Saudi Arabia has spent the past year taking actions that have alarmed and angered some of its neighbors, especially Iran. There have been warnings this could provoke a war. So who's driving these policies, and why?
Tensions in the Persian Gulf are high after Saudi Arabia executed a prominent Shiite cleric. Iran sees itself as the champion of Shiite Islam and is furious with the Saudi action. Saudi Arabia has retaliated by cutting off relations.
Saudi Arabia and Iran have never been friends, but their relations went from bad to worse over the weekend. Saudi Arabia and allies Sudan and Bahrain have broken off diplomatic relations with Tehran and ordered Iranian diplomats out of their nations within 48 hours.
With oil prices down and the world's supply eventually running out, Saudi Arabia is looking to the future by constructing a massive new city from scratch along the Red Sea. The kingdom hopes it will provide a new source of income and trade, but it's not without its own problems.
We've all seen the pictures of the ISIS militants who have taken over a large part of northern and western Iraq in the last week. They usually have assault weapons and wear strings of ammo or are standing by mounted guns. Which got us wondering, who's their supplier?
A new survey asked for opinions about how women should dress in public in the Middle East. The choices included images of women wearing different kinds of head coverings. The results and approach have been widely criticized. So Lebanese satirist Karl Sharro decided to do his own "survey" on what American women should wear.
Social media played a big part in this weekend's protest by Saudi women. The women defied an informal ban on women driving, and then posted videos. A Saudi comic decided to add his voice — changing the lyrics to a Bob Marley tune.
A YouTube video showing a Saudi man dancing with his little daughter had received about 2 million views so far. That's just one of the many videos capturing Saudis doing what's called the "penguin dance."
A sophisticated cluster bomb used by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen is manufactured in the United States. Human rights organizations — and several members of Congress — are raising new questions about the weapon's use.
With the death of Peter O'Toole, everyone is talking about one of his great roles, as Lawrence of Arabia — the British intelligence officer who lead an Arab revolt in World War I. So that led producer Christopher Woolf to examine just how much of the film is actually based on history.
If you think it's hard to make it as a musician in the US, try Saudi Arabia. Music isn't officially illegal, but many Muslims there believe that music is forbidden — so not only are there no karaoke bars, but shredding that guitar solo might actually get you in trouble with religious police. But that doesn't mean that there are no aspiring Saudi Idols.