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Female fighters from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units taking a break on the front line in the northeastern Syrian city of Hassakeh. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images

Rival gatherings in Saudi Arabia and northern Syria have opened a new fissure in the chronically fractured Syrian opposition at a time when competing(...)

 Human rights activists hold placards during a protest in Colombo on December 3rd against a Saudi court’s decision to sentence a Sri Lankan to death by stoning, for adultery. Photograph: M A Pushpa Kumara/EPA

Saudi authorities have agreed to consider an appeal against the sentence of death by stoning imposed on a 45-year-old Sri Lankan maid for adultery, Sr(...)

Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad during an interview with  Sunday Times journalist Hala Jaber in Damascus on December 2nd. Photograph: EPA/Syrian Arab News Agency

Syrian political and armed opposition figures are set to gather on Tuesday in the Saudi capital Riyadh in an effort to form a united front ahead of ne(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry and Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov during talks in Vienna on October 23rd on the Syrian civil war. Iran has accepted an invitation to join talks. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/New York Times

The participation of the Iranian foreign minister in Friday’s talks on resolving the Syrian crisis with colleagues from the US, Saudi Arabia, Turkey a(...)

A man inspects a  house  hit by what activists said was an air strike by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad, in the town of Marshamsha, in the southern countryside of Idlib, Syria. Photograph: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

Saudi Arabia has responded militarily to the Russian and Iranian-supported Syrian army offensive in Homs and Aleppo provinces by providing anti-tank a(...)

A separatist militant   drives a tank in  Yemen’s southern port of Aden during efforts to halt Houthi advances in the city. Photograph: Saleh al-Obeidi/AFP/Getty Images

Yemen’s Houthi fighters and their allies seized a central district in the port city Aden, striking a blow against the Saudi-led coalition which has wa(...)

A file image of Saudi members of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, or religious police, attending a training course in Riyadh. Photograph: Ali Jarekji/Reuters.

The Saudi religious police have issued a rare apology for the beating by its personnel of a British man residing in the kingdom in a supermarket in (...)

An Israeli mobile artillery unit firing towards the Gaza Strip yesterday. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Qatar and Turkey continue to play a role in the search for a ceasefire in Gaza, despite yesterday’s breakdown just a few hours into what was to have b(...)

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(...)

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 (...)

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