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Rapper Nelly is performing at a men-only concert in Jeddah, while the American actor John Travolta gave a talk to fans in Riyadh.

A news website has become the first mainstream Saudi outlet to run an article co-written by a serving Israeli army officer, adding further credence to reports of growing Saudi-Israeli relations.

Israeli intelligence minister invites Saudi crown prince to visit

Diana Alghoul

Israeli intelligence minister invites Saudi crown prince to visit

Israel's intelligence minister Yisrael Katz told Saudi media that Israel would be happy to host Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman amid rumours of rapprochement between the two countries.

As Jerusalem burns, pro-<em>MBS</em> Saudi cleric focuses on...clean socks

The New Arab

As Jerusalem burns, pro-MBS Saudi cleric focuses on...clean socks

Prominent Saudi cleric has become the butt of jokes after failing to say anything about Jerusalem, instead addressing trivial matters like the ...

Saudi Arabia: A flourishing film scene but no cinemas

Noor el-Terk and Paul McLoughlin

Saudi Arabia: A flourishing film scene but no cinemas

Saudi filmmakers have fought legal restrictions and taboos surrounding cinema to produce some of the most exciting movies in the region. None, ...

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Saudi Arabia's top ten reforms pushed this year

Riyadh has announced that from next year cinemas will be allowed in the kingdom, the latest reform designed to attract investors and appease Saudi youth stifled by ultra-conservative restrictions.

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MBS's friend was mystery buyer of $450-million Jesus painting

A friend of Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman revealed as mystery buyer of a painting of Christ by Leonardo Da Vinci that recently sold for ...

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Trump's Jerusalem move 'coordinated with Arab leaders'

An Israeli minister has suggested Donald Trump had obtained an 'green light' from Arab countries for his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's ...

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi prosecutor: most Ritz-Carlton detainees agree to pay up

Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor said on Tuesday most of the people detained in alleged anti-corruption campaign last month have agreed to ...

Kuwait ends troubled two-day GCC summit on first day

The New Arab & agencies

Kuwait ends troubled two-day GCC summit on first day

Kuwait’s emir has ended a two-day Gulf summit only hours into first day, showing turmoil in bloc amid Qatar crisis.

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Lebanese PM Hariri revokes resignation after consensus deal

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has formally rescinded his resignation following a consensus deal reached with rival political parties.

GCC summit opens but hopes dashed by UAE-Saudi snub

The New Arab & agencies

GCC summit opens but hopes dashed by UAE-Saudi snub

A summit of the GCC will convene Tuesday, but hopes for ending the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar during the meet are undermined by an annoucement ...

How Saleh's Yemen gamble cost him his life

Sana Uqba

How Saleh's Yemen gamble cost him his life

Former President Ali Abdullah Saleh made one too many gambles during his decades in Yemeni politics, which has ultimately cost the veteran ...

A role in search of a hero

Robert Springborg

A role in search of a hero

Comment: The Arab world seems destined to continue to offer a leadership role in search of its hero, writes Robert Springborg.

On the costs of normalisation with Israel

Imad K. Harb

On the costs of normalisation with Israel

Comment: Arab normalisation with Israel is tantamount to accepting the final liquidation of Palestinian lands and rights, writes Imad K. Harb.

Mona Alami

Lebanon's political class must capitalise on Hariri's popularity

Comment: Rather than exacerbate sectarian rifts, the drama surrounding Lebanese PM Hariri's resignation has actually served to boost national harmony, writes Mona Alami.

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Britain's May tours Mideast amid Islam row with Trump

May implored Saudi leaders to urgently ease a blockade on Yemen to "avert a humanitarian catastrophe", her office said on Thursday.

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Saudi prince 'paid $10bn to be released from Ritz-Carlton'

Saudi authorities released prince Mutaib after what according to sources was an 'extortionate monetary bribe.'

Sam Fouad

Jared of Arabia at the heart of Saudi sheikh-down

Comment: Amid Saudi Arabia's dramatic reshuffle, the involvement of Donald Trump's ambitious son-in-law has not gone unnoticed, writes Sam ...

Britain's May heads to Saudi Arabia for Yemen talks

The New Arab

Britain's May heads to Saudi Arabia for Yemen talks

The British leader will hold talks on issues including Qatar and Yemen with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, before heading to ...

The New Arab & agencies

Britain's May on surprise visit to Baghdad

Theresa May and Haider al-Abadi discussed "efforts to restore stability and economic cooperation while respecting the unity of Iraq and its ...

<em>MBS</em> releases former official in settlement 'worth billions'

The New Arab

MBS releases former official in settlement 'worth billions'

Saudi authorities released the former royal chief of protocol, Mohammed al-Tubaishi, who was detained as part of an ongoing purge against ...

<em>MBS</em> releases Prince Mutaib, son of late king Abdullah

The New Arab

MBS releases Prince Mutaib, son of late king Abdullah

Saudi authorities release Prince Mutaib Al Saud, son of the late king Abdullah and former minister of the National Guard, detained as part of ...

Saudi-Israeli intelligence-sharing brings closer relations fraught with challenges

Emile Nakhleh

Saudi-Israeli intelligence-sharing brings closer relations fraught with challenges

Comment: Although still nascent, the emerging Saudi-Israeli 'alliance' is one of convenience and shared interests, writes Emile Nakhleh.

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