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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

Saudi suspends dialogue after Qatar outreach

Sep 09, 2017 - 9:16 AM

UPDATED The prospect of a thaw quickly dies down after Saudi Press Agency accused Qatar s state media of wrongly implying that Saudi Arabia had initiated the outreach

This file photo taken on October 4, 2012 shows skyscrapers in the Qatari capital Doha. Patrick Baz/AFP

Saudi king ousts nephew, names son as crown prince

Jun 21, 2017 - 11:58 AM

UPDATED The naming of Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince completes a gradual removal of powers from the previous prince Mohammed bin Nayef who has been fired

PROMOTED. In this file photo, Saudi 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. wants 'strong' Saudi Arabia – Mattis

Apr 19, 2017 - 11:26 PM

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis also hints US President Donald Trump could visit the kingdom

US Defense Minister James Mattis addresses the press during a NATO defence ministers' meetings at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on February 15, 2017. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

U.S. and Saudi defense chiefs reject Iran 'interventions'

Feb 01, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Pentagon chief James Mattis and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman express their full rejection of the suspicious activities and interventions by the Iranian regime and its agents

JAMES MATTIS. U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis (L) participates in an enhanced honor cordon with (R) King Abdullah of Jordan January 30, 2017 at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. Photo by Alex Wong/ Getty Images/ AFP

Obama hosts powerful Saudi prince

Jun 17, 2016 - 11:15 PM

Mohammed bin Salman is the King s son and the country s defense minister but meets the very biggest of Washington s big hitters during his week long visit

VISITING DIGNITARIES. Deputy Chief of Protocol Mark Walsh (2nd L) escorts Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia (L) and Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir (R) as they arrive at the White House in Washington, DC, June 17, 2016. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Saudi Arabia unveils first targets in sweeping reform plan

Jun 07, 2016 - 11:03 AM

3rd UPDATE The plan is a 5 year roadmap that lays out targets for each government ministry

A picture taken on March 9, 2016 shows towers under construction at the King Abdullah Financial District in the Saudi capital Riyadh. Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Saudi society will decide if women can drive – prince

Apr 26, 2016 - 3:50 PM

Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says change cannot be forced

epa03928060 A Saudi woman sits behind the wheel of a car in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 28 October 2013. Media reports on 27 October state that Saudi authorities arrested 14 women for driving in the conservative kingdom. The women were detained in the capital Riyadh, the western cities of Jeddah and Mecca as well as the Eastern Province. Activists have published more than a dozen videos on YouTube showing women driving in defiance of the decades-long "ban," which makes the oil-producing kingdom the world's only country where women are not allowed to drive. EPA/STR

Saudi unveils far-reaching plan to move away from oil

Apr 26, 2016 - 12:55 PM

Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announces the Vision 2030 program which includes the creation of the world s biggest sovereign wealth fund

Saudi Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman answers questions during a press conference in Riyadh, on April 25, 2016. The key figure behind the unveiling of a vast plan to restructure the kingdom's oil-dependent economy, the son of King Salman has risen to among Saudi Arabia's most influential figures since being named second-in-line to the throne in 2015. Salman announced his economic reform plan known as "Vision 2030".  / AFP PHOTO / FAYEZ NURELDINE

US Defense Secretary in Saudi to reassure on Iran

Jul 22, 2015 - 5:38 PM

Sunni dominated Saudi Arabia a regional rival of Shiite Iran worries Tehran could still be able to develop an atomic bomb despite the limitations on its nuclear program

VISITING SAUDI. In this file photo, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter during a press conference with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon (not pictured) at the Israeli Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, Israel, July 20, 2015. Daniel Bar-On/EPA

Saudi king consolidates power with succession shake-up

Apr 30, 2015 - 9:54 AM

The major shake up in the line of succession and cabinet comes with oil giant Saudi Arabia increasingly assertive in the fight against Islamic extremists and in its rivalry with fellow regional power Iran

In this file photo, Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdul Aziz attends a ceremony with officials from all over the world offering their condolences on the death of the late Saudi King, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, during a ceremony, at the Diwan royal palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 24 January 2015. Yoan Valat/Pool/EPA