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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

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 …


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

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

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

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.