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    (CNN)Two years after the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, "Kingdom of Silence" again shines a necessary light on the US-Saudi Arabian relationship, and the complicity of those who prize the latter's oil and money above all else. It's the latest in a series of significant "How we got here" documentaries from producer Alex Gibney (just out with "Agents of Chaos"), here teaming with author Lawrence Wright.Wright -- who wrote "The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11," chronicling the failures prior to the Sept. 11 attacks -- helpfully fills in some of that history, describing the Middle East as having been "A part of the world that we didn't care about, except for the oil" for decades.That...
    CONOR McGREGOR deleted a poster announcing a fight with Manny Pacquiao and was accused of lying about the event. Both the Irishman and Pacquiao confirmed they are in talks for a boxing match, which McGregor claimed would take place in the Middle East. 3Conor McGregor deleted this fight poster on Instagram 3 But Ali Abdelaziz, Khabib Nurmagomedov's manager, said a Saudi Arabian contact forced The Notorious to take down a post on Instagram. The mocked up poster, which says McGregor, 32, will fight Pacquiao, 41, in Saudi, has now been deleted. Abdelaziz tweeted: "Is funny how's this Liar posted a photo him and Pacman Fighting in Saudi Arabia ? "I was talking right now with my...
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A U.S. citizen who is also a Saudi national is set to be tried in Saudi Arabia on Thursday by a counter-terrorism court that has been used to imprison rights activists in a case that could spark further tensions in already uneasy U.S.-Saudi relations. The case of Salah al-Haidar, who has been detained since April 2019 in Saudi Arabia, has caught the attention of members of Congress who are urging President Donald Trump to personally seek his immediate and unconditional release. Al-Haidar, who has a family home in Vienna, Virginia, is facing between eight and 33 years in prison for alleged Twitter posts criticizing the Saudi government, according to people with knowledge of his...
    Oregon prison inmates find redemption, adrenaline in fighting wildfires Meet the K-shaped recession, where professional workers are largely fine and everyone else is doing awful Saudi Arabia Sees Budget Deficit Soaring in 2020 (Bloomberg) -- Saudi Arabia expects to run a budget deficit of 298 billion riyals ($79.5 billion) in 2020, or 12% of gross domestic product, and plans to cut spending for the following year by 7%, according to preliminary figures published by the finance ministry. © Photographer: Maya Anwar/Bloomberg Skyscrapers stand in the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) beyond an empty parking lot in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Next year’s spending is projected at 990 billion riyals, down from an expected 1,068 trillion...
    Kuwait's emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, has died, Kuwait's Emiri Court announced on Tuesday. Sheikh Sabah, who had ruled since 2006, was 91. Before announcing the emir's death, Kuwaiti television cut to Koranic verses, which often signifies the passing of a senior member of the ruling family.  In recent years, the ailing emir suffered frequent rounds of ill health. Two months ago, President Trump sent a U.S. Air Force C-17 to transport the emir to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he passed away on Tuesday. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox The emir's half-brother and crown prince, 83-year-old Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah, is said to be confirmed as the new emir. Sheikh Nawaf...
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran has dismissed as "worthless" Saudi Arabia's claim that Tehran had trained a terrorist cell that Riyadh took down earlier this month, state TV reported on Tuesday. Saudi Arabia said on Monday that it had taken down a terrorist cell in September that had received training from Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, arresting 10 people and seizing weapons and explosives. "The repetitive and worthless accusations of the Saudi rulers are not the way for Riyadh to achieve its goals, and our recommendation is that Saudi Arabia choose the path of honesty and wisdom instead of worthless scenarios," state TV quoted Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh as saying. (Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Gareth Jones) Copyright 2020...
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia said Monday its security forces uncovered a “terrorist cell” with alleged ties to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and have detained 10 people in connection. A statement issued by the Presidency of State Security, which is overseen by the king and crown prince, said three of those detained had received training in Iran by the paramilitary group in October 2017 on manufacturing explosives. The cell was broken up by security forces on Sept. 23, with weapons such as sniper rifles and pistols confiscated at two locations, the security agency said. The security body did not provide much further detail or evidence regarding the alleged cell, such in which Saudi cities they were arrested. The statement...
    RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia took down a terrorist cell this month that had received training from Iran's Revolutionary Guards, arresting 10 people and seizing weapons and explosives, the spokesman for the presidency of state security said on Monday. In a statement carried by Saudi state media, the spokesman said three of those arrested had been trained in Iran while the rest were "linked to the cell in various roles". The weapons and explosives were confiscated at a house and a farm, he added. (Reporting by Nayera Abdallah in Cairo and Marwa Rashad in Riyadh; Writing by Ghaida Ghantous; Editing by Jonathan Oatis) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia, which is presiding over the Group of 20 countries this year, said Monday that the upcoming November gathering of world leaders will be held virtually amid the coronavirus pandemic. The kingdom had originally planned to host world leaders for the G20 summit in Riyadh before the pandemic, offering Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman the chance to share handshakes and wide smiles with presidents and prime ministers, such as Donald Trump, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, India’s Narendra Modi and China’s Xi Jinping. Instead, the planned virtual meet-up announced Monday strips the kingdom of the pomp that would have accompanied televised arrivals on Riyadh’s tarmac just two years after the killing and dismemberment of...
    Florida schools reopened en masse, but a surge in coronavirus didnt follow, a USA TODAY analysis finds Walmart has reportedly picked 2 gas-station billionaire brothers as preferred bidders for Asda, its $8.4 billion UK grocery chain Ladies European Tour adds two events in Saudi Arabia The Ladies' European Tour announced a pair of tournaments in Saudi Arabia to take place in November, which will mark the first female professional golf events in the country. © Provided by Golf Channel The Aramco Saudi Ladies' International will feature a field of 108 LET golfers competing for a $1 million purse. While the tournament was postponed from its original March date because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it's now back on the books...
    2 new Calif. fires burn nearly 10,000 acres in a day Walmart has reportedly picked 2 gas-station billionaire brothers as preferred bidders for Asda, its $8.4 billion UK grocery chain Ladies European Tour announces first female pro golf events in Saudi Arabia worth $1.5M The Ladies European Tour has announced two new events to be held in Saudi Arabia later this year for a total of $1.5 million in prize funds, marking the first professional female golf tournaments ever staged in Saudi Arabia. © Provided by Golfweek The $1 million Aramco Saudi Ladies International will take place Nov. 12-15 and the $500,000 Saudi Ladies Team International will be held Nov. 17-19. Both events will take place at Royal Greens Golf Club...
    By AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia, which is presiding over the Group of 20 countries this year, said Monday that the upcoming November gathering of world leaders will be held virtually amid the coronavirus pandemic. The kingdom had originally planned to host world leaders for the G-20 summit in Riyadh before the pandemic, offering Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman the chance to share handshakes and wide smiles with presidents and prime ministers, such as Donald Trump, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, India's Narendra Modi and China's Xi Jinping. Instead, the planned virtual meet-up announced Monday strips the kingdom of the pomp that would have accompanied televised arrivals on Riyadh’s tarmac just two years...
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia, which is presiding over the Group of 20 countries this year, said Monday that the upcoming November gathering of world leaders will be held virtually amid the coronavirus pandemic. The kingdom had originally planned to host world leaders for the G-20 summit in Riyadh before the pandemic, offering Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman the chance to share handshakes and wide smiles with presidents and prime ministers, such as Donald Trump, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, India’s Narendra Modi and China’s Xi Jinping. Instead, the planned virtual meet-up announced Monday strips the kingdom of the pomp that would have accompanied televised arrivals on Riyadh’s tarmac just two years after the killing and dismemberment...
    DUBAI – Saudi Arabia, which is presiding over the Group of 20 countries this year, said Monday that the upcoming November gathering of world leaders will be held virtually amid the coronavirus pandemic. The kingdom had originally planned to host world leaders for the G-20 summit in Riyadh before the pandemic, offering Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman the chance to share handshakes and wide smiles with presidents and prime ministers, such as Donald Trump, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, India's Narendra Modi and China's Xi Jinping. Instead, the planned virtual meet-up announced Monday strips the kingdom of the pomp that would have accompanied televised arrivals on Riyadh’s tarmac just two years after the killing and dismemberment of Saudi writer...
    Oklahoma prosecutors fear an Uber driver released on a $500,000 bond in a murder case may flee to Saudi Arabia. Omar Emran Ba-Abbad bonded out of jail Friday, but it’s unclear if the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia posted the bond, the Tulsa World reported Saturday. A judge had ordered him to wear an ankle monitor as a condition of release. Tulsa County prosecutors have accused the 32-year-old man of mowing down Jeremy Shadrick with his Uber vehicle following an altercation. UBER DRIVER ARRESTED AFTER CANCELING RIDE, SEXUALLY ASSAULTING WOMAN, POLICE SAY Shadrick, 44, who had played football for the University of Tennessee, died after hailing an Uber ride from Ba-Abbad on June 26. Prosecutor Mark Collier said Saudi Arabia attempted...
    By Marwa Rashad RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia plans to resume tourist visas by early 2021 after months of suspension amid strict government measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the kingdom's tourism minister told Reuters. Tourism is a key pillar of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's ambitious reform strategy to reduce the economy's dependence on oil. The kingdom, which opened its doors to foreign tourists in September 2019 by launching a new visa regime for 49 countries, wants the sector to contribute 10% of gross domestic product by 2030. "For tourist visa, until now we are talking about early next year. If things get better or if any positive developments happen with regards to the vaccine, we might...
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday called for United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to convene an international conference early next year to launch "a genuine peace process" between Israel and the Palestinians. Abbas urged Guterres to work with the Middle East Quartet of mediators - the United States, Russia, the European Union and the U.N. - and the U.N. Security Council on a conference "with full authority and with the participation of all concerned parties, early next year, to engage in a genuine peace process." The Palestinians want a state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip with east Jerusalem as its capital, all territory captured by Israel in 1967. Palestinian leaders rejected a peace proposal...
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Yemen’s embattled and exiled president on Thursday urged his government’s rival, the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, to stop impeding the flow of urgently needed humanitarian aid following a warning from the U.N. humanitarian chief last week that “the specter of famine” has returned to the conflict-torn country. President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s plea came in a prerecorded speech to the U.N. General Assembly’s ministerial meeting being held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It aired more than a week after Human Rights Watch warned that all sides in Yemen’s conflict were interfering with the arrival of food, health care supplies, water and sanitation support. U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock told the U.N. Security Council last week...
    China is using the prospect of access to technology related to a nuclear weapons program to lure American allies into Beijing’s geopolitical orbit, U.S. officials and lawmakers fear. “I’m sure that they are,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the Washington Examiner during an interview this week. “Certainly, when it comes to missile systems, we've seen that.” China reportedly has provided Saudi Arabia with assistance in building a facility that can process yellowcake, which arms control observers regard as a sign that Riyadh could partner with the communist power to develop its own nuclear program. That suspicion was made explicit during a wide-ranging Senate hearing on the state of American policy in the Middle East, in which the...
    By The Associated Press RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Yemen’s embattled and exiled president on Thursday urged his government’s rival, the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, to stop impeding the flow of urgently needed humanitarian aid. President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi's plea aired more than a week after an international watchdog organization warned that all sides in Yemen's conflict were interfering with the arrival of food, health care supplies, water and sanitation support. His remarks came in a prerecorded speech to the U.N. General Assembly, whose annual gathering of world leaders was being held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In his speech, the Yemeni president also asked that the Houthis allow a U.N. team immediate access to an abandoned oil tanker...
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Yemen’s embattled and exiled president on Thursday urged his government’s rival, the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, to stop impeding the flow of urgently needed humanitarian aid. President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s plea aired more than a week after an international watchdog organization warned that all sides in Yemen’s conflict were interfering with the flow of food, health care supplies, water and sanitation support. Hadi’s remarks came in a prerecorded speech to the U.N. General Assembly’s virtual summit, and also asked that they allow a U.N. team immediate access to an abandoned oil tanker that risks causing massive environmental damage to the Red Sea. Hadi spoke from Saudi Arabia, where he has been living during the...
    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday he is withdrawing from a virtual summit of world cities scheduled to be hosted by Saudi Arabia because of human rights concerns. The Urban 20 summit is scheduled to run from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 ahead of the Group of 20 summit of the world’s most powerful industrialized nations. Human rights activists had urged de Blasio and several other city leaders to boycott the meeting, pointing out that Oct. 2 is the anniversary of the killing of Washington Post columnist and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi. “The global COVID-19 pandemic has shown just how crucial it is for cities across the world to work together while standing...
    London — A group of Saudi dissidents exiled in Britain, the U.S. and elsewhere announced the launch of an opposition party on Wednesday, the first organized political resistance to King Salman's rule. Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy that does not tolerate any political opposition, and the formation of the National Assembly Party on the anniversary of the kingdom's founding comes amid a growing state crackdown on dissent and freedom of expression. "We hereby announce the establishment of the National Assembly Party, which aims to institute democracy as a form of government in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia," the group said in a statement. The development is unlikely to seriously undermine the authority of the Arab world's most powerful ruling family....
    Photograph: AP As the UAE and Bahrain prepared to sign a deal to normalise diplomatic relations with Israel this summer, Saudi Arabia – the regional heavyweight – was quietly urging them on. For several months before the deals were signed at the White House, the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, had been laying out his rationale for a pact that would overturn regional policies towards a long-term foe. There were state-of-the-art fighter jets on offer, political favours with Washington to be won and bigger, better access to Donald Trump’s America, with all the connections a nakedly transactional president saw fit to muster. There was also another inducement: if Saudi Arabia’s allies came to terms with Israel first, it...
    By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia warned the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that an "oil spot" had been seen in a shipping transit area 31 miles (50 km) west of a decaying tanker that is threatening to spill 1.1 million barrels of crude oil off the coast of Yemen. The Safer tanker has been stranded off Yemen's Red Sea oil terminal of Ras Issa for more than five years. The United Nations has warned that the Safer could spill four times as much oil as the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster off Alaska. In a letter to the 15-member body, reviewed by Reuters, Saudi Arabia's U.N. Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi wrote that experts had observed that "a pipeline...
    DUBAI – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman made a rare address to the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, using the moment to highlight the foundational notions of his regime — his steadfast commitment to the Palestinians, his stature as custodian of Islam’s holiest sites and his assertion that Iran is responsible for much of the region’s instability. The prerecorded speech to world leaders suggested that the 84-year-old king, who delivers only a handful of public remarks each year, retains oversight of high-level policies despite the immense powers amassed by his son, the crown prince. In delivering his remarks, he became only the second Saudi king to deliver a speech to the world assembly. The first was his late brother, King Saud,...
    King Salman of Saudi Arabia applauded the administration of President Donald Trump at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday for its role in helping Arab states normalize relations with Israel. President Trump has helped broker several deals between Israel and its neighbors in the past year that have resulted in these states accepting Israel as a sovereign nation and recognizing Israeli citizenship. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) became the most prominent Gulf state to normalize relations with Israel in August, followed by the kingdom of Bahrain; both nations signed agreements with Israel at the White House this week. Saudi Arabia has yet to normalize relations with Israel but took the historic measure of allowing Israeli flights to fly through...
    By Michelle Nichols and Ghaida Ghantous NEW YORK/DUBAI, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz took aim at Iran during his debut on Wednesday at the annual United Nations meeting of world leaders, calling for a comprehensive solution to contain Riyadh’s regional rival and stop it from getting weapons of mass destruction. He said Iran has exploited a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers “to intensify its expansionist activities, create its terrorist networks, and use terrorism,” adding that this had produced nothing but “chaos, extremism, and sectarianism.” “A comprehensive solution and a firm international position are required,” he told the 193-member General Assembly in a video statement that was pre-recorded due to the coronavirus pandemic. The United...
    Arab leaders voiced fears Wednesday before the United Nations of new conflict in the region as tensions soar between Iran and the United States. The annual extravaganza of international diplomacy at the UN General Assembly has been turned into a virtual affair this year, with leaders sending in recorded speeches due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Two days after US President Donald Trump ramped up pressure on Iran in a widely contested move, leaders of Iraq and Saudi Arabia voiced concerns about the region. “We do not want Iraq to become a sort of playground for other forces that will kill each other on our territory,” Iraqi President Barham Saleh said in his address. “We have witnessed enough wars and enough...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times EDT): 11:29 a.m. Iraqi President Barham Saleh is asking for international assistance to cope with the many crises facing Iraq amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite limited resources resulting from years of wars, blockades and violence, Iraq has implement some measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus, Saleh said in his prerecorded address to the U.N. General Assembly. But the “journey has been long and arduous.” Weak infrastructure in the face of rising case numbers is a constant challenge, Saleh added. “Developed nations must provide assistance to developing nations to create an environment to fight the pandemic and limit its harmful effects,” he said. A severe drop...
    King Salman of Saudi Arabia called for “coexistence among all the region’s peoples” and endorsed President Trump’s Middle East diplomacy just days after the signing of historic agreements between Israel and two other Gulf Arab states. “Peace in the Middle East is our strategic option,” the oil-rich monarch told the United Nations General Assembly. ”And we will spare no effort to work together towards achieving a bright future where peace, stability, prosperity, and coexistence among all the region’s peoples prevail.” His recorded comments seemed to indicate that Saudi Arabia approves of the recent normalization of ties between Israel and two of the monarchy’s closest allies, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Yet, he avoided any explicit reference to...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times EDT): 10:45 a.m. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman used his speech before the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday to stress his country’s Islamic roots and slam rival, Iran. Reading from a piece of paper and seated at a desk under a large portrait of his father, King Abdulaziz, the monarch reiterated the sacred role of Islam in Saudi Arabia, which Muslims believe was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad more than 1,400 years ago in the mountainous caves of Mecca. He touted the kingdom’s role as president of the G-20 this year, and the billions of dollars in humanitarian aid Saudi Arabia gave to countries around the world in...
    RIYADH, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia said that any nuclear deal with Iran has to preserve non-proliferation and continue efforts aimed at making the Middle East a zone free of mass destruction weapons, state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday. The agreement “has to address Iran’s destabilising behaviours and its sponsorship of terrorism in the region to prevent it from any provocative actions in the future” it said in a statement issued after weekly cabinet meeting. In 2015 Iran signed a fragile nuclear deal with world powers but the fate of the 2015 pact has been in doubt since U.S. President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of it and reimposed sanctions. Washington has threatened to use a...
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Tuesday said Muslims will be allowed to perform the smaller, year-round pilgrimage starting Oct. 4 as the kingdom gradually begins lifting restrictions that had been in place on Islam’s holiest site for the past seven months due to the coronavirus. State media reported the government plans to allow up to 6,000 visitors a day at the sprawling Grand Mosque in Mecca, which will be open to Saudi citizens and residents only during this first phase. Before visitors can enter the mosque to pray or perform the “umrah” pilgrimage, they will have to apply and reserve a specific time and date through an online application that is launching Sept. 27 to avoid crowding...
    For Saudi Arabia, the road to peace with Israel has always been contingent on an agreement with the Palestinians, but other signs in the kingdom indicate change may already be underway – and that any breakthrough would have to come from heir to the thrown, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, according to a report on Tuesday. The conflicting messages on Saudi developing ties with Israel come from a split between the 35-year-old crown prince and his 84-year-old father, King Salman, on how they view national interests, the Associated Press reported, citing analysts and insiders. “It’s no secret there’s a generational conflict,” New York-based Rabbi Marc Schneier, an adviser to Bahrain’s king who has held talks in Saudi and with other...
    (CNN)Hundreds of fossilized footprints dating back 120,000 years have been discovered in Saudi Arabia, and they might point to the earliest evidence of human movement into the region, according to a new study in Science Advances. Researchers discovered hundreds of fossilized footprints, which were exposed by sediment erosion, during a survey of an ancient lake in Saudi Arabia's Nefud Desert.In among the 376 ancient shapes discovered around Alathar lake, experts identified animal footprints, including prints belonging to horses, camels and elephants -- notable because elephants appeared to have gone extinct in the Levant about 400,000 years ago. Elephant (left) and camel (right) trackways were discovered.But more surprisingly, researchers said they discovered seven hominin footprints, which, if confirmed, could be...
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia, the most powerful Arab nation and home to Islam’s holiest sites, has made its official position on the region’s longest-running conflict clear: Full ties between the kingdom and Israel can only happen when peace is reached with the Palestinians. Yet state-backed Saudi media and clerics are signaling change is already underway with Israel — something that can only happen under the directives of the country’s powerful heir, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The divergent messages on the possibility of Saudi ties with Israel reflect what analysts and insiders say is a schism between how the 35-year-old prince and his 84-year-old father, King Salman, view national interests. “It’s no secret there’s a generational...
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Monday released new details on how it plans to gradually allow Muslims back to Islam’s holiest site in Mecca to perform the smaller, year-round pilgrimage, which has been suspended for the past seven months due to the coronavirus. Hajj Minister Muhammad Benten said the kingdom will launch an online application that allows citizens, residents of Saudi Arabia and visitors to apply and reserve a specific time and date in which they can perform the pilgrimage, known as “umrah,” to avoid crowding and maintain social-distancing guidelines. The minister, who spoke during a virtual seminar, did not say when the pilgrimage would be permitted to resume nor how many people would be allowed to...
    (CNN)Saudi Arabia has signed a series of deals to provide more than $200 million in funding to United Nations aid agencies operating in Yemen, just days after a CNN investigation highlighted a crisis in aid funding for the war-stricken nation.The investigation revealed that support pledged to UN agencies by Saudi Arabia for Yemen had more than halved in 2020, falling from more than $1 billion to just $500 million this year. Of this amount, the UN told CNN only $23 million had so far come through its appeal.The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) announced the additional Saudi funding in a televised statement Friday."Today, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief...
    (Bloomberg) – Saudi Arabia showed its determination to protect the oil recovery, warning short sellers not to question its resolve and with a rare public rebuke to a close ally who had been overproducing. After a meeting with OPEC ministers on Thursday, Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman released clear hints that there could be a change of direction in production policy ahead of the next ministerial meeting of the group in December. Brent crude, the international benchmark, fell below $ 40 a barrel last week for the first time since June. There are growing signs that the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic is hitting demand once again, as individuals and businesses around...
    National Guard major: Military police asked about using heat ray against DC protesters New York is set to become the latest city to let restaurants add a COVID-19 fee to your bill Saudi Arabia Delivers Public Dressing-Down to OPEC+ (Bloomberg) -- Saudi Arabia showed its determination to protect the oil recovery, warning short sellers not to challenge its resolve and delivering a rare public rebuke to a close ally that had been over-producing. Load Error After a meeting with fellow OPEC+ ministers on Thursday, Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman dropped clear hints that there could be a change of direction in production policy before the group’s next ministerial meeting in December. As the rebound in oil...
    Saudia Arabia may have enough mineable uranium ore reserves to make nuclear fuel and weapons. Chinese geologists have been helping the kingdom map its uranium reserves at incredible speed as part of their nuclear cooperation agreement. Details of the stocks are contained in their confidential reports which have been seen by The Guardian.   Saudia Arabia may have enough mineable uranium ore reserves to make nuclear fuel and weapons. Pictured: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman The revelation will increase concerns about Saudi Arabia's potential armament. The report states that the geologists worked throughout the year, including in the sweltering heat of the summer, to identify the reserves. They found that more than 90,000 tonnes of uranium could be produced from three...
    Saudi Arabia likely has enough mineable uranium ore reserves to begin its domestic production of nuclear fuel, according to a new report. Confidential documents prepared by Chinese geologists and obtained by The Guardian show that those geologists had been rushing to help the kingdom map out its uranium reserves as part of their nuclear energy cooperation agreement with the Communist nation. The geologists identified reserves that would be able to produce more than 90,000 tons of uranium from three “major deposits” in both the center and northwest of the country. Riyadh’s interest in a nuclear weapon has been aided in more ways than one by the Chinese government. Bloomberg News reported Tuesday that the International Atomic Energy Agency is working...
    Oil pumping jacks, also known as "nodding donkeys", are reflected in a puddle as they operate in an oilfield near Almetyevsk, Russia, on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020.Andrey Rudakov | Bloomberg via Getty Images LONDON — A group of some of the world's most powerful oil-producing nations on Thursday will meet to review production policy, amid a faltering recovery from the pandemic-driven rout and a bleak outlook for energy demand. OPEC and non-OPEC allies, sometimes referred to as OPEC+, will convene for an online meeting to review the market and discuss compliance with deep production cuts. The energy alliance agreed in July to cut output by 7.7 million barrels per day from August through to December, in an effort to...
    President Donald Trump, who on Tuesday presided over the signing of normalization agreements between Israel and two Gulf Arab states, says several other nations are close to following the example of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. He also expressed confidence that Saudi Arabia will, when the time is right, join the process of fully normalizing relations with the Israelis, Reuters reported. Trump told reporters at the White House that the Kingdom is among several countries he believes are on the verge of opening diplomatic ties with Tel Aviv, according to a Turkish news agency reporting on the ceremonial signing, Anadolu Agency. Similar remarks about the Saudis following "at the right time" were reported by The Times of Israel. I spoke...
    President Donald Trump expects “seven or eight or nine” additional Arab states to sign peace agreements with Israel in the near future, including Saudi Arabia, he announced Tuesday during a White House ceremony. Trump made the comments after formally signing peace agreements between Israel, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain. Known as the Abraham Accords, Trump and its other signatories hope it heralds “a new dawn for peace in the Middle East.” Trump also said that he spoke with the King of Saudi Arabia and expects the country to join the agreement “at the right time,” according Agence France Press (AFP). “We’re here this afternoon to change the course of history,” Trump said in his remarks at the White...
    When one of Saudi Arabias leading clerics called this month for Muslims to avoid "passionate emotions and fiery enthusiasm" towards Jews, it was a marked change in tone for someone who has shed tears preaching about Palestine in the past. The sermon by Abdulrahman al-Sudais, imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, broadcast on Saudi state television on Sept. 5, came three weeks after the United Arab Emirates agreed a historic deal to normalize relations with Israel and days before the Gulf state of Bahrain, a close Saudi ally, followed suit. The deal was signed in a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday. Sudais, who in past sermons prayed for Palestinians to have victory over the "invader and aggressor"...
    President Donald Trump said Tuesday afternoon that up to nine additional nations could join a peace deal with Israel in the near future, including Saudi Arabia. “We have many other countries [that are] going to be joining us and they’re going to be joining us soon,” Trump told reporters on the White House lawn. “We’ll have, I think, I mean I think seven, or eight, or nine. We’re going to have a lot of other countries joining us, including the big ones.” “It’s not something that my critics thought was possible and now they say, ‘wow, that was a good idea,'” Trump continued. “I will say, it’s gotten rave reviews.” About a minute later, Trump added: “I spoke with the...
    The International Atomic Energy Agency is working with a Chinese linked institute to find and develop uranium for Saudi Arabia even though the UN nuclear watchdog’s inspectors are not allowed in the kingdom, according to a report on Tuesday. The IAEA published a document showing it is helping the kingdom make nuclear fuel — a key component for nuclear power and weapons, Bloomberg News reported. At the same time, Chinese geologists are working with their counterparts in Saudi Arabia to find uranium deposits in the country’s northwest, and promising locations were presented to Saudi’s vice minister for mining affairs at the end of last year, according to a statement by the Beijing Research Institute of Uranium Geology, the report...
    The Worldwide Atomic Power Company is working with a Chinese language linked institute to search out and develop uranium for Saudi Arabia despite the fact that the UN nuclear watchdog’s inspectors aren’t allowed within the kingdom, in response to a report on Tuesday. The IAEA printed a doc exhibiting it’s serving to the dominion make nuclear gasoline — a key element for nuclear energy and weapons, Bloomberg Information reported. On the identical time, Chinese language geologists are working with their counterparts in Saudi Arabia to search out uranium deposits within the nation’s northwest, and promising areas had been introduced to Saudi’s vice minister for mining affairs on the finish of final 12 months, in response to an announcement by...
    The International Atomic Energy Agency is working with a Chinese linked institute to find and develop uranium for Saudi Arabia even though the UN nuclear watchdog’s inspectors are not allowed in the kingdom, according to a report on Tuesday. The IAEA published a document showing it is helping the kingdom make nuclear fuel — a key component for nuclear power and weapons, Bloomberg News reported. At the same time, Chinese geologists are working with their counterparts in Saudi Arabia to find uranium deposits in the country’s northwest, and promising locations were presented to Saudi’s vice minister for mining affairs at the end of last year, according to a statement by the Beijing Research Institute of Uranium Geology, the report said....
    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Dozens of Western countries voiced concern on Tuesday at Saudi Arabia's continued detention of women activists and called for those behind the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi to be brought to justice. At least a dozen prominent women's rights activists were arrested in Saudi Arabia in 2018 as it lifted a ban on women driving cars, a step that many of the detainees had long campaigned for. The women were rounded up as part of a broader crackdown on dissent. Germany, speaking on behalf of the European Union at the United Nations Human Rights Council, brought up Saudi Arabia's "prolonged detentions of women rights defenders", including Loujain al-Hathloul. Several of the arrested women say...
    By Hadeel Al Sayegh and Saeed Azhar DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Telecom Co (STC) has asked banks to pitch for roles in a potential public offering of its products and services development arm, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. STC, Saudi Arabia's largest telecoms operator, sent a request for proposals to international and local banks last week for Solutions by STC(STCS), said the sources, who declined to be identified as the matter is not public. The company did not communicate with banks its planned deal size, they said. STCS last year had over 5 billion riyals ($1.33 billion) of revenues and profit in the range of 500 million riyals, which would be a sizable offering, they said. The...
    By Marwa Rashad and Aziz El Yaakoubi RIYADH/DUBAI (Reuters) - When one of Saudi Arabia's leading clerics called this month for Muslims to avoid "passionate emotions and fiery enthusiasm" towards Jews, it was a marked change in tone for someone who has shed tears preaching about Palestine in the past. The sermon by Abdulrahman al-Sudais, imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, broadcast on Saudi state television on Sept. 5, came three weeks after the United Arab Emirates agreed a historic deal to normalise relations with Israel and days before the Gulf state of Bahrain, a close Saudi ally, followed suit. Sudais, who in past sermons prayed for Palestinians to have victory over the "invader and aggressor" Jews, spoke about...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is hoping to capitalize on agreements to be signed this week between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain by pressing for an end to a dispute that has roiled relations between the Gulf Arab countries. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that the U.S. is hopeful that Saudi Arabia and its regional allies will end a more than three-year blockade on neighboring Qatar that has persisted despite repeated U.S. calls for a resolution. Pompeo said it was particularly important to build on Arab-Israeli rapprochement to better confront increasing malign behavior from Iran. “To keep our focus on this work and to close the door to increased Iranian meddling, it’s past time to...
    VIENNA (Reuters) - The U.N. nuclear watchdog is in wide-ranging talks with Saudi Arabia about tougher supervision of the kingdom's nuclear activities, the agency said on Monday, part of a wider effort to eliminate a "weakness" in the global inspections regime. Saudi Arabia has a nascent nuclear programme that it wants to expand to eventually include proliferation-sensitive uranium enrichment. It is unclear where its ambitions end, since Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in 2018 it would develop nuclear weapons if regional rival Iran did. Riyadh has yet to fire up its first nuclear reactor, allowing its programme to still be monitored under the Small Quantities Protocol (SQP), an agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency that exempts less advanced...
    By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is hoping to capitalize on agreements to be signed this week between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain by pressing for an end to a dispute that has roiled relations between the Gulf Arab countries. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that the U.S. is hopeful that Saudi Arabia and its regional allies will end a more than three-year blockade on neighboring Qatar that has persisted despite repeated U.S. calls for a resolution. Pompeo said it was particularly important to build on Arab-Israeli rapprochement to better confront increasing malign behavior from Iran. “To keep our focus on this work and to close the door to increased...
    VIENNA, Sept 14 (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog is in wide-ranging talks with Saudi Arabia about tougher supervision of the kingdom’s nuclear activities, the agency said on Monday, part of a wider effort to eliminate a “weakness” in the global inspections regime. Saudi Arabia has a nascent nuclear programme that it wants to expand to eventually include proliferation-sensitive uranium enrichment. It is unclear where its ambitions end, since Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in 2018 it would develop nuclear weapons if regional rival Iran did. Riyadh has yet to fire up its first nuclear reactor, allowing its programme to still be monitored under the Small Quantities Protocol (SQP), an agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency that exempts...
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Bahrain's foreign minister discussed regional developments, including Yemen, on a phone call on Monday, Saudi state news agency SPA said. Bahrain, a close ally of Saudi Arabia, on Friday agreed to normalise relations with Israel. (Reporting by Maher Chmeytelli; Editing by Toby Chopra) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia will partially lift its suspension of international flights as of Sept. 15 to allow "exceptional categories" of citizens and residents to travel, the state news agency SPA said on Sunday. The kingdom will lift all travel restrictions for citizens on Jan. 1, 2021, it said. (Reporting by Dahlia Nehme in Dubai, writing by Marwa Rashad; Editing by Hugh Lawson) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    By Alex Lawler LONDON (Reuters) - In 1973, Arab members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries brought the U.S. economy to its knees. Now, the cartel created 60 years ago is more likely to do Washington's bidding. Since Saudi Arabia and other Arab OPEC members imposed their famous oil embargo as retribution for U.S. support for Israel during the Yom Kippur War, shifts in global politics and a surge in America's oil production have tamed the group. OPEC's most hawkish members, Iran and Venezuela, have been sidelined by U.S. sanctions while its kingpin, Saudi Arabia, has shown it would rather appease Washington than risk losing U.S. support, current and former OPEC officials say. While OPEC as a bloc resisted...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Two members of Saudi Arabia’s royal family will have to answer questions about the Sept. 11 attacks in what lawyers for victims call a turning point in a long-running lawsuit, a federal judge ruled. U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn in a written ruling unsealed late Thursday ordered Saudi Arabia to make the royals — and other Saudi witnesses, including current and former government official — available for depositions. It was unclear how and when the witnesses will be deposed, but the decision means “we can start uncovering what they know,” plaintiff’s attorney Jim Kreindler said Friday. The members of the royal family include Prince Bandar bin Sultan, who is a former intelligence chief in Saudi Arabia...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Two members of Saudi Arabia's royal family will have to answer questions about the Sept. 11 attacks in what lawyers for victims call a turning point in a long-running lawsuit, a federal judge ruled. U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn in a written ruling unsealed late Thursday ordered Saudi Arabia to make the royals — and other Saudi witnesses, including current and former government official — available for depositions. It was unclear how and when the witnesses will be deposed, but the decision means “we can start uncovering what they know,” plaintiff's attorney Jim Kreindler said Friday. The members of the royal family include Prince Bandar bin Sultan, who is a former intelligence chief in Saudi Arabia...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Two members of Saudi Arabia’s royal family will have to answer questions about the Sept. 11 attacks in what lawyers for victims call a turning point in a long-running lawsuit, a federal judge ruled. U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn in a written ruling unsealed late Thursday ordered Saudi Arabia to make the royals — and other Saudi witnesses, including current and former government official — available for depositions. It was unclear how and when the witnesses will be deposed, but the decision means “we can start uncovering what they know,” plaintiff’s attorney Jim Kreindler said Friday. The members of the royal family include Prince Bandar bin Sultan, who is a former intelligence chief in Saudi Arabia...
    President Donald Trump announced another peace deal Friday, as Israel and Bahrain established diplomatic relations just weeks after a similar agreement was struck between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Fox News reported. Bahrain becomes just the fourth country in the region to establish formal peaceful ties with Israel, joining Egypt, Jordan, and UAE. President Trump was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his role in the deal between Israel and UAE. "This is a historic breakthrough to further peace in the Middle East," a joint statement from the U.S., Bahrain, and Israel said. "Opening direct dialogue and ties between these two dynamic societies and advanced economies will continue the positive transformation of the Middle East and increase...
    Almost half of the Islamic terrorists who hijacked planes in the United States on September 11, 2001, overstayed their visas due to an immigration loophole that remains open, used by more than half a million foreign nationals every year. Nineteen terrorists were directly involved with the 9/11 attacks that murdered nearly 3,000 Americans and injured more than 6,000 others. All 19 arrived in the U.S. legally, with 16 obtaining tourist visas and three others obtaining business and student visas. Seven of the 19 terrorists overstayed their visas, either before the attacks or at the time of the attacks. None were deported, due to a lack of interior immigration enforcement. Those seven terrorist visa overstays include: Hani Hasan Hanjour of...
    Israeli media reported on Friday that the Kingdom of Bahrain will normalize relations with Israel, following the same path as the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which announced a peace deal with Israel on August 13. President Donald Trump, who brokered both deals, was expected to make a formal announcement on Friday, while Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa is due in Washington, D.C., on Monday. Amichai Stein, a reporter for Israeli public broadcast network Kan, broke the news. Times of Israel reporter Raphael Ahren later confirmed it, citing “two officials familiar with the matter.” The Jerusalem Post also said it has a source confirming that Crown Prince Khalifa is traveling to Washington on Monday to attend the ceremony on Tuesday where Israel and...
    A Thursday report from Business Insider covers an excerpt from veteran reporter Bob Woodward’s forthcoming book, Rage, which covers 18 interviews with Donald Trump. In one discussion, the president boasted about protecting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud after the country’s murder and coverup or Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashogi. “I saved his ass,” Trump is reported as saying in a January 22 interview. “I was able to get Congress to leave him alone. I was able to get them to stop.” Trump received criticism for circumventing Congress in the wake of the murder to sell $8 billion in weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. During the interview with Woodward, Trump noted that Saudi Arabia...
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Yemen's Houthis said they had attacked an "important target" in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Thursday using a ballistic missile and drones. The Saudi-led coalition, which has been at war with the Iran-aligned group since 2015, did not immediately confirm the attacks. Yahya Sarea, a spokesman for the Houthi military, said the group used a Dul-Faqqar ballistic missile and three Samad3 drones to attack an important target in Riyadh, without giving more details. The group have attacked Riyadh several times before. "The attacks are a response to the enemy's permanent escalation and its continuing blockade against our country," Sarea said in a statement posted on Twitter. He promised more attacks if Saudi Arabia "continues its aggression" against...
    NEWCASTLE have launched a fresh attack on the Premier League after their Saudi takeover was officially rejected. And the Magpies have vowed to consider “all available options” as they hit back at the governing body and Richard Masters, its chief executive. 2Mike Ashley's Newcastle have hit back at the Premier League for rejecting the Saudi takeover of the clubCredit: PA It comes after the Premier League stated that PCP Capital Partners, the Reuben Brothers and the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF) failed its Owners and Directors test. And Newcastle wasted little time in responding to the news with a statement of their own. It read: "Newcastle United can confirm that the Premier League has rejected a takeover bid...
    (CNN)Here's a look at Hajj, an annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. More than two million Muslims perform the pilgrimage annually.FactsJuly 22, 2021 - The Hajj pilgrimage is expected to start (dates may vary slightly for different countries depending on the sighting of the New Moon).Hajj, Hadj or Hadjdj - the spelling HAJJ is the preferred CNN style.READ: A Journey through Hajj, Islam's special pilgrimageRead MoreOther FactsPerforming Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam.Islam requires every Muslim who is physically and financially able to make the journey to the holy city of Mecca at least once in his or her life.JUST WATCHEDWhat is the Hajj pilgrimage?ReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHWhat is the Hajj pilgrimage? 01:46Hajj takes place two...
    A blockchain business passport In a report presented to the OECD, Saudi business leaders proposed a business passport blockchain-based. TheSaudi Arabia believes that blockchain technology can greatly facilitate cross-border trade by enabling companies to prove financial compliance. Saudi Arabia advocates the use of blockchain to reduce geographic barriers between countries. Thus, the new passport called Global Value Chain (GVC) aims to reduce the obstacles that companies face, such as cross-border fragmentation that hinders the free movement of capital, goods and services. The proposal, which is Saudi Arabia’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, aims to reduce bureaucratic processes when a company wishes to sell its products and services in another country. The report states that the...
    Florida Officials Say Too Early to Link Busy Labor Day Theme Parks to Possible COVID-19 Outbreak 5 Ways Grocery Stores are Drastically Changing Saudi Binladin to Hire More Advisers for $15 Billion Debt Revamp (Bloomberg) -- © Bloomberg The King Abdullah financial district sits on the horizon seen through the window of a skyscraper under construction in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Binladin Group plans to hire more advisers to accelerate one of the Middle East’s biggest corporate-debt revamps and tackle its estimated $15 billion debt pile. Load Error The kingdom’s top builder reached out to restructuring specialists across the Persian Gulf to assist with reorganizing the business, a spokesman for Jeddah-based SBG said in a text message....
    CAIRO (Reuters) - Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthis targeted and hit military and sensitive objects in Saudi Arabia's Abha international airport with drones early on Wednesday, the military spokesman for the group Yahya Sarea announced on Twitter. There was no immediate confirmation of the incident from Saudi authorities. Yemen has been mired in conflict since a Saudi-led coalition intervened in March 2015 to restore the Yemeni government ousted from power in the capital Sanaa by Houthi forces in late 2014. (Reporting by Hesham Abdul Khalek; Editing by Jacqueline Wong) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    After six long months of taping his show from his attic and then his in-laws’ house, Seth Meyers  finally returned to his 30 Rock studio Tuesday night to take “A Closer Look” at the damning report about President Donald Trump and the U.S. military.  The Late Night host caught up on everything he missed during a two-week hiatus at the end of the summer before arriving at Trump’s “most brazen and infuriating act of reality distortion” this week when he “tried to con people into thinking he’s an anti-war president.”  Meyers argued the Atlantic report that Trump called American soldiers “losers” and “suckers” was not only confirmed by multiple news outlets but also by “common sense.” He added, “I mean,...
    New York (CNN Business)Demand fears are once again rippling through the oil patch. US oil prices plummeted 9% Tuesday, their worst day since mid-May. Oil dropped to a low of $36.13 a barrel, the weakest level in nearly three months. Brent crude, the world benchmark, fell below $40 a barrel for the first time since late June.The fierce selling in the energy market is being driven largely by rising concern about how much crude the fragile world economy needs. With Labor Day in the rearview mirror, summer driving season in the United States is over. Jet fuel demand remains extremely weak because many people don't want to fly during the pandemic. And no one knows for sure how long it...
    (CNN)Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and a Washington Post columnist, was critical of Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's policies. He was allegedly killed and dismembered on October 2, 2018, in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by men with close ties to the highest levels of the Saudi government and bin Salman. Although the CIA has concluded that the crown prince personally ordered Khashoggi's murder, US President Donald Trump has signaled he will not take strong action against Saudi Arabia, a key US ally, or its crown prince, despite pressure at home and internationally.Personal Birth date: October 13, 1958Death date: October 2, 2018Read MoreBirth place: Medina, Saudi ArabiaBirth name: Jamal Ahmad KhashoggiMarriage: Rawia al-Tunisi; at least one other...
    A Saudi court issued final verdicts on Monday in the case of slain Washington Post columnist and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi after his son, who still resides in the kingdom, announced pardons that spared five of the convicted individuals from execution. While the trial draws to its conclusion in Saudi Arabia, the case continues to cast a shadow over the reputation and international standing of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whose associates have been sanctioned by the U.S. and the U.K. for their alleged involvement in the brutal killing, which took place inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Khashoggi's fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, called the court ruling a "farce." Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox "The ruling handed down...
    Eight people believed to have been among more than a dozen Saudi agents sent to the country's consulate in Turkey where they were accused of killing Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi were convicted Monday and sentenced to prison terms. The Washington Post reported that the unnamed defendants were sentenced to a variety of prison terms ranging from seven to 20 years, with prosecutors calling the case against those involved against the Khashoggi killing finished. The ruling Monday comes after two top aides to the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), were acquitted last year after Saudi prosecutors linked them to the murder. Bin Salman's involvement in the killing was widely suspected due to Khashoggi's frequent criticism of the Saudi...
    Saudi Arabia's ambitious young crown prince won over Donald Trump by flattering his ego, savaging Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and making Jared Kushner feel important, a new book reveals. Mohammed bin Salman welcomed Trump's election victory in 2016 because the new president hated Obama's deal with Iran and seemed to care little about human rights, in contrast to the 'irksome' Clinton.  The 35-year-old heir to the throne, widely known as MBS and seen as the kingdom's de facto ruler, saw Trump as a 'man who could be won over with a bit of flattery' - as well as nine-figure deals for US companies.   The prince's father King Salman joined in the charm offensive with a 'you're fired' joke when...
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Saudi court issued final verdicts on Monday in the case of slain Washington Post columnist and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi after his son, who still resides in the kingdom, announced pardons that spared five of the convicted individuals from execution. While the trial draws to its conclusion in Saudi Arabia, the case continues to cast a shadow over the reputation and international standing of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whose associates have been sanctioned by the U.S. and the U.K. for their alleged involvement in the brutal killing, which took place inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The Riyadh Criminal Court’s final verdicts were announced by Saudi Arabia’s state television, which aired few...
    (AFP) — Saudi Arabia supports a “fair” solution for the Palestinian cause, King Salman has told Donald Trump in a phone call, as the U.S. President praised the kingdom for opening its airspace to Israel-UAE flights.  Saudi Arabia has said it will not follow the United Arab Emirates, which announced last month it would establish diplomatic ties with Israel, until the Jewish state has signed an internationally recognised peace accord with the Palestinians. In a phone call to Trump on Sunday, King Salman affirmed the “kingdom’s keenness to reach a lasting and fair solution to the Palestinian cause to bring peace”, the official Saudi Press Agency reported. Last week, Saudi Arabia agreed to permit UAE flights to “all countries” to overfly the kingdom, as Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu announced the...
    A Saudi court has issued final verdicts Monday in the 2018 killing of journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi, sentencing eight to prison, according to state television. The names of those convicted were not made public, but Riyadh Criminal Court reportedly ordered a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for five. Another received a 10-year sentence, and two others were ordered to serve seven years in prison. Yet the trial has been widely criticized by rights groups and an independent U.N. investigator, who noted that no senior officials nor anyone suspected of ordering the killing were found guilty. The independence of the court has also been brought into question. SAUDI OFFICIALS GO ON TRIAL IN ABSENTIA IN TURKEY FOR KHASHOGGI MURDER  Prior to his killing, Khashoggi had...
    Saudi Arabia has jailed eight defendants over the killing journalist Jamal Khashoggi and has handed them jail sentences between seven and 20 years, overturning five earlier death sentences. Five people charged in the Khashoggi case have been jailed for 20 years. One person was sentenced to 10 years and two people were handed seven-year sentences, according to a report by Al Arabiya, citing the Saudi Public Prosecution.  Saudi Arabia has convicted eight people of killing journalist Jamal Khashoggi (pictured) and has handed them jail sentences between seven and 20 years  The decision overturns a previous ruling in December last year, when five people were sentenced to death for the killing while three others were found guilty of covering up the crime and...
    WITH a £400million superyacht, a £230million French chateau and the ambitious plans to building a £400billion mega city, there are few bigger spenders than Mohammed bin Salman. Known as MBS, the Crown Prince is the driving force behind Saudi Arabia's attempts to modernise and is seen as the true power in the kingdom. 10Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman lives a life of luxuryCredit: Reuters The 35-year-old is the public face of the House of Saud, with the collective wealth of its members estimated to be some £1trillion. It is an astounding figure nearly 16 times higher than the British Royals. Their riches stem from the vast oil reserves uncovered in Saudi Arabia more than 75 years ago during the...
    The guests arrived by seaplane — a few dozen Middle Eastern men, privileged guests of a host who had paid a mind-boggling $50million (£38million) to hire the tiny island of Velaa for a month to turn it into his private playground in the Maldives. He had flown in some of the world's top DJs and rappers to entertain them each night at the beach disco — which had its own snow machine so dancers could gyrate in an artificial blizzard if they so wished — and a host of beautiful women. Every precaution had been taken to ensure privacy that summer in 2015 as the party took over an Indian Ocean getaway that has been described as one of the...
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain will allow “all flights coming to and departing from the United Arab Emirates” to cross through the island kingdom’s airspace — a statement apparently allowing Israeli flights after neighboring Saudi Arabia issued a similar announcement. The state-run Bahrain News Agency made the announcement without directly naming Israel, just as Saudi Arabia had. However, the announcement late Thursday came just days after the kingdom allowed the first direct Israeli commercial passenger flight to use its airspace to reach the UAE. The statement makes no mention of the kingdom’s rival, Iran, nor Qatar, which Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are currently boycotting. Flights between Bahrain and the UAE now skirt just...