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Jordan's king calls Syria attack 'a tremendous blow' to al-Assad regimeupdated: Wed Jul 18 2012 13:43:00

Jordan's King Abdullah II, one of the first Arab leaders to call for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, told CNN the attack on Wednesday that killed members of al-Assad's inner circle is a "tremendous blow to the regime."

Jordan's king addresses reformupdated: Tue Jan 17 2012 18:37:00

Jordan's King Abdullah talks with CNN's John Defterios about the formation of a new government and unrest in Syria.

Jordan's king discusses Middle East peace talks with Obamaupdated: Tue Jan 17 2012 18:37:00

Jordan's King Abdullah met Tuesday with U.S. President Barack Obama to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the conflict in Syria, which borders Jordan.

Interior minister named Saudi Arabia's new crown princeupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 21:29:00

Nayef bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Arabia's interior minister, has been named the new crown prince of the key oil-producing nation, ascending at a time of regional turmoil amid the populist Arab Spring movement and simmering international issues involving Iran and other neighbors.

Biden-led delegation pays condolence call in Saudi Arabiaupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 17:00:00

Vice President Joe Biden led a U.S. delegation to Saudi Arabia Thursday to offer condolences for the death last week of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud.

Body of Saudi crown prince arrives in Riyadhupdated: Tue Oct 25 2011 04:55:00

The body of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the heir to the Saudi throne who died in New York on Saturday, arrived Monday in the Saudi capital, greeted by crowds of people, authorities and troops.

Saudi Crown Prince diesupdated: Sun Oct 23 2011 16:03:00

Following the death of the Saudi Crown Prince, CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom analyses what happens next in the kingdom.

Heir to the Saudi throne diesupdated: Sun Oct 23 2011 16:03:00

The heir to the Saudi throne, Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, died in a New York hospital early Saturday, officials said, raising succession questions in the key oil-producing country at a time of regional turmoil.

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah to have back surgery againupdated: Sun Oct 16 2011 21:49:00

Saudi Arabia's 87-year-old ruler, King Abdullah, arrived Sunday at a Riyadh hospital to undergo his third back surgery within a year, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Sources: Saudi king revokes flogging of female driverupdated: Thu Sep 29 2011 12:44:00

Saudi King Abdullah has revoked a flogging sentence for a woman who allegedly flouted the conservative kingdom's strict rules that prohibit women from driving a car, two sources with knowledge of the case said Wednesday.

Saudi woman faces lashes for drivingupdated: Thu Sep 29 2011 12:44:00

A Saudi woman found guilty of driving a car is sentenced to flogging.

Rights group decries flogging sentence for female Saudi driverupdated: Tue Sep 27 2011 20:22:00

Saudi King Abdullah announced greater political participation for women in the conservative kingdom this week, but Tuesday, a human rights group decried the promised reforms in light of a flogging sentence for a woman who dared to drive a car.

Woman sentenced for driving a carupdated: Tue Sep 27 2011 20:22:00

Amnesty International says a Saudi woman was sentenced to 10 lashes for driving a car. CNN's Fionnuala Sweeney reports.

Questions follow Saudi king's promise on women's rightsupdated: Mon Sep 26 2011 13:28:00

A day after Saudi King Abdullah announced greater political participation for women in the future, some Saudis questioned just how big a change may really be on the horizon.

Saudi king signals greater role for women in politicsupdated: Mon Sep 26 2011 12:00:00

The king of Saudi Arabia has opened the door to greater participation by women in future municipal elections.

'No justification' for Syrian clampdown, Saudi king saysupdated: Sun Aug 07 2011 19:10:00

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah condemned the crackdown on anti-government protesters in Syria on Sunday, saying there is "no justification for the bloodshed."

Clashes mar visit by Jordan's king, witnesses sayupdated: Mon Jun 13 2011 13:55:00

Clashes broke out between citizens and anti-riot police during a visit by King Abdullah to southern Jordan on Monday.

Saudi security breaks up protest, witnesses sayupdated: Sun Mar 20 2011 23:43:00

Security forces in Saudi Arabia arrested several people demonstrating at the Interior Ministry Sunday, putting them in police cars and buses to take them away, witnesses said.

Activists disappointed by Saudi king's reformsupdated: Fri Mar 18 2011 16:54:00

Saudi reform activists responded with disappointment Friday after the king promised a major package of reforms meant to quell growing dissatisfaction in his country.

Saudi king returns home to shaken Mideastupdated: Wed Feb 23 2011 11:08:00

After three months abroad for medical treatment, Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah returned home Wednesday to a Middle East shaken by unrest, announcing a series of sweeping measures aimed at relieving economic hardship and meeting with Bahrain's beleaguered monarch.

King's prime minister choice steams Jordanian oppositionupdated: Wed Feb 02 2011 19:19:00

Opposition groups in Jordan are upset with King Abdullah II's choice for a new prime minister, saying the decision should have been made in a different way.

Saudi king arrives for treatment in Moroccoupdated: Sat Jan 22 2011 08:33:00

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia arrived in Casablanca, Morocco, on Saturday to continue his recovery from back surgery late last year, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.

President Obama meets with King Abdullahupdated: Wed Dec 22 2010 11:58:00

In June, President Obama talked about his meeting with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah and the topics they discussed.

Saudi king leaves NY hospitalupdated: Wed Dec 22 2010 11:58:00

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has left a New York hospital to recuperate at his home in the city, the official Saudi Press Agency said Wednesday.

Saudi king undergoes more back surgeryupdated: Fri Dec 03 2010 20:25:00

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia had successful follow-up back surgery in New York Friday, this time to stabilize several vertebrae in his spine, the official Saudi Press Agency reported, citing the Royal Court.

Leaks offer less-than-flattering look at some world leadersupdated: Mon Nov 29 2010 15:59:00

Among the volumes of diplomatic communications released by WikiLeaks are frank observations about the character of world leaders, their quirks and their weaknesses.

Saudi king has back surgery in New Yorkupdated: Wed Nov 24 2010 21:24:00

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia underwent successful back surgery Wednesday, according to a statement from the Saudi Royal Court.

Saudi king arrives in U.S. for blood clot treatmentupdated: Tue Nov 23 2010 02:43:00

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has arrived in the United States for medical treatment, the State Department said.

Saudi king on way to U.S. for blood clot treatmentupdated: Mon Nov 22 2010 10:49:00

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah left Monday for the United States for treatment of a herniated spinal disc and a blood clot that is causing him back pain, state media said.

Syrian, Saudi leaders visit Lebanon for summitupdated: Fri Jul 30 2010 12:47:00

The leaders of Syria and Saudi Arabia on Friday implored Lebanese officials to shun violence in settling political differences and declared their "solidarity with Lebanon against all Israeli threats."

Al Qaeda video blasts Yemen 'corruption'updated: Wed Feb 24 2010 05:41:00

Al Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen posted a video online Tuesday, blasting the country's president and what it called the "appalling corruption of the regime."

Saudi ruling sparks outrageupdated: Mon Jan 25 2010 13:14:00

A young girl in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to 90 lashes and two months in prison. CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom reports

Report: Saudi girl accepts lashing for assaulting headmistressupdated: Mon Jan 25 2010 13:14:00

A schoolgirl in Saudi Arabia has accepted her sentence of 90 lashes and two months in prison for assaulting her headmistress after a confrontation over a cell phone, according to Saudi daily newspaper Al-Watan.

Saudi schoolgirl sentenced to 90 lashes after assaulting headmistressupdated: Sat Jan 23 2010 06:48:00

A schoolgirl in Saudi Arabia was sentenced to 90 lashes and two months in prison for assaulting her headmistress after a confrontation over a cell phone, sparking an outcry from a government-sponsored rights group.

Saudi journalist pardonedupdated: Tue Oct 27 2009 14:53:00

CNN's Octavia Nasr reports on Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah pardoning a female journalist.

Royal pardon for Saudi journalist sentenced to lashesupdated: Tue Oct 27 2009 14:53:00

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has been called "The King of Hearts" by many of his countrymen, referring to what they believe are his compassionate attempts to reform his ultra-conservative kingdom.

Fortune: Can Jordan build on its relative success?updated: Thu Aug 13 2009 10:53:00

"We live in a bad neighborhood," one of King Abdullah's top advisors is telling me. "Sometimes, no matter how hard we try or how much progress we make, political events in this part of the world overwhelm them." Actually, it's even tougher than that for Jordan. They say oil and water don't go together, but sadly here they do. Jordan happens to be severely lacking in both: it currently imports 96% of its energy needs and is the fourth-poorest country in the world in terms of water resources.

Saudis move to dispel crown prince health rumoursupdated: Tue Jul 28 2009 08:14:00

Saudi Arabia's Cabinet was reassured Monday about the condition of its crown prince, according to state-run media, amid mounting speculation about his health.

Bankruptcy chicupdated: Mon May 18 2009 00:08:00

CNN's Carol Costello reports more people are seeing bankruptcy as a way out of financial hardship.

Saudi judge: 'OK to slap wife'updated: Tue May 12 2009 12:35:00

A Saudi judge is raising controversy over comments he made on domestic violence. CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom reports

Commentary: Wife-slapping not OK in Islamupdated: Tue May 12 2009 12:35:00

A judge in Saudi Arabia has said husbands are allowed to slap their wives if they spend lavishly, a Saudi newspaper reported this past weekend. In one fell swoop, the judge debased Islam, vilified the kingdom and disregarded the ideals the Saudi monarch himself embraces.

Saudi king appoints successor's successor to throneupdated: Sat Mar 28 2009 01:45:00

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah on Friday appointed Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz to be the nation's second deputy prime minister, making him second in line to the kingdom's throne, the state-run Saudi Press Agency said.

Woman gets 40 lashesupdated: Mon Mar 09 2009 20:23:00

CNN.com writer Mohammed Jamjoom talks about a Saudi woman being punished for having two unrelated men in her home.

Saudis order 40 lashes for elderly woman for minglingupdated: Mon Mar 09 2009 20:23:00

A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced a 75-year-old Syrian woman to 40 lashes, four months imprisonment and deportation from the kingdom for having two unrelated men in her house, according to local media reports.

Saudi men arrested for seeking female writer's autographupdated: Sat Mar 07 2009 03:44:00

Saudi Arabia's religious police detained two male novelists for questioning last week after they attempted to get the autograph of a female writer at a book fair in Riyadh, according to local media reports.

Conjoined twins separatedupdated: Sun Mar 01 2009 02:49:00

CNN's Rosemary Church talks to the doctor just after he successfully separated two Egyptian conjoined twins.

King changes ministersupdated: Tue Feb 17 2009 04:54:00

Saudi King Abdullah appoints woman to top government post. CNN's Nic Robertson reports.

Analysis: Female minister just one of Saudi king's steps forwardupdated: Tue Feb 17 2009 04:54:00

What could be bigger than the appointment of the first female minister in Saudi Arabia?

Saudi activist: Female minister 'first step' but more neededupdated: Mon Feb 16 2009 07:11:00

The appointment of a Saudi woman as a vice minister in the country's government is a "first step" for women's rights in Saudi Arabia, but "more serious changes" are needed, an outspoken advocate said Sunday.

First woman in Saudi positionupdated: Mon Feb 16 2009 07:11:00

A woman has been appointed to the Saudi Kingdom's council of ministers for the first time. CNN's Mohammed Jamjoon reports

Saudi King appoints first woman to councilupdated: Sat Feb 14 2009 19:42:00

Saudi King Abdullah has appointed a woman to the council of ministers for the first time as part of a Cabinet reshuffle, networks including Saudi state-run Channel One reported Saturday.

Asian markets mostly lowerupdated: Mon Oct 27 2008 22:57:00

Most Asian stocks were lower on Tuesday, a day after record-breaking lows that also saw U.S. main indices down, while Europe reined in earlier losses to contain the damage.

Mideast markets suffer sharp dropupdated: Sun Oct 26 2008 11:39:00

The Saudi Arabian Stock Exchange dipped slightly Sunday, a day after King Abdullah announced he would invest billions of Saudi riyals into the market.

Saudi stocks tumble with world markets, oil pricesupdated: Sun Oct 26 2008 09:13:00

The Saudi Arabian Stock Exchange began the week Saturday with its largest decline in four years, a reaction to the world's tumbling markets and oil prices, an economist said.

Time.com: Jihad Waning in Osama's Homeland updated: Fri Sep 12 2008 03:00:00

Viewpoint: A combination of tough policing and soft inducements, as well as revulsion at al-Qaeda's carnage in the Arab world, has curbed extremism in Saudi Arabia

What Queen Rania wants for the worldupdated: Wed Jul 23 2008 11:08:00

A businesswoman, a mother of four, an international fashion icon, a woman committed to making the world a better place for women and children -- Queen Rania of Jordan is truly changing the world.

Queen's labor of loveupdated: Wed Jul 23 2008 11:08:00

CNN's Becky Anderson talks with Jordan's Queen Rania, who shares her goals for improving the lives of young Jordanians.

Fortune: Saudis: Don't blame us for oil pricesupdated: Mon Jun 23 2008 15:12:00

When King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia entered the cavernous ballroom in the basement of the Jeddah Hilton Sunday, the room rose to its feet. Cell phone cameras flashed. Delegates whispered. And reporters placed bets on whether he would say anything newsworthy.

Saudi will increase oil output to cut pricesupdated: Mon Jun 23 2008 03:37:00

Saudi King Abdullah confirmed Sunday that his country will increase daily oil production from 9 million barrels to 9.7 million in the near future to counter the sharp rise in international oil prices.

CNNMoney: Saudi Arabia to produce more oilupdated: Sun Jun 22 2008 14:41:00

Saudi King Abdullah confirmed Sunday that his country will increase daily oil production to 9.7 million barrels from 9 million to counter the sharp rise in international oil prices.

Time.com: Saudi Arabia to Boost Oil Productionupdated: Sun Jun 22 2008 11:00:00

Saudi Arabia is willing to produce more oil if customers need it, the kingdom's oil minister said Sunday

Time.com: Can Saudi Pumps Help Ease Prices? updated: Tue Jun 17 2008 18:00:00

The Saudis have finally promised to increase oil output. But energy experts are skeptical it will bring much relief

Time.com: Bush to Saudis: More Oil Productionupdated: Fri May 16 2008 11:00:00

President Bush is appealing to oil-rich Saudi Arabia to increase production just as oil prices have hit another record high

Time.com: Saudi King Calls for Interfaith Dialogueupdated: Tue Mar 25 2008 13:00:00

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has called for a dialogue among monotheistic religions -- including Judaism

Time.com: Cheney, Saudis to Talk Oil Pricingupdated: Fri Mar 21 2008 11:00:00

High oil prices paining U.S. consumers is a key topic of Vice President Dick Cheney's talks Friday with Saudi King Abdullah

Facetime with Prince Turki Al Faisalupdated: Fri Feb 29 2008 08:14:00

MME sits down with a key member of the Royal Family, Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud

Face Time with Prince Turki bin Faisal al Saudupdated: Fri Feb 29 2008 08:14:00

This is not the first oil boom to deliver windfall revenue to the world's leading oil exporter, Saudi Arabia.

Traveling with Bush: Bling, strawberry juice and goat brains?updated: Mon Jan 14 2008 17:15:00

Who knew that President Bush loves "bling-bling," Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice finds strawberry juice just dandy, and some White House journalists like to munch on goat brains?

Time.com: Bush in Talks With Saudi Kingupdated: Mon Jan 14 2008 11:35:00

President Bush, on his first visit to this oil-rich kingdom, delivered a major arms sale Monday to its ally in a region where the U.S. casts neighboring Iran as a menacing threat

Pardon for Saudi rape victimupdated: Wed Dec 19 2007 08:45:00

CNN's Zain Verjee reports on the U.S. government's relief after Saudi King Abdullah's pardon for a rape victim.

Man pardoned over Saudi rape caseupdated: Wed Dec 19 2007 08:45:00

Saudi King Abdullah's letter pardoning a rape victim from 200 lashes and six months in prison for appearing in public with an unrelated male also included a pardon for the man she was with, according to the Saudi Justice Minister.

Rape pardon: Arab media quietupdated: Wed Dec 19 2007 05:16:00

CNN's Wilf Dinnick tuned in to find out how the Arab media covered a Saudi rape case that caused international outrage.

King pardons Saudi rape victimupdated: Wed Dec 19 2007 05:16:00

Saudi King Abdullah has pardoned a rape victim who had been sentenced to 200 lashes and six months in prison in a case that sparked international attention, a Saudi newspaper has reported.

Bush: Rape-case opinion 'loud and clear'updated: Wed Dec 05 2007 04:54:00

President Bush said Tuesday that Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah "knows our position loud and clear" on the punishment of the victim of a gang rape.

Candidates slam Saudi rape verdictupdated: Thu Nov 22 2007 09:14:00

U.S. presidential candidates Wednesday condemned Saudi justice after a rape victim was sentenced to 200 lashes and six months in jail.

Outrage over victim's sentenceupdated: Thu Nov 22 2007 09:14:00

A rape victim's sentence is increased after she talks to the media. CNN's Carol Costello reports

Saudis defend rape penaltyupdated: Thu Nov 22 2007 09:14:00

The husband of a rape victim speaks out against Saudi Arabia's justice system. CNN's Nic Robertson reports.

Ex-Saudi ambassador: Kingdom could have helped U.S. prevent 9/11updated: Fri Nov 02 2007 01:52:00

Saudi Arabia could have helped the United States prevent al Qaeda's 2001 attacks on New York and Washington if American officials had consulted Saudi authorities in a "credible" way, the kingdom's former ambassador said in a documentary aired Thursday.

Saudi: 9/11 plotters trackedupdated: Fri Nov 02 2007 01:52:00

Prince Bandar says Saudis could have helped prevent al Qaeda attacks if U.S. consulted them in a 'credible' way.

Saudi king's royal meet draws fireupdated: Wed Oct 31 2007 05:12:00

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has begun his visit to the UK as controversy continues over issues related to the Middle Eastern kingdom.

Queen greets Saudi Kingupdated: Wed Oct 31 2007 05:12:00

CNN's Phil Black reports on the Saudi King's lavish welcome to Britain and why his visit is so controversial.

Anger over Saudi royal visitupdated: Wed Oct 31 2007 05:12:00

Groups protest over Saudi king's visit to the U.K., expressing anger over human rights issues and arms deals. CNN's Phil Black reports.

Saudi king: UK ignored terrorism warningupdated: Mon Oct 29 2007 09:21:00

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has stirred up controversy ahead of a rare visit to Britain which begins Monday, accusing British authorities of ignoring intelligence that could have prevented the 2005 London bombings

Mystery ailment kills hundreds of Saudi camelsupdated: Sat Aug 18 2007 06:52:00

Hundreds of camels have died in Saudi Arabia this week from a mystery ailment.

Saudi king on debut European tourupdated: Mon Jun 18 2007 11:52:00

Saudi King Abdullah was due to arrive in Spain on Monday, his first trip to a Western country since he ascended to the throne two years ago.

King Abdullah: 'Last opportunity' for Mideast peaceupdated: Sun Feb 25 2007 02:40:00

The current juncture in Middle East diplomacy presents a golden but final opportunity to resolve the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to Jordan's King Abdullah.

Fortune: The world at riskupdated: Fri Feb 23 2007 11:51:00

1. Mexico Rapid approval of the 2007 budget, a well-targeted anti-crime initiative, and the launch of new social programs could boost Felipe Calderón's presidential credibility and support.

Cheney huddles with Saudi king, heads backupdated: Sat Nov 25 2006 07:31:00

Vice President Dick Cheney is on his way back to Washington after a daylong whirlwind meeting with Saudi Arabian King Abdullah.

Jordan confirms al Qaeda behind hotel blastsupdated: Sat Nov 12 2005 07:12:00

Jordan's King Abdullah II on Saturday vowed to back a crackdown on al Qaeda after confirming that four people from the terror group carried out the Amman hotel attacks -- three suicide bombers and the wife of one of the attackers.

Abdullah: Al Qaeda is 'madness and evil' updated: Thu Oct 13 2005 22:08:00

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia called the threat of al Qaeda in his country "madness and evil," and vowed to ABC's Barbara Walters that his nation would "eliminate this scourge" of terrorism.

Saudi officials: Al Qaeda leader killedupdated: Thu Aug 18 2005 09:37:00

Saudi security forces have killed a man in Medina they said was the leader of al Qaeda on the Arab Peninsula, an interior ministry official told CNN.

Clerics vow loyalty to Saudi kingupdated: Wed Aug 03 2005 02:37:00

Top clerics, tribal chiefs and Saudi officials have pledged allegiance to King Abdullah in a traditional Islamic investiture ceremony that bestows his legitimacy.

Simple funeral for King Fahdupdated: Tue Aug 02 2005 03:20:00

Muslim leaders and Saudi princes have bid a final farewell to King Fahd before his body was buried in an unmarked grave in a desert cemetery in keeping with Saudi Arabia's austere Islamic tradition.

Saudis pledge to keep pumping oilupdated: Mon Aug 01 2005 17:30:00

Saudi Arabia will continue to pump oil "to the best of our capability, with a reasonable price" under its new leader, King Abdullah, a top Saudi diplomat said Monday.

Saudi King Fahd dead updated: Mon Aug 01 2005 14:12:00

Saudi Arabia's King Fahd -- whose reign was marked by unprecedented prosperity, but whose close ties with the United States stirred the passions of Islamic militants -- has died, Saudi Arabia's information minister announced Monday.

Saudi names king after Fahd deathupdated: Mon Aug 01 2005 03:08:00

Key U.S. ally Saudi Arabia has named Abdullah its new monarch to succeed King Fahd who has died after guiding the world's largest oil exporter through 23 turbulent years.

U.S. Muslim leader tells of role in Libya assassination plotupdated: Sat Jul 31 2004 06:04:00

A prominent U.S. Muslim leader told a court that he was involved in an alleged Libyan plot to assassinate Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

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