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  • Jailed Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, is running out of time to make a deal (Trunc.)

    01/13/2018 12:36:23 PM PST · by libstripper · 17 replies
    CNBC ^ | Jan.12, 2018 | Jake Novak
    Full title: "Jailed Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, Saudi Arabia's richest man, is running out of time to make a deal" Text of excerpt: Saudi Arabia's richest man is running out of time. It's been more than two months since Prince Alwaleed bin Talal was first arrested and detained in what the Saudi government still calls an "anti-corruption" sweep. Yet the first sign of things getting more serious came early this week when Alwaleed was moved out of his restricted quarters at the Riyadh Ritz Carlton Hotel and moved to Al Ha'ir prison, according to the London-based Arabic news site Al-Araby...
  • Jordan denies arresting king’s brothers over Saudi contacts

    01/08/2018 12:00:23 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 2 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 30 December 2017 | By TOI staff
    The Jordanian army on Saturday denied a report that two of King Abdullah II’s brothers had been arrested over contacts with Saudi Arabian officials. ... But in denying the arrests, Jordanian military officials said the brothers — Prince Faisal bin Hussein and Prince Ali bin Hussein — had simply “retired.”...
  • Saudi princes arrested for sit-in against having to pay utilities

    01/07/2018 4:11:02 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 37 replies
    AFP ^ | Jan 07, 2018
    Saudi princes arrested for sit-in against having to pay utilities AFP | Jan 07, 2018, 06.26 PM IST RIYADH: Eleven Saudi princes face trial after their arrest at a sit-in protesting having to pay their utility bills, authorities said today, as the monarchy pursues reforms amid hefty debt and high unemployment. Saudi Arabia's attorney general said "no one is above the law" after the princes were detained outside a palace in Riyadh, where they had gathered last week to demonstrate against a government decision to stop paying the water and electricity bills of royals. They also demanded compensation for a...
  • Wife Gets Divorce From Man Who Loved Her More Than His Mother

    01/06/2018 7:10:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Saudi Gazette ^ | 1/1 | Ali Al-Rubaie
    A 29-year-old Saudi man was in for the shock of his life when his wife, whom he loved so much, approached the court for a divorce. The estranged husband did not know why his wife would want divorce from him even though he did everything possible for her, but she was adamant in her demand. She admitted that her husband had never denied anything to her but she insisted on leaving him because he preferred her over his own mother. "I can never trust a man who does everything for his wife while he denies even a small favor to...
  • Mattis defends U.S. efforts to prevent civilian casualties in Yemen

    01/01/2018 11:24:00 AM PST · by Ennis85 · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 29th 2017 | Dan Lamothe
    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis gave a full-throated defense Friday of U.S. efforts to prevent civilian casualties in the conflict in Yemen, making the case that without American involvement, there would be more. Mattis, speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, said that “it’s a tragedy every time” a civilian dies, but that the United States is held to a high standard when it comes to preventing civilian fatalities. “We are being held to a standard – ‘we’ being us and anyone associated with us – that has never been achieved before in warfare,” he said. The comments came after two separate...
  • Saudi Man Divorces Wife After She Tried to Surprise Him for His Birthday

    12/21/2017 9:32:00 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    StepFeed ^ | 2017-12-13
    She just wanted to bring him a meal from Al Baik. In one of the most bizarre divorce cases to be reported in Saudi Arabia, a man recently divorced his wife because she left home to get a surprise meal for him on his birthday. According to Ain Al Youm, the woman went to popular Saudi restaurant Al Baik, in Al Kherj governorate, to pick up her husband's favorite meal after she'd set up everything to surprise him at home. Speaking to the local news site, a social worker who handled the case, explained that when the wife was...
  • Saudi 'intercepts Yemen rebel missile over Riyadh'

    12/19/2017 7:18:49 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    uktelegraph ^ | 19 December 2017 • 11:16am
    Yemen's Houthi movement fired a ballistic missile towards the Saudi capital Riyadh targeting a meeting of Saudi leaders at a royal palace on Tuesday, its spokesman said. Mohammed Abdussalam said on Twitter that a Volcano 2-H ballistic missile was fired towards al-Yamama royal palace.  Saudi air defences intercepted the missile, Saudi-owned channel al-Arabiya reported in a news flash quoting a Saudi-led military coalition.
  • Palestinian billionaire detained in Saudi Arabia in sweeping corruption probe

    12/16/2017 7:08:48 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Palestinian billionaire detained in Saudi Arabia in sweeping corruption probe Family says Sabih al-Masri was held while visiting Riyadh last week in order to 'answer questions about his business and partners' Palestinian billionaire businessman Sabih al-Masri was reportedly detained in Saudi Arabia for questioning last week during a business trip to Riyadh, amidst a sweeping anti-corruption purge of the Saudi elite. Masri, who is the founder of Zara Investment Holding and chairman of Jordan’s largest lender, Arab Bank, was held in the Saudi capital over “information related to corruption,” according to Arabic-language news reports. Friends and family sources confirmed Masri’s...
  • Muhammad resigns as prophet amid sexual assault allegations

    12/16/2017 5:01:22 AM PST · by NorseViking · 15 replies
    On the heels of this week's resignation of Karl Marx as leading figure in the communist movement due to allegations of sexual misconduct, the triggered social justice organizers of the #MeToo collective have claimed the scalp of another progressive icon. At a press conference, supported by her family and lawyers, a woman named Aisha claimed that she was taken as a bride by Mr. Muhammad when she was nine years old. When asked why it took so long for her to come out, she stated that she feared nobody would believe her since the testimony of a woman is not...
  • Russian military: mission accomplished, Islamic State defeated in Syria

    12/07/2017 11:31:09 AM PST · by NorseViking · 14 replies
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's military said on Thursday it had accomplished its mission of defeating Islamic State in Syria, and there were no remaining settlements there under the group's control. Russian bombers had used unprecedented force in the final stages to finish off the militant group, a senior Russian officer said. "The mission to defeat bandit units of the Islamic State terrorist organization on the territory of Syria, carried out by the armed forces of the Russian Federation, has been accomplished," Colonel-General Sergei Rudskoi, head of the general staff's operations, said on Rossiya 24 TV channel. Syrian government forces were...
  • Saudis Are Hoping Mohammed bin Salman Will Drain the Swamp

    11/22/2017 1:51:45 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | NOVEMBER 21, 2017 | STEVEN A. COOK
    Saudis Are Hoping Mohammed bin Salman Will Drain the Swamp A road trip among ordinary Saudis revealed high hopes, and hardly any worries, about the country's new political era. BY STEVEN A. COOK | NOVEMBER 21, 2017, 12:46 PM We must be doing 80 miles per hour on a rutted road outside the northwestern Saudi town of Ula. It is late and I am tired, but I’ve got one eye on the road and one eye on the dashboard indicator light signaling that the Chevy Tahoe in which I am traveling has low tire pressure. What would happen if this...
  • Amir discusses the Trump peace plan

    11/20/2017 7:54:10 AM PST · by firebrand · 8 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | November 20, 2017 | Amir Tsarfati
    Amir tells of the Trump peace plan, Saudi-U.S. cooperation, the new attitude by the U.S. toward the Palestinians, and probable events in the future as foretold by prophecy. Special words to the Watchmen in the midst of world turmoil.
  • Saudi Arabia’s crown prince could turn to Credit Suisse next

    11/20/2017 6:15:39 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    FT ^ | 2017/11/20 | PATRICK JENKINS
    Saudi Arabia’s crown prince could turn to Credit Suisse next Saudis are among a number of SWFs intrigued by recent shareholder developments at Swiss bank PATRICK JENKINS For those who had not been paying attention to the rise of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, his recent dramatic detention of fellow princes and other senior figures over corruption allegations came out of the blue. But amid some pretty tough competition for the world’s attention — a quasi-coup in Zimbabwe, more Brexit tumult — he has kept up the momentum ever since. On Thursday it emerged that the Saudi authorities...
  • Saudi Arabia’s Top Cleric: Fighting Jews Forbidden, Hamas a Terror group

    11/19/2017 5:39:32 PM PST · by smileyface · 56 replies
    United with Israel ^ | Nov 17, 2017 | United with Israel Staff
    The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia issued a ruling forbidding war against the Jews and proclaiming that Hamas is a terror group. The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Abdulaziz Al Sheikh, issued a surprising religious ruling, saying that fighting against Israel was inappropriate and that Hamas is a “terror organization.” The Muslim cleric issued the ruling while answering a question on a television program regarding the Palestinian riots surrounding the Temple Mount in July, Turkey’s Anadolu news agency reported. Israel’s Communications Minister Ayoub Kara welcomed the unexpected decision and invited the Mufti to visit Israel.
  • Report: King Salman Expected To Hand Power To Crown Prince Next Week…

    11/17/2017 6:13:14 PM PST · by Bobalu · 12 replies
    theconservativetreehouse ^ | 11-17-17 | sundance
    Given the speed of events in Saudi Arabia this year a stunning report surfaces stating that King Salman is anticipated to hand over ruling authority to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman next week. According to The Daily Mail King Salman will retain the title of guardian of the holy mosques but otherwise hand over all ruling authority to the crown prince.
  • Saudi Arabia swapping assets for freedom of some held in graft purge: sources

    11/17/2017 4:09:34 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2017/11/17 | Samia Nakhoul, Katie Paul
    Saudi Arabia swapping assets for freedom of some held in graft purge: sources Samia Nakhoul, Katie Paul BEIRUT/RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi authorities are striking agreements with some of those detained in an anti-corruption crackdown, asking them to hand over assets and cash in return for their freedom, sources familiar with the matter said. The deals involve separating cash from assets like property and shares, and looking at bank accounts to assess cash values, one of the sources told Reuters. Dozens of princes, senior officials and businessmen, including cabinet ministers and billionaires, have been detained in the graft inquiry at least...
  • Saudi Arabia king to step down and hand over the crown to his 32-year-old son [tr]

    11/16/2017 9:58:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 16, 2017 | Ryan Parry and Josn Boswell
    The King of Saudi Arabia plans to step down and announce his son as his successor next week, a source close to the country's royal family has exclusively told DailyMail.com. The move is seen as the final step in 32-year-old Prince Mohammed bin Salman's power grab, which began earlier this month with the arrests of more than 40 princes and government ministers in a corruption probe. The source said King Salman will continue only as a ceremonial figurehead, handing over official leadership of the country to his son - often referred to as MBS.
  • Lebanon-Hariri crisis: Tillerson warns against Saudi-Iran proxy war

    11/11/2017 2:03:33 AM PST · by Nextrush · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/11/2017 | BBC
    US Secretary of State has warned other countries against using Lebanon for proxy conflicts, following a crisis triggered by the resignation of its Prime Minister, Saad Hariri. Iran and its Lebanese ally, the militant Shia group Hezbollah, claim the Saudis detained Mr. Hariri and forced his resignation. Mr. Tillerson said he had received assurances that Mr. Hariri was free. Mr. Hariri resigned a week ago while in Saudi capital, Riyadh. "There is no legitimate place or role in Lebanon for any foreign forces, militias or armed elements other than the legitimate security forces of the Lebanese state" Mr. Tillerson said...
  • In Lebanon, supporters of missing former prime minister demand his return from Saudi Arabia 

    11/10/2017 5:45:10 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    Washinton Post ^ | 11/09/2017 | By Louisa Loveluck, Kareem Fahim and Suzan Haidamous
    When Saad Hariri’s jet touched down in Beirut early Thursday, Lebanon hoped it would bring an end to a crisis spurred by his abrupt and mysterious resignation as prime minister, delivered in a speech from Saudi Arabia last week. But he was not aboard, according to local media and an airport employee. For five days, Hariri has been in the shadows, his whereabouts and status the subject of fevered speculation in this fragile state. Aides said they have hardly spoken to him. His own political party has anxiously demanded his return. ... When Hariri resigned on Saturday, during what appeared...
  • Saudi king to relinquish throne to son within next two nights: Report

    11/09/2017 6:10:53 AM PST · by RummyChick · 97 replies
    press tv ^ | 11.9.2017 | presstv
    Saudi King Salman reportedly plans to relinquish power in favor of his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has recently launched a self-promotion campaign under the cover of tackling high-level corruption. Rai al-Youm, an Arab world digital news and opinion website, reported on Wednesday that the king will announce the decision within “the next two nights.” Earlier on Wednesday, Saudi-owned television news channel Al-Arabiya had announced the news in a Twitter message, but it retracted the post hours later. Political analysts say the regime in Riyadh is apparently seeking to test the waters and examine public reaction regarding a...