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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

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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 …