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When US President Donald Trump chose Riyadh to make his debut on the world stage last year, he was placing a bet on Saudi Arabia, which serenaded him with military bands, dazzled him with a flyover of fighter jets and regaled him with a traditional sword dance.
Missing Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi's Turkish fiancee Hatice Cengiz says she will only accept United States President Donald Trump's invitation to the White House if he investigates her fiance's disappearance.
Saudi Arabia has warned that it will respond to threats and political pressure with tough measures of its own after US President Donald Trump said the oil-rich kingdom deserves "severe punishment" if responsible for the disappearance and suspected murder of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi.
In a kingdom once ruled by an ever-aging rotation of elderly monarchs, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman stands out as the youthful face of a youthful nation.
Two New Zealand activists have raised thousands of dollars for mental health in Gaza after an Israeli court ordered them to pay damages for writing an open letter that convinced singer Lorde to cancel her show in Tel Aviv.
US President Donald Trump vowed "severe punishment" for Saudi Arabia if the United States determines that Saudi agents killed Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, calling the journalist's suspected murder "really terrible and disgusting."
The Turkish government has told US officials that it has audio and video recordings that prove Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in Istanbul, according to US and Turkish officials.
US President Donald Trump has implied that Jamal Khashoggi, the missing journalist, has been murdered, saying it "certainly doesn't look like he's around", but said he would not cut arms sales to Saudi Arabia even if the kingdom was responsible for Khashoggi's death.
A pair of Kiwi activists who wrote an open letter asking Lorde to cancel a concert in Israel have been fined almost NZD$19000 by an Israeli court.
The crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, ordered an operation to lure Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia from his home in Virginia and then detain him, according to US intelligence intercepts of Saudi officials discussing the plan.
As Jamal Khashoggi prepared to enter the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, a squad of men from Saudi Arabia who investigators suspect played a role in his disappearance was ready and in place.
OPINION: More than a week has passed since our last meeting outside the consulate of Saudi Arabia, before Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance became global news. We were in the middle of making wedding plans, life plans. After the consulate, we were going to buy appliances for our new home and set a date. All we needed was a piece of paper.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has demanded that Saudi Arabia prove that journalist Jamal Khashoggi left the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on his own as Saudi officials have repeatedly asserted after he disappeared last week while inside the mission.
Turkey's president won't confirm reports prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who went missing after reportedly visiting the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, was killed by a murder squad, but calls the disappearance "very, very upsetting".
On the first anniversary of the global #MeToo movement, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, declared a solution for Western women facing sexual harassment: wear a hijab.
A Congolese doctor who treats rape victims and an Iraqi woman who speaks out for those - like herself - who were raped and tortured by the Islamic State group won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their work to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.
The mystery surrounding the whereabouts of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has deepened with Turkish officials saying he was still inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, contradicting a Saudi government statement that he had left it a day earlier.
In response to a UN court order that the US lift sanctions on Iran, the Trump administration said on Wednesday (Thursday NZ Time) it was terminating a decades-old treaty affirming friendly relations between the two countries.
Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard said Monday it launched ballistic missiles into eastern Syria, targeting militants whom the force has blamed for a recent attack on a military parade in Iran.