Women appointed to Saudi Arabia's Consultative Council for the first time ever
King Abdullah appoints 30 women to Consultative Council, after decreeing at least 20 percent of members must be female.
US pumps up oil output to highest level in 20 years
The use of unconventional drilling techniques has resulted in an impressive uptick in US oil production.
Saudi Arabia beheads Rizana Nafeek, Sri Lankan maid accused of killing infant
The Saudi government has beheaded a Sri Lankan maid, Rizana Nafeek, for killing an infant in Saudi.
Five sentenced to death for Saudi diplomat murder
A Bangladeshi court sentenced five gang members to death on Sunday for the murder of Saudi diplomat Khalaf Ali.
Saudi Arabia spends on record budget, diversifying from oil
The Saudi government will spend 820 billion riyals ($219 billion) in 2013, a nine percent jump from the year before.
2,012 words of 2012
Here are the buzzwords, the keywords, or just plain words, that were uttered time and again in 2012. This was an absurd amount of work. So please click on it.
Bahrain’s changing opposition
Frustrated by a lack of progress, a younger, more militant faction of Bahrain’s reform movement is threatening the moderates.
Saudi Arabian women monitored using electronic tracking techniques
Male guardians are informed via SMS when women leave the country—even if traveling together
In skirmish, Israel confronts a newly confident Hamas
Since the Arab Spring, Hamas boasts stronger regional ties.
How a goat and a handshake could save Somalia
Herding sheep and goats, and selling them to Gulf states, might be the way out of Somalia’s struggles.
US will be world's top oil producer by 2017, IEA report says
US oil production will surpass Russia's and Saudi Arabia's by 2017, according to a new report.
Riyadh gas truck explosion kills 22, injures 135
At least 22 people have died after a gas truck hit a flyover in Riyadh causing an explosion.
Electrical fire kills 23 at Saudi wedding
Celebratory gunshots sparked an electrical fire that killed 23 people and injured 30 at a wedding in Saudi Arabia.
America the Gutted: A foolproof way to create US jobs
…and it won't cost taxpayers a dime.
Saudi Arabia quick to quell anti-Assad demonstrations in Mecca: report
In Mecca, hundreds of Syrian pilgrims call for the fall of President Bashar al-Assad.
Bosnian man walks all the way to Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj (VIDEO)
Now that's a dedicated pilgrim: Bosnian Muslim Senad Hadzic has successfully reached Mecca on foot, after a dangerous journey that took him through Syria
How Syria's conflict stretches beyond its borders
As civilian casualties mount and refugees flood adjacent nations — and more actors enter the fray — the Syrian conflict threatens to engulf the entire region.
Saudi Arabia plans to be entirely powered by renewable energy
Saudi prince announces plans for Saudia Arabia to be powered by renewable energy during the Global Economic Symposium in Brazil.
Saudi Arabia 'insulted' by UK Bahrain-Saudi probe, warns 're-evaluating' relations
Saudi Arabia gets defensive on Bahrain.
'Arab Spring' countries get $165 mil in aid from world nations
Major world economies contribute to 'Arab Spring' fund.
October surprise: An oil price spike?
Analysis: An Israeli attack on Iran could influence the US election and devastate the global economy.
No girls allowed? Ikea deletes women from Saudi catalogs
Ikea is coming under fire for deleting women from scenes in the Saudi versions of its catalogs.
Saudi Arabia deports more female pilgrims on their way to Mecca
Female pilgrims on their way to Mecca have been detained in Saudi Arabia and deported.
Saudi Arabia deports female Nigerians
Saudi officials would not allow female Nigerian pilgrims into the country because they traveled without men.
Syria crisis: Middle East heavyweights hold Cairo meeting
Middle East heavyweights Egypt, Turkey and Iran met in Cairo today to discuss the Syria crisis.
Egypt joins the debate over Syria
Syria’s conflict, already beset by meddling from foreign powers like Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and others, appears to have garnered yet another external player.
Nagla Wafa, Egyptian wedding dress designer, sentenced to 500 lashings
Nagla Wafa, an Egyptian wedding planner, has been sentenced to 500 lashes and five years in prison in Saudi Arabia following a dispute with a princess.
Saudis ordered to leave Lebanon after Syria kidnapping
Saudia Arabia told its citizens to leave Lebanon after a number of kidnappings threats, resulting from the escalating conflict in Syria.
Organization for Islamic Cooperation moves to suspend member Syria: officials
The Organization for Islamic Cooperation, an influential 56-nation Muslim interest group, looks to revoke Syria's membership.
Saudi Arabia plans women-only city
New project slated to create 5,000 jobs geared towards women, in effort to reach currently unemployed women seeking financial independence
Iran's Ahmadinejad will attend Saudi Arabia summit: report
Saudi Arabia and Iran's differing positions on Syria (and lots of other things) make this something of a surprise move from Ahmadinejad.