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Trump Urged to Intervene in Saudi Arabia’s Planned Beheading of a Student Set to Go to College in U.S.

Mujtaba al-Sweikat, accepted to Western Michigan University, was arrested for attending pro-democracy protests.

Does Trump Want Assad Gone or No? Today, It Seems Like No.

The thorniest question facing the various international powers involved in the war in Syria is the fate of President Bashar al-Assad. Russia and Iran want him to stay in power. Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and the other Gulf states want him gone. Show More Summary

Saudi prince arrested on King Salman’s order after video appears to show abusive behavior

6 hours agoNews : BlogPost

Saudi Arabia's King Salman ordered the arrest of a prince and his associates on Wednesday after videos emerged which appear to show the prince engaging in abusive behavior against citizens. In the footage which was published on YouTube, the young and low-level prince can be seen pointing a weapon toward one man and slapping another victim. Other […]

Inside the Saudi Shakeup: Pain Pills, a Young Prince's Plot

Late June brought a shocker in the Middle East: a shake-up in Saudi Arabia's line of succession, with King Salman's nephew stripped of his next-in-line status and the title of crown prince handed to Salman's 31-year-old son, Mohammed bin Salman. Now, a second jolt via a New York Times report...

The embargo of Qatar is hurting foreign workers more than Qatari citizens

12 hours agoNews : BlogPost

When Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates led the imposition of a political and economic blockade on Qatar last month, there were immediate, far-reaching consequences: Flights were canceled and rerouted, Qatari citizens were expelled from other Gulf states, shipping routes were closed and airspace was suddenly off-limits to Qatar’s pilots. But the blockade may […]

Saudi Arabia woman arrested for wearing miniskirt, sparking public outcry

The woman, whose name was not given, was detained by police in the capital, Riyadh, for wearing "immodest clothes" that contradicted the country's conservative Islamic dress code, state media reported Tuesday.

African press review 20 July 2017

Sparks fly at South Africa's national electricity company. Why is nothing happening at the Pan-African Parliament? Hopes of peace in South Sudan are fading as alliances shift in the civil war. And Saudi Arabia arrests a woman for wearing a skirt.

How a video of a woman in a skirt became a global headache for Saudi Arabia

17 hours agoNews : BlogPost

Over the past few years, Saudi Arabia has spent millions of dollars trying to remake its image on the international stage. It has hired prominent U.S. lobbying and public-relations firms to push its message in Washington. To what end? The kingdom has an ambitious plan to dramatically reform its economy, for which it will need Western investors. […]

Trump: The US is ready to leave one of its most important military bases if the Gulf crisis worsens

The sudden move by a coalition of Arab states, led by Saudi Arabia, in early June to cut ties with and blockade Qatar perplexed US military officials and policymakers. The Saudi-led coalition has made a series of demands of Doha forShow More Summary

Turkish official urges Saudi Arabia to drop demands against Qatar

DOHA (Reuters) - A senior Turkish official in an interview broadcast on Wednesday called on Saudi Arabia to drop 13 demands it and other Arab states had made of Qatar, saying they represent an infringement on its sovereignty.

Saudi Arabia Closes Case Over Miniskirt Video

A woman detained in Saudi Arabia for wearing a miniskirt and crop top in a video that went viral has been released without charge, reports the AP. Police in Saudi Arabia had arrested the young Saudi woman for wearing "immodest clothes" after an outcry from people who say she flagrantly...

Saudi Airlines confirms that American laptop ban on U.S.-bound flights from Saudi has ended

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The U.S. government's ban on laptops and other large electronic devices in the cabins of flights from Saudi Arabia to the United States has been lifted, Saudi Arabian Airlines confirmed today. (more…)

Saudi Arabia Releases Woman Arrested for Wearing Skirt in Public

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Police in Saudi Arabia have released a woman who was arrested after a viral video emerged showing her in public in clothing that the conservative country considers immodest.

Call To Shutter Qatar’s Al Jazeera Dropped From List Of Gulf Demands

The four Arab nations spearheading a boycott of Qatar have shelved the request to shutter Al Jazeera, the Middle East's biggest broadcaster, from its list of demands. Last month, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates...Show More Summary

Saudis release woman in viral miniskirt video without charge

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia announced Wednesday that a woman who was detained after wearing a miniskirt in a video that went viral has been released without charge.

What not to wear: Saudi Arabia among handful of countries with strict dress codes

yesterdayNews : The Cutline

News that a local Saudi woman has been arrested for flouting the kingdom's dress code by wearing a miniskirt and crop top in a viral video, serves as a reminder to visitors to do their homework before traveling to conservative countries in the Middle East.

Saudis release woman in viral miniskirt video without charge

Saudi Arabia says a woman detained after wearing a miniskirt in a video that went viral has been released without charge. Police in Saudi Arabia had arrested the young woman for wearing “immodest clothes” after an outcry from people who say she flagrantly violated the kingdom's conservative Islamic...

Saudis release woman in viral miniskirt video without charge

Saudi Arabia says woman detained after wearing miniskirt in video that went viral has been released

Addiction and intrigue: Inside the Saudi palace coup

(Reuters) - On Tuesday June 21 Mohammed bin Nayef, a powerful figure in Saudi Arabia's security apparatus for the past two decades and the next in line to the throne, was summoned to meet King Salman bin Abdulaziz on the fourth floor of the royal palace in Mecca.

Saudi teachers face trial for alleged Iran spying, pipeline plot: media

RIYADH (Reuters) - Two men have gone on trial in Saudi Arabia charged with spying for Iran and plotting to attack a major oil pipeline, two Saudi newspapers reported on Wednesday.

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