Output is predicted to grow next year to 11.8 million barrels a day, making the U.S. the world's leading oil producer for the first time since the 1970s.
The detentions of at least 10 women's rights activists—seven women and three men—are seen as a culmination of a steady crackdown on perceived critics of the government.
The House speaker is leading a congressional group that will focus on stability in the Middle East, the campaign against Islamic State and "Iranian aggression."
The action comes a day after Yemen’s Saudi-backed prime minister appealed to the kingdom and its allies to save the local currency from “complete collapse.”
The Kremlin says the two leaders also emphasized the need to step up efforts toward a political settlement in Syria and discussed joint action to stabilize the global oil market.
An “anti-corruption” commission led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman took dozens into custody, including billionaire Al-Waleed Bin Talal (pictured).
The move, welcomed by the United States, represents a significant step forward for women of the ultra-conservative kingdom.