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Saudi support for Syrian rebels shaped by tribal, religious tiesupdated: Mon Aug 20 2012 00:51:00

Every time I talk to a group of Syrians, I learn another layer of the complex construct that weaves Syrian society together and complicates any analysis of the conflict.

Father of Saudi athlete says daughter called names for competing in Gamesupdated: Mon Aug 13 2012 06:39:00

The father of a 16-year-old on Saudi Arabia's Olympic team said his daughter has been called names by people in her home country for competing at the London Games.

Saudi Olympic runner: 'Live your dreams'updated: Mon Aug 13 2012 06:39:00

Sarah Attar, the first Saudi woman to compete in an Olympic track and field event says she hopes to inspire others.

Saudi women going to Games is a shamupdated: Wed Aug 01 2012 08:39:00

For the first time, Saudi Arabia sent two women to the Olympics -- Wojdan Shaherkani and Sarah Attar, who will compete in judo and track and field. But their participation is far from a groundbreaking step for Saudi women.

Headscarf may bar Saudi woman from Olympics judo competitionupdated: Mon Jul 30 2012 09:38:00

One of the two women on Saudi Arabia's Olympic team may be pulled from the competition because of the kingdom's insistence that she wear a headscarf in her judo matches.

Historic first: Saudi women in Olympicsupdated: Mon Jul 30 2012 09:38:00

It's an Olympic first as Saudi Arabia names two women to the London 2012 team. Max Foster has more.

Saudi women slam dunk sports tabooupdated: Thu Jul 05 2012 06:11:00

A group of women basketball players in Saudi Arabia has been defying stereotypes as one of the few female sports teams in the kingdom.

Women's basketball in Saudi Arabiaupdated: Thu Jul 05 2012 06:11:00

Meet an all-female basketball team in Saudi Arabia, a country where women are not allowed to play sports in public.

Saudi Arabia recalls its ambassadorupdated: Sat May 05 2012 21:29:00

CNN looks at a diplomatic spat between Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Olympic dreams elude Saudi womenupdated: Mon Mar 26 2012 07:09:00

Rima Maktabi discusses the symbolic move by Saudi Arabia to eventually send female athletes to the Olympics.

'Oil is the new Greece'updated: Mon Mar 19 2012 22:19:00

CNN's Richard Quest talks to Stephen King, Chief Economist at HSBC, about the future of the oil market and Greece.

Saudi Arabia moves to calm oil marketupdated: Mon Mar 19 2012 22:19:00

Saudi Arabia is taking steps to cool the overheating global energy market, boosting its exports to the US and re-opening old oilfields to expand production, as the world's largest oil producer tries to prevent damage to the global economic recovery.

1 killed in Saudi Arabia clashes updated: Sat Feb 11 2012 06:21:00

Clashes between protesters and police left a man dead in the eastern province of Qatif in Saudi Arabia, police said.

Oil minister: Saudi Arabia can make up for Iranian crudeupdated: Tue Jan 17 2012 15:31:00

Saudi Arabia can make up for any loss of crude oil production if sanctions are placed on Iran, the country's oil minister told CNN in an exclusive interview.

Saudi Arabia can make up for Iranian oilupdated: Tue Jan 17 2012 15:31:00

Saudi Arabia's oil minister says his country can make up for Iranian crude oil production if Iran is sanctioned.

Australian man sentenced to prison, lashes in Saudi Arabia headed homeupdated: Fri Jan 13 2012 08:43:00

An Australian man sentenced to 500 lashes and a year in prison after his conviction on blasphemy charges in Saudi Arabia is headed home after his punishment was greatly reduced, officials said Thursday.

Dad survives 75 lashes for blasphemyupdated: Fri Jan 13 2012 08:43:00

The family of a Melbourne man who was jailed and whipped for blasphemy in Saudi Arabia welcomed him home.

Britain's David Cameron visits Saudi Arabiaupdated: Fri Jan 13 2012 06:11:00

British Prime Minister David Cameron is visiting Saudi Arabia, an important British partner in the Middle East, for the first time since he took office, Downing Street said Friday.

Saudi woman beheaded for 'witchcraft and sorcery'updated: Wed Dec 14 2011 09:15:00

A woman was beheaded in Saudi Arabia for practicing witchcraft and sorcery, the kingdom's Interior Ministry said, prompting Amnesty International to call for a halt in executions there.

Saudi woman beheaded for 'sorcery'updated: Wed Dec 14 2011 09:15:00

A woman is executed in Saudi Arabia for sorcery. CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom reports.

Man sentenced to 500 lashesupdated: Thu Dec 08 2011 05:13:00

An Australian man is sentenced to 500 lashes in Saudi Arabia for blasphemy. CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom reports.

Family is puzzled by man's arrest, sentencing in Saudi Arabiaupdated: Thu Dec 08 2011 05:13:00

The family of an Australian man, convicted of blasphemy by a Saudi Arabian court, wonders what it is he could have said that earned him a sentence of 500 lashes and a year in prison.

CNNMoney: Saudi Arabia poised to become solar powerhouseupdated: Mon Nov 21 2011 10:21:00

The United States may be known as the Saudi Arabia of coal thanks to its large deposits. But under an expected investment push, Saudi Arabia could soon become the Saudi Arabia of solar power.

Saudi Arabia gets new defense ministerupdated: Sat Nov 05 2011 22:26:00

Prince Salman bin Abdel Aziz has been tapped to be Saudi Arabia's defense minister, the royal court said Saturday.

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.

CNNMoney: Saudi oil production cut loomsupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 07:36:00

Saudi Arabia, one of the world's largest oil producers, may soon cut oil production.

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.

Iranian 'plots' and American hubrisupdated: Thu Oct 13 2011 22:58:00

Calls by Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to "unite the world in the isolation of and dealing with the Iranians," in response to an alleged Iranian plot to kill Saudi Arabia's Ambassador in Washington, reflect a hubristic misapprehension of reality. The Obama Administration mistakenly believes it can exploit the accusations for strategic advantage. In fact, they are likely to play to Iran's advantage, not America's.

Saudi adviser denies threat to foreigners in Riyadhupdated: Thu Sep 29 2011 21:05:00

An adviser to Saudi Arabia's government denied Thursday there is any kidnapping threat for Westerners in Riyadh, adding that he has "no idea" what prompted U.S. officials to issue such a warning.

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.

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.

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.

Indonesian govt. reacts to executionupdated: Fri Jul 15 2011 11:15:00

Indonesia is outraged over Saudi Arabia beheading an Indonesian migrant worker. CNN's Colleen McEdwards reports.

Indonesian maid escapes execution in Saudi Arabiaupdated: Fri Jul 15 2011 11:15:00

Just three weeks ago, Darsem binti Dawud Tawar was facing execution by beheading in Saudi Arabia for murder, which she claims was an act of self-defense. Now, finally back home in Indonesia, she is a free woman -- after the Indonesian government paid more than $500,000 in "blood money."

Tom Donilon on Saudi-U.S. relationsupdated: Mon Jul 04 2011 00:10:00

U.S. National Security Adviser Tom Donilon talks with CNN's Fareed Zakaria about relations with Saudi Arabia.

Indonesian migrant worker endured years of abuseupdated: Mon Jul 04 2011 00:10:00

Indonesian domestic helper Rosnani Matsuni holds traumatic memories from her years working abroad, claiming she was beaten, threatened with her life and "treated like an animal" by her employers.

Saudi Arabia suspends visas to Indonesian domestic workersupdated: Fri Jul 01 2011 21:39:00

Beginning Saturday, Saudi Arabia will suspend the issuance of visas to domestic workers from Indonesia, the latest move in what may be a tit-for-tat game of economics and human rights.

Saudi women defy driving banupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 10:01:00

Many women in Saudi Arabia remain defiant after they put keys to ignitions Friday to drive home a point: challenging the conservative Islamic kingdom's prohibition of female drivers.

Saudi Arabia sees fresh protestsupdated: Sat Apr 09 2011 01:19:00

Protesters staged fresh demonstrations in Saudi Arabia on Friday, calling on the government to release Shiite prisoners and grant more rights, human rights activists said.

Saudi oil supplies are safe and secureupdated: Thu Apr 07 2011 09:49:00

In recent weeks, the Western media provided a sensationalist run-up to the so-called "Day of Rage" in Saudi Arabia -- citing a Facebook campaign as evidence that the kingdom would be engulfed in the same turmoil that has swept the Arab world. As we now know, this uprising was a chimera of the press.

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.

CNNMoney: Oil remains lower despite Saudi protest reportsupdated: Thu Mar 10 2011 15:36:00

Oil prices were lower in a volatile session Thursday, following reports that police in Saudi Arabia opened fire on protesters ahead of a planned demonstration.

Saudi Arabia urged to permit peaceful protestsupdated: Tue Mar 08 2011 09:19:00

Amnesty International is urging Saudi Arabia to stop the "outrageous restriction" of peaceful protests, a call that comes after a crackdown last week on protesters in the country's Shiite region.

Demonstrators in Saudi Arabia demand prisoners' releaseupdated: Fri Mar 04 2011 11:59:00

Demonstrators protested in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province on Friday to demand the release of Shiite prisoners they feel are being held unjustly.

Saudi minister: OPEC nations has capacity to produce surplus oilupdated: Wed Feb 23 2011 02:40:00

Seeking to alleviate concern about rising oil prices, Saudi Arabia's oil minister said his country and other OPEC members have the capacity to produce surplus oil, Saudi Press Agency reported.

How long can repressive regimes last?updated: Mon Jan 31 2011 15:20:00

Ten percent unemployment that has persisted for years. Pervasive under-employment for the highly educated. Women largely excluded from the labor force. One out of seven adults who cannot read.

Beaten Saudi Arabia sent crashing from Asian Cupupdated: Thu Jan 13 2011 14:03:00

Saudi Arabia's quest for a fourth Asian Cup title, and first since 1996, is over after they slumped to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Jordan in Doha on Thursday.

U.S. OKs return of diplomatic families to Saudi Arabiaupdated: Thu Dec 23 2010 13:16:00

Citing a continued improvement in the security climate in Saudi Arabia, the United States has authorized the return of all family members to U.S. diplomatic outposts in the oil-rich monarchy.

Saudi group cancels planned sit-inupdated: Thu Dec 23 2010 10:16:00

A Saudi group advocating for democratic reform in Saudi Arabia has announced the cancellation of a planned public sit-in after having been denied a permit for the event by the kingdom's Ministry of Interior.

Saudi Arabia investigating female sports competition, paper reportsupdated: Tue Dec 21 2010 13:32:00

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Education has launched an investigation into a potentially illegal girls-only sports competition that was held in the city of Jeddah in December, according to Saudi Arabian English-language daily newspaper Arab News.

WikiLeaks cables assess terrorism funding in Saudi Arabia, Gulf statesupdated: Mon Dec 06 2010 02:34:00

"Terrorist funding emanating from Saudi Arabia remains a serious concern." So states a cable prepared for the visit of U.S. Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke to the kingdom earlier this year.

U.S. airport regulations embarrassed Saudis, leaked cable showsupdated: Tue Nov 30 2010 17:17:00

The government of Saudi Arabia expressed concerns about American security regulations that included Saudis in a list of nationalities that warranted additional screening at airports.

Indonesian maid dies after abuse in Saudi Arabia, rights group saysupdated: Fri Nov 19 2010 11:57:00

In a second report of ghastly treatment of domestic migrant workers that surfaced this week in Saudi Arabia, an Indonesian maid allegedly died after suffering abuse by her Saudi employer.

Indonesian maid recovering after alleged beating by Saudi employersupdated: Wed Nov 17 2010 17:01:00

She arrived in Saudi Arabia from a small fishing village in Indonesia, a cheery 23-year-old eager to work as a maid to support her family back home. Four months later, Sumiati binti Mustapa Salan was recovering in a Medina hospital after being severely beaten by her employer, an Indonesian consulate official said.

Hajj set to beginupdated: Mon Nov 15 2010 06:42:00

CNN's Nima Elbagir reports from Saudi Arabia as millions of pilgrims prepare for the Hajj.

Sri Lanka appeals to Saudi king to spare maid's lifeupdated: Tue Oct 26 2010 07:57:00

Sri Lanka's president on Tuesday appealed to Saudi Arabia's king to grant clemency to a housemaid convicted of killing her employer's baby.

U.S. announces massive arms deal with Saudi Arabiaupdated: Wed Oct 20 2010 16:57:00

The Obama administration has notified Congress of plans for a multiyear, multibillion-dollar weapons deal with Saudi Arabia, a State Department official said Wednesday.

Sri Lankan officials await response in maid torture caseupdated: Thu Sep 02 2010 00:07:00

Despite reports that a Saudi couple accused of torturing a Sri Lankan housemaid was arrested, Saudi authorities have not verified the action, a Sri Lankan official told CNN.

Arrests made in maid's nail torture, Sri Lankan officials sayupdated: Mon Aug 30 2010 10:58:00

A Saudi employer and his wife, who are accused of torturing a Sri Lankan housemaid by hammering nails into her body, have been arrested in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, officials at the Sri Lankan External Affairs Ministry said Monday.

Saudi Arabia urged not to paralyze man as retribution punishmentupdated: Mon Aug 23 2010 13:33:00

Amnesty International on Friday urged Saudi Arabian authorities not to paralyze a man as punishment for his having paralyzed someone else, allegedly during a fight.

Embassy warns of possible attacks on Americans in Saudi Arabiaupdated: Sat Aug 07 2010 19:58:00

U.S. embassy and consulate officials are warning Americans working and living in Saudi Arabia that they could become targets of an extremist attack, according to a message posted on the embassy website.

Pre-Islam Saudi treasures on show for first timeupdated: Thu Jul 29 2010 07:31:00

A "groundbreaking" new exhibition of rare artifacts from Saudi Arabia's ancient past -- some which have never been shown abroad -- has opened in the Louvre, Paris.

Suicide bomber cells bustedupdated: Thu Mar 25 2010 14:18:00

Nic Robertson reports that the Saudi arrest of alleged terrorists sheds light on how al Qaeda operates in the region.

Saudis arrest more than 100 alleged terroristsupdated: Thu Mar 25 2010 14:18:00

More than 100 people accused of planning attacks against police and oil installations have been arrested in Saudi Arabia, an Interior Ministry spokesman told CNN on Wednesday.

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.

Hajj masks Islamic differencesupdated: Wed Nov 25 2009 13:09:00

The path from the holy city of Mecca to the Mina desert turned a sea of white Wednesday as throngs of Muslims began the annual pilgrimage known as the Hajj.

Flu kills four pilgrims in Saudi Arabiaupdated: Sat Nov 21 2009 18:19:00

A teenager and three elderly people in Saudi Arabia for the hajj pilgrimage have died of the H1N1 flu virus, the Saudi Health Ministry said.

Preparing for the Hajjupdated: Sat Nov 21 2009 18:19:00

CNN's Isha Sesay reports amidst the crowds in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, where pilgrims are awaiting the start of the Hajj.

Saudi Arabia's new academic hubupdated: Mon Nov 09 2009 09:32:00

Bob O'Dell, one of the principal designers of the new King Abdullah University for Science and Technology shows us around the campus.

Saudi minister gets H1N1 vaccine on TV to calm fearsupdated: Sat Nov 07 2009 07:06:00

Saudi Arabia's health minister was the first person in the country to receive the H1N1 vaccination Saturday in a televised event aimed at calming fears about the safety of the vaccine.

Saudis scramble to stop Hajj swine flu crisisupdated: Wed Jul 29 2009 05:21:00

Saudi Arabia has launched an investigation into its first fatality from the H1N1 Virus as it tries to head off a swine flu epidemic before millions descend for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, health officials said.

Saudi Arabia reports first swine flu deathupdated: Mon Jul 27 2009 06:42:00

Saudi Arabia has had its first death from swine flu, its Ministry of Health said Monday, bracing for more.

Amnesty alleges Saudi abusesupdated: Wed Jul 22 2009 11:56:00

CNN's Nic Robertson reviews Amnesty Intl.'s claim Saudi Arabia is abusing human rights in the name of fighting terrorism.

Swine flu threatens Muslim Hajj seasonupdated: Tue Jul 21 2009 15:18:00

Two pilgrims from Iran have contracted the H1N1 virus, according to reports from the country's official news agency.

300 jailed in 'flawed' Saudi terror trialsupdated: Tue Jul 14 2009 08:19:00

More than 300 men convicted by Saudi Arabia for taking part in terror plots have been jailed following trials criticized by a rights group for their lack of transparency.

Saudi Arabia qualification still in balanceupdated: Wed Jun 10 2009 16:07:00

Saudi Arabia missed out on an opportunity to move into pole position to qualify for the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa, after drawing 0-0 at already qualified South Korea in Asian Group Two.

Convicted killer beheaded, put on display in Saudi Arabiaupdated: Sat May 30 2009 16:43:00

Saudi Arabian officials beheaded and then publicly displayed the body of a convicted killer in Riyadh on Friday, an act that prompted a stiff denunciation by a leading human rights monitor.

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.

Report: Saudi girl granted divorceupdated: Thu Apr 30 2009 11:50:00

A court in Saudi Arabia has granted an 8-year-old girl a divorce from her 47-year-old husband, after twice denying the divorce request previously, local media reported Thursday.

Saudi girl in marriage case wins appealupdated: Wed Mar 25 2009 00:19:00

An appeals court in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, has rejected and refused to certify a court ruling allowing a 47-year-old man's marriage to an 8-year-old girl, said a relative of the girl with knowledge of the proceedings.

Amnesty: Almost 2,400 executed in 2008updated: Tue Mar 24 2009 08:57:00

Almost 2,400 people worldwide were executed last year, but most countries moved a step closer toward abolishing the death penalty, Amnesty International said Tuesday.

Mini-summit aims to smooth Arab differencesupdated: Tue Mar 10 2009 16:34:00

The leaders of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Syria will meet in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday for a mini-summit designed to improve relations between the countries, according to a Saudi government official who did not want to be identified.

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.

Woman arrested in Saudi Arabia for drivingupdated: Thu Mar 05 2009 22:55:00

Police in the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca Wednesday arrested a woman for violating the country's ban on women driving, according to the Saudi English-language daily Arab News.

Saudi Arabia seeks Interpol help in capturing 'deviants'updated: Wed Feb 04 2009 16:37:00

Saudi Arabia has asked Interpol for its help in apprehending dozens of wanted Saudis who are suspected of plotting attacks against Saudi Arabia from abroad.

Top Saudi cleric: OK for young girls to wedupdated: Sat Jan 17 2009 19:48:00

The debate over the controversial practice of child marriage in Saudi Arabia was pushed back into the spotlight this week, with the kingdom's top cleric saying that it's OK for girls as young as 10 to wed.

8-year-old brideupdated: Fri Dec 26 2008 01:39:00

CNN's Isha Sesay speaks with Mohammed Jamjoom about the marriage of a girl to a 47-year-old man in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi women's group assails judge over 8-year-old's marriageupdated: Fri Dec 26 2008 01:39:00

A group fighting for women's rights in Saudi Arabia condemned a judge Wednesday for refusing to annul the marriage of an 8-year-old girl to a 47-year-old man.

Change marks Saudi Arabia's National Dayupdated: Wed Sep 24 2008 01:05:00

Saudi Arabia's National Day -- traditionally a day for reflections on self, religion and faith -- was marked Tuesday by an unexplained change in the traditionally conservative Saudi kingdom.

CNNMoney: Oil prices wobble as demand wanesupdated: Wed Sep 10 2008 15:00:00

Oil prices eased Wednesday - ending at a 5-month low - as heightened worries over slumping demand and a stronger dollar offset a weekly government report showing a bigger-than-expected decline in gasoline and crude inventories.

Fortune: Saudi Arabia's new gold mineupdated: Sun Aug 17 2008 08:11:00

A new generation of fortune hunters is seeking riches under the sands of Saudi Arabia.

This week on Marketplace Middle Eastupdated: Wed Aug 06 2008 09:20:00

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Saudi Arabia says no oil production boostupdated: Tue Jul 01 2008 21:33:00

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday ruled out further increases in crude production following its June 23 announcement that it would pump an extra half-million barrels a day.

Saudi terror arrestsupdated: Wed Jun 25 2008 16:08:00

Saudi Arabia arrests suspected terrorists training to attack oil fields. CNN's Wilf Dinnick reports.

CNNMoney: Oil settles up in a volatile dayupdated: Mon Jun 23 2008 15:08:00

Oil settled higher on Monday after a day of volatile trading following a weekend meeting in Saudi Arabia that failed to yield concrete solutions to the world's energy problems.

Saudis to boost oil productionupdated: Mon Jun 23 2008 10:51:00

Relief from high fuel prices could be on the way. CNN's Wilf Dinnick reports 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

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