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Qatar says its hosting of World Cup ‘not up for discussion’

Qatar on Wednesday strongly criticized Emirati officials for questioning Doha’s hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, saying that the tournament “is not up for discussion or negotiation” amid a …


Putin hosts Saudi king to talk about oil, Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Saudi Arabia’s King Salman for talks in Moscow on Thursday in the first official visit of a Saudi monarch to Russia that was expected to …


Saudi-led coalition on U.N. blacklist for killing Yemen kids

The Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting rebels in Yemen has been placed on a U.N. blacklist for killing and maiming nearly 700 children and attacking schools and hospitals in 2016.


Saudis far from unanimous over allowing women to drive

The morning after Saudi Arabia joined the rest of the world in opening its roads to female drivers, the top-trending hashtag among the kingdom’s Twitter users wasn’t supportive.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 3:04 p.m.

Saudi Arabia government says it will allow women to drive

Women in Saudi Arabia will be permitted to drive in the kingdom, according to a royal decree issued in Riyadh on Tuesday that overturned one of the most widely criticized …


More than 1.7 million Muslims gather for start of hajj

In Saudi Arabia, more than 1.7 million pilgrims are marking the start of the hajj pilgrimage on Wednesday by circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca – Islam’s holiest site – …


Saudi-led airstrikes kill 14 civilians in Yemen’s capital

Saudi-led coalition fighter jets rained bombs on the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, on Friday levelling houses packed with civilians and killing at least 14 people, including eight members of a single …


U.S. commander visits Yemen; earlier airstrike kills dozens

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – The top U.S. commander for the Middle East got a first-hand look on Wednesday at Saudi Arabia’s military fight against Yemen’s rebels, visiting the border area …


Saudi prince arrested on King Salman’s order after video appears to show abusive behavior

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman ordered the arrest of a prince and his associates on Wednesday after videos emerged which appear to show the prince engaging in abusive behavior against citizens. …


9/11 survivors accuse Theresa May of suppressing a report on Saudi terror links

Back when David Cameron was Britain’s prime minister, he commissioned an inquiry into revenue streams for extremist groups. Cameron agreed, reluctantly, to produce the report if the Liberal Democrats supported …


Saudis release woman in viral miniskirt video without charge

Saudi Arabia announced Wednesday that a woman who was detained after wearing a miniskirt in a video that went viral has been released without charge.


Saudi woman in miniskirt video arrested after public outcry

A Saudi woman has been arrested for defying the kingdom’s strict dress code by walking around in a miniskirt and crop top in a video that sparked public outrage.


Saudis to allow girls to play sports in public schools

Saudi Arabia’s Education Ministry says it will introduce physical education classes for girls in public schools next year, a decision that comes after years of calls by women across the …


Qatar agrees to curb terrorism financing under deal with U.S.

The United States and Qatar signed a memo of understanding Tuesday on steps the tiny Persian Gulf nation will take to stop the funding of terrorism, U.S. officials said Tuesday. …


UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017, 9:37 p.m.

Tillerson aims to ease Qatar crisis with shuttle diplomacy

The Trump administration tossed aside its aversion to mediating a weeks-long Persian Gulf dispute Monday, as the top U.S. diplomat flew to the region hoping to corral Qatar and its …


Anti-Qatar bloc threatens further steps against Gulf state

Four Arab countries isolating Qatar vowed Friday to take additional steps against the energy rich Gulf state after it refused to accept their demands over allegations that it supports extremist …


UPDATED: Wed., July 5, 2017, 7:44 p.m.

Arab states angry over Qatar’s dismissal of their demands

Four Arab nations seeking to isolate Qatar over its alleged support for extremist groups were angered Wednesday by what they said was a “negative” response by the tiny Gulf nation …


Qatar responds to Saudi bloc demands as Trump works phones

Qatar delivered its official response to the 13 demands made by the Saudi-led coalition that cut diplomatic and transport links with the country, as President Donald Trump and Kuwait’s ruler …


Trump’s promise of jobs from Saudi deals may fall flat

President Donald Trump can’t stop boasting about nearly $400 billion in military and business deals his administration made during his two-day visit to Saudi Arabia last month.


Trudy Rubin: Trump’s ‘Big Man Doctrine’ is failing

Trump refuses to recognize he’s dealing with issues of far greater magnitude than the display of his bargaining skills.


Germany, Iran call for negotiations in crisis with Qatar

Germany’s foreign minister says the crisis over Gulf Arab state’s dispute with Qatar will only get worse the longer it lasts, and appeals on all sides to engage in direct …


Tillerson urges Qatar and the Gulf states to negotiate an end to their rift

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday criticized some of the demands by Saudi Arabia and its allies on Qatar as “very difficult” to meet, and urged the countries to …


Saudi-led bloc seeks diplomatic fix to impasse with Qatar

Saudi Arabia and its allies want to resolve their standoff with Qatar through diplomacy and don’t seek regime change, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said at …


Suicide bomber blows himself up as Saudis foil Mecca plot

A suicide bomber blew himself up near the Grand Mosque at Mecca as police disrupted a plot to target the holiest site in Islam just as the fasting month of …


Saudi king upends royal succession, names son as 1st heir

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Wednesday appointed his 31-year-old son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince, placing him firmly as first-in-line to the throne and removing the country’s counterterrorism czar …


UPDATED: Tue., June 20, 2017, 7:27 a.m.

Flynn didn’t disclose role in Saudi deal with Russians, congressional letter says

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn appears to have failed to report a 2015 trip to Saudi Arabia on behalf of a U.S./Russia business plan to build nuclear reactors, according …


Saudi prince invests $63 million in ride-sharing service Careem

An investment firm chaired by billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has invested $62 million in a Dubai-based ride hailing service called Careem, which rivals Uber in the Middle East.


Qatar slams `illegal siege’ as neighbors try to sway U.S.

Qatar said it is under an “illegal siege” by the Saudi-led alliance, which raised the stakes in the diplomatic crisis by encouraging the U.S. to move a key military base …


Senate heads toward showdown vote on Saudi weapons sale

The Senate on Tuesday narrowly turned back a bipartisan bid to rebuke Saudi Arabia and reject President Donald Trump’s plan to sell the kingdom more than $500 million in precision-guided …


Charles Krauthammer: Trump’s tweets drown out policy debates

Trump was elected to do politically incorrect – and needed – things like withdrawing from Paris. He was not elected to do crazy things, starting with his tweets.