Saudi Arabia changes its weekend

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, June 24 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabian King Abdullah has changed the country's weekends from Thursday and Friday to Friday and Saturday, despite objections from religious conservatives.

Jordan burdened by Syria war, London says

LONDON, June 20 (UPI) -- The British government said Jordan is an ally that deserves protection from the consequences of the Syrian civil war.

After 2 years, BAE 'close to sealing Typhoons deal'

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, June 19 (UPI) -- Britain's BAE Systems, Europe's biggest defense company, reportedly expects to wrap up a price deal with Saudi Arabia for 72 Eurofighter Typhoon combat jets after two years of tortuous negotiations.
Iran's Rouhani preaches outreach to international community

Iran's Rouhani preaches outreach to international community

TEHRAN, June 17 (UPI) -- Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani vowed Monday to lead a government engaged with the international community with a moderate policy.

Jordan moves on treaty with Britain to allow deportation of Abu Qatada

AMMAN, Jordan, June 12 (UPI) -- Approval of a treaty with Jordan likely will jump start British efforts to deport radical Islamic cleric Abu Qatada, British government officials said.

Netanyahu says Palestinians' preconditions meant to avoid peace talks

JERUSALEM, June 10 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Monday Palestinians have set insurmountable preconditions to peace talks.

Convicted killer beheaded in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, June 4 (UPI) -- A Saudi Arabian man convicted of running a relative over with his car, killing him, was executed by beheading Tuesday, officials said.

Saudi king promotes son in defense shuffle

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, May 28 (UPI) -- King Abdullah's naming of his son as the head of the National Guard Ministry has raised concerns trouble's brewing within the royal family.

Saudi researchers say drones could warn of desert flash floods

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, May 22 (UPI) -- Researchers in Saudi Arabia say they're working on a drone system that could track potentially deadly floods in real time to sound an alarm before they hit.

Commentary: Israel: Crises 360 degrees

WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) -- Surrounded by crises in all its Arab neighbors, Israeli leaders are not about to facilitate the birth of a Palestinian state.

Ex-business partner says Saudi prince helped Hezbollah

LONDON, May 17 (UPI) -- A British appeals court Thursday ruled documents alleging a former Saudi defense minister helped Hezbollah launder money must be made public.
Lawmakers call for stronger U.S. action in Syria

Lawmakers call for stronger U.S. action in Syria

WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- Republican lawmakers are pressing for U.S. intervention in Syria's civil war, while Democrats call for increased aid but do not rule out military action.
Obama not ready to say Syria used chemical weapons

Obama not ready to say Syria used chemical weapons

WASHINGTON, April 26 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said Friday he isn't ready to accept accusations the Assad regime used chemical weapons in its fight against rebels in Syria.

Obama schedule for Friday, April 26

WASHINGTON, April 26 (UPI) -- President Obama speaks at a Planned Parenthood event, hosts Jordan's King Abdullah II and meets with business leaders Friday, the White House said.

Gulf 'security arrests' muzzle dissent

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, April 25 (UPI) -- The arrest of an alleged al-Qaida cell in the United Arab Emirates and of 94 citizens accused of "security offenses" illustrates the alarm sweeping the Persian Gulf monarchies as the wave of Arab pro-democracy uprisings reaches their door.

U.S. said to be planning Mideast peace summit

JERUSALEM, April 25 (UPI) -- The United States is planning a Middle East summit in Washington in June to push the Israeli-Palestinian peace process forward, officials said.

Report: Jordan allows Israel to use airpsace

AMMAN, Jordan, April 22 (UPI) -- Jordan has agreed to allow Israel to use its airspace to monitor the situation in war-torn Syria, Western intelligence sources told a French newspaper.

King Abdullah dismisses veteran deputy defense minister

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, April 20 (UPI) -- King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has replaced his veteran deputy defense minister, Prince Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, the official news agency reports.

Donations sought to save Filipino worker on Saudi death row

MANILA, April 18 (UPI) -- The Philippines government is asking the public for more donations to rescue a Filipino worker on death row in Saudi Arabia for killing his landlord.
Israeli President Shimon Peres: Give peace a chance

Israeli President Shimon Peres: Give peace a chance

JERUSALEM, April 15 (UPI) -- Marking the 65th anniversary of Israeli independence, President Shimon Peres renewed calls for peace negotiations with Palestinians.

Saudi prince tweets support for women drivers

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, April 15 (UPI) -- A Saudi Arabian prince said on Twitter he is in favor of Saudi women being allowed to drive.

Report: Government troops break through blockade

DAMASCUS, Syria, April 15 (UPI) -- Syrian troops breached a six-month rebel blockade in Idlib province, an opposition group and Syrian state media said Monday.

Jordan scrambles to secure energy resources

AMMAN, Jordan, April 11 (UPI) -- Jordan wants to build an $18 billion oil pipeline from southern Iraq to beat the kingdom's crippling energy shortage, but it's also looking to built two nuclear reactors, a step the United States doesn't want its Arab ally to take.

Saudis grill Shiite clerics amid spy row

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, April 8 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabian security authorities have escalated a smoldering feud with regional rival Iran by rounding up influential Shiite clerics and intellectuals for questioning following the March arrest of 18 people on charges of spying for Tehran.
Obama to meet with UAE, Qatari, Jordanian and Turkish leaders

Obama to meet with UAE, Qatari, Jordanian and Turkish leaders

WASHINGTON, April 5 (UPI) -- President Obama will meet with leaders from the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan and Turkey during the next month in Washington, the White House said.
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