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  • A protester shout pro-Shi'ite slogans as she march in the village of Sanabis west of Manama, Bahrain, to show solidarity for victims of a suicide bomb attack in Saudi Arabia
    May 24, 2015  

    This weekend, Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a mosque in Saudi Arabia where at least 21 people were killed. The Saudi king later vowed to punish those involved. Erin Cunningham, a reporter for The Washington Post, joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Cairo. Continue reading

  • U.S. President Barack Obama (C right) walks with Kuwaiti Crown Prince Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (C left) as he plays host to leaders and delegations from the Gulf Cooperation Council countries at the White House in Washington May 13, 2015. Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
    May 14, 2015   BY Julie Pace, Associated Press 

    CAMP DAVID, Md. — President Barack Obama sought to reassure anxious Persian Gulf nations on Thursday that the United States is committed to their security, insisting a nuclear deal with Iran would not leave them more vulnerable. Continue reading

  • Kerry meets Salman in Riyadh
    May 11, 2015  

    Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and the King of Bahrain won’t be attending President Obama’s summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council at Camp David, instead sending officials in their place.The State Department denied it’s a snub, triggered by concerns about the U.S. pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner joins Gwen Ifill to discuss. Continue reading

  • Kerry meets Salman in Riyadh
    May 7, 2015  

    In our news wrap Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry appeared with the Saudi foreign minister in Riyadh to call for a five-day cease-fire in fighting in Yemen. Kerry said it would allow aid to reach millions of civilians. Also, the Associated Press reported that Turkey and Saudi Arabia have formed a working alliance to help Syrian rebel factions who oppose President Bashar al-Assad. Continue reading

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a joint press conference with Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf at the Presidential Palace in Dijbouti on May 6, 2015. Kerry is hopeful that the Iran nuclear deal would send a positive message to North Korea to restart negotiations on its own atomic program. Photo by Andrew Harnik/Reuters

    DJIBOUTI — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he hopes to secure a pause in Yemen’s war as he prepared for talks in Saudi Arabia Wednesday, citing increased shortages of food, fuel and medicine that are adding to a crisis that already has neighboring countries bracing for a mass exodus of refugees. Continue reading

  • BOMBING ENDS monitor
    April 21, 2015  

    Saudi Arabia announced an end to a month-long air campaign against Shiite rebels in Yemen, saying they will focus on political efforts and use military action if needed. The White House has sent over an aircraft carrier to beef up security. Meanwhile, a senior rebel leader said a political accord is nearly ready. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner joins Gwen Ifill. Continue reading

  • Followers of the Houthi movement raise their rifles as they shout slogans against the Saudi-led air strikes in Sanaa
    April 7, 2015  

    The U.S. will speed up delivery of arms and intelligence to Saudi Arabia for the fight against Yemen’s Houthi rebels, according to the State Department. How did the Houthis rise to stage a government coup? Gwen Ifill learns more from journalist Safa al-Ahmad, who offers a rare inside look in a new documentary on Frontline. Continue reading

  • news wrap 04.03.15
    April 3, 2015  

    In our news wrap Friday, a man who spent nearly 30 years on Alabama’s death row walked out a free man after prosecutors admitted the only physical evidence of two murders did not link him to the crime. Also, Saudi Arabia stepped up their efforts to fight the Yemen’s Shiite rebels. Saudi warplanes air-dropped supplies and weapons to fighters loyal to the president, and carried out more airstrikes. Continue reading

  • newswrap
    March 30, 2015  

    In our news wrap Monday, Indiana’s state house speaker said the language in a new religious freedom statute will be modified to make it clear that discrimination is not allowed. The bill sparked protests after opponents, who say it permits businesses to refuse service to gays and lesbians. Also, a coalition led by Saudi Arabia stepped up a Yemen military campaign with a naval blockade. Continue reading

  • A CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter launches from the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde during preparations for a field exercise in the Mediterranean Sea, October 24, 2011. US forces rescued two Saudi pilots from waters south of Yemen. Photo by US Navy/Josue L. Escobosa/Reuters
    March 28, 2015   BY Associated Press 

    A Defense Department official says U.S. forces rescued two Saudi airmen after they ejected from an F-15 fighter jet over waters south of Yemen, where Saudi Arabia is leading airstrikes against Iran-allied Houthi rebels. Continue reading