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

Iranian Aid Ship Heads to Yemen Despite Saudi Blockade

Houthi Shiite rebels ride in a military truck while patrolling a street in Sanaa, Yemen. (AP photo)

An Iranian aid ship entered the Gulf of Aden on Monday on its way to Yemen in a challenge to Saudi Arabia's blockade of Yemeni ports. The ship, Iran Shahed, was chartered by Iran's Red Crescent Society, the counterpart of the Red Cross, and is carrying 2,500 tons of food and medical supplies, Iranian media claimed. It left the Iranian port of B... more

Yemen's Humanitarian Truce Barely Holds as Violence Resumes

Emirati Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash talks at the Arab Media Forum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

SANAA, Yemen  — A jet-fighter from a Saudi-led coalition struck a military convoy belonging to Shiite rebels and their allies in southern Yemen on Wednesday, straining a humanitarian, five-day cease-fire that took hold the previous day. Meanwhile, a senior Iranian military official warned the U.S.-backed coalition against blocking a Yemen-bound... more

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