DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Saudi prince, in a remark designed to send chills through the Obama administration and its allies, suggested that the kingdom might consider producing nuclear weapons if it found itself between atomic arsenals in Iran and Israel.
The prince, Turki al-Faisal, who has served as the Saudi intelligence chief and as ambassador to the United States, made the comment on Monday at a Persian Gulf security forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The remark confirmed Western fears about the potential for an arms race in the Middle East if Iran moves to produce a nuclear weapon.

An Australian man has been sentenced to 500 lashes and a year in prison after being convicted of blasphemy by judges in Saudi Arabia.
Officials in Canberra said they had been in touch with the Saudi authorities to request leniency.

Australian reports named the man as 45-year-old Mansor Almaribe from Shepparton in Victoria.
Reports said he was chronically ill and family members said they were extremely worried about his health.
"Five hundred lashes on his back, and he has back problems. I wouldn't think he'd survive 50," his son Mohammed told Australia's ABC News.

St. Thomas grad faces whipping for driving in Saudi Arabia

When Shaima Jastaniah moved back to her native Saudi Arabia after a decade living in Houston, her black BMW X5 went with her.
Jastaniah, 34, had an international driver's license and the means to ship the luxury sport utility vehicle halfway across the world, but she didn't have the right to drive it.
Only men are allowed behind the wheel in Saudi Arabia, so Jastaniah had to hand over the keys to a male chauffeur.