Saudi Arabia

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

Red Reef 15 Closes With Joint Demonstration

A landing craft utility exits the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock to transport Marines and Sailors assigned to the 11th MEU and Comstock ashore. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Melissa Wenger/Released)

RAS AL KHAIR, Saudi Arabia  -- U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), along with members of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces officially concluded exercise Red Reef 15 with a joint demonstration in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dec. 16. Red Reef 15 is a biennial, bilateral exercise between the United States and the Ki... more

Saudi Convicts 27 for Plotting Attack on US Forces

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, centre, speaks to the media as Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal listens, during their meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014.

A court in Saudi Arabia sentenced 27 people to prison for planning a series of attacks against U.S. forces in Qatar and Kuwait, with more than half of the defendants charged on Wednesday with also trying to join forces with a group in Syria to smuggle fighters to Iraq, official media reports said. The verdicts were announced by the official Sau... more

Arab Countries Promise to Halt Flow of Fighters to ISIL

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud listens to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry before a meeting Sept. 11, 2014, at the Royal Palace in Jiddah. Key Arab allies promised to "do their share" to fight Islamic State militants. Brendan Smialowski/AP

The White House on Friday stressed the importance that Arab and Muslim countries pledge to help defeat the Islamic State even though none of the nations appear ready to put their own boots on the ground against the terrorist organization. Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Egypt. Jordan and Iraq ag... more

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