Gulf Arab Leaders Sign Declaration With Qatar to Ease Rift

AL-ULA, Saudi Arabia — Gulf Arab leaders signed a declaration Tuesday in Saudi Arabia to mark a new page in relations following the kingdom's decision to end a 3 1/2-year embargo of Qatar, easing a rift that deeply divided regional U.S. security allies and fra...
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Amid Virus, Saudis Close Islam’s Holiest Sites to Foreigners

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia on Thursday closed off the holiest sites in Islam to foreign pilgrims over the coronavirus, disrupting travel for thousands of Muslims already headed to the kingdom and potentially affecting plans later this year for ...
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Khashoggi Documentary ‘The Dissident’ Lands at Sundance

PARK CITY, Utah — A searing documentary about the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi made its anticipated debut at the Sundance Film Festival, unveiling a detailed investigation into the Saudi Arabia regime and the companies and governments t...
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Twitter Removes 5,929 Saudi Accounts It Deems State Backed

NEW YORK — Twitter says it has removed nearly 6,000 accounts it deemed tied to a state-backed information operation in Saudi Arabia. The 5,929 accounts removed are part of a larger group of 88,000 accounts engaged in “spammy behavior” across a wide range of...