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Op-Ed: Obama's sickening Saudi homage is object lesson in U.S. hypocrisy

Riyadh - By paying effusive homage to the late Saudi King Abdullah and by honoring the kingdom's new fundamentalist dictator with his presence, President Barack Obama has given the world an object lesson in American hypocrisy.

Op-Ed: Activists wonder if four confined women are still alive

Riyadh - While President Obama travels to Saudi Arabia to mourn the passing of a King Abdullah, four of the king's imprisoned daughters have disappeared off social media, and activists are concerned the women have passed on.

Two of Saudi King's daughters claim they are denied food

Jeddah - Two daughters of Saudi king Abdullah, Princess Sahar 42 and Jawaher 38 claim that they are imprisoned in the royal compound in Jeddah since they spoke out against poverty and the plight of women in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Princess to have €12m of luxury goods seized for debt

Paris - A Saudi Princess who habitually runs up outlandish bills on luxury goods and hotel stays which she then neglects to pay, is to have goods worth €12 million seized on the order of a French judge.

Saudi Arabia allows women in parliament

Today is a historic moment for Saudi Arabia as King Abdullah has signed a decree allowing women to participate in the Kingdom's Shura Council, which until now, had been an all-male enclave.

Saudi woman sues interior ministry over driving ban

A female Saudi activist has become the third woman this year to sue the interior ministry over the infamous driving ban which prohibits women from driving in the Kingdom.

Op-Ed: Muslim Brotherhood begins its takeover of Jordan

Mideast revolutions continue as Jordan’s government begins to collapse, the Muslim Brotherhood is taking aim at Jordan, and Jordan’s King Abdullah is starting to lose tribal support. Jordan's collapse may occur quickly.

Saudi Arabia to hold three-day mourning for Crown Prince Naif

Saudi Arabia is to hold a three-day period of mourning following the death of Crown Prince Naif Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Saturday. World leaders have sent condolences to King Abdullah on the death of his brother.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Naif dies

King Abdullah's successor to the Saudi Arabian throne, Crown Prince Naif, died on Saturday. The 78-year-old prince was named as next in line to the throne in October 2011.

Saudi King Abdullah petitioned to lift ban on women driving

As the anniversary of Saudi Arabia's Women2Drive campaign approaches, hundreds of signatures have been gathered on a petition appealing to King Abdullah to lift the ban on women drivers in the Kingdom.

Saudi writer Hamza Kashgari arrested for blasphemy

Saudi Arabian writer Hamza Kashgari, 23, a columnist for the al-Bilad daily in Jeddah, was forced to flee the Kingdom for safety when a fatwa demanding his execution for blasphemy was issued earlier this week.

Saudi King replaces head of morality police with moderate

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's religious police, responsible for enforcing strict sharia law in the Kingdom, have been criticized in recent months for being too aggressive.

Saudi elections see low turnout by male voters, no female voters

Saudi Arabia held municipal elections yesterday but voter turnout was low, with only 1.2 million men registering to vote. Women were not allowed the opportunity to vote as the historic decision to give them suffrage had not come into effect yet.

Saudi King revokes 10 lashes punishment for woman driver

Jeddah - King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has revoked the court imposed sentence of 10 lashes meted out to a woman who drove in Jeddah. The revocation follows outrage in the Kingdom and international attention.

Jordanian Minister resigns over proposed publication laws

Amman - Jordan's Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communication Taher Adwan submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Maaruf Bakhit, in opposition to new proposed laws to "restrict media expression".

Saudi Arabia King Abdullah hospitalized, appears in wheelchair

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz has once again been admitted to the hospital after numerous complaints over his consistent back pain. Doctors have ordered tests and suggested the 86-year-old to rest.

First female minister appointed in Saudi Arabia

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has appointed the kingdom’s first ever female minister. American educated Nora bint Abdullah Al-Fayez, will take up the position of deputy education minister with special responsibility for female education.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Saudi Arabia s King Abdullah (R) in Riyadh
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