The ideological and economic leader of the Arab world, Saudi Arabia wields influence far beyond its region. The world's largest oil exporter dictates the global price of crude more than any other nation. It has used its wealth to spread Salafist Islam across Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Central Asia. It — along with the CIA — financed the mujahideen that defeated the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. Today, it's fighting military wars in Yemen and economic ones against Qatar, effectively led by a prince who is also trying to modernize the country.
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- Need to Know
A Saudi journalist has gone missing at his consulate in Turkey, sparking international outcry and strained relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
- True Story
Setting folks free is sometimes very different from how they embrace that freedom, but for one Saudi grandma, a muscle car seemed just about right.
A previously unthinkable attack on the sacred Grand Mosque of Mecca sealed an ominous marriage between radical Islam and terrorism.
Internet celebrities, a reform-minded Saudi prince and a Silicon Valley giant collide.
- Rising Stars
Ghada al-Rabea reimagines celebrated artwork with a bit of Saudi inspiration, helping pioneer a new medium in the process.
- Fast Forward
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