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King Salman videoconferences cabinet meeting

Saudi King Salman held a cabinet meeting via video call from hospital in the capital Riyadh on Tuesday, a day after the 84-year-old monarch was admitted with what state media said was inflammation of the gall bladder. Three Saudi sources had previously told Reuters that the king was in stable …

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King Salman reported to be in good condition

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman is in stable condition, three Saudi sources said, after the 84-year-old monarch was admitted to hospital in the capital Riyadh on Monday with what state media said was inflammation of the gall bladder. The king, who has ruled the world’s largest oil exporter and close U.S. …

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Saudi King rushed to hospital

Saudi Arabia’s 84-year-old ruler, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, has been admitted to hospital in the capital Riyadh, suffering from inflammation of the gall bladder, state news agency SPA said on Monday. The king, who has ruled the world’s largest oil exporter and close U.S. ally since 2015, was undergoing medical …

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What Is Behind the Leadership Tensions Inside Syria?

A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security (By MICHAEL YOUNG) Assaad al-Achi | Executive director of Baytna Syria, Syrian civil society activist Although leadership tensions, at least public ones, are extremely rare in Syria, they have always existed since Hafez …

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Khaled al-Falih back in Saudi cabinet

Former Saudi energy minister Khalid al-Falih, who was removed last year, was tapped to head the kingdom’s newly-created investment ministry in a cabinet reshuffle announced on Tuesday that also created new ministries for tourism and sports. According to royal orders published by state news agency SPA, the ministers of media …

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Saudi private jet industry hit by corruption probes

A crackdown on corruption in Saudi Arabia has severely dented the kingdom’s private jet industry in a sign of the impact the campaign has had on private enterprise and the wealthy elite. Dozens of planes, owned by individuals and charter companies and worth hundreds of millions of dollars, are stranded at …

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The Geopolitics of the Khashoggi Murder

By Graham E. Fuller — The grisly details of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi security goons in their own consulate in Istanbul has riveted global attention like few other recent stories. Not surprisingly, the lurid descriptions of this single sensational case have far greater impact on …

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Vision 2030 drives Saudi march to the future

Today, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia celebrates its 88th National Day. It marks the day the Kingdom was unified under the founding King Abdul Aziz Bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud in 1932. On this occasion, we also celebrate the progress our great nation has made over the last nine decades …

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Saudi crown prince says abaya not necessary

Women in Saudi Arabia need not wear headcover or the black abaya — the loose-fitting, full-length robes symbolic of Islamic piety — as long as their attire is “decent and respectful”, the kingdom’s reform-minded crown prince said. With the ascent to power of young Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, the country …

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Saudi military leaders replaced amid stalemated war in Yemen

Saudi Arabia replaced its military chief of staff and other defense officials early on Tuesday morning in a shake-up apparently aimed at overhauling its Defense Ministry during the stalemated and ruinous war in Yemen. The kingdom also announced a new female deputy minister of labor and social development as it …

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