The flash of purple abayas at a conference in Saudi Arabia’s second-largest city, Jeddah, was more than a fashion statement. It’s a sign of the changes Jeddah is embracing as King Abdullah slowly loosens restrictions on women in his conservative land.
President Vladimir Putin, condemned by NATO for annexing Crimea, is now defying the U.S. in Syria by sending more and deadlier arms to help Bashar al-Assad score a string of advances against insurgents, military experts say.
Saudi Arabia named Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz as second in line to the throne, the latest royal promotion as King Abdullah confronts unprecedented political instability in the Middle East and economic changes at home.
U.S. President Barack Obama met with Saudi King Abdullah seeking to reassure a key regional partner that negotiations over the Iranian nuclear program won’t undercut Saudi Arabia’s strategic interests.
When Barack Obama sits down tomorrow with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, he’ll do so knowing the U.S. is importing the least crude in two decades, a shift changing America’s strongest relationship in the Arab world.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made a last-minute detour to Jordan to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in a bid to avert a breakdown in his peacemaking efforts as an April 29 deadline nears.
President Barack Obama said he intends to provide $1 billion in loan guarantees to Jordan and to renew a five-year agreement that would ensure a minimum level of annual U.S. aid to the kingdom through 2019.