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.
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has ordered that his chief of general intelligence be replaced by a former ambassador to the United States, the official Saudi Press Agency reported Thursday.
Saudi expert Robert Lacey explains why Prince Salman is expected to be named Crown Prince.
Saudi Arabia named Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz to be crown prince Monday, the state news agency reported, putting him next in line to the throne of the oil-rich kingdom.
Funeral services were held Sunday for Saudi Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz, a hard-line conservative credited with pushing back al Qaeda.
Saudi Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz, a hard-ine conservative who is credited with pushing back al Qaeda, has died.
Saudi Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz, a hard-line conservative who is credited with pushing back al Qaeda, has died, Saudi state TV reported Saturday.
Syria is expelling diplomats from 11 countries, the government announced Tuesday in a tit-for-tat move that comes a week after those nations expelled Syrian officials in response to a massacre.
Leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council arrived in Saudi Arabia Monday for a meeting to discuss transforming their six nations into a union similar to the European Union.
Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Egypt returned to Cairo on Saturday after tensions briefly spurred the kingdom to pull its envoys and shutter its missions, Saudi state media reported.
CNN looks at a diplomatic spat between Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia is re-establishing its diplomatic presence in Egypt after tensions briefly spurred the kingdom to pull its envoys and shutter its missions, Egyptian and Saudi state news agencies said Friday.
The Saudi ambassador to Egypt left Cairo for home on Sunday amid tensions between the two Arab powers, the official Saudi news agency reported.
Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador to Egypt and closed its embassy in Cairo and its consulates in Alexandria and Suez Saturday, following protests in the Egyptian capital over a human rights lawyer imprisoned in the Arab kingdom.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must order a cease-fire immediately under a peace plan Syria accepted and not await concessions from the opposition, a spokesman for special envoy Kofi Annan said Friday.
Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the world's richest men, Thursday excoriated a young woman model whose accusation that he raped her was dismissed a day earlier by a Spanish court, the prince said in a statement.
A Spanish court on Wednesday dismissed an allegation that one of the world's richest men, Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, raped a young woman on a yacht on the island of Ibiza in 2008.
Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the region's wealthiest businessman, talks about Iran and the Arab Spring.
The Arab League agreed on a path forward in Syria on Sunday that instructs President Bashar al-Assad to delegate powers to his vice president following the formation of a national unity government.
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.
The social media universe has been aghast this week after the revelation that Prince Alwaleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia has invested $300 million in Twitter. The shock and awe seems to center around the notion that Twitter has been at least partly responsible for the Arab Spring uprisings that directly threaten the Saudi royal family's grip on power. On the surface, anyway, this seems like a contradiction.
Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said Monday that he and his investment firm, Kingdom Holding Company, are purchasing a $300 million stake in Twitter.
Australia appealed for leniency after one of its citizens was sentenced Wednesday to 500 lashes and a year in prison by a Saudi Arabian court.
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Prince Salman bin Abdel Aziz has been tapped to be Saudi Arabia's defense minister, the royal court said Saturday.
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.
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.
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.
Following the death of the Saudi Crown Prince, CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom analyses what happens next in the kingdom.
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.
The European Council said Friday that it had adopted new restrictions against five people connected to an alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States and that it will freeze their financial assets within the European Union.
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.
President Obama explains the administration's response to Iran's alleged plot against the Saudi ambassador to the U.S.
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.
The U.S. Department of Justice has announced charges accusing Manssor Arbabsiar, a Quds Force-linked Iranian-American, and an Iranian co-conspirator of trying to hire who they thought was a member of a Mexican drug gang to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to the United States.
Iran rejected allegations of an Iranian scheme to kill a Saudi Arabian ambassador, upbraiding on Wednesday a Swiss diplomat who represents American interests in Tehran and accusing the United States of fabricating the plot to deflect attention from its own pressing problems.
The Iranian ambassador to the U.N. tells CNN's Erin Burnett the allegations of an Iranian terror plot are absurd.
Rep. Peter King, who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, discusses an alleged plot to kill a Saudi envoy.
Those fundamentalist members of the Iranian government who have long sought to blow up any possibility for the normalization of relations between Tehran and Washington may just have succeeded.
The United States will be looking for nations around the world to get tougher on Iran in the wake of the alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States, a senior State Department official said Tuesday.
Atty. Gen. Eric Holder announces charges against two men who allegedly plotted to kill the Saudi ambassador to the U.S.
U.S. agents disrupted an Iranian assassination-for-hire scheme targeting Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, U.S. officials said Tuesday.
Five people allegedly involved in the plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States were designated Tuesday for sanctions by the U.S. Treasury Department.
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.
A Saudi woman found guilty of driving a car is sentenced to flogging.
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.
Amnesty International says a Saudi woman was sentenced to 10 lashes for driving a car. CNN's Fionnuala Sweeney reports.
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.
The king of Saudi Arabia has opened the door to greater participation by women in future municipal elections.
A Spanish court has reopened an investigation into an allegation that one of the world's richest men, Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, raped a young woman on a yacht on the island of Ibiza in 2008.
Two of Syria's neighbors joined growing international calls Monday for Damascus to halt its violent crackdown on anti-government protesters -- calls that came even as the violence itself continued.
As activists reported intense gunfire, mounting deaths and mass detentions Monday in Syria, regional leaders stepped up their criticism of the escalating violence.
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah condemned the crackdown on anti-government protesters in Syria on Sunday, saying there is "no justification for the bloodshed."
Delta Air Lines came out strongly Friday against reports published online claiming it is discriminating against Jewish passengers through a multi-airline alliance that is set to include Saudi Arabian Airlines.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Tuesday ditched "quiet diplomacy" and spoke publicly in support of Saudi Arabian women protesting the unwritten ban on their right to drive in the kingdom.
Women in Saudi Arabia get behind the wheel to protest a ban on driving. CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom reports.
CNN's Rosemary Church talks to Mohammed Jamjoom about new violence that's broken out in Yemen's capital.
Effective Saturday night, Yemeni Vice President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi took over Ali Abdullah Saleh's responsibilities as president, Yemeni government spokesman Abdu Ganadi told CNN.
Saudi Arabian Prince Alwaleed bin Talal explains why his country wants oil prices to stay below $100.
As U.S. President Barack Obama seeks to reinvigorate his administration's policy in the Middle East, he will have to contend with several issues where U.S. influence is less than overwhelming.
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.
Saudi reform activists responded with disappointment Friday after the king promised a major package of reforms meant to quell growing dissatisfaction in his country.
Bahrain security forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters in the southern city of Sitra on Tuesday, killing at least two protesters and wounding at least 150 people, according to medical officials on the scene Tuesday.
Three people were taken to the hospital Thursday after Saudi security forces fired on scores of protesters in the city of Qatif, according to two witnesses and an activist.
Coming off two days of demonstrations, Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry warned Saturday that it would crack down on protesters who continue to take their grievances to the streets.
Demonstrators protested in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province on Friday to demand the release of Shiite prisoners they feel are being held unjustly.
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.
Leaders around the globe joined a chorus of condemnation Wednesday over the eruption of violence in Cairo as embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak struggled to maintain his grip on power.
British Prime Minister David Cameron and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon make a joint statement on Egypt.
Is Egypt a revolution or a revolt? CNN's Fareed Zakaria takes a look.
U.S. armed forces leaders continued high-level talks Sunday with their Egyptian counterparts, applauding their "continued professionalism" and reaffirming the two militaries' partnership, a spokesman said.
Saudi Arabia slammed protesters in Egypt on Saturday as "infiltrators" who seek to destabilize their country, while a a top Palestinian official affirmed "solidarity" with Egypt.
In August last year, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak was not happy with Saudi Arabia. He complained that the Saudis appeared to be funding an opposition candidate, Anwar Ibrahim, in upcoming elections.
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.
Saad Hariri said Thursday he is ready to stand again as prime minister of Lebanon despite objections from the militant Shiite group Hezbollah.
Prince Saud al-Faisal, Saudi Arabia's minister of foreign affairs, said Wednesday that his country had abandoned mediation talks to resolve Lebanon's political crisis that caused the government's collapse last week.
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.
In June, President Obama talked about his meeting with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah and the topics they discussed.
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.
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.
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia underwent successful back surgery Wednesday, according to a statement from the Saudi Royal Court.
Saudi Prince Khalid al Faisal acknowledged Thursday that Saudi Arabia alerted U.S. and European authorities to the presence of parcel bombs that were en route from Yemen.
CNN's Nic Robertson speaks to explosives expert Sydney Alford on the bomb technology used in packages bound for the U.S.
The man suspected to be at the center of the plot to send bombs from Yemen to the United States is a Saudi national who authorities believe has been living in Yemen for the past three years.
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah offered Saturday to host talks in his kingdom aimed at ending the nearly eight-month political stalemate in Iraq, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
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.
CNN's Atika Shubert speaks to the lead prosecutor in the case against Saudi Prince Saud Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al Saud.
A Saudi prince was found guilty Tuesday of murdering an aide at a London hotel in February, in a case prosecutors said had a sexual element.
CNN's Phil Black reported on the trial of a Saudi prince accused of killing another man in London.
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.
Doctors at a Sri Lankan hospital operated for three hours Friday to remove 18 nails and metal particles allegedly hammered into the arms, legs and forehead of a maid by her Saudi employer.
Saudi authorities backed away Monday from reports last week that a court was preparing to order a man paralyzed as punishment for paralyzing another man, allegedly in a fight.
In Saudi Arabia, a Lebanese TV host has been sentenced to death for sorcery. CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom reports.
A Lebanese man sentenced to die for "sorcery" in Saudi Arabia remains on death row but may not be executed -- at least not yet, the man's lawyer said.
A Lebanese man who had been condemned by a court in Saudi Arabia to die last week for "sorcery" has not been executed, his lawyer said Monday.
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."
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned the United States and other nations Tuesday not to impose tougher sanctions in reaction to the Islamic country's nuclear ambitions.
Iran's president responds to statements by Hillary Clinton that Iran is moving toward a military dictatorship.
Is there hope for Obama's "change agenda" abroad? CNN's Jill Dougherty reports.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Saudi Arabia's foreign minister expressed concern Monday over Iran's nuclear ambitions during a meeting between the two leaders.
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