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Abu Dhabi has purchased a Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece, which the UAE and Saudi Arabia will hope end rumours Mohammed bin Salman purchased the $500 million painting.

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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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.'

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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 ...

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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 ...

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.

Saudi <em>Arabia</em>: Targeting scholars from Malaysia to Tunisia

James M. Dorsey

Saudi Arabia: Targeting scholars from Malaysia to Tunisia

Comment: Saudi Arabia's decision to ban the Qatar-based International Union of Muslim Scholars has sparked political controversy in Malaysia, ...

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Video: Outrage as 'Saudi prince' threatens civilian with gun

Saudis erupted in outrage on Tuesday night after a video circulated allegedly showed Saudi Prince Mashhour bin Talal bin Saud ...

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, ...

Syria could have become a graveyard for Hizballah

Sam Hamad

Syria could have become a graveyard for Hizballah

Comment: If Saudi Arabia and its allies had provided the rebels with the necessary resources to fight Assad, Syria could have become a ...

Saudi <em>Arabia</em> 'plans official ties with Israel': leaked document

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Saudi Arabia 'plans official ties with Israel': leaked document

A Lebanese newspaper close to Hizballah says it has obtained a 'secret' Saudi foreign ministry document detailing a roadmap for establishing ...

Arab media: Saudi purge promises tighter control

James M. Dorsey

Arab media: Saudi purge promises tighter control

Comment: Saudi Arabia's recent political purge will place extra pressure on the country's media during a time of frenzied discussion over the ...

Emile Nakhleh

Tillerson's vanishing act while the Middle East is burning

Comment: Secretary of State Tillerson appears totally disengaged from Middle East policy, where traditional American diplomacy has been replaced by improvisation and vacillation, writes Emile Nakhleh.

Dr. Tamara Kharroub

Saudi Arabia is beating the drums of war, again

Comment: Mohammed bin Salman's impulsive and antagonistic measures will come at a price, risking his survival as future king or disastrous wars ...

Henri Mamarbachi

What will Hariri's shock resignation mean for Lebanon?

Comment: The resignation of Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri is the latest escalation in tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, ...

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Saudi attorney general says arrests 'start' of anti-corruption campaign

This weekend's mass arrests of Saudi royals and officials is part of a wider anti-corruption campaign in the kingdom, the country's attorney ...

Saudi <em>Arabia</em> to freeze bank accounts of detained officials

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Saudi Arabia to freeze bank accounts of detained officials

Saudi Arabia pursued a sweeping purge of the kingdom's upper ranks on Sunday, saying it would freeze the accounts of dozens of princes, ...

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Saudi Arabia purge: Who was arrested?

Eleven princes and 38 others are being held after mass detentions in Saudi Arabia, including influential Saudi tycoon Prince al-Waleed ...

Saudi <em>Arabia</em> warming to tourism, but will it open?

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Saudi Arabia warming to tourism, but will it open?

Saudi Arabia is a land of sun, sea and sand, and now Riyadh is looking to capitalise on this by opening the country up to tourism.

Saudi <em>Arabia</em> building controversial roof over Mecca's Grand Mosque

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Saudi Arabia building controversial roof over Mecca's Grand Mosque

Saudi Arabia is planning to build a retractable roof over Islam's holiest site, sparking accusations that Riyadh is further distorting ...

Russia, Qatar sign 'military and technical' cooperation agreement

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Russia, Qatar sign 'military and technical' cooperation agreement

Russian Defence Minister, Army General Sergey Shoigu and Qatari Minister of State for Defence Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah signed a military ...

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