US president Barack Obama presents the executive director of Saudi Arabia’s national family safety programme, Maha Al Muneef, with the US secretary of state’s international woman of courage award in Riyadh. Photograph: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

US president Barack Obama’s brief encounter with Saudi king Abdullah at the weekend did not produce a meeting of minds or policy changes, but m(...)

US president Barack Obama with Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, as secretary of state John Kerry looks on, after their arrival in Rawdat Khuraim, Saudi Arabia, yesterday.  Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

Over seven decades, the United States and Saudi Arabia forged a strategic alliance that became a linchpin of the regional order: a liberal demo(...)

A view shows the Crac des Chevaliers fortress and smoke rising from Husen village homes in Homs after soldiers loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad took control of it from rebel fighters yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Khaled al-Hariri

A Syrian army commander announced yesterday that the army is in complete control of western Homs province and(...)

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal attends  an Arab foreign ministers emergency meeting to discuss the Syrian crisis  at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Saudi Arabia has threatened to blockade neighbouring Qatar by air, land and sea unless Doha cuts ties with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, closes g(...)

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad:  issue of stepping down will not be discussed at peace conference. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad was yesterday quoted as telling Russian parliamentarians he has no intention of stepping down and the issue will not (...)

Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest against the Jewish settlement of Ofra, in the West Bank village of Silwad, near Ramallah, yesterday. Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

The Middle East peace talks are in crisis.When Israel and the Palestinians agreed, under intense pressure from Washington, to relaunch direct bilatera(...)

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud. The hereditary monarchy ruled by him is the site of the Muslim world’s two most sacred cities, Mecca and Medina. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Reuters

Founded by Abdel Aziz Ibn Saud in 1932, the deeply conservative tribal kingdom of oil-rich Saudi Arabia occupies most of the Arabian peninsula and dom(...)

Eng Abdullah S Al-Mobty, chairman of Saudi chambers of commerce and industry, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Mr Al Rabiat, vice-chairman of the chambers, in Riyadh yesterday.

The Saudi Arabians have extended a great welcome to the Taoiseach this week on his first visit to the kingdom. Enda Kenny has been keen to compliment (...)

Enda Kenny pictured in Saudi Arabia earlier today.

Economic and human rights issues were discussed when Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Salman met in Riyadh today.Speaking after th(...)

Saudi Arabia: Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton said his hopes were “very high” for the trade and diplomatic visit

Taoiseach Enda Kenny held a number of high level meetings in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh yesterday as an Enterprise Ireland trade mission to the (...)