Saudi Arabia

US demands Saudi Arabia release 'critic of Islam'

VP Mike Pence calls upon Saudi Arabia, Eriteria, Mauritania and Pakistan to release religious dissidents.

US demands Saudi Arabia release 'critic of Islam'

AJ Impact

With Aramco IPO deal on hold, some question if it's now worth it

Despite delays, Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammed bin Salman insists the company's IPO will take place in 2020 or 2021.

With Aramco IPO deal on hold, some question if it's now worth it

United States

Defying Trump, US House votes to block Saudi arms sales

Measures related to $8bn in arms sales to Saudi Arabia now go to Trump, who is expected to veto the resolutions.

United States

US House Democrats lead push to restrict Trump on Iran strikes

House passes defence bill with amendments addressing Iran, Saudi arms sales and Yemen. Trump has threatened a veto.

US House Democrats lead push to restrict Trump on Iran strikes

United Arab Emirates

Saudi Arabia moves to secure Yemen ports after UAE drawdown

Analysts say UAE's surprise pullout may strain ties with ally Saudi Arabia at a time of heightened tensions with Iran.

 Saudi Arabia moves to secure Yemen ports after UAE drawdown

AJ Impact

Short Answer

Why is the Strait of Hormuz so strategically important?

Explaining the economic and geopolitical significance of the key waterway out of the Gulf.

Why is the Strait of Hormuz so strategically important?

United States

Senator calls for 'comprehensive review' of US-Saudi relationship

Republican Senator Jim Risch introduces legislation that seeks to push back on Saudi Arabia over its rights record.

Senator calls for 'comprehensive review' of US-Saudi relationship

Jamal Khashoggi

Media watchdog visits Saudi Arabia to free journalists

Reporters Without Borders says it met Saudi officials in April to press for the release of 30 jailed reporters.

Media watchdog visits Saudi Arabia to free journalists

Jamal Khashoggi

UN rapporteur urges US action over Khashoggi report

Khashoggi's fiancee Hatice Cengiz also calls on UN member states to take report 'more seriously'.

UN rapporteur urges US action over Khashoggi report

AJ Impact

Qatar signs $8bn petrochemical deal with Chevron

The Gulf nation's petroleum company will develop a new plant along the country's coast with the American energy firm.

Qatar signs $8bn petrochemical deal with Chevron

AJ Impact

Billion-dollar deal: Qatar agrees to buy US planes & jet engines

The Gulf nation agreed to buy military equipment and develop a petrochemicals complex with Chevron.

Billion-dollar deal: Qatar agrees to buy US planes & jet engines

Saudi Arabia

Saudi princess on trial over French repairman assault

Hassa bint Salman accused of ordering bodyguard to beat up a worker who took a photo inside her posh Paris apartment.

Saudi princess on trial over French repairman assault

Saudi Arabia

Nicki Minaj pulls out of Saudi concert over rights concerns

Rapper says she is cancelling her set to show support for women's and LGBTQ rights and freedom of speech.

Nicki Minaj pulls out of Saudi concert over rights concerns

Middle East

Yemen's Houthi rebels urge full withdrawal of Saudi-led coalition

The call comes after reports that the UAE will reduce its military presence in war-ravaged Yemen.

Yemen's Houthi rebels urge full withdrawal of Saudi-led coalition

United Arab Emirates

UAE reducing troops in Yemen in 'peace strategy'

Emirati official says move part of transition from military to 'peace-first' strategy and Saudi Arabia was consulted.

Yemen: UAE to reduce troop presence after consulting with Riyadh