Until recently, investors from the oil-rich Persian Gulf region were buying up shares in big U.S. companies like Citigroup and Merrill Lynch. Not now. Reporter Ben Gilbert tells us why Persian Gulf investors are keeping their cash at home.
Correspondent Kelly McEvers tells us about a new wave of novel-writing in Saudi Arabia that's centered on breaking conventional taboos. The spike in risque Saudi literature follows the success of the racy novel, Girls of Riyadh a few years ago.
The World's Aaron Schachter reports on a summit today among the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Syria. One objective may be to get Syria to cooperate on various issues, from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, to containing Iran.
In Saudi Arabia, men and women can't mix in public. But women have to buy their lingerie from shops staffed by men. Now one Saudi woman has launched a campaign to change that. And she's calling for a boycott. The World's Jennifer Goren reports.
Anchor Marco Werman speaks with journalist Muna Shikaki, Washington correspondent for the Arabic language television channel Al-Arabiya, and Gregor Schmitz of German news magazine Der Spiegel, about how they are covering this week's news from Washington.
The World's Marco Werman reports on how some Bedouin musicians found some military debris in the desert from the 1967 Six Day War, and transformed the trash into percussion instruments for their band, the Bedouin Jerry Can Band.
The World's Aaron Schachter reports on the Saudi influence in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He says Pakistanis have been drawn to a Saudi style of Islam. But in Afghanistan, many blame Saudi Arabia for inspiring and supporting Afghanistan's fundamentalist Taliban.