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Whither Wahhabism?

By James M. Dorsey Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman could well dash expectations that he is gunning for a break with Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism rather than a shaving off of the rough edges of Wahhabi ideology that has been woven into the kingdom’s fabric …

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Saudi effort to isolate Iran internationally produces results

By James M. Dorsey Saudi efforts to isolate Iran internationally are producing results in North Africa and Central Asia. Authorities and religious leaders in Tajikistan and Algeria have in recent weeks accused Iran of subversive activity and propagating Shiism while Morocco last month announced that …

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Saudi Arabia reshuffles cabinet with eye on culture

Saudi Arabia announced another cabinet reshuffle Saturday with a heavy focus on culture and religion, as the kingdom undergoes a major image rehaul. This is the second significant government change since the appointment of Prince Mohammed bin Salman, son of the king, as heir to …

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Al-Qaeda warns Saudi crown prince over ‘sin’

(AFP) – Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has warned Saudi Arabia’s reformist Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over his “sinful projects”, in a bulletin released Friday. Prince Mohammed has spearheaded a string of policy changes in ultraconservative Saudi Arabia, including reinstating cinemas and allowing women …

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Saudi Crown Prince shot, injured in last month attack on palace: activist

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is said to be shot and injured in heavy gunfire that erupted from outside the royal palace, reports Press TV. The revelation has been made by a Saudi opposition activist Mohammed al-Mas’ari, the secretary-general of the Islamic Revival Party. …

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Where is Prince Muhammad? Disappeared after Riyadh’s heavy gunfire

RIYADH -UNS : Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s public disappearance for three weeks, since heavy shooting and gunfire bursts in Riyadh, has raised speculation about his fate, international media reports said. Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), the 32-year-old crown prince of Saudi Arabia, has not been …

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KSA welcomes US withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal

JEDDAH -UNS : Saudi Arabia welcomed the announcement on Tuesday by President Donald Trump that the United States is withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal. The government said it also supports the reinstatement of economic sanctions on the Iranian regime, which were suspended under the …

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Astronomy: The outer frontier of MbS’ liberalization

By James M. Dorsey Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s investment of $1 billion and option to pump a further $480 million into Richard Branson’s ventures in space, confirmed during the prince’s recent visit to the United States, was more than just another headline-grabbing move. …

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Another missile attack : Saudi intercepted missile fired by Yemeni rebels

RIYADH (AFP) – Saudi air defences on Sunday intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Yemeni rebels at the kingdom s southern border city of Najran, which set a farm ablaze, state media said. “Saudi forces were able to intercept (the missile),” the Saudi Press Agency …

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Saudi engagement in Iraq: The exception that confirms the rule?

By James M. Dorsey Stepped up Saudi efforts to forge close diplomatic, economic and cultural ties to Shia-majority Iraq in a bid to counter significant Iranian influence in the country appear to be paying off. The Saudi initiative demonstrates the kingdom’s ability to engage rather …

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