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.

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.