Counting the Cost

Assessing Donald Trump's budget proposal

If approved, Trump's budget plan would increase military spending while 18 other agencies will experience budgets cuts.


Iran pilgrims to join this year's Hajj: Saudi Arabia

Iran's pilgrims did not attend the Hajj in 2016 after the two countries failed to agree on security and logistics.


Saudi Arabia: Trump meeting a 'historic turning point'

Saudi says talks highlighted shared views on Iran, expresses 'satisfaction' Trump's travel ban not aimed at Muslims.


What King Salman seeks in Asia

Riyadh's economic ambitions paired with its historic political goals leave ties with Asia-Pacific states non-optional.

by Ankit Panda

Business & Economy

Saudi Arabia wants oil prices to rise to $60 in 2017

OPEC heavyweight and Gulf allies believe the rise would increase investment without causing a jump in US shale output.


Saudi foreign minister visits Iraq after 27-year gap

Adel al-Jubeir, kingdom's first foreign minister to visit since 1990, promises to build ties and install new ambassador.

Middle East

Iran accused of undermining Middle East security

Zarif backs dialogue with 'brothers in Islam' but Saudi counterpart Jubeir urges 'red lines' to halt Iran's actions.

Middle East

Saudi sci-fi fans flock to kingdom's first Comic Con

Colourful event in Jeddah comes as Saudi Arabia boosts its entertainment sector amid economic and social reform.


Saudi Arabia says four ISIL cells broken up

At least 18 arrested for providing shelter and funds to ISIL fighters and for recruitment in different parts of kingdom.

Middle East

Yemen conflict: Seven Saudi soldiers killed on border

At least seven Saudi soldiers have been killed in the past week in border clashes with Houthi rebels, state media says.

Middle East

CIA director gives medal to top Saudi royal

Mike Pompeo gives Saudi Crown Prince Muhammed bin Nayef the George Tenet award for his 'counter-terrorism' work.

Saudi Arabia

Suicide bombers blow themselves up in Saudi Arabia

Security forces engaged 'terrorists' in a firefight with suspects who later detonated explosives in the city of Jeddah.


Islands of contention: Tiran and Sanafir

A tumultuous tale of two islands that span decades.

Middle East

Egypt court rejects islands transfer to Saudi Arabia

In final verdict, Egyptian court rules against government agreement to hand over Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia.

Middle East

Lebanon's Aoun begins Middle East tour in Saudi Arabia

President is expected to focus on re-establishing military ties and reviving Lebanon's ailing tourism sector.