More Saudi Arabia Articles

  • 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...

  • Egypt, Saudi Arabia to pressure Qatar at summit

    KUWAIT CITY (AP) — An assortment of Arab nations will likely use an Arab summit this week to try to pressure the tiny but wealthy Gulf nation of Qatar to stop supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and other opposition movements throughout the region. Egypt and Saudi Arabia have labeled the Muslim...

  • Saudi deports 370,000 migrants over 5 months

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia says it has deported 370,000 foreign migrant workers from the kingdom over the past five months. The Interior Ministry says the foreigners, who are from different countries around the world, had been residing in the country illegally and violated labor...

  • Real war on women: Saudi women demand end to male control over them

    A group of 25 female activists from Saudi Arabia have petitioned the country's government to end the "absolute authority" of men over women.



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