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Saudi Arabia: Country in Southwestern Asia
Saudi Arabia, officially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is a country in Western Asia constituting the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula. With a land area of approximately 2,150,000 km2 (830,000 sq mi), Saudi Arabia is geographically the largest sovereign state in Western Asia, the second-largest in the Arab world, the fifth-largest in Asia, and the 12th-largest in the world. Saudi Arabia is bordered by Jordan and Iraq to the north, Kuwait to the northeast, Qatar, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates to the east, Oman to the southeast and Yemen to the south; it is separated from Israel and Egypt by the Gulf of Aqaba. It is the only nation with both a Red Sea coast and a Persian Gulf coast, and most of its terrain consists of arid desert, lowland and mountains. As of October 2018, the Saudi economy was the largest in the Middle East and the 18th largest in the world. Saudi Arabia also has one of the world's youngest populations; 50 percent of its 33.4 million people are under 25 years old.

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Saudi envoy visits U.S. military base hit by shooting attack

The Saudi ambassador to the United States visited a U.S. naval air station in Florida on Thursday to extend her condolences for a shooting attack by a Saudi Air Force officer that killed three people..
Reuters - Published

US, Saudi officials reexamine background of all Saudi military trainees in wake of shooting

In the wake of the fatal Pensacola shooting, U.S. and Saudi officials are doing a new round of vetting on hundreds of Saudi military students
USATODAY.com - Published

Videos for Saudi Arabia


Saudi Aramco officially becomes world's largest listed company [Video]Saudi Aramco officially becomes world's largest listed company

Shares in Saudi Arabia's state-run oil giant Aramco have officially started trading on Riyadh's stock exchange – opening 10 percent higher than their initial public offering price.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:11Published

Saudi Aramco shares surge 10 percent on stock market debut [Video]Saudi Aramco shares surge 10 percent on stock market debut

Shares in Saudi oil giant hit daily limit in share price increases, reaching $1.88 trillion market value.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 04:34Published

World's largest IPO: Saudi Aramco makes debut [Video]World's largest IPO: Saudi Aramco makes debut

Saudi Aramco shares surged the maximum permitted 10% above their IPO price on their Riyadh stock market debut on Wednesday, closing in on a $2 trillion valuation that would make it the world's most..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:52Published

U.S. grounds Saudi pilots, halts military training after base shooting [Video]U.S. grounds Saudi pilots, halts military training after base shooting

The Pentagon announced on Tuesday it was halting operational training of all Saudi Arabian military personnel in the United States until further notice, after a Saudi Air Force lieutenant shot and..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:18Published

Pentagon suspends training of Saudi students after shooting [Video]Pentagon suspends training of Saudi students after shooting

The move comes after a Saudi air force officer went on a shooting rampage last week, killing at least three US sailors.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:30Published

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim to skip Gulf summit in Saudi Arabia [Video]Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim to skip Gulf summit in Saudi Arabia

Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani will represent Qatar at GGC summit in Riyadh.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:49Published

Pensacola shooting under investigation as presumed act of terror: FBI [Video]Pensacola shooting under investigation as presumed act of terror: FBI

A Saudi trainee at the US Navy Pensacola Air Station carried out a shooting early morning on Friday that the FBI is assuming to be a terrorist attack.

Credit: Reuters - 3D Animations (Next Me     Duration: 01:12Published

Gulf Cup: Bahrain stun Saudi Arabia 1-0 to lift first title [Video]Gulf Cup: Bahrain stun Saudi Arabia 1-0 to lift first title

Qatar's emir crowns Bahrain after their maiden victory in the final of regional football tournament hosted by Doha.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:43Published

Anthony Joshua: What next for the world heavyweight champion? [Video]Anthony Joshua: What next for the world heavyweight champion?

Anthony Joshua reclaimed his world heavyweight titles with an emphatic points victory over Andy Ruiz Jr. in the Diriyah Arena in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night. Victory handed Joshua back the IBF, WBO..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:47Published

Qatar foreign minister: Gulf crisis has 'moved from stalemate' [Video]Qatar foreign minister: Gulf crisis has 'moved from stalemate'

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani says he hopes talks with Saudi Arabia will lead to 'progress'.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:14Published

FBI: Saudi Shooter Likely Acted Alone, But Motive Still A Mystery [Video]FBI: Saudi Shooter Likely Acted Alone, But Motive Still A Mystery

A Saudi Air Force lieutenant acted alone when he killed three people and wounded eight at a U.S. Navy base in Pensacola, Florida. Immediately following the shootings, he was fatally shot by a deputy..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:36Published

Saudi airman sole suspect in U.S. naval base massacre: FBI [Video]Saudi airman sole suspect in U.S. naval base massacre: FBI

Investigators believe a Saudi Air Force lieutenant acted alone when he killed three people and wounded eight at a U.S. Navy base in Pensacola, Florida, before being fatally shot by a deputy sheriff,..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:11Published

Saudi airman believed to have acted alone in U.S. Navy base rampage: FBI [Video]Saudi airman believed to have acted alone in U.S. Navy base rampage: FBI

Investigators believe a Saudi Air Force lieutenant acted alone on Friday when he killed three people and wounded eight at a U.S. Navy base in Pensacola, Florida before being fatally shot by police, the..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:50Published

Joshua takes back heavyweight titles on unanimous points decision [Video]Joshua takes back heavyweight titles on unanimous points decision

Anthony Joshua pleased with his performance after reclaiming heavyweight titles from Andy Ruiz in Saudi Arabia

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:43Published

Anthony Joshua says he kept it simple en route to a 'genius performance' [Video]Anthony Joshua says he kept it simple en route to a 'genius performance'

Anthony Joshua speaks to the media after his win over Andy Ruiz Jr. The British boxer says he kept it simple en route to a 'genius performance' in Saudi Arabia.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:47Published

Joshua: "It's brilliant when a plan comes together"; Brit ready for any challenge after defeat of Ruiz [Video]Joshua: "It's brilliant when a plan comes together"; Brit ready for any challenge after defeat of Ruiz

Anthony Joshua says "It's brilliant when a plan comes together" after his unanimous decision win over Andy Ruiz; ready to take on winner of next year's Fury/Wilder match

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 02:13Published

Amir Khan, fans praise Joshua strategy after big win [Video]Amir Khan, fans praise Joshua strategy after big win

Former champ Amir Khan, fans praise Anthony Joshua and his winning strategy

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 02:32Published

Joshua reclaims heavyweight title in Saudi Arabia [Video]Joshua reclaims heavyweight title in Saudi Arabia

Britain's Anthony Joshua beat Andy Ruiz Jr on a unanimous points decision in Saudi Arabia on Sunday to seize back the heavyweight title belts he lost to his Mexican-American opponent in a shock upset..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:36Published

What The Alleged Pensacola Base Shooter Did The Night Before [Video]What The Alleged Pensacola Base Shooter Did The Night Before

A Saudi Arabian student fatally shot three people at a Florida naval base on Friday. According to Newser, the student had hosted a dinner party the night before. The focus of the party? To watch videos..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:34Published

Joshua reclaims heavyweight titles with unanimous decision win over Ruiz [Video]Joshua reclaims heavyweight titles with unanimous decision win over Ruiz

Anthony Joshua reclaims heavyweight titles with 12 round unanimous decision win in rematch with Andy Ruiz

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:20Published

 

Saudi Family of Pensacola Gunman: ‘Even We Don’t Know the Truth’ of Motive

The father and brother of Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, who shot and killed three sailors in Pensacola, said in interviews in Saudi Arabia it was “a mystery” why he opened fire in a classroom.
NYTimes.com - Published

U.N. unable to verify that weapons used in Saudi oil attack were from Iran

The United Nations is "unable to independently corroborate" that missiles and drones used in attacks on Saudi oil facilities in September "are of Iranian origin," Secretary-General Antonio Guterres..
Reuters - Published

U.S. grounds Saudi pilots, halts military training after base shooting

The Pentagon announced on Tuesday it was halting operational training of all Saudi Arabian military personnel in the United States until further notice after a Saudi Air Force lieutenant shot and..
Reuters - Published

Navy grounds Saudi pilot trainees after deadly shooting at Pensacola Naval Air Station

The Navy has grounded more than 300 Saudi nationals training to be pilots after the shooting last week at Pensacola Naval Air Station.
USATODAY.com - Published

Exclusive: Over 300 Saudi military aviation students grounded in U.S. after base shooting

More than 300 Saudi Arabian military aviation students have been grounded as part of a "safety stand-down" after a Saudi Air Force lieutenant shot and killed three people last week at a U.S. Navy base..
Reuters - Published

Navy Suspends Flight Training for Saudi Military Students

Students from Saudi Arabia have been grounded in the wake of a shooting at a Pensacola Navy base that left three people dead.
NYTimes.com - Published

U.S. bars former Saudi diplomat in Turkey from entering U.S. over Khashoggi murder

The United States on Tuesday barred from entering the country Mohammed al Otaibi, the former Saudi consul general in Istanbul in October 2018, when Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed there,..
Reuters - Published

Saudi defense official meets with Saudi students at NAS Pensacola following deadly shooting

A Saudi official visited NAS Pensacola to meet with students restricted their by their Saudi commanding officer following Friday's deadly shooting.  
USATODAY.com - Published

Qatari PM attends Gulf summit but no mention of 2-1/2 year row

Qatar's prime minister attended a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday in the most concrete sign yet of a possible thaw in a regional dispute, but the meeting ended without..
Reuters - Published

Qatar sends premier to Gulf summit in prospective thaw in rift

Qatar sent its prime minister to a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, its highest level of representation at the annual meeting in two years and the most concrete sign..
Reuters - Published

U.S. defense policy bill requires nuclear power inspections for Saudi Arabia: sources

Saudi Arabia and other countries seeking to use U.S. technology to develop nuclear power plants must agree to comprehensive U.N. inspections under legislation to be included in the defense policy bill..
Reuters - Published

Biden campaign attacks Trump policy on Saudi Arabia, North Korea

Democrat Joe Biden's presidential campaign launched new attacks on Donald Trump on Sunday, advocating a re-evaluation of U.S.-Saudi relations and calling North Korea's apparent weapons test a "rebuke"..
Reuters - Published

Trump, Saudi crown prince vow to cooperate on Florida base shooting probe

U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday discussed last week's Florida naval base shooting and vowed to work together on the investigation of the attack, which..
Reuters - Published

Amid flurry of Saudi reforms, mocktails on order in execution square

For decades, criminals in Saudi Arabia were lined up after Friday prayers at a central Riyadh plaza and beheaded by sword in a gruesome public spectacle overseen by the religious police.
Reuters - Published

Qatar state minister for foreign affairs arrives in Riyadh: QNA

Qatar's minister of state for foreign affairs arrived in Saudi Arabia on Monday, state news agency QNA said, for a preparatory meeting ahead of an annual summit of Gulf Cooperation Council leaders that..
Reuters - Published

Saudi crown prince called Trump, expressed condolences over Florida base shooting: state news

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday and expressed his condolences and support for the families of the victims of the Florida naval base shooting,..
Reuters - Published

Pensacola gunman legally purchased Glock 45 used in shooting, FBI says. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis blames 'federal loophole'

The Saudi national who shot and killed three people at NAS Pensacola bought the Glock 45 9mm used in the attack legally, according to the FBI.
USATODAY.com - Published

FBI thinks Saudi shooter acted alone, Florida governor decries 'deep-seated' hatred

Investigators believe a Saudi Air Force lieutenant acted alone when he killed three people and wounded eight at a U.S. Navy base in Pensacola, Florida, before being fatally shot by a deputy sheriff,..
Reuters - Published

Saudi is lone suspect in Florida naval base rampage; fellow Saudis cooperating

Investigators believe a Saudi Air Force lieutenant acted alone when he killed three people and wounded eight at a U.S. Navy base in Pensacola, Florida, before being fatally shot by a deputy sheriff,..
Reuters - Published

Saudi shooter believed to have acted alone in U.S. Navy base rampage: FBI

Investigators believe a Saudi Air Force lieutenant acted alone on Friday when he killed three people and wounded eight at a U.S. Navy base in Pensacola, Florida before being fatally shot by police, the..
Reuters - Published

Pensacola suspect showed mass shooting videos at dinner party; Saudi student took video at scene

The Saudi national accused in a deadly shooting rampage in Pensacola had hosted a dinner party at which guests viewed videos of mass shootings.
USATODAY.com - Published

Saudi Arabia ends gender-segregated entrances for restaurants

Restaurants in Saudi Arabia will no longer need to maintain entrances segregated by sex, the authorities said on Sunday, further eroding some of the world's strictest social rules as sweeping reforms..
Reuters - Published

Pensacola shooting by Saudi national raises new questions about US-Saudi alliance

The murders in Florida come at an already tense time. The kingdom's role in the 2018 slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi remains a festering wound.
USATODAY.com - Published

For Trump, Instinct After Florida Killings Is Simple: Protect Saudis

Before issuing his own condolences, the president channeled the Saudi king’s, and avoided any discussion of the hard questions about why the U.S. is training Saudi officers.
NYTimes.com - Published

Before Florida Attack, Gunman Showed Off Mass Shooting Videos

Investigators are still trying to understand the motive of a Saudi trainee who fatally shot three people at Naval Air Station Pensacola.
NYTimes.com - Published

Saudi airman may have become radicalized before U.S. Navy base attack

The Saudi airman accused of killing three people at a U.S. Navy base in Florida appeared to have posted criticism of U.S. wars and quoted slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on social media hours..
Reuters - Published

Trump on shooting, impeachment, prisoner exchange

Just months after senior U.S. officials delivered substantial military aid to Saudi Arabia to counter threats from Iran, America's relationship with the kingdom is being tested by a Saudi Air Force..
USATODAY.com - Published

U.S. defense secretary can't label U.S. base attack 'terrorism' at this point

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that he was not prepared at this point to label as "terrorism" the attack a day earlier at a U.S. Navy base in Florida, where a Saudi airman is..
Reuters - Published

Investigating Saudi student's motive: What we know about the shooting at NAS Pensacola

Officials are investigating whether a shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola Friday by a Saudi aviator in training was motivated by terrorism.
USATODAY.com - Published

Saudi suspect in U.S. Navy base attack linked to anti-U.S. Twitter screed

The Saudi airman accused of killing three people at a U.S. Navy base in Florida appeared to have posted criticism of U.S. wars and quoted slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on social media hours..
Reuters - Published

Saudi Trainee Kills 3 in Shooting at Florida Naval Base

Authorities were trying to determine whether the shooting that killed three and injured eight others was an act of terrorism.
NYTimes.com - Published

Saudi student opens fire, kills 3 at Fl Naval base

The government of Saudi Arabia has condemned a fatal shooting by a Saudi aviation student at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida. (Dec. 6)  
USATODAY.com - Published

Saudi airman in U.S. for training suspected in deadly shooting at Florida naval base

A member of the Saudi Air Force visiting the United States for military training is the suspect in a shooting that killed four people and injured eight at a U.S. Navy base in Florida on Friday, the..
Reuters - Published

Pensacola shooter was Saudi aviation student

An aviation student from Saudi Arabia opened fire in a classroom at the Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday morning, the Florida governor said, an attack that left three dead in addition to the..
USATODAY.com - Published

Trump gets call from Saudi King over Fla. shooting

President Donald Trump says he has spoken to Saudi Arabia's King over the shooting at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola. He said that Saudi King Salman told him "the Saudi people are greatly angered..
USATODAY.com - Published

Saudi king orders security services to cooperate with U.S. in probe of Florida shooting

Saudi Arabia's King Salman told U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday he has directed his security services to cooperate with U.S. authorities investigating the deadly shooting at a Florida military..
Reuters - Published

What we know about the Saudi national suspect in the Pensacola Navy base shooting

The Pensacola Navy base shooter was identified as a Saudi national by Gov. Ron DeSantis Friday afternoon.
USATODAY.com - Published

Saudi Arabia 'greatly angered' by Pensacola Navy base shooting, Trump says

Trump received a call from King Salman of Saudi Arabia to express his condolences over the attack that left four dead. The suspect was a Saudi national.
USATODAY.com - Published

Why was a Saudi national at a US Naval base? International training is part of NAS Pensacola's mission

NAS Pensacola, a Florida Navy air base that was the site of a fatal shooting on Friday, trains international students. It's part of its mission.
USATODAY.com - Published

Saudi national suspected in shooting at U.S. Navy base that left four dead

A Saudi national visiting the United States for military training was the suspect in a shooting attack at a U.S. Navy base in Florida in which four people were killed on Friday, three U.S. defense..
Reuters - Published

Qatar says there have been talks with Saudi Arabia: Al Jazeera

Qatari foreign minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said on Friday there have been talks with the Saudis, and expressed his hopes for positive results, Qatar's Al Jazeera media network reported.
Reuters - Published

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