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Saudi crown prince seeks contracts and allies on Asia tour

Feb 17, 2019 - 12:50 PM

The Asia trip comes 5 months after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a fierce critic of Saudi Arabia crown prince Mohammed bin Salman

SEEKING ALLIES. File photo of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is known by his initials MBS. AFP photo

Saudi crown prince to visit Indonesia next week

Feb 14, 2019 - 2:12 PM

Prince Mohammed bin Salman's two-day visit to Indonesia kicks off Monday, February 18

VISITING INDONESIA. A handout picture provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on December 18, 2018 shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attending the 2019 budget meeting in Riyadh. Photo by Saudi Press Agency/AFP

Pompeo says U.S. 'not covering up' Khashoggi murder

Feb 12, 2019 - 12:19 AM

'The president has been very clear – couldn't be more clear – as we get additional information, we will continue to hold all of those responsible accountable,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

US PROBE. A man passes in front of a screen showing Jamal Khashoggi during a commemoration event of Khashoggi's supporters on November 11, 2018 in Istanbul. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Saudi crown prince told aide he would use 'a bullet' on Khashoggi – report

Feb 08, 2019 - 8:45 AM

US intelligence understands Mohammed bin Salman, the country's de facto ruler, was ready to kill the journalist, although he may not have literally meant to shoot him, according a New York Times report

MOHAMMED BIN SALMAN. A handout picture provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on December 18, 2018 shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attending the 2019 budget meeting in Riyadh. Photo by Saudi Press Agency/AFP

U.N. judicial expert in Turkey to probe Khashoggi murder

Jan 28, 2019 - 10:50 PM

Turkish authorities have called for an international probe into the killing which took place at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, complaining of Saudi Arabia's failure to cooperate

PROBE. This handout picture released by the Turkish Foreign Minister shows Agnes Callamard (L), UN special rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions, and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) pose for photographs in Ankara, on January 28, 2019 during a meeting focused on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. AFP PHOTO/TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTRY

Ethiopia says billionaire al-Amoudi freed from Saudi jail

Jan 28, 2019 - 9:57 AM

Saudi billionaire Mohammed al-Amoudi, whose fortune was estimated by Forbes in 2017 at $8.3 billion, was arrested in November 2017 as part of a vast anti-corruption campaign

FREED. Saudi billionaire Mohammed al-Amoudi.

Saudi prosecutor seeks death sentences as Khashoggi murder trial opens

Jan 03, 2019 - 10:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'The public prosecutor... is seeking capital punishment for 5 of the defendants for their direct involvement in the murder,' the prosecution says in a statement

KILLED? This file photo taken on December 15, 2014, shows Jamal Khashoggi, a veteran Saudi journalist who has been critical towards the Saudi government and has gone missing after visiting the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP

Saudi Arabia seeks to boost intelligence oversight after Khashoggi murder

Dec 21, 2018 - 9:45 AM

A committee headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approves the creation of 3 departments to ensure intelligence operations are in line with international human rights law and 'approved procedures'

A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on December 13, 2017, shows Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (R) and Saudi Crown Prince and Defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman (L) arriving for the opening of the shura council ordinary session in Riyadh. (Photo by BANDAR AL-JALOUD / Saudi Royal Palace / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / SAUDI ROYAL PALACE / BANDAR AL-JALOUD" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

U.S. senators blast Saudi prince over Khashoggi, after CIA chief briefing

Dec 05, 2018 - 8:40 AM

'I have zero question in my mind that the crown prince directed the murder and was kept appraised of the situation all the way through it,' says Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker

ON KHASHOGGI. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a meeting with Lebanon's Christian Maronite patriarch on November 14, 2017. File photo by Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Erdogan takes Saudi prince to task, demands extraditions

Dec 02, 2018 - 9:44 AM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan directly criticizes Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

EXTRADITION CALL. Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants extraditions of suspects behind the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul. File photo by Adem Altan/Agence France-Presse

U.N. chief tempers hopes on Yemen as rebels back peace talks

Nov 30, 2018 - 9:17 AM

'I don't want to raise too much expectations, but we are working hard in order to make sure that we can start meaningful peace talks still this year,' says UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

UN CHIEF. This file photo shows Antonio Guterres during a press conference on May 14, 2014 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Saudi prince in Argentina as G20 summit tensions brew

Nov 29, 2018 - 12:40 PM

US President Donald Trump's trade war with China is a dominant theme at the weekend summit but one sideshow is how leaders deal with the presence of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

CROWN PRINCE. File photo of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is known by his initials MBS. AFP photo

Saudi prince lands in UAE on first foreign tour since Khashoggi murder

Nov 23, 2018 - 9:45 AM

Prince Mohammed will visit a 'number of brotherly' Arab states at the request of his father, King Salman

CROWN PRINCE. In this file photo, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in Riyadh, on October 24, 2017. File photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Crown prince a 'red line' in Khashoggi probe – Saudi FM

Nov 22, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir insists that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is not involved in the killing

'RED LINE.' In this file photo, Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir speaks during a press conference held at Saudi Foreign Ministry press hall, on January 3, 2016 in Riyadh. File photo by Ahmed Farwan/AFP

U.S. to give Saudis a pass even if Crown Prince behind murder

Nov 21, 2018 - 7:51 AM

'We may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr Jamal Khashoggi. In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,' says President Donald Trump

PARTNERS. In this file photo taken on March 20, 2018 US President Donald Trump (R) shakes hands with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Saudi king backs son amid furor over Khashoggi murder

Nov 20, 2018 - 9:18 AM

In his speech, the king praises his son's economic reform program aimed at creating jobs for a swelling youth population and preparing the kingdom for a post-crude era

KING'S BACKING. A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on December 13, 2017, shows Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (R) and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) arriving for the opening of the shura council ordinary session in Riyadh. AFP PHOTO / SAUDI ROYAL PALACE / BANDAR AL-JALOUD

U.S. to make final conclusions on Saudi killing in days – Trump

Nov 18, 2018 - 11:54 AM

The U.S State Department also appears to contradict reports that the CIA had determined Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of Khashoggi

PROTEST. A woman holds a portrait of missing journalist and Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi reading "Jamal Khashoggi is missing since October 2" during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate on October 9, 2018 in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

CIA concludes Saudi Crown Prince behind Khashoggi murder – report

Nov 17, 2018 - 8:56 AM

According to the CIA, 15 Saudi agents flew on government aircraft and assassinated the journalist in the Saudi consulate

A handout picture provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on October 23, 2018 shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meeting with family members of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Riyadh. The Saudi rulers met with Khashoggi's son Salah and brother Sahel at the royal palace, state-run news agency SPA reported. The report said King Salman and Prince Mohammed offered their condolences to the family of the Saudi journalist

Turkey has more evidence in Khashoggi murder – report

Nov 16, 2018 - 3:47 PM

A Turkish newspaper says a second voice recording clearly reveals that the murder of the Washington Post columnist has been premeditated

MORE EVIDENCE? A Turkish police officer opens the door of Saudi Consul's residence on October 17, 2018 in Istanbul. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkey's Erdogan shares Khashoggi tapes

Nov 11, 2018 - 12:01 AM

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says recordings linked to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi were sent to Saudi, but were not accompanied by any written documents

MURDERED. In this file photo taken on November 2, 2018 Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of the late Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, delivers a prerecorded message (upper R) during a remembrance ceremony for her fiancée in Washington, DC. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Sanctions on Khashoggi killers weeks away – Pompeo

Nov 02, 2018 - 12:38 PM

The murder has placed strain on the decades-old alliance between the United States and Saudi Arabia and tarnished the image of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

SANCTIONS. People hold posters picturing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and lightened candles during a gathering outside the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, on October 25, 2018. Photo by Yasin Akgul/AFP

Turkey wants 18 Saudis extradited over Khashoggi murder

Oct 27, 2018 - 12:27 PM

A written request for the extradition of the 18 suspects has been prepared by Istanbul's chief prosecutor

Son of murdered journalist Khashoggi leaves Saudi Arabia for US

Oct 26, 2018 - 7:40 AM

Salah Khashoggi's departure comes after he was photographed on Tuesday with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a condolence visit, staring coldly as the pair shook hands

COLD STARE. A handout picture provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on October 23, 2018 shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meeting with family members of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Riyadh. Photo by AFP.

Murder of Khashoggi 'premeditated,' says Saudi prosecutor

Oct 25, 2018 - 7:32 PM

A statement from Saudi Arabia public prosecutor says: 'Information from the Turkish authorities indicates that the act of the suspects in the Khashoggi case was premeditated'

PROTEST. A woman holds a portrait of missing journalist and Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi reading "Jamal Khashoggi is missing since October 2" during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate on October 9, 2018 in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Saudi crown prince deplores 'repulsive' Khashoggi murder in first comments

Oct 25, 2018 - 8:16 AM

'Those responsible will be held accountable... in the end justice will prevail,' says Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

CROWN PRINCE. In this file photo, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (R) addresses the first meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Economic and Development Affairs Authority in Riyadh on November 10, 2016. Fayez Nureldine/AFP/File

U.S. revokes Saudi visas in first action over Khashoggi

Oct 24, 2018 - 8:35 AM

The State Department says it has identified 21 Saudis whose visas will either be revoked or who will be ineligible for future visas

STATE DEPARTMENT. In this file photo, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press briefing at the US Department of State in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2018. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Saudi king, crown prince meet Khashoggi family

Oct 23, 2018 - 11:31 PM

Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meet with family members of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi

MEETING. A handout picture provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on October 23, 2018 shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meeting with family members of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Riyadh. AFP Photo

Saudi's young crown prince: Reformer or authoritarian?

Oct 21, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Riyadh's admission that Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul risks jeopardizing the reformist image that Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has so carefully cultivated

PRINCE. This handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on July 10, 2017, shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) speaking with Interior Minister Prince Abdelaziz bin Saud bin Nayef during a cabinet meeting chaired by the king at Al-Safa palace in the holy Muslim city of Mecca in western Saudi Arabia. File photo by Bandar Al-Jaloud/Saudi Royal Palace/AFP

Saudi Arabia: Storms and reforms under new crown prince

Oct 21, 2018 - 2:00 AM

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salem has brought reforms on ultra-conservative policies, but has also begun a crackdown on political dissent

MONARCHS. A foreign labourer walks past a banner with portraits of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulazziz (C), his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) and the founder of the Kingdom King Abdulazziz al-Saudm on October 18, 2018 in Riyadh. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Journalists' group seeks punishment for those who 'ordered' Khashoggi death

Oct 21, 2018 - 12:00 AM

Turk-Arab Media Association demands that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's body be given back for a proper funeral

COMPLEX MAN. In this file photo taken on October 8, 2018 protestors hold pictures of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkish police search Saudi consulate again in Khashoggi case

Oct 18, 2018 - 8:53 AM

Turkish police also carry out a search of the residence of the Saudi consul to Istanbul, Mohammed al-Otaibi, a day after he flew out of Istanbul for Riyadh

KHASHOGGI. In this file photo taken on December 15, 2014, general manager of Alarab TV, Jamal Khashoggi, looks on during a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama. Photo by Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP

Suspects in Saudi journalist case tied to top prince – report

Oct 17, 2018 - 12:27 PM

One suspect is a frequent companion of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 3 other suspects are linked to his security detail, and a fifth is a high-level forensic doctor, The New York Times reports

STILL MISSING. Saudi Arabia has dismissed accusations that Jamal Khashoggi was ordered murdered by a hit squad inside its Istanbul consulate as 'lies and baseless allegations,' as Riyadh and Ankara spar over the missing journalist's fate. File photo by Yasin Akgul/AFP

Pompeo holds crisis talks in Riyadh on missing journalist

Oct 16, 2018 - 8:42 PM

US top diplomat Mike Pompeo meets with Saudi King Salman to seek answers about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Saudi Arabia's King Salman (R) meets with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Riyadh on October 16, 2018. Pompeo arrived in the Saudi capital for talks with King Salman on what happened to missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi. LEAH MILLIS / POOL / AFP

Trump floats 'rogue killers' in Khashoggi case, Pompeo heads to Saudi

Oct 15, 2018 - 9:59 PM

(UPDATED) Turkish police searches the Saudi consulate in Istanbul for the first time since Jamal Khashoggi went missing

SEARCH. A Turkish forensic stands next to the Saudi flag, on the roof of the Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on October 15, 2018 during the investigation over missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Saudi crown prince ordered op against missing journalist – report

Oct 11, 2018 - 10:34 AM

The Washington Post, a newspaper to which Jamal Khashoggi contributed, cites unnamed US officials as saying that Saudi officials have been heard discussing a plan to lure Khashoggi from the US state of Virginia and detain him

MISSING. A woman holds a portrait of missing journalist and Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi reading 'Jamal Khashoggi is missing since October 2' during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate on October 9, 2018 in Istanbul. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Saudi Arabia declares online satire a punishable offense

Sep 04, 2018 - 11:31 PM

Those who make and distribute online satire which 'disrupts public order' will be liable for a cybercrime punishable by a maximum of 5 years in prison and a fine of $800,000

Celebrations, tears as Saudi Arabia overturns ban on women driving

Jun 24, 2018 - 9:23 AM

(UPDATED) But much of the initial optimism over reforms appears to have been dented by a sweeping crackdown on women activists who long opposed the driving ban

Saudi Samar Al-Moqren drives her car through the streets of the Saudi capital Riyadh for the first time just after midnight, June 24, 2018, when the law allowing women to drive took effect.  Saudi Arabia will allow women to drive from June 24, ending the world's only ban on female motorists, a historic reform marred by what rights groups call an expanding crackdown on activists. The move, which follows a sweeping crackdown on women activists who long opposed the ban, is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's wide-ranging reform drive to modernise the conservative petrostate.   / AFP PHOTO / FAYEZ NURELDINE

Al-Qaeda warns Saudi Arabia crown prince over 'sin'

Jun 01, 2018 - 5:29 PM

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman spearheads a string of policy changes in ultraconservative Saudi Arabia, including reinstating cinemas and allowing women to drive

WARNING. A handout picture released by the Saudi Royal Palace on April 15, 2018 shows Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al-Saud attending the 29th Arab League Summit in Dhahran. Photo by  Bandar Al-Jaloud/Saudi Royal Palace/AFP

Saudi Arabia says driving ban on women to be lifted June 24

May 08, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is seen as the force behind the lifting of the ban

WOMEN DRIVERS. A Saudi woman practices driving in Riyadh ahead of the lifting of a ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia in the summer. Photo by Yousef Doubisi/AFP

Saudi Arabia unveils first new cinema with 'Black Panther' screening

Apr 19, 2018 - 9:21 AM

The move to reopen cinemas is part of a modernization drive by reformist Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is seeking to balance unpopular subsidy cuts in an era of low oil prices with more entertainment options

CINEMA. A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on April 18, 2018, shows Saudi Information Minister Awwad Alawwad giving a speech at the AMC cinema in Riyadh. Photo by Bandar Al-Jaloud/AFP PHOTO / Saudi Royal Palace/AFP

Saudi crown prince rounds off U.S. tour with ex-presidents meeting

Apr 08, 2018 - 4:50 PM

One expert calls Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman's tour a particularly well-planned public relations campaign

Saudi crown prince sets off on maiden foreign tour

Mar 03, 2018 - 10:37 PM

Prince Mohammed bin Salman will visit Egypt on Sunday before his trip to the United Kingdom. He will visit the United States later in March.

SAUDI HEIR. In this file photo, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in Riyadh, on October 24, 2017. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Saudi crown prince says reforms aimed at 'cancer' of corruption

Feb 28, 2018 - 4:08 PM

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman: 'You have a body that has cancer everywhere, the cancer of corruption. You need to have chemo, the shock of chemo, or the cancer will eat the body'

INFLUENTIAL. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a meeting with Lebanon's Christian Maronite patriarch on November 14, 2017. Photo by Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Saudi Arabia releases two princes after graft probe

Dec 30, 2017 - 12:25 AM

Prince Turki bin Abdullah was the only brother left in detention, the source said, without adding if his brothers had reached a cash settlement to be released.

Saudi Arabia lifts decades-long ban on cinemas

Dec 12, 2017 - 6:57 AM

The government says it will begin licensing cinemas immediately and the first movie theaters are expected to open next March, in a decision that could boost the Gulf state's nascent film industry

MOVIE TIME. This file photo taken on October 20, 2017 shows Saudis attending the 'Short Film Competition 2' festival at King Fahad Culture Center in Riyadh. Fayez Nureldine/AFP

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Dec 08, 2017 - 9:06 PM

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Saudi crown prince bought $450-M Da Vinci – report

Dec 08, 2017 - 10:34 AM

The young and dynamic crown prince used an intermediary to buy the much-sought-after painting of Christ, 'Salvator Mundi,' The Wall Street Journal reports

PRECIOUS. Christie's employees pose in front of a painting entitled Salvator Mundi by Italian polymath Leonardo da Vinci at a photocall at Christie's auction house in central London on October 22, 2017 ahead of its sale at Christie's New York on November 15, 2017. Tolga Akmen/AFP

Saudi crown prince accuses Iran of 'direct aggression'

Nov 07, 2017 - 5:35 PM

Riyadh accuses Tehran of supplying ballistic missiles to the Huthi rebels in Yemen. Iran denies the allegation

Saudi Arabia arrests princes, ministers in sweeping purge

Nov 05, 2017 - 8:08 AM

The crackdown is reported immediately after a new anti-corruption commission, headed by powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is established by royal decree

Photo taken September 23, 2014 shows a giant Saudi flag during celebrations to mark the 84th Saudi Arabian National Day in  Jeddah. Stringer/AFP

Crown prince pledges 'moderate' Saudi Arabia

Oct 25, 2017 - 6:47 AM

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman breaks with ultra-conservative clerics in favor of an image catering to foreign investors and Saudi youth

INFLUENTIAL CROWN PRINCE. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in Riyadh, on October 24, 2017. Fayez Nureldine/AFP