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Pompeo holds crisis talks in Riyadh on missing journalist

AFP | US top diplomat Mike Pompeo held talks with Saudi King Salman on Tuesday seeking answers about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, amid...

Saudi Arabia vows a heavy response in case of sanctions

News Analysis | Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has warned that if the punitive measures are taken against the Kingdom on the charges of alleged...

Turkey, Saudi at odds over Istanbul consulate search: reports

AFP | Turkey and Saudi Arabia are at odds over a planned search by the Turkish authorities at the kingdom's Istanbul consulate where journalist Jamal...

Prince Salman gives Trump a history lesson

News Analysis | Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has responded to the U.S President Donald Trump’s statement that Saudi Arabia would not last two weeks...

Saudi prince’s image seen at risk over missing critic

AFP | The disappearance of a prominent critic of Saudi Arabia's rulers after entering the kingdom's Istanbul consulate risks severely tarnishing the reformist image of its...

Journey towards “moderation”: KSA embraces Yoga

AFP | In a sparse, wood-floored studio, Saudi women squat, lunge and do headstands. Even a year ago, teaching these yoga postures could have rendered them outlaws...

Global watchdog takes Saudi Arabia to task for lax anti-terrorism finance...

James M Dorsey | A Financial Action Task Force (FATF) report criticizing Saudi Arabia’s anti-money laundering and terrorism finance measures puts the kingdom on the...

After Canada-Saudi row, West confronts risk of speaking up

AFP | Saudi Arabia's diplomatic brawl with Canada has exposed what Western officials call "new red lines" in their engagement with the oil-rich kingdom, deterring nations...

Criticism of Saudi leadership seeps through cracks as report questions kingdom’s...

James M. Dorsey | Signs of opposition to policies of Saudi King Salman and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and potentially increased domestic...

Saudi wealth fund bets big to remake oil-based economy

AFP | With the stock market listing of its national oil company stalled, Saudi Arabia is scrambling to boost the coffers of the sovereign wealth...

Saudi Arabia tests Japan-inspired ‘nap pods’ for Hajj

AFP | Mansour al-Amer swipes a card to reveal a narrow sleep pod, reminiscent of Japan's famed capsule hotels. But this pod is in Saudi...

Pilgrims descend on Mecca for ‘smart hajj’

AFP | Two million Muslims gather in Saudi Arabia this week for the hajj as the annual pilgrimage becomes increasingly hi-tech with apps to help...

Who can benefit from Saudi-Canadian spat?

Simran Shoaib | Bearing witness to the Saudi-Canadian spat over the case of human rights of diplomacy prevailing via a tweet from Canada, analysts assess...

Saudi Arabia expels Canadian Ambassador and halted trade with immediate effect

News Analysis |  Saudi Arabia has declared Canadian ambassador as persona non grata, giving him 24 hours to leave the country. The move came as...

Woman may face Saudi sex charge and jail for hugging pop...

AFP | A woman may face charges under a new harassment law in Saudi Arabia after storming a stage to hug a pop star, authorities...

Xinjiang: Pan-Turkism fuels China’s hearts-and-minds campaign

Dr. James M. Dorsey | Chinese efforts to woo Saudi Arabia’s ethnic Chinese community highlight the People’s Republic’s effort to avert criticism from the Muslim...

Saudi Arabia, Oman sites added to UNESCO World Heritage List

News Desk | UNESCO added Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahsa Oasis and Oman's ancient city of Qalhat to its World Heritage List on Friday, the world cultural...

Saudi women rev up motorbikes as end to driving ban nears

AFP | Even a year ago, it would have been hard to imagine -- Saudi women clad in skinny jeans and Harley-Davidson T-shirts, revving motorbikes...

First Saudi women get driving licences

AFP | Saudi Arabia on Monday began issuing its first driving licences to women in decades, state media reported. "The first group of women today received...

Saudi Crown Prince calls Iranian leader “Hitler” of Middle East

News Analysis | At a time when the Middle East is in the middle of a severe rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran, Saudi Arabia's...

Lebanon asks western powers to help with PM Hariri’s release from...

Reuters | Lebanon believes Saad al-Hariri, who resigned as prime minister on Saturday while in Saudi Arabia, is being held by Riyadh, and Beirut plans to work...

Saudi-UAE moves hint at willingness to engage with Iran

James M. Dorsey | Recent moves by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates suggest that the two Gulf states may be looking for ways...

Playing both sides against the middle: Saudi Arabia engages with Iraqi...

James M. Dorsey | Saudi Arabia, with the Islamic State on the ropes in Iraq, is forging ties to Iraqi Shiite leaders and offering to...

US moves against Iran raise spectre of wider regional conflict

James M. Dorsey | US President Donald J. Trump. in a step that could embolden Saudi Arabia to move ahead with plans to destabilize Iran,...

Iran minister warns Saudi Arabian prince about getting into ‘battles’

Iran will hit back at most of Saudi Arabia with the exception of Islam's holiest places if the kingdom does anything "ignorant", Tehran's defense...

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