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Dubai's ruler has named two Emirati astronauts who will set off on a mission to the International Space Station.

Police arrest Saudi defence official over $260,000 bribe: Riyadh

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Police arrest Saudi defence official over $260,000 bribe: Riyadh

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has assertively tackled corruption since launching a purported anti-corruption probe in November 2017.

Fear and Loathing on the Arabian Peninsula

Andrew Leber

Fear and Loathing on the Arabian Peninsula

Comment: The stalemate continues after a year of blockade and barbs, writes Andrew Leber.

Fourth Saudi women's rights activist released from detention

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Fourth Saudi women's rights activist released from detention

Walaa al-Shubbar, reportedly in her 20s has become the fourth woman to be released from detention in Saudi after a sweep earlier this ...

Anthony Harwood

Betraying Morocco, Saudis back Trump for World Cup 2026

Comment: Saudi Arabia's support for the US-led bid for the 2026 World Cup over that of its Arab neighbour, Morocco, tells of new and broken alliances, writes Anthony Harwood.

Anne Gadel and Mourad el-Bouanani

Two princes in a hurry shake up the Gulf

Comment: In UAE and Saudi Arabia, two princes are driving a geopolitical shake up. But do they share a common strategy? ask Anne Gadel and ...

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Saudi shuts down women’s fitness centre over 'indecent video'

The kingdom requires women to seek permission from a male guardian - usually a father, husband or brother - to study, work or travel.

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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 ...

Prince Alwaleed struck 'secret deal' with Saudi government

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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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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'.

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 ...

Chronicles of the Egyptian Revolution

Laith Saud

Chronicles of the Egyptian Revolution

Book review: Bassiouni's account of Egypt's revolution is an engaging insight into Egypt's Arab Spring and its aftermath, from the side of state ...

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 in the sultanate for a two day visit.

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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 ...

The New Arab

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 ...

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 ...

A Saudi political earthquake decapitates the system of princes

Robert Springborg

A Saudi political earthquake decapitates the system of princes

Comment: King Salman and his son have cut off the head of the princely system, but its body remains entrenched in key governmental agencies, ...

The New Arab

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 Arabia to freeze bank accounts of detained officials

The New Arab

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, ...

Kuffar b*st*rds: Saudi Arabia's religious war against political enemies

Robert Cusack and Gehad Quisay

Kuffar b*st*rds: Saudi Arabia's religious war against political enemies

Comment: Saudi Arabia has long projected the image of religious righteousness, fighting their enemies with God on their side, but what happens ...

It is still possible to protest in Saudi Arabia

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 ...

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