King Salman of Saudi Arabia. His decision   not to attend President Barack Obama’s summit of US and Arab leaders is seen as  a signal of displeasure over US actions on Iran. Photograph: Reuters

The decision of King Salman of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf leaders not to attend President Barack Obama’s summit of US and Arab leaders outside Washin(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry meets with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman in Riyadh last week. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AFP/Getty Images

King Salman of Saudi Arabia has withdrawn from a carefully orchestrated summit with the US that president Barack Obama hoped would assuage Gulf anxiet(...)

A member of  the Popular Resistance Committees loyal to Yemen’s fugitive president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi keeps position in the city of Taiz.  Photograph: Abdel Rahman Abdallah/AFP/Getty Images

The situation in Yemen’s besieged port city of Aden was confused yesterday after it was reported and then denied that Saudi-commanded ground troops h(...)

Women sitting in a car flash the “V for Victory” sign as they celebrate on Valiasr street in northern Tehran  after the announcement of an agreement on Iran nuclear talks. Iran and global powers sealed a deal on plans to curb Tehran’s chances for getting a nuclear bomb, laying the ground for a new relationship between the Islamic republic and the West. Photo: Atta Kenreatta/AFP 1:49

Iran and world powers reached a framework agreement on Friday on curbing Iran’s nuclear programme for at least a decade, a step towards a final pact t(...)

Chinese soldiers  keep watch as Chinese people prepare to depart for their country during an evacuation from Yemen at a sea port in the western port city of Hodeidah, on Monday. China said  it was sending a naval fleet to help evacuate its citizens from Yemen  after Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes on its southern neighbour last week. Photograph: EPA

An air strike killed at least 40 people at a camp for displaced people in north Yemen yesterday, humanitarian workers said, in an attack that apparen(...)

Saleh Ali al-Sammad: “Ansar Allah does not want anything more than partnership, not control. This was not a coup.” Photograph: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

In his first interview since the Yemeni government collapsed, the leader of the Houthi militants in control of Sanaa, the capital, depicted his moveme(...)

The IMF said nearly every exporting country in the Middle East and Central Asia is expected to run a fiscal deficit this year because of the oil price shock

Losses from lower oil exports should sap up to $300 billion from economies in the Middle East and Central Asia this year, as countries in the region a(...)

A fruit vendor  at a Cairo market. Government interventions aim to improve life for Egyptians. Photograph: Mahmoud Khaled/AFP/Getty Images

The Egyptian economy has begun to show signs of recovery from the turmoil that followed the 2011 ousting of then president Hosni Mubarak during the Ar(...)

Vehicle light trails pass the Kingdom Tower on King Fahad Road in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The country’s market regulator said it will open the Arab world’s biggest bourse to international investors by the middle of 2015. Photograph: Waseem Obaidi/Bloomberg

Saudi shares climbed the most in 10 months after the country’s market regulator said it would open the Arab world’s biggest bourse to international in(...)

A Free Syrian Army soldier mans an anti-aircraft weapon on the back of a truck in old Aleppo on Thursday. Photograph: Mahmoud Hebbo/Reuters

The Saudi-sponsored fundamentalist Islamic Front and Jabhat al-Nusra killed 15 civilians from Syria’s Alawite and Druze minorities in the central c(...)