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Foreign troops, not Saudi security forces, arrested princes

RIYADH (Web Desk) Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is going ahead with his so-called anti-corruption plan and royal purge under the supervision of foreign troops, informed sources in Riyadh said.Bin Salman’s arrest of hundreds of potential rivals, including 11 royal princes and many influential Saudi businessmen, is underway in …

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Saad Hariri says he will return to Lebanon in next two days

RIYADH (Web Desk) Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri says he will return to Lebanon in the next two days, after his surprise resignation in Saudi Arabia created a shockwave in Lebanon’s political scene.Hariri announced the news in a Twitter message on Tuesday amid speculations about the time of his possible …

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Saudi king hosts Lebanese patriarch in historic first

RIYADH (Web Desk) Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Tuesday hosted the head of the Lebanese Maronite church, a historic first at a time when Riyadh is stepping up the pressure on Hezbollah.Beshara Rai arrived in Riyadh on Monday, in the first trip to the kingdom by a senior Lebanese official …

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How Saudi Arabia turned on Lebanon’s Hariri

RIYADH (Web Desk) From the moment Saad al-Hariri’s plane touched down in Saudi Arabia on Friday Nov. 3, he was in for a surprise.There was no line-up of Saudi princes or ministry officials, as would typically greet a prime minister on an official visit to King Salman, senior sources close …

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Saudi Arabia says it will reopen Yemen airports, seaports

RIYADH (Web Desk) Saudi Arabia said on Monday that the Saudi-led coalition fighting rebels in Yemen will begin reopening airports and seaports in the Arab world’s poorest country,days after closing them over a rebel ballistic missile attack on Riyadh.The announcement from the Saudi mission at the United Nations came after …

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Changes in Riyadh may lead to new era in Israel-Saudi relations

RIYADH (Web Desk) In the coming weeks, the Trump administration is expected to launch a new initiative [possibly the same old thing under a different cloak], which includes normalization gestures from Arab states towards ‘Israel’.Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and US special envoy Jason Greenblatt’s visits to Riyadh strengthen the expectation …

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Saudi-led coalition to allow commercial flights to Yemen: Minister

RIYADH (Web Desk) The Saudi-led military coalition fighting against Yemen’s Houthi movement will allow the resumption of international commercial flights to the country, a Yemeni government minister said, easing its nationwide blockade.The alliance said on Monday it had closed all air, land and sea ports in Yemen to stem the …

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Saudi Arabia says 201 people held in corruption crackdown

RIYADH (Web Desk)  Saudi Arabia said Thursday 201 people are being held for questioning over an estimated $100 billion in embezzlement and corruption,after the biggest purge of the kingdom’s elite in its modern history.Princes, ministers and a billionaire business tycoon were among dozens of high-profile figures arrested or sacked at …

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Saudi Arabia says only private accounts suspended in crackdown

RIYADH (Web Desk) SAUDI Arabia said it has only frozen the bank accounts of individuals and not those of the companies they own or manage, as the kingdom seeks to ease tension among global investors over a crackdown that’s seen princes and billionaires arrested.The action, described by Saudi authorities as …

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Saudi Arabia Makes Fresh Arrests in Royal Crackdown: Sources

RIYAD (Web Desk) Saudi Arabian authorities have made further arrests and frozen more bank accounts in a so-called anti-corruption crackdown on the kingdom’s political and business elite, sources familiar with the matter said on WednesdayDozens of royal family members, officials and business executives have already been held in the purge …

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