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As ISIS shocks world, beheadings spike in US ally Saudi Arabia

Denounced by the Obama administration as especially brutal for its practice of beheading prisoners and enemies, the Sunni insurgent group ISIS can make no claim to be the sole practitioner of the barbaric policy.

Four brothers beheaded for smuggling marijuana into Saudi Arabia

Riyad - Two sets of brothers were beheaded using swords in the city of Jajran in southwestern Saudi Arabia on Monday August 18th after being convicted of smuggling marijuana into the country according to the Saudi Interior Ministry.

Op-Ed: Shoring up the Persian Gulf

What the latest $11 billion armed deal between the United States and the Persian Gulf sheikhdom of Qatar implies about United States policy in the Persian Gulf region.

Two confirmed dead in Saudi government building suicide bombing

A suicide bombing inside a southern Saudi Arabian government building has left at least two confirmed dead, both of whom are believed to Al Qaeda linked militants.

Geopolitics, oil and power in the Persian Gulf: Then and Now Special

Understanding history is crucial for understanding the present. Especially whereby our understanding of the Iran situation is concerned. To understand how this situation came about it is crucial to understand the history which shaped it.

How Islamic State of Iraq and Syria(ISIS) is funded

Baghdad - The International Business Times has described ISIS as the "world's best-resourced terror organization." Some funds come from donors but they also smuggle antiquities, and sell oil, and collect taxes in areas they control.

Iraq's cabinet blames Saudi Arabia for ISIS crisis

The Iraqi cabinet has accused the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of funding the crimes that Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have committed in Iraq in the last few days.

Gulf states advise ally Egypt to invest aid in infrastructure

The United Arab Emirates is giving Egypt billions worth of aid which it says it should use to invest in its infrastructure in order to bring the economy out of the dire straits it has been in for years now.

Saudi Arabia and UAE ready to give Egypt's Sisi $20 billion aid

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are prepared to give Cairo $20 billion in aid after their ally in Cairo, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, is inaugurated as the new president of Egypt.

Saudi Arabia arrests professors over Muslim Brotherhood links

Saudi Arabia has arrested nine university professors who are alleged to have connections with the Muslim Brotherhood, which is banned in that kingdom.

Op-Ed: Kissing camels in defiance of MERS warnings: How stupid is that?

Saudi Arabia is in the middle of an MERS outbreak that has infected over 519 people to date and claimed 157 lives. So what in the world is going on with the pictures and videos being posted on the web showing people kissing and hugging their camels?

Saudi blogger sentenced to 10 years and 1,000 lashes

Jeddah - Saudi rights activist and blogger Raif Badawi has been sentenced in a Saudi court to a decade in prison and 1,000 lashes for "insulting Islam".

First U.S. case of deadly MERS virus confirmed - CDC

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is working to educate and not alarm the public amid the first confirmed case of MERS in the United States.

Op-Ed: Saudi Arabia lectures on human rights; world laughs

Riyad - At a UN meeting last week, Saudi Arabia lectured Norway on the nation’s human rights record for failing to prevent criticism of Islam. In Saudi Arabia, a blogger was sentenced to 15 years in prison and four princesses starve for women’s rights.

Saudi Princess Sahar calls for uprising against father's regime

Riyad - The daughter of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has called for an insurrection against the ruling regime. Princess Sahar and three of her sisters are currently confined in the king’s palace.

2 more in Saudi Arabia die of MERS, cousin to SARS, more fall ill

The Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, or MERS, has taken two more lives in Saudi Arabia. The country's health ministry also report 13 more known cases. MERS is related to the SARS, which appeared in about 37 countries a decade ago.

Qatar claims that dispute with fellow GCC alliance states is over

Qatar has claimed that the dispute it and three of its fellow Gulf Cooperation Council member states were locked in is now over.

A thirst for fresh water in Saudi Arabia

Man has always assumed the water we drink, bathe in and use for our recreation is one of our unending natural resources. Where water has been available, cultures have flourished. But our global "footprint" is now affecting our critical watersheds.

GCC states reach first-step deal to end Qatar dispute

The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council has agreed upon the terms of a security pact which they hope will bring about an end with the dispute around the policies of GCC-member state Qatar.

Gulf ministers meet in order to quell Qatar dispute

Foreign Ministers of Arab states on the west side of the Persian Gulf are meeting in order to discuss the tensions between three Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states with their fellow member Qatar.

Syrian rebels appear to have U.S anti-tank missiles

Syrian rebels seemed to have received at least 20 American TOW anti-tank missiles. The rebels who seem to have gotten their hands on such weaponry are said to be "moderates."

Crisis in Qatar may continue and even get worse

A week has passed since the GGC Arab states of the Persian Gulf recalled their ambassadors from Qatar. That crisis may continue and even get worse.

'Qatar and Saudi Arabia are destabilizing Iraq' -- Iraqi PM

Iraq Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has directly accused Saudi Arabia and Qatar of attacking Iraq through proxies in Syria.

Egypt embraces Qatars isolation

Saudi Arabia has declared the Muslim Brotherhood to be a terrorist mere days after withdrawing its ambassador from Qatar for that gulf states support for the Brotherhood.

Why the Gulf states recalled their ambassadors from Qatar

The ambassadors of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have withdrawn their respective ambassadors against Qatar alleging that country of interfering in their internal affairs.

Saudi female student dies after male ambulance crew denied access

Riyadh - A female student in Saudi Arabia died of a heart attack after staff at her university allegedly refused to allow male paramedics to enter a women's-only campus to save her.

Saudi Arabia surpasses Britain and France in defense expenditures

London - Saudi Arabia is now the world's fourth largest defense spender moving past the United Kingdom and France from seventh place. The statistics are from the latest report of the Institute for Strategic Studies in London (IIHS)

Op-Ed: Fixing Geneva II, Syrian peace talks

New York - The international war being waged inside of Syria has created a humanitarian crisis of staggering proportions. Estimates of numbers killed in the war since March 2011 range from 94,000 to 130,000.

Human body fell from the sky in Saudi Arabia

Jeddah - A disturbing sight in Saudi Arabia recently brought the phrase "it's raining men" to a whole new level. Residents watched in horror as a mangled corpse descended from the sky.

Op-Ed: Saudi activist sentenced to four years prison and 300 lashes

Omar al-Saeed, a Saudi political activist who called for a constitutional monarchy in the country and criticized its human rights record was sentenced to four years in prison and 300 lashes.
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Battered woman wearing a niqab, her bruised eye visible
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Raha Moharrak of Saudi Arabia has made history by reaching Everest summit
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New rehabitation and spa center opened in Riyadh for Al-Qaeda extremists.
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A scene from 'Wadjda'
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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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A screen capture of an image retweeted by Princess Sahar.
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Muammar Al-Gaddafi
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Man Kissing Camel near Sphinx in Cairo.
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Two of the princesses with their pets earlier this month.
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Sahar's profile picture from Twitter.
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One of 24 Panavia Tornado ADVs delivered to the Royal Saudi Air Force by BAE as part of the Al Yamamah arms sales.
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Saudi Arabia: Modern city of Medina
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The Foreign Minister of Bahrain meets Saudi Arabia's aging monarch HM Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud (L)
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Jeddah skyline from the Red Sea, Saudi Arabia.
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UK Foreign Secretary William Hague meeting Saudi Defence Minister His Royal Highness Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz
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Desalination plant in RAK (Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates) Photo taken: March 10, 2007.
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