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Saudi King Arrests Billionaire Prince Bin Talal, Dozens Of Others In Cabinet Crackdown

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In a shocking development, late on Saturday the Saudi press reported that prominent billionaire, member of the royal Saudi family, and one of the biggest shareholders of Citi, News Corp. and Twitter – not to mention frequent CNBC guest – Al-Waleed bin Talal, along with ten senior princes, and some 38 ministers, has been arrested for corruption and money laundering charges on orders from the new anti-corruption committee headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, while Royal princes’ private planes have been grounded. Keep Reading

Ex-Saudi minster defends meeting with Israel officials

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Speaking alongside a former director of Mossad, Efraim Halevy, Al-Faisal thanked the Israel Policy Forum for hosting him and expressed hope that it would not be his last meeting of its kind. Keep Reading

US worked with Saudi regime, Qatar, Turkey to support terrorists in Syria: Ex-Qatar PM

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Hamad bin Jassim admitted in an interview on October 26 with Qatari national broadcaster that his country, a tiny state to the south of the Persian Gulf, was part of a group of four countries that delivered weapons and funds to the terrorists in Syria. Keep Reading

Israel to open embassy in Riyadh

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The former director general of Saudi Intelligence Agency Prince Turki al-Faisal was invited to the meeting as a special guest. He reportedly met with former director of Mossad Efraim Halevy and former undersecretary of Defense for Policy of US Defense Department and a member of US Democratic Party Michele Flournoy on the sideline of the conference to discuss the ways of improving Saudi-Israeli relations. Keep Reading

Saudi Arabia ’not normal’ since Iranian revolution in 1979: Crown Prince

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The de facto Saudi leader also vowed to return the country to “moderate Islam” and asked for global support to transform the hardline kingdom into an open society that empowers citizens and lures investors. Keep Reading

What’s behind Riyadh’s invitation of Iraq PM?

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The trip is reportedly aimed at forming a coordination council between the two Arab countries to assess the political and economic relations between Iraq and Saudi Arabia. The final goal of the council is to improve the bilateral relations as Riyadh and Baghdad saw their ties frayed over the course of past few decades. Keep Reading

Saudi participation in a security conference organized by Israeli Policy Forum in New York

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The former head of the Saudi intelligence service, Turki al-Faisal, participated in the “Middle East Security” conference, which was organized by the Israeli Policy Forum in New York, in the presence of former Mossad chief Ephraim Halevy and a number of former officers of the Israel army. Keep Reading

Saudi religious crisis; gradual change and elimination of Wahhabism

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One can well comprehend how far this situation has been influence by Riyadh’s political comportment. Changes in the political structure and Salman’s rise to power also affected Saudi Arabia’s religious system. Keep Reading

Yemen and economic crises make the cost of the transformation in Saudi Arabia dangerous

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Saudi Arabia’s business tycoon Turki al-Rasheed said the crisis with Qatar, Yemen, Syria and Iraq was hampering the shift in Saudi Arabia and threatening not to achieve sustainable development. Keep Reading

UAE efforts under US-Saudi pressure to control Maarib

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Recent events have shown that the appetite of the UAE has opened up to its advocates after it recently imposed its direct authority on the province of Shabwa and control of oil and gas sources. Keep Reading

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