly

With the new policy, a levy of 5 percent will be charged on most goods and services in Saudi Arabia, driving up the costs for Muslims going on the pilgrimage …


Saudi Arabia hosts world chess games, testing reform limits

Saudi Arabia is hosting a world chess tournament for the first time on Tuesday nearly two years after the country’s top cleric issued a religious edict against playing the board …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 19, 2017, 3:52 p.m.

Saudis intercept Yemen rebel missile targeting royal palace

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 …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 14, 2017, 3:35 p.m.

U.S. says missile parts prove Iran is illicitly arming Houthis

President Donald Trump’s envoy to the United Nations says “undeniable” evidence proves Iran is violating international law by funneling missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 13, 2017, 8:51 a.m.

Suspected Saudi-led airstrikes kill 15 in Yemen

Suspected Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen have killed at least 23 people, including prisoners, and wounded dozens in the rebel-held capital, Sanaa, rebel officials and eyewitnesses said Wednesday.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017, 4:28 p.m.

Two-day Gulf summit ends within hours amid Qatar crisis

The United Arab Emirates on Tuesday announced it has formed a new economic and partnership group with Saudi Arabia, separate from the Gulf Cooperation Council – a move that could …


Britain PM courts key Arab ally, amid Trump anti-Muslim row

Britain is making a “new, ambitious and optimistic offer” of closer security and economic ties with Arab allies, the country’s prime minister said Thursday, the last day of a Mideast …


Saudi crown prince leads Islamic military alliance meeting

Saudi Arabia’s assertive crown prince on Sunday opened the first high-level meeting of a kingdom-led alliance of Muslim nations against terrorism, vowing that extremists will no longer “tarnish our beautiful …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 26, 2017, 7:56 p.m.

Hezbollah, on the rise in Lebanon, fends off Saudi Arabia

Even as Arab countries step up pressure on Hezbollah for its ties to Iran, the Lebanese Shiite militant group has cemented its status as a regional power, projecting military strength …


Opposition calls for direct talks with Syria government

Syria opposition representatives meeting in the Saudi Arabian capital called Thursday for direct and unconditional negotiations with the Syrian government over the more than 6-year civil war that would lead …


Saudi-led coalition pledges to ease crippling Yemen blockade

The Saudi-led military coalition fighting Shiite rebels in Yemen said on Wednesday that it will reopen the war-torn country’s main airport and a vital Red Sea port to some humanitarian …


Hezbollah denies providing missile fired at Saudi from Yemen

The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah on Monday categorically denied accusations that his group is sending weapons to Yemen or that it was responsible for a ballistic missile fired by Shiite …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 19, 2017, 9:19 p.m.

Arab League delivers harsh criticism of Iran, little action

Saudi Arabia on Sunday asked fellow Arab nations to take a “serious and honest” stand against Iran, saying that showing leniency toward Tehran would only encourage it to press on …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 18, 2017, 3:44 p.m.

Lebanon’s PM Hariri says he will be in Beirut within days

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Saturday he will return home in the coming days from where he will declare a political stance for the first time since making a …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 12, 2017, 10:42 p.m.

Saudi Arabia says it will reopen Yemen airports, seaports

Saudi Arabia’s mission to the United Nations says the Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels in Yemen will begin reopening airports and seaports in the Arab world’s poorest country.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 12, 2017, 5:02 p.m.

Lebanon PM says he will return to seek settlement

In his first TV interview since he announced his surprise resignation last weekend, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Sunday he will return to his country from Saudi Arabia “within …


A political shock throws Lebanon’s economy back into crisis

Just when things were starting to look up for Lebanon’s economy, a new political crisis threatens to send it crashing down again.


U.N., aid groups warn of ‘starvation and death’ in Yemen

The United Nations and more than 20 aid groups said Thursday that the Saudi-led coalition’s tightening of a blockade on war-torn Yemen could bring millions of people closer to “starvation …


Saudi Arabia: 201 detained in sweep over $100B in corruption

Saudi Arabia announced on Thursday it has detained 201 people as part of a sweeping probe, estimating that at least $100 billion has been misused through embezzlement and corruption in …


Lebanon: Saudi-aligned party demands PM’s return from Riyadh

Lebanon’s Future Movement party of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who resigned from Saudi Arabia under mysterious circumstances five days ago, demanded on Thursday that he return from the kingdom immediately.


Iran’s president accuses Saudis of meddling in Lebanon

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani criticized Saudi Arabia on Wednesday over what he called “unprecedented” interference in Lebanese affairs, adding his voice to those who suspect the Gulf kingdom forced Lebanon’s …


Fuel crisis hits Yemen’s capital as Saudis tighten blockade

Hundreds of cars lined the main roads of Yemen’s capital after the rebels who control the city ordered fuel stations to close on Wednesday, accusing merchants of taking advantage of …


Saudis’ bolder moves to confront Iran echo across region

Saudi Arabia is more aggressively confronting its rival Iran on multiple fronts. It’s a policy that risks sharpening several conflicts in the Middle East, even though so far it has …


Saudis accuse Iran of possible ‘act of war’ as regional tensions rise

Saudi Arabia on Monday accused archrival Iran of direct responsibility for a missile attack on the Saudi capital last week, issuing a stark warning that the strike may have constituted …


Amid intrigue, Saudi king receives Lebanon’s outgoing PM

Lebanon’s outgoing prime minister who unexpectedly resigned during a trip to Saudi Arabia met with Saudi King Salman on Monday as speculation continued to swirl over his surprising move.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 4, 2017, 9:36 p.m.

Saudi Arabia intercepts missile targeting main airport

Saudi Arabia said its forces intercepted a ballistic missile fired Saturday from Yemen toward one of the kingdom’s major international airports on the outskirts of the capital, Riyadh.


Saudi Arabia, which denies women equal rights, makes a robot a citizen

Sophia, the advanced artificial intelligence robot – which looks like Audrey Hepburn, mimics human expressions and may be the grandmother of robots that solve the world’s most complex problems – …


Saudi Arabia plans to build futuristic city for innovators

Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince on Tuesday announced plans to build a futuristic city run entirely on alternative sources of energy and said the ultraconservative kingdom must return to “moderate …