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.
Saudi Arabia has a problem with terrorism. It's one the largest producers of jihadi fighters around the world. In order to combat that, the country has developed "rehab" centers, that seek to turn would-be jihadis away from their extremist ways.
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.
World leaders and regular people gathered Tuesday in South Africa to honor Nelson Mandela — a man who was labelled a terrorist by the US until 8 years ago, a friend of China and Cuba, and now a symbol of hope and reconciliation for millions. We also look at Saudi Arabia's interest in its own human genome project, one of the most extreme zipline rides in the world, and a video game where the villian is alcoholism. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah died Friday morning in Saudi Arabia, in his 90s. The king who had effectively led the Middle East kingdom for two decades, though officially for just one, was known as a reformer — even if it was not always evident to outside observers.
Rebels in control of Yemen's capital accused the Saudi-led coalition fighting them of killing more than 100 people and wounding hundreds more Saturday in air strikes on a funeral in Sanaa. The coalition denied it.