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Saudi Arabia plans second national airline as part of broader strategy in move away from oil

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced plans to launch a new second national airline as part of a broader strategy to turn the kingdom into a global logistics hub as it seeks to diversify from oil. The creation of another flag carrier would catapult Saudi Arabia into the fifth rank globally in terms […]

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Criminal complaint filed against MBS and other Saudi officials in German court

Reporters Without Borders filed a criminal complaint in Germany accusing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other Saudi officials of committing crimes against humanity by killing Jamal Khashoggi and the detention of 34 other journalists. The Paris-based media advocacy group said in a statement that it had filed the complaint with a federal court in […]

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Saudi Arabia rejects US intelligence report on Khashoggi death

Saudi Arabia have rejected a report by US intelligence agencies released on Friday that assigns accountability to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia completely rejects the negative, false and unacceptable assessment in the report pertaining to the Kingdom’s leadership and notes that the report […]

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Pakistan authorizes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to hunt protected Houbara Bustards

Pakistan has permitted Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and two other members of the royal family to hunt the internationally protected houbara bustards during the hunting season 2020-21. The hunters had been allocated certain hunting areas in two provinces – Balochistan and Punjab, the Dawn newspaper reported. The houbara bustard is a resident of […]

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Saudi Arabia denies Crown Prince meeting Israeli PM in Neom

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister has denied that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to the Gulf kingdom on Sunday to secretly meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. “No such meeting occurred,” Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud tweeted. Israeli public broadcaster Kan and other media earlier reported that Mr Netanyahu and the head of the […]

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Saudi Arabia detains three Princes including King’s brother to silence descent

Saudi authorities have detained three princes including King Salman’s brother and nephew on charges of plotting a coup, the US media reported on Friday, signalling a further consolidation of power by the kingdom’s de facto ruler. The detentions cast aside the last vestiges of potential opposition to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and come as […]

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Saudi Crown Prince hacked Jeff Bezos’s phone after sending him message on WhatsApp

Jeff Bezos’s mobile phone was hacked following an exchange between the Amazon.com Inc. chief executive officer and Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman on encrypted messaging service WhatsApp, according to two people familiar with an analysis of the breach. While a message from the prince to Bezos in mid-2018 that preceded the hack appeared benign, investigators […]

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Saudi Crown Prince announces IPO of world’s most profitable company

Saudi Aramco has confirmed it is planning to list on the Riyadh stock exchange, in what could be the world’s biggest initial public offering (IPO). The state-owned oil giant will determine the IPO launch price after registering interest from investors. Business sources say the Saudis are expected to make shares available for 1% or 2% […]

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In bid to boost tourism Saudi Arabia permits foreign men and women share hotel rooms

Saudi Arabia is allowing foreign men and women to rent hotel rooms together without proving they are related. This new tourist visa option was launched to attract holidaymakers. Saudi women are also permitted to rent hotel rooms by themselves, in a break with previous regulations. The moves appear to pave the way for unaccompanied women […]

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Jamal Khashoggi fiancée demands justice on Khashoggi’s first death anniversary

A vigil has been held in Istanbul for Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered there one year ago today. The event took place near the Saudi consulate, which the 59-year-old US-based columnist for the Washington Post entered on 2 October 2018 to obtain papers he needed to marry his Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz. She […]

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Saudi crown prince warns of soaring oil prices that could ruin world economy

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has warned that oil prices may soar if the world does not act to scare-off Iran. He said failure to act could embolden Iran and lead to war, which he said would ruin the global economy. The prince was speaking after an attack on oil facilities which he blames […]