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Saudi Arabia has awarded the first construction contracts to build royal palaces in a $500 billion futuristic megacity called NEOM.

Alwaleed bin Talal says claims is being treated well in detention and will soon be cleared of wrongdoing amid ongoing speculation about the prince's fate.

Detained Saudi businessmen reach financial settlements in corruption probe

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Detained Saudi businessmen reach financial settlements in corruption probe

Saudi authorities have reportedly released NBC owner Waleed al-Ibrahim he and several others reached financial settlements for their freedom.

Saudi jails two human rights defenders

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Saudi jails two human rights defenders

Despite promised reforms, Saudi Arabia has sentenced two human rights activists to years of imprisonment.

The American parasites of the Middle East

Nicholas Morley

The American parasites of the Middle East

Comment: Rank opportunism in the Trump administration is being taken advantage of to redraw borders and consolidate power, writes Nicholas ...

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Theresa May urged to withdraw MbS visit invitation

Rights groups argue that cancelling Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's visit to the UK will pressure the Riyadh regime to ease its choke-hold on human rights, reports Jonathan Fenton-Harvey.

The New Arab & agencies

Detained Saudi billionaire prince sells stake in Beirut hotel

Saudi tycoon Prince AlWaleed bin Talal's investment company Kingdom Holding has reportedly sold its stake in Beirut's Four Seasons ...

The New Arab

Uber, Careem to hire female drivers in Saudi Arabia

Following Saudi Arabia lifting the women's driving ban, ride-hailing apps will be looking to hire the first female drivers.

The New Arab & agencies

HRW denounces detention of Saudi cleric over 'pro-Qatar' tweet

Human Rights Watch says Saudi authorities are holding a prominent Saudi cleric Salman al-Awdah without charge after he tweeted remarks ...

Blood-rusted Sword: MbS 'using elite force' to detain princes

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Blood-rusted Sword: MbS 'using elite force' to detain princes

Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) is using an elite force from the National Guard to suppress ...

The New Arab & agencies

Mohammad bin Salman to visit Macron in France 'soon'

Saudi's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is set to visit President Macron in France in the next two months, Saudi ...

'We've put our man on top': Trump on MbS

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'We've put our man on top': Trump on MbS

Donald Trump alleges he installed Mohammed bin Salman as Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, according to a tell-all book by author ...

Riyadh and Tehran's small steps towards cultural reform

Paul Iddon

Riyadh and Tehran's small steps towards cultural reform

Analysis: Saudi Arabia and Iran are both undertaking cultural reforms, but both face challenegs in shaking up society too quickly, writes Paul ...

Saudi Crown Prince to visit UK in New Year

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Saudi Crown Prince to visit UK in New Year

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman will visit Britain next year, Prime Minister Theresa May's office said, amid ...

Released Palestinian billionaire returns to Jordan after Saudi 'shakedown'

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Released Palestinian billionaire returns to Jordan after Saudi 'shakedown'

Palestinian billionaire Sabih al-Masri returned to Amman on Tuesday after Saudi authorities secured his release in an unspecified financial ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

Robert Springborg

Iran: The beauty in the eye of American beholders

Comment: Iran has been viewed by both Republican and Democratic decision-makers as the more beautiful prize, writes Robert Springborg.

MbS: Iran leader is 'Hitler of the Middle East'

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MbS: Iran leader is 'Hitler of the Middle East'

Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has given his first interview since the arrest of dozens of ...

The New Arab

'There is no Palestine, no occupation,' says Kuwaiti writer

A Kuwaiti writer sparked outrage after claiming there is no such thing as Palestine, or an occupying entity and that Israelis are "a people ...

Saudi Arabia to issue first tourist visas in 2018

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Saudi Arabia to issue first tourist visas in 2018

Saudi Arabia is set to begin issuing tourist visas in 2018, part of the powerful crown prince's plans to open up the secluded kingdom to foreign ...

Israeli blogger posts selfies from Prophet's Mosque in Medina

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Israeli blogger posts selfies from Prophet's Mosque in Medina

An Israeli blogger, known as Ben Tzion, posted this week images of himself taken inside the Mosque of the Prophet in Saudi Arabia, sparking ...

'Iranian aggression' slammed during emergency Arab League meeting

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'Iranian aggression' slammed during emergency Arab League meeting

Arab foreign ministers slammed Iran and its allies during an emergency Arab League meeting in Cairo on Sunday, as regional tensions continue to ...

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