King Abdullah

Bush art: Dubya, brush in hand, captures fellow leaders

Peter Baker A dour Vladimir Putin glares ever so frostily, full of menace, free of mirth, ready to annex any passer-by unwise enough to get too close.

Putin defies Obama in Syria as arms flow fuels Assad resurgence

A Syrian woman reacts following an air strike by Syrian government forces in the al-Sakhour district of the northern city of Aleppo on April 2.

Henry Meyer Russian President Vladimir Putin, condemned by NATO for annexing Crimea, is now defying the US in Syria by sending more and deadlier arms to help Bashar al-Assad, experts say.


US president and ageing Saudi monarch at odds

David Blair The US and Saudi Arabia are now at loggerheads over every burning issue in the Middle East.

Putin calls Obama to discuss Ukraine

Michael Shear President Vladimir Putin of Russia called President Barack Obama on Friday to discuss a proposal by Obama for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in Ukraine, and the two leaders agreed that their...

Barack Obama considers sending shoulder-fired missiles to Syrian rebels

Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons President Barack Obama is weighing whether to allow shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles to be shipped to moderate factions of the Syrian opposition, possibly with help from the Saudi government,...

Saudis place terrorist label on the Muslim Brotherhood

Saudi Arabia on Friday declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organisation, escalating a new campaign against the group across the region with a sweeping ban that imposed lengthy prison...

Islamist threat at home forces Saudi rethink on Syria

Saudi royal guards stand on duty in front of portraits of the country's rulers at a cultural festival this week.

Angus McDowall After serving for years as the main conduit for weapons and cash to rebels battling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Saudi Arabia is shifting its policy to contain the spread of Islamist militancy...

Prince Charles of Arabia

Prince Charles

Britain's Prince Charles, dressed in a traditional Saudi robe and a chequered red and white keffiyeh, joined members of Saudi Arabia's royal family in performing the "Ardah" sword dance near Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia to 'shift away from US' over Syria, Iran: spy chief

Saudi Arabia's National Security Council Prince Bandar Bin Sultan

Amena Bakr Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief has said the kingdom will make a "major shift" in relations with the United States in protest at its perceived inaction over the Syria war and its overtures to Iran,...

John Kerry: US-Saudi ties enduring despite Syria

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal

Jo Biddle Secretary of State John Kerry says US ties with Saudi Arabia are "strategic and enduring", even as differences on Syria remain after a visit aimed at easing tension.

Israel to take harder line on occupied territory: report

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he addresses the foreign media during a reception marking the new year in Jerusalem.

Jeffrey Heller Israel's prime minister has increased the amount of occupied territory he wants to keep after any peace deal with the Palestinians, Israeli radio reported on Thursday, a move that could complicate U.

Saudi money props up Egypt under rule of generals

Alaa Shahine The absolute monarchies of the Gulf are betting that their money can help build a stable Egypt run by generals.

Saudis, UAE pledge $8.7b in aid for Egypt


Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates pledge $US8b in aid to Egypt after the toppling of President Mursi.

Saudis target Iran and Israel at missile base

Aimed missiles.

Colin Freeman Saudi Arabia is targeting Israel and Iran with powerful ballistic missiles, new satellite photography suggests.

Cheer up, it's the Cold Call Pope on the phone

Pope Francis I comes across as a reformer who doesn't put ideology before morality.

Rome: Pope Francis already has distinguished himself from his predecessor with a more down-to-earth style.

Why arm cannibal rebels in Syria, Putin asks

Putin warns Of conflict with Korea (Thumbnail)

Khaled Yacoub Oweis and Alexei Anishchuk Amman/London: Russian President Vladimir Putin, arriving in Britain ahead of an international summit set to be dominated by disagreement over the US decision to send weapons to Syria's rebels, said...

Women ready to be Saudi Arabia's new driving force

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah speaks to Saudi media upon his arrival at Riyadh airport February 23, 2011. King Abdullah unveiled a series of benefits for Saudis estimated to be worth $35 billion on his return home on Wednesday from three months abroad for medical treatment. The action plan, which includes funding to offset high inflation, to help young unemployed people and support families to get affordable housing, was made as popular protests over poverty, corruption and repression hit many Arab countries.

Ruth Pollard All eyes are on the increasingly frail King Abdullah, 88, as he prepares to choose a successor.

An alleged kidnap plot, a $490 million fortune and the Red Prince: royal rivalries force Saudi Arabia's 'little Barbie' princess into life of exile

Princess Sara bint Talal bin Abdulaziz

Hugh Miles and Robert Mendick She was Saudi Arabia's "Barbie" princess; the pampered granddaughter of the Kingdom's founder and daughter of one of his most powerful and favoured sons.

Saudi women a first at Olympics

Saudi women go to Olympics.

London Saudi Arabia will send female athletes to the Olympic Games for the first time, the International Olympic Committee said, ending a ban by the kingdom where women aren't allowed to drive.

China raps West over Syria split

Bashar al Assad on flag

China accuses some Western countries of seeking regime change in Syria and blamed their increasing support for rebel forces in the civil war as hurting the solidarity of the UN Security Council.