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.

Middle East

Two Saudi 'terrorist' suspects shot dead in police raid

Saudi interior ministry says security forces surrounded a house and ordered suspects to surrender but they opened fire.

Guantanamo Bay

Yemeni Guantanamo inmates transferred to Saudi Arabia

Release of four detainees comes despite President-elect Donald Trump's demand for a freeze on transfers.


Egypt court upholds deal to transfer Red Sea islands

Cairo court upholds lower court's verdict that annulled decision voiding territorial agreement with Saudi Arabia.


Egypt approves transfer of Red Sea islands

Cairo court yet to issue final ruling but agreement to transfer two islands already sent to parliament for ratification.

Business & Economy

Saudi to boost 2017 spending as it cuts into deficit

Saudi Arabia's budget deficit shrank to $79bn in 2016 - well below a record $98bn in 2015.


Yemen: Arab coalition to stop using UK cluster bombs

Announcement comes after British defence minister admits coalition used UK-supplied munitions during the 20-month war.


Saudi King challenges foreign 'menace' in Yemen

King Salman says his kingdom will not tolerate any external "interference" in war-torn neighbouring Yemen.


US limits support to Arab coalition's Yemen campaign

Concerns over civilian casualties halt planned weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, which heads alliance battling Houthis.


Saudi Design Queens

Two young Saudi women host a design event that is pushing boundaries of art and tradition.

Counting the Cost

Game of oil: Behind the OPEC deal

OPEC member nations have agreed to cut oil production, but how will the deal affect the global economy?

Saudi Arabia

Saudi labour minister replaced, councils reshuffled

The changes come as the Gulf kingdom prepares to implement social and economic reforms amid economic hardship.