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Saudi Arabia Says 453 Pilgrims Dead in Hajj Stampede

In this image posted on the official Twitter account of the directorate of the Saudi Civil Defense agency, a pilgrim is treated after a stampede in the holy city of Mina on Sept. 24, 2015. (Directorate of the Saudi Civil Defense agency via AP)

MINA, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi Arabia's civil defense directorate says at least 453 people were killed in a stampede on the outskirts of the holy city of Mecca during the annual hajj pilgrimage. Thursday's crush happened in Mina, a large valley about five kilometers (three miles) from Mecca that has been the site of hajj stampedes in years past.... more

Saudi Arabia Signals a More Muscular Foreign Policy Less Reliant on US

RIYADH, Saudi ARABIA -- Just weeks into the reign of Saudi Arabia's new ruler, King Salman, wars were raging across two of the kingdom's borders. To the north, Sunni Muslim extremists were threatening the stability of Iraq, which sought help from another of its neighbors, Saudi nemesis Iran. To the south in Yemen, Shiite Muslim militias that ha... more

Saudi King Abdullah Dies, Prince Salman Named as Successor

In this Nov. 22, 2010, file photo, Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, left, speaks with Prince Salman, the Saudi King's brother and Riyadh governor, right. AP Photo/Saudi Press Agency, File

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, the powerful U.S. ally who fought al-Qaida and sought to modernize the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom, including by nudging open greater opportunities for women, has died. He was 90. A royal court statement said the king died at 1 a.m. on Friday. His successor was announced as 79-year-old... more

Saudi Sergeant Accused of Vegas Child Rape

LAS VEGAS - A sergeant in Saudi Arabia's air force was jailed in Las Vegas on charges that he pulled a young boy into a hotel room and sexually assaulted him the morning of Sin City's big New Year's Eve fireworks extravaganza. Mazen Alotaibi, 23, faces charges including kidnapping, sexual assault with a minor and felony coercion that could get ... more

Islamic State Group's Attacks in Saudi Test Security of Hajj

In this Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 file photo, Muslim pilgrims cast stones at a pillar in a ritual called "Jamarat," symbolising the stoning of Satan, in the Mina neighbourhood of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The Islamic State group is extending its reach in Saudi Arabia, expanding the scope of its attacks and drawing in new recruits with its radical ideology. Its determination to bring down the U.S.-allied royal family has raised concerns it could threaten the annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage later this month. So far, the... more

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