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Saudi Arabia is condoning hate speech against its Shia minority from the upper echelons of its religious establishment, schoolbooks and social media, claims HRW.

A Saudi education official has been sacked over a schoolbook that accidentally included a doctored photograph of a former ruler sitting next to a "Star Wars" character, triggering online ridicule.

Muqtadr al-Sadr heralds Iraq's return to the Saudi-Arab fold

Stasa Salacanin

Muqtadr al-Sadr heralds Iraq's return to the Saudi-Arab fold

Comment: The recent rapprochement between Iraq and Saudi Arabia is the latest link in a chain of shifting alliances in the Middle East, writes Stasa Salacanin.

Indian scholar 'asked to leave' Oman after anti-Saudi speech

Paul McLoughlin

Indian scholar 'asked to leave' Oman after anti-Saudi speech

An Indian scholar has been asked to leave Oman, after making a speech at a local sharia college that criticised Saudi foreign policy.

Analysts doubt benefits of Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030

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Analysts doubt benefits of Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's Vision 2030 diversification plan will do little to benefit the average Saudi citizen, and instead further ...

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Saudi King Salman visit to Russia will 'strengthen ties'

King Salman will be the first Saudi monarch to visit Russia when he lands in Moscow in October, with relations between the countries improving following a traditionally shaky relationship.

Amar Diwakar

Hunger games: Geopolitics of the GCC's food insecurity

Comment: The rift between Qatar and the Saudi-UAE axis brings into sharper focus the intractable issue of food insecurity in the region, writes ...

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US-made bomb killed Yemen civilians in Saudi-led airstrike: Amnesty

A bomb that destroyed a residential building in Sanaa last month, killing 16 civilians and injuring 17 others - including five-year-old ...

Robert Cusack

It is still possible to protest in Saudi Arabia

A group of exiled opposition figures are organising small-scale, anonymous protests in Saudi Arabia, with videos emerging of citizens mocking ...

Saudi Arabia overturns Skype ban amid social media clampdown

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Saudi Arabia overturns Skype ban amid social media clampdown

Potential economic gains soften Saudi authorities' stance on voice calling apps, while a broader clampdown on free social media use continues.

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Saudi Arabia to censor Skype,WhatsApp calls after lifting ban

The Saudi government will monitor and censor calls made through online apps such as Skype and WhatsApp after lifting a ban on the services, a ...

The final days of the caliphate in Iraq

Gareth Browne

The final days of the caliphate in Iraq

In-depth: With the military gathering outside Hawija, people who have suffered now have the confidence to fight back, locals tell Gareth Browne.

Home ties: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Home ties: This week in Middle East football

Despite reaching the World Cup finals, Saudi Arabia's manager, Bert van Marwikj, has been unceremoniously sacked for refusing to relocate to the ...

Saudi university to dismiss suspected Muslim Brotherhood-linked academics

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Saudi university to dismiss suspected Muslim Brotherhood-linked academics

A university in Saudi Arabia is seeking to sack employees suspected of having links to Muslim Brotherhood, fuelling fears of a major government ...

Saudi prince calls for crucifixion of dissidents in poem

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Saudi prince calls for crucifixion of dissidents in poem

A Saudi prince has called for the crucifixion of dissidents in a patriotic poem that was published in the kingdom's mainstream media.

Stasa Salacanin

Trump's offers to mediate the Gulf Crisis fall flat

Comment: The United States' foreign policy under President Trump has been utterly confusing - dragging the Gulf Crisis on unnecessarily, writes Stasa Salacanin.

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Saudi crackdown on dissent 'linked to failed Qatar boycott'

A leading Saudi academic has said a recent wave of arrests has been an attempt by authorities to crackdown on opponents of the king-in-waiting's ...

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Saudi Arabia and UK sign military cooperation deal

Saudi Arabia has tied up defence agreement with the UK, just days after Gulf rival Qatar purchased fighter jets from the London.

Warda Mohamed and Tony Fortin

Exposed: France's arms dealers making a killing in Yemen

The long read: The US and UK are often lambasted for their sales of weaponry to Saudi Arabia. But France cannot be overlooked, write Warda ...

Saudi Arabia detains cleric, officials in latest arrests

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Saudi Arabia detains cleric, officials in latest arrests

Saudi Arabia has reportedly detained a popular cleric and judiciary officials in the latest round of arrests in an ongoing "crackdown" on ...

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Qatar condemns Bahrain for 'escalating' crisis over detained boats

Qatar has condemned neighbouring Bahrain for "attempting to escalate" an ongoing diplomatic crisis after it said Doha had seized Bahraini boats ...

Snapchat blocks Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia

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Snapchat blocks Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia

Snapchat has found it thrust into the Riyadh-Doha fracas, as the social media giant blocks the Qatari media outlet Al Jazeera in Saudi ...

Saudi Arabia to increase petrol prices by 80 percent

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Saudi Arabia to increase petrol prices by 80 percent

Saudi Arabia motorists might have to pay 80 percent more at petrol pumps, as Riyadh looks at ways to find its continued budget deficit.

Qatar warns against travel to Egypt amid Gulf crisis

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Qatar warns against travel to Egypt amid Gulf crisis

Qatar has warned its citizens against travelling to Egypt amid a Saudi-led embargo on Doha in effect since June.

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