Dec 16, 2014

'Disguised' Saudi woman arrested while attending soccer game

A Saudi woman arrested while attending a soccer game in the kingdom claims she did not know women were prohibited from going to the male-only stadiums, the state-linked Okaz newspaper reported on Monday. Saudi Arabia enforces a strict segregation of the sexes and has ...

Saudi Arabia may ease ban on women driving

Nov 8, 2014

Saudi Arabia may ease ban on women driving

The Saudi king’s advisory council has recommended that the government lift its ban on female drivers, a member of the council said Friday. The change would apply only to women over 30, and they must be off the road by 8 p.m. and could ...

Nov 4, 2014

Egypt, Gulf Arab allies mulling anti-militant alliance

Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait are discussing the creation of a military pact to take on Islamic militants, with the possibility of a joint force to intervene around the Middle East, The Associated Press has learned. The alliance would also ...

Oct 17, 2014

Falling oil prices shaking up global economies

A sudden plunge in the price of oil is sending economic and political shockwaves around the world. Oil exporting countries are bracing for potentially crippling budget shortfalls and importing nations are benefiting from the lowest prices in four years. The global price of oil ...

Oct 15, 2014

American shot dead in Saudi capital, another wounded: police

A gunman shot dead one American and wounded another at a filling station in the Saudi capital on Tuesday, in a rare attack on Westerners in the kingdom, police said. The victims worked for Vinnell Arabia, a U.S.-Saudi joint venture that provides training for ...

Oct 14, 2014

Saudi Arabia's oil enigma

by John Kemp

Saudi Arabia is sometimes likened to a central bank managing the global oil market, adding or withdrawing supplies to control prices. But that vastly overstates the degree of influence, let alone control, that the kingdom exercises over the market.

Oct 10, 2014

Rights group: Saudi silencing peaceful activists

Saudi Arabia is waging a “systematic and ruthless campaign of persecution” against peaceful activists in order to silence criticism of the state in the wake of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings, Amnesty International said Friday. The rights group released a new 20-page report, titled ...

Oct 5, 2014

Muslims celebrate Eid as hajj pilgrimage nears end

Muslims around the world celebrated the start of Islam’s biggest holiday on Saturday as more than 2 million pilgrims took part in one of the final rites of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, commemorates what Muslims ...

Saudi Arabia fears Yemen tumult may boost its main foe Iran

| Oct 2, 2014

Saudi Arabia fears Yemen tumult may boost its main foe Iran

The capture of Yemen’s capital by rebels with ties to Iran has jolted Saudi Arabia, prompting a scramble by Riyadh to prevent its Shiite Muslim rival from exploiting the takeover to make trouble in the kingdom’s backyard. The Sunni Muslim country is also concerned ...