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King Salman sacks chief of staff in major military shake-up

Saudi King Salman has sacked the military chief of staff and a host of other commanders in a major shake-up, state media said Monday citing a series of royal decrees. “Termination of the services of General Abdul Rahman bin Saleh al-Bunyan, Chief of Staff,” the …

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Women in KSA to start own business without male permission

RIYADH (AFP) – Women in Saudi Arabia can now open their own businesses without the consent of a husband or male relative, as the kingdom pushes to expand a fast-growing private sector. The policy change, announced by the Saudi government on Thursday, also marks a …

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Over 56 graft Saudi suspects still held: Attorney general

RIYADH (AFP) – Saudi Arabian attorney general Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb said on Tuesday that 56 corruption suspects were still in custody out of 381 high-profile figures detained on graft allegations. He said he has decided to release all those proven not guilty and others who …

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Saudi billionaire Talal’s daughter tweets joy after his release

RIYADH-UNS : The daughter of Saudi billionaire Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal on Sunday tweeted a picture of her father, expressing happiness at his release from detention, in the first reaction from a family member. “You’ve lit up the world, you are my world,” Reem bint …

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Over 95 still still holding as it aims to wind down corruption probe in KSA

RIYADH -UNS/Reuters – Saudi Arabian authorities are still holding 95 people in an anti-corruption campaign launched by the crown prince in November, according to the kingdom’s attorney general. In an info graphic cited by Saudi-owned Al Arabiya on Wednesday, the attorney general said 90 detainees …

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Testing Prince Mohammed’s pledge to return Saudi Arabia to moderate Islam

By James M. Dorsey Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s vow to return his kingdom to a moderate interpretation of Islam could be put to the test by a draft bill in the US Congress that would require the secretary of State to submit yearly …

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Salafi mission calls into question: Saudi concept of moderation and policy in Yemen

By James M. Dorsey Plans to open a Salafi missionary centre in the Yemeni province of Al Mahrah on the border with Oman and Saudi Arabia raise questions about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salah’s concept of a moderate form of Islam. The questions are …

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Saudi sports: The dark side of Crown Prince Mohammed’s reforms

By James M. Dorsey Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will be putting his best foot forward when enthusiastic women soccer fans this week attend for the first time a men’s soccer match in the kingdom. The event symbolizes the social and economic changes Prince …

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Pakistan condemns ballistic missile attack on Najran in KSA

ISLAMABAD-UNS – Pakistan has condemned the ballistic missile attack by Houthi militia on the city of Najran in Saudi Arabia on 05 January 2018. “Pakistan commends the Government of Saudi Arabia for destroying the missile before it caused any civilian casualties. It is however concerned …

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Covert wars: Iran and Saudi Arabia revisit their strategies

By James M. Dorsey Expressions of support by US President Donald J. Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu have provided the grist for Iranian claims that anti-government protests were instigated by foreign powers. The largely baseless assertions offer nonetheless insight into the very different …

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