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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, right, greets US President Joe Biden with a fist bump in Jeddah.

Biden fails to win security, oil commitments at Arab summit

Joe Biden has been unable to get Arab nations to pump more oil or make progress on a security deal that could include Israel.

  • Steve Holland, Aziz El Yaakoubi, Jarrett Renshaw and Maha El Dahan

This Month

Joe Biden and Israel’s President Isaac Herzog speak with Holocaust survivors at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem.

Biden defends Saudi trip, says human rights on the agenda

The US president would not commit to asking the Crown Prince about the 2018 murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

  • Nick Allen and Abbie Cheeseman
En route to Saudi Arabia. Joe Biden with Israeli President Isaac Herzog and Prime Minister Yair Lapid in Tel Aviv this week.

Biden faces ‘mission impossible’ in plan to tame oil prices

Oil executives and market analysts say both parts of the plan are fraught with difficulty and could backfire by goading Russia into cutting its energy exports.

  • Derek Brower and David Sheppard


An Afghan girl stands near a house that was damaged by an earthquake in the Spera District of the south-western part of Khost Province, Afghanistan.

Afghanistan quake kills more than 1000, injures 1600, officials say

Heavy rain and strong winds were frustrating search and rescues efforts late on Wednesday after a massive earthquake struck eastern Afghanistan.

  • Haq Nawaz Khan, Adela Suliman, Karina Tsui and Shaiq Hussain
Elon Musk speaks to the Qatar Economic Forum on Tuesday June 21, 2022.

Six takeaways from what Elon Musk said at the Qatar Economic Forum

The world’s richest person covered everything from the state of his deal to buy Twitter to the direction of the American economy and planned job cuts at Tesla.

  • Reed Stevenson
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett

Israel heads for fifth election in three years in fresh crisis

The Israeli election will put former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu back at the centre of political power.

  • Josef Federman
There have been tensions between the US and the Saudi leadership, including with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto ruler.

Saudi Arabia ready to pump more oil if Russian output sinks under ban

The kingdom has resisted calls from the White House to ramp up production despite oil prices trading near $US120 a barrel, the highest level in a decade.

  • David Sheppard, Samer Al-Atrush and Derek Brower


Benjamin Netanyahu.

Lifeline for Netanyahu as Israel’s government loses majority

Should Benjamin Netanyahu return as prime minister, analysts say Israel would get a government alliance that would be among its most right-wing in history.

  • Patrick Kingsley