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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 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

Suspect in 1996 Khobar Towers Bombing Arrested

This wanted poster shows a mugshot of Ahmed al-Mughassil, the man suspected in the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers residence at a U.S. military base in Saudi Arabia. (U.S. State Department Rewards For Justice via AP)

WASHINGTON — A man suspected in the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers residence at a U.S. military base in Saudi Arabia has been captured, a U.S. official said Wednesday. Ahmed al-Mughassil, described by the FBI in 2001 as the head of the military wing of Saudi Hezbollah, is suspected of leading the attack that killed 19 U.S. service personnel... more

WikiLeaks Begins Publication of 500,000 Leaked Saudi Documents

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

ISTANBUL — At the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, diplomats talk about kicking up trouble among disenchanted youth using Facebook and Twitter. At the embassy in Khartoum, they report on Iran's military aid to Sudan. Meanwhile in Geneva, the Saudi mission is stuck dealing with a multi-million dollar limo bill racked up by a Saudi royal and her entourag... more

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