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Saudis apologize after minute’s silence snub in Australia

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation has apologized for “any offense caused” when its players declined to participate in a minute’s silence in memory of last weekend’s deadly attacks in London …

Russia denies reports of hacking Qatar’s state news agency

Russian officials on Wednesday denied allegations that Russian hackers breached Qatar’s state news agency and planted a fake news story that led to a split between Qatar and the other …

Qatar tries to ease food-supply fears as crowds throng shops

Qatar’s government sought to dispel concerns of possible food shortages a day after its biggest suppliers, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, cut diplomatic and trade links with the …

UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017, 3:28 p.m.

Trump sides with Saudis, other Arab nations against Qatar

President Donald Trump sided with Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries Tuesday in a deepening diplomatic crisis with Qatar, appearing to endorse the accusation that the oil-rich Persian Gulf nation …

Four Arab nations sever diplomatic ties with Qatar, exposing rift in region

Four Arab nations severed diplomatic relations with Qatar on Monday, moving swiftly to isolate the small but influential country after accusing Qatar’s rulers of supporting terrorist factions and stoking regional …

UPDATED: Sun., June 4, 2017, 10:25 p.m.

4 nations cut diplomatic ties to Qatar as Gulf rift deepens

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Four Arab nations cut diplomatic ties to Qatar early Monday morning, further deepening a rift among Gulf Arab nations over that country’s support for Islamist …

Milbank: Trump’s travels offer comedy relief

Americans by now have become accustomed to perpetual chaos. Now lucky friends and allies are seeing the Trump tornado firsthand.

UPDATED: Sun., May 21, 2017, 12:10 p.m.

Human rights concerns prove no obstacle in Trump-Saudi ties

On the first day of his first overseas visit, President Donald Trump presided over a nearly $110 billion sale of military equipment to Saudi Arabia that made clear his administration …

UPDATED: Sun., May 21, 2017, 9:05 p.m.

Trump urges Mideast nations to drive out ‘Islamic extremism’

President Donald Trump on Sunday implored Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries to extinguish “Islamic extremism” emanating from the region, describing a “battle between good and evil” rather than …

Parker: Godspeed, Mr. President, on your world tour

Out of respect for the purposes of Trump’s trip, we should only wish the president godspeed and, if you believe in a higher power, lend him your prayers.

UPDATED: Sat., May 20, 2017, 10:01 p.m.

U.S. first lady ignores Trump criticism and shuns headscarf

Ignoring President Donald Trump’s past admonition, U.S. first lady Melania Trump did not cover her head Saturday when they arrived in Saudi Arabia on the opening leg of his first …

UPDATED: Sat., May 20, 2017, 9:33 p.m.

Trump, in address to Muslims, urges fight against terror

President Donald Trump basked in Saudi Arabia’s lavish royal welcome Saturday as he left behind, at least temporarily, the snowballing controversies dogging him in Washington. Trump rewarded his hosts with …

UPDATED: Fri., May 19, 2017, 9:31 p.m.

Trump to Muslims on first foreign trip: Drive out terrorists

President Donald Trump’s maiden international trip, a five-stop marathon across the Middle East and Europe, has long loomed as a crucial first test abroad for the chaos-courting president.

Goodman: Look at all high crimes and misdemeanors

What if Donald Trump were actually held responsible for real crimes: killing civilians in drone strikes, forcing refugees to suffer or die by refusing asylum, or driving the planet headlong …

Trump prepares for first overseas trip, with anti-globalism at bay

At his inauguration in January, President Donald Trump looked down the National Mall and described a nation beset by “carnage,” its jobs going overseas and its military overextended to the …

UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017, 8:43 a.m.

Saudis paid for U.S. veteran trips to help fight 9/11 lawsuit law

After Congress passed a new law allowing Sept. 11 victims’ families to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts, opponents mounted an expensive political campaign, including paying American military veterans to …

Trump to visit Israel, Saudi Arabia, Vatican, meet with pope

President Donald Trump said Thursday his first foreign trip as president will feature stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican, where he will meet with Pope Francis, an ambitious …

Saudi Arabia now controls the largest oil refinery in North America

The Port Arthur refinery in Texas is North America’s largest oil refinery, and as of this week Saudi Arabia controls all of it. With the stroke of a proverbial pen, …

Alarm grows in Washington as Saudi coalition attack on Yemen port appears imminent

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers urged Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday to reconsider his support for a seemingly imminent assault by a Saudi-led coalition on the crucial Yemeni …

UPDATED: Sun., April 30, 2017, 9:50 p.m.

Germany’s Merkel to press Saudi Arabia on refugees, rights

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, where she is expected to press royals on a number of sensitive issues, including taking in refugees, while also boosting …

Saudis thwart attempted attack on oil facility near Yemen

Saudi Arabia says it has thwarted an attempt to attack an Aramco oil distribution center with an unmanned boat from Yemen, where the kingdom is at war with Shiite rebels.

London attacker had worked in Saudi Arabia teaching English

The British man who killed four people during a London rampage had made three trips to Saudi Arabia: He taught English there twice on a work visa and returned on …

Saudi Arabia creates a girls council to empower women – but where are the girls?

With great fanfare, the governor of Qassim province in Saudi Arabia announced the creation of a girls council – the first of its kind in the kingdom – intended to …

Bali decides to not cover nude statues for Saudi king’s visit

Local authorities in Bali have decided to not cover up statues of Hindu deities and semi-naked women during Saudi King Salman’s visit.

Russia overtakes Saudi Arabia as world’s top crude producer

Russia overtook Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest crude producer in December, when both countries started restricting supplies ahead of agreed cuts with other global producers to curb the worst …

After Trump remarks, Saudi repeats Palestinian state support

Saudia Arabia is reasserting support for a Palestinian state after U.S. President Donald Trump said Mideast peace doesn’t depend on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Saudi Arabia switches OPEC tack with eye on world’s top IPO

To understand why Saudi Arabia changed course and decided OPEC should go back to managing supply, look at two of the kingdom’s biggest policy challenges: the urgent need to plug …

OPEC agrees to cut output to push up oil price

OPEC has agreed to cut its oil production for the first time in eight years in an effort to boost crude prices.

Saudi-Iran rivalries could scuttle tentative OPEC deal

Up to this week, chances that OPEC countries would agree to their first cut in output in eight years were looking good. Now, not so much.

OPEC tries to salvage deal as Saudis say cut isn’t essential

OPEC ministers flew to Moscow and officials in Vienna started another round of talks in an effort to salvage an agreement on production cuts, just as Saudi Arabia said a …