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Stories with place: Saudi Arabia
  • Gulf Arab states strike new deal to heal rifts 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 6:41 pm
  • RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - The Western-allied Arab states of the Gulf Cooperation Council said Thursday the bloc has agreed on the mechanisms to implement a security pact, marking a possible first step toward bridging deep rifts among its six energy-rich states.

  • Spate of Mideast virus infections raises concerns 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 12:16 pm
  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - A recent spate of infections from a frequently deadly Middle East virus is raising new worries about efforts to contain the illness, with infectious disease experts urging greater vigilance in combatting its spread.

  • WWE wrestlers in Saudi Arabia for live matches 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 11:08 am
  • RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Pro wrestlers with the WWE, including John Cena and former champion Randy Orton, are in Saudi Arabia for three days of matches in the capital, Riyadh.

  • Prominent human rights lawyer detained in Saudi 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 1:42 pm
  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Saudi activists say authorities have detained a prominent human rights lawyer in the capital.

  • Malaysia reports first Asian death from MERS virus 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 10:04 am
  • KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - A Malaysian man who went on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia has become the first death in Asia from Middle East respiratory syndrome, while the Philippines has isolated a health worker who tested positive for the deadly coronavirus.

  • Saudi king replaces intelligence chief Bandar 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 2:13 pm
  • RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia's king has appointed a new intelligence chief, Youssef al-Idrisi, replacing Bandar bin Sultan in the key post, which oversees the kingdom's support for Syrian rebels.

  • Spain eyes stronger economic ties with UAE visit 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 6:20 am
  • ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - King Juan Carlos of Spain began a visit to the Persian Gulf region on Monday by telling United Arab Emirates officials that deepening ties with their oil-rich country was a top priority, highlighting the role wealthy Arab states could play in shoring up the battered Spanish economy.

  • Social challenges as Saudis draw throne's future 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 2:46 pm
  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - While Saudi Arabia's royals work out the succession of the throne behind closed doors, a few voices are raising the most sensitive matter of all in the kingdom, questioning the ruling Al Saud family's claim to absolute power and its unchecked rights to the country's oil wealth.

  • UAE: Paramedic dies from MERS, others infected 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 2:13 pm
  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - A paramedic in the United Arab Emirates has died after contracting Middle East respiratory syndrome and five others have tested positive for the virus, the Gulf nation's interior ministry said Friday.

  • Kerry outdoes himself in new diplomatic frenzy 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 12:02 pm
  • CASABLANCA, Morocco - More than a week into what was supposed to be only a five-day trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sat in a Paris hotel suite contemplating his next moves on multiple crisis fronts.

  • Saudi artists cautiously push against redlines 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 8:02 am
  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - When Ahmed Mater visited Mecca in 2010 something felt off. Dozens of cranes were eating away at the mosque to make way for a larger complex surrounding the Kaaba, the cube-shaped structure to which observant Muslims pray toward five times a day that also draws millions of pilgrims annually from around the world.

  • IOC president meets Saudi Olympic chief in Riyadh 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 7:01 am
  • RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - IOC President Thomas Bach has discussed the issue of women's participation in sports with Saudi Arabia's Olympic chief.

  • Report: Gulf region still a risk to investors 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 10:07 am
  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Despite improvements in regulations and moves to diversify Arab economies away from natural resources, global investors remain wary of doing business in Gulf countries because of regional upheaval and other potentially destabilizing factors, according to a report by The Economist Intelligence Unit released Monday.

  • Thai court dismisses Saudi killing case 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 12:23 am
  • BANGKOK - A Thai court on Monday dismissed a case against five people accused of slaying a Saudi businessman whose disappearance 24 years ago has marred relations between the two countries ever since.

  • Obama offers Europe, Mideast allies assurances 
    Updated: Mar-29-14 3:02 pm
  • RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - From the heart of Europe to the expanse of Saudi Arabia's desert, President Barack Obama's weeklong overseas trip amounted to a reassurance tour for stalwart, but sometimes skeptical, American allies.

  • Trip at an end, Obama has issues waiting at home 
    Updated: Mar-29-14 11:14 am
  • RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany - A week of international prodding, outreach and reassurance behind him, U.S. President Barack Obama is returning to Washington amid looming domestic and foreign challenges, from a fast-approaching deadline for health care enrollment to renewed worries about Russia's intentions in Eastern Europe.

  • Obama to Putin: Pull back from Ukraine border 
    Updated: Mar-28-14 6:58 pm
  • RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Worried about Moscow's intentions, President Barack Obama urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to pull his troops back from the border with Ukraine during an hourlong phone call Friday. The Russian leader, who initiated the call, asserted that Ukraine's government is allowing extremists to intimidate civilians with impunity.

  • Obama may allow air defense help for Syria rebels 
    Updated: Mar-28-14 12:34 pm
  • RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - The Obama administration is considering allowing shipments of new air defense systems to Syrian rebels, a U.S. official said Friday.

  • Obama, Francis find common ground - and divisions 
    Updated: Mar-27-14 6:36 pm
  • VATICAN CITY - Face to face for the first time, President Barack Obama and Pope Francis focused publicly on their mutual respect and shared concern for the poor on Thursday. But their lengthy private discussion also highlighted the deep differences between the White House and the Catholic Church on abortion and birth control.

  • Saudi women renew push for the right to drive 
    Updated: Mar-27-14 12:52 pm
  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - In the six months since Saudi activists renewed calls to defy the kingdom's ban on female drivers, small numbers of women have gotten behind the wheel almost daily in what has become the country's longest such campaign.

  • Report: Global executions up 15 percent in 2013 
    Updated: Mar-26-14 8:58 pm
  • NEW YORK - The number of known executions around the world rose almost 15 percent in 2013, and the United States was among the five countries putting the most people to death, a new report says.

  • Arab summit lays bare serious cracks on Syria 
    Updated: Mar-26-14 4:10 pm
  • KUWAIT CITY - An Arab summit that ended Wednesday exposed cracks in what was once solid Arab support for Syrian rebels, with Saudi Arabia and Qatar divided over which factions to back and Syria's neighbors increasingly expressing fatigue with the flood of refugees from the country's civil war.

  • A look at Mideast judicial systems 
    Updated: Mar-25-14 3:44 pm
  • An Egyptian court's decision this week to sentence to death 529 alleged supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood after a two-session trial has triggered criticism from governments and rights groups around the world. The country's judicial system is sure to face further scrutiny as another 683 suspected Islamists went on mass trial Tuesday. The proceedings have raised deep concerns among human rights activists over the lack of due process as Egyptian authorities push swift and heavy prosecutions in their crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies.

  • Saudi Arabia reports 1 more death from new virus 
    Updated: Mar-24-14 3:35 am
  • RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia says a man has died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing to 64 the deaths in the kingdom at the center of the outbreak.

  • Obama's Europe ties get new test in Russia dispute 
    Updated: Mar-22-14 11:24 am
  • WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's complex relationship with Europe faces new challenges during a weeklong trip as he tries to persuade allied leaders to hold firm in efforts to punish Russia for its incursion into Ukraine.