By David Hearst On 21 August 1969, an Australian citizen called Denis Rohan set fire to an 800-year-old wooden pulpit, a gift to al-Aqsa mosque from the Islamic hero Saladin (1137-1193), who led the military campaign against the Crusaders. Apart from being considered mentally ill, Rohan thought he was acting[…]
Under its new monarch, Saudi Arabia appears to be moving to improve relations with Turkey and Qatar and soften its stance against the Muslim Brotherhood with the aim of weakening Iran. The shift could lead to pressure on its ally Egypt to reconcile with them as well. The pressure, however,[…]
Jordan’s king has vowed to wage a “harsh” war against the Islamic State group after its members burned a captive Jordanian pilot in a cage and released a video of the killing. The images have sent waves of revulsion across the region. King Abdullah II consulted with military chiefs Wednesday[…]
In a show of solidarity with Saudi Arabia, President Barack Obama led a parade of American dignitaries to the ultraconservative desert kingdom Tuesday to pay respects after King Abdullah’s death and take measure of the new monarch. Obama’s presence here underscored the key role Saudi Arabia plays in U.S. foreign policy[…]
President Barack Obama will lead a delegation of lawmakers, senior U.S. officials and two former secretaries of state to Saudi Arabia Tuesday to pay respects to the royal family following King Abdullah’s death. Obama was cutting short the final day of his visit to India to make the trip to Riyadh,[…]
Saudi Arabia’s new king, Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, is a veteran of the country’s top leadership, versed in diplomacy from nearly 50 years as the governor of the capital Riyadh and known as a mediator of disputes within the sprawling royal family. Salman, 79, had increasingly taken on the[…]
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who maintained strong relations with the West and joined in the fight against terrorism, has died and his brother Salman has become king. The king, whose age was believed to be 91, will be laid to rest after the noon prayer on Friday in[…]
Saudi Arabia’s ailing King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, 91, has been admitted to hospital for “medical checks,” the royal court has said. The king, whose age and frequent hospitalisation have raised concerns about the future leadership of the key oil producing country, was admitted to the King Abdulaziz Medical City in[…]
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah will sponsor the haj pilgrimage of 1,000 Palestinians whose family members were killed during the latest Israeli offensive on Gaza. This brings to 12,000 the number of Palestinians, whose family members had either died or gone to prison, who have been personally sponsored[…]
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