More Saudi Arabia Articles

  • Saudi Arabia to girls: No sports for you!

    Saudi Arabian traditionalists staged a protest last week against what they call "Westernizing" reforms - including potentially allowing girls to participate in sports classes.

  • Saudi sentences 8 to death for 2003 Riyadh attack

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A Saudi court sentenced eight people to death and 77 others to prison on charges related to attacks against expatriate residential compounds in the country's capital more than a decade ago, the official press agency said. In the May 2003 attacks, militants shot and...

  • 'Cut off and isolated and alone': Saudi princesses tortured for standing up for women's rights

    Hala, Jawaher, Maha and Sahar are the daughters of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. And while the king has more than 40 children, these four are locked away, beaten and starved for speaking up for human rights.

  • Saudi health minister sacked amid virus deaths

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has fired the country's health minister amid a spike in infections of the potentially fatal Middle East respiratory syndrome. The official Saudi Press Agency reported Monday that Abdullah al-Rabiah was relieved of his post as Health...

  • WWE wrestlers in Saudi Arabia for live matches

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Pro wrestlers with the WWE, including John Cena and former champion Randy Orton, are in Saudi Arabia for three days of matches in the capital, Riyadh. World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. says it is the first time its franchise has held matches in the...

  • Prominent human rights lawyer detained in Saudi

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi activists say authorities have detained a prominent human rights lawyer in the capital. Activists say Waleed Abu al-Khair was taken into custody Tuesday after attending a court hearing in Riyadh where he faces charges that include inciting public...

  • Saudi king replaces intelligence chief Bandar

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's king has appointed a new intelligence chief, Youssef al-Idrisi, replacing Bandar bin Sultan in the key post, which oversees the kingdom's support for Syrian rebels. The Saudi Press Agency carried the royal decree Tuesday saying Bandar had requested...

  • Social challenges as Saudis draw throne's future

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — While Saudi Arabia's royals work out the succession of the throne behind closed doors, a few voices are raising the most sensitive matter of all in the kingdom, questioning the ruling Al Saud family's claim to absolute power and its unchecked rights to the...

  • Obama refuses to raise human rights issues with Saudis

    President Obama refused to raise human rights issues during his meeting Friday with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, despite urging from a bipartisan group of lawmakers and assurances from the White House that Obama "raises our commitment to human rights" on all his trips. “Saudi Arabia's human...

  • Thai court dismisses Saudi killing case

    BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court on Monday dismissed a case against five people accused of slaying a Saudi businessman whose disappearance 24 years ago has marred relations between the two countries ever since. Bangkok's Criminal Court ruled that there was not enough evidence to try the case....

  • Obama meets with Saudi king, weighs new Syria aid

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The United States is considering allowing shipments of portable air defense systems to Syrian rebels, a U.S. official said Friday, as President Barack Obama sought to reassure Saudi Arabia's king that the U.S. is not taking too soft a stance in Syria and other...

  • Obama tries to mend rift with Saudis

    President Obama met with Saudi King Abdullah in Riyadh Friday, the last stop on his weeklong foreign trip as he tried to cool tensions with a key U.S. ally in the Middle East. "The United States and Saudi Arabia are working together to address a number of critical bilateral and regional...

  • Will Obama's Saudi visit be painful? Signs point to yes

    The Saudis have been less than pleased -- to say the least -- with Obama administration policies they believe have made a mess of the Middle East. And they're eager to vent their displeasure face-to-face.

  • Obama shouldn't expect a warm reception in Riyadh

    President Obama has spent this week bingeing on diplomacy, but he cannot be drunk on success. There's very little to show for his days in Europe other than a few joint statements that were forgotten as soon as the press releases were handed out. Friday's meeting with Saudi King Abdullah bin...



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