US secretary of state Mike Pompeo leaving the US to travel to Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Getty Images

Oil prices retreated about 2 per cent on Wednesday, extending the previous day’s declines after Saudi Arabia said it would quickly restore full produc(...)

Anwar Gargash, the United Arab Emirates minister of state for foreign affairs, has called on the UN Security Council to help hold accountable the perpetrators of an attack on four oil tankers off the coast of the  UAE last month. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

Attacks on four oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates last month were “most likely” perpetrated by a “state actor”, the United Nations(...)

Human rights groups including Amnesty International and Reprieve have called for clemency to stop Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, who was 17 at the time of his arrest, from being beheaded and then crucified. Photograph: Facebook

The mother of a teenage Saudi protester sentenced to crucifixion has begged Barack Obama to intervene to save her son’s life. In her first interview w(...)