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Jean Paul Gaultier and Roberto Cavalli are in Saudi Arabia - headlining Riyadh's first ever Arab Fashion Week, a women-only event that opened to excitement in the slowly changing kingdom.

Saudi prince 'failed to pay after commissioning porn films'

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Saudi prince 'failed to pay after commissioning porn films'

Seedy Arabia? Former foreign minister reportedly commissioned three pornographic films featuring 'a close Moroccan acquaintance' of the prince, leaving the Saudi diplomatic establishment in a

Remaining Saudi corruption detainees 'may face terrorism-focused courts'

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Remaining Saudi corruption detainees 'may face terrorism-focused courts'

More than 50 Saudi nationals are still in detention in an unspecified location as part of a purported corruption and could stand trial in ...

Moderating Islam: Saudi Prince Mohammed walks on shaky ground

James M. Dorsey

Moderating Islam: Saudi Prince Mohammed walks on shaky ground

Comment: If Mohammed bin Salman continues to whitewash his family's role, whip former allies into subservience and suppress expressions of ...

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Saudi Arabia to purge Muslim Brotherhood influence in schools

Teachers who are deemed sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood will be dismissed, as Saudi Arabia prepares to purge school curriculum from any influence of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Prince Alwaleed struck 'secret deal' with Saudi government

Saudi Prince Alwaleed - believed to be among the richest men in the world - made a deal with the Riyadh government to end his prolonged ...

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'Simple-minded': Iran slams Saudi crown prince after nuclear warning

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has said if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Riyadh will follow suit, prompting condemnation from Tehran.

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Saudi detainees 'tortured' in corruption purge that seized billions

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman spearheaded the crackdown on corruption among members of the government and royal family as he ...

Saudi king establishes anti-graft prosecution units

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Saudi king establishes anti-graft prosecution units

The move is intended to 'increase effectiveness' and 'accelerate the process of combating corruption'.

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Trump tower sues Saudi prince 'for not paying rent'

Despite Donald Trump's close relations with the Saudi ruling family, his namesake company is seeking millions worth in missed rent payments from ...

Riyadh's Ritz-Carlton 'luxury jail' reopens after corruption purge

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Riyadh's Ritz-Carlton 'luxury jail' reopens after corruption purge

Critics have labelled Prince Mohammed's campaign a shakedown and power grab, but authorities insist the purge targeted endemic corruption as the ...

Saudi Prince Alwaleed breaks Twitter silence following release

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Saudi Prince Alwaleed breaks Twitter silence following release

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has made his first comment on social media since he was released last week after being held for three months during an ...

Saudi <em>Arabia</em> interior minister in two-day visit to Oman

Paul McLoughlin

Saudi Arabia interior minister in two-day visit to Oman

A sign of improving ties between Oman and Saudi Arabia was witnessed on Sunday, as Riyadh's Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz arrived ...

Saudi prince who criticised arrest of relatives is sacked

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Saudi prince who criticised arrest of relatives is sacked

A Saudi prince who purportedly made an audio recording criticising the government has been sacked as head of the kingdom’s Maritime Sports ...

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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 dissent in the royal family, according to Saudi media reports.

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Arrested Saudi princes charged after protesting royal benefit cuts

Eleven Saudi princes face trials in the kingdom after being arrested for a protest against the end of state subsidies for their utility bills, ...

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Saudi Arabia releases 23 high-level 'corruption' detainees

Saudi authorities freed 23 of 200 detained businessmen, royals and princes, Saudi paper Okaz reported on Tuesday, in what appears to be the ...

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Saudi Arabia releases former minister, businessman for monetary settlements

Saudi Arabia released more detainees arrested in a sweeping anti-corruption purge of the kingdom's elite, amid a report that ...

End of the Saudi <em>Arabia</em>-UAE Leonardo da Vinci mystery?

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End of the Saudi Arabia-UAE Leonardo da Vinci mystery?

Abu Dhabi has purchased a Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece, which the UAE and Saudi Arabia will hope end rumours Mohammed bin Salman ...

Faisal Abualhassan

Islamic State is gone, but the tobacco industry remains

Comment: The tobacco industry's hold over Arab smokers may finally be cracking, writes Faisal Abualhassan.

Saleh's death, checkmate

Afrah Nasser

Saleh's death, checkmate

Comment: Saleh's death causes us to revisit the injustices that led Yemenis to rise up in 2011, writes Afrah Nasser.

Arrests and 'corruption': Inside Saudi Arabia's business affairs

Romain Calvary

Arrests and 'corruption': Inside Saudi Arabia's business affairs

Comment: The arrest of Mohamed al-Amoudi is a textbook warning to local businessmen who might have been harbouring seditious designs, writes ...

Qatar sovereign fund considers investment in Qatar Airways, Katara

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Qatar sovereign fund considers investment in Qatar Airways, Katara

Qatar's sovereign wealth fund, reportedly worth $330bn, is looking at injecting capital in projects closer to home as economic sanctions imposed ...

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