Saudi Arabia

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

New Airstrikes in Yemen After Saudis Say Operation Over

A Saudi soldier sits on top of an armor vehicle as he aims his weapons, on the border with Yemen, at a military point in Najran, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, April 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

SANAA, Yemen — Hours after Saudi Arabia declared an end to its coalition's nearly monthlong air campaign in Yemen, new airstrikes Wednesday hit Iran-backed militants and their allies in two cities, and the rebels said they would welcome U.N.-led peace talks in the conflict that has killed more than 900 people. The continued airstrikes suggested... more

US Reportedly Steps Up Involvement in Saudi-Led Yemen Campaign

Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, gather during a protest against Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, April 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

The U.S. reportedly has taken on a greater role in the Saudi-led campaign of airstrikes against Shiite rebels in Yemen amid doubts about whether Riyadh can achieve its objectives.  The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that the U.S. Navy has stepped up patrols looking for weapons that American and Arab officials believe have been sent to the ... more

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