Saudi Princess Is Released From Jail After 3 Years

The Saudi government has not said why it detained or released Princess Basmah bint Saud, a daughter of a former king who has been a vociferous critic of the country’s authorities.

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How Do Saudis Celebrate Christmas? Quietly, but Less So.

“Am I in Saudi Arabia?” Once officially banned, Christmas is coming out of hiding in the kingdom, as its ultra-constrictive religious rules are eased.

#christmas, #christmas-trees, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #muslims-and-islam, #saudi-arabia, #shariah-islamic-law

Progress for Saudi Women Is Uneven, Despite Cultural Changes and More Jobs

Women say Saudi Arabia has advanced significantly in just the past year, with more choices regarding work, fashion (including colored abayas) and social spaces, but restrictions remain everywhere.

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Wrong Man Arrested Over Khashoggi Killing, France Says

The French authorities released a Saudi man who shared the name and age of a suspect in the murder of the dissident writer, saying it was a case of mistaken identity.

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Seeking Backers for New Fund, Jared Kushner Turns to Middle East

Former President Donald J. Trump’s son-in-law is trying to raise capital for his investment firm and is turning to a region that he dealt with extensively while in the White House.

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Saudi Court Blocks Execution of Man Convicted of Crime Committed at 14

Rights groups said the death sentence for Abdullah al-Huwaiti ran contrary to the kingdom’s claimed legal reforms. Now he’ll be retried.

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Trump Allies Are Prominent at Saudi Investment Conference

But the Biden administration sent only a deputy commerce secretary to the high-profile gathering, amid shifts in global politics and diplomatic strains.

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Saudi Finance Official Is Missing From Conference He Hosts

The unexplained absence of Yasir al-Rumayyan, who oversees the kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund, has highlighted concerns about a lack of transparency.

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I Was Hacked. The Spyware Used Against Me Makes Us All Vulnerable.

Invasive hacking software sold to countries to fight terrorism is easily abused. Researchers say my phone was hacked twice, probably by Saudi Arabia.

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In Newcastle, Songs Drown Out the Hard Questions

As long-suffering fans cheered the arrival of Saudi riches at their club, talk of the new owners’ plans and the current team’s flaws took the day off.

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Major Obstacle Removed in Saudi Bid for Newcastle

The end of a piracy dispute involving the Premier League broadcaster beIN Sports could clear the way for a Saudi-led group to buy Newcastle United.

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Saudi Arabia, Newcastle and Soccer’s Worship of Money

The sale of a Premier League team symbolizes a sport’s unashamed devotion to wealth above all else.

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Mnuchin’s Private Equity Fund Raises $2.5 Billion

The former Treasury secretary has attracted investment from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund.

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Apple Security Update Closes Spyware Flaw in iPhones, Macs and iWatches

Researchers at Citizen Lab found that NSO Group, an Israeli spyware company, had infected Apple products without so much as a click.

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A Foreign Agent in Trump’s Inner Circle?

Even amid a glut of scandals, Tom Barrack’s arrest is a big deal.

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Saudi Operatives Who Killed Khashoggi Received Paramilitary Training in U.S.

The training, approved by the State Department, underscores the perils of military partnerships with repressive governments.

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Fierce Foes, Iran and Saudi Arabia Secretly Explore Defusing Tensions

Talks between the two regional powers, if successful, could start to lower the temperature on several conflicts across the Middle East.

#iran, #middle-east, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #saudi-arabia, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #yemen

A Clash of Wills Keeps a Leonardo Masterpiece Hidden

The Louvre inspected the “Salvator Mundi” and certified it as the work of Leonardo da Vinci. But it kept those findings secret after a squabble with the painting’s owners.

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Democrats Push Biden to Take Harder Line on Saudi Arabia

Lawmakers have continued to press for harsher action and a wholesale rethinking of the American stance toward the kingdom.

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Liberals Grow Impatient With Biden’s Foreign Policy Decisions

A recent endorsement of his Iran policy from Jared Kushner inflamed frustrations among Democratic allies calling for bolder action abroad.

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Liberals Grow Impatient With President Biden’s Foreign Policy Decisions

A recent endorsement of his Iran policy from Jared Kushner inflamed frustrations among Democratic allies calling for bolder action abroad.

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Biden’s Dilemmas, Part 1: Punishing Saudi Arabia

In the first of two parts about what we’re learning about the current administration, we look at the president’s approach to justice in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

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For Biden, Deliberation and Caution, Maybe Overcaution, on the World Stage

But decisions come more quickly than they did in the Obama administration, when Mr. Biden, as vice president, complained about the endless meetings.

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Israel, the U.A.E. and a New Middle East

We may be witnessing a major realignment of the Middle East.

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In Confronting Saudi Arabia, Biden Tiptoes With a Close Ally

The U.S. has accused Saudi Arabia’s crown prince of ordering the killing of the dissident Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi but is wary of causing a break with an important Arab partner.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #saudi-arabia, #united-states-international-relations

Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman, the Murderous Monarch

President Biden hasn’t pushed for real justice, but at least he’s not as obsequious as his predecessor.

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President Biden Lets a Saudi Murderer Walk

The crown prince killed my friend Jamal Khashoggi, and we do next to nothing.

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Crushing Dissent: The Saudi Kill Team Behind Khashoggi’s Death

An elite unit assigned to protect Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is said to have carried out dozens of operations, including forcibly repatriating Saudis.

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Biden Won’t Penalize Saudi Crown Prince Over Khashoggi’s Killing, Fearing Relations Breach

The decision will disappoint the human rights community and members of his own party who complained during the Trump administration that the U.S. was failing to hold Mohammed bin Salman accountable.

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Saudi Prince Approved Khashoggi’s Death, U.S. Report Says

The release of the report by the Biden administration was a sign that the new president will try to isolate Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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Biden Speaks With Saudi King; Unclear if Khashoggi Killing Was Discussed

An intelligence report is expected to be released on Friday as the Biden administration engages in a “recalibration” of the United States’ relationship with Saudi Arabia.

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Candidate Biden Called Saudi Arabia a ‘Pariah.’ He Now Has to Deal With It.

In a coming call with King Salman, the president plans to warn him that the United States will soon make public intelligence about the Saudi crown prince’s role in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

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These Women Confront Dictators. Why Can’t We?

I’m inspired by two sisters who stood up to goons with clubs and razors in Egypt.

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Loujain al-Hathloul, Saudi Women’s Rights Activist, Freed From Prison

Loujain al-Hathloul was a champion of freedoms for Saudi women. She had been imprisoned for nearly three years on charges that rights groups called politically motivated.

#hathloul-loujain-al, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #political-prisoners, #saudi-arabia, #womens-rights

Declaring Democracy Won’t Be Subverted, Biden Demands Russia and Myanmar Reverse Course

The president is about to discover how years of sanctions fatigue — exacerbated in the Trump administration — and a decline in American influence may make it difficult to deliver on his promises.

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Biden Demands Russia and Myanmar Reverse Course

The president is about to discover how years of sanctions fatigue — exacerbated in the Trump administration — and a decline in American influence may make it difficult to deliver on his promises.

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The Dark Reality Behind Saudi Arabia’s Utopian Dreams

Mohammed bin Salman’s absurd plan for the Line — a 106-mile long city with no cars and no roads — comes with a grisly human price.

#architecture, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #saudi-arabia

In Saudi Arabia, Quiet Changes May Ease Tensions With Biden

The new president is a Saudi critic, but he takes office as the kingdom scales back beheadings, removes hate speech from text books and limits prison terms for activists.

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Kuwait Says Saudi Arabia Will Reopen Borders With Qatar

The announcement by Kuwait was not confirmed by Saudi Arabia, which has led a Gulf boycott of Qatar for more than three years.

#bahrain, #egypt, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #qatar, #qatar-airways, #saudi-arabia, #united-arab-emirates

My Father Spoke About Reforms. Saudi Arabia Is Slowly Killing Him.

President-elect Joe Biden must push Saudi Arabia to release its political prisoners.

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Loujain al-Halthloul, Saudi Rights Activist, Gets Prison Sentence

Loujain al-Hathloul, who was arrested just before the driving ban was lifted, was charged with undermining the kingdom in a case that supporters decried as a political persecution.

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An Oscar Winner Made a Khashoggi Documentary. Streaming Services Didn’t Want It.

Bryan Fogel’s examination of the killing of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi had trouble finding a home among the companies that can be premier platforms for documentary films.

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U.S. Considers Granting Immunity to Saudi Prince in Suspected Assassination Attempt

If the request is granted, it could potentially provide a legal basis to dismiss a separate case against Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

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Israeli Reports Say Netanyahu Met Saudi Crown Prince, but Saudis Deny It

The reported visit on Sunday night, amid talk of warming relations, would be the first known meeting between high-level Israeli and Saudi leaders.

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Netanyahu Meets With Saudi Crown Prince

The reported visit on Sunday night would be the first known meeting between high-level Israeli and Saudi leaders.

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At G-20, Saudi Arabia and Human Rights Activists Fight Over Kingdom’s Image

As the summit’s host, the kingdom hopes to showcase its advances, while critics see an opportunity to pounce. But the virtual event will have a lower profile.

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After Trump’s Embrace, Saudis Brace for a Chillier Tone From Biden

Saudi Arabia’s leaders counted on President Trump’s unwavering support, but President-elect Biden has vowed to take away the kingdom’s “dangerous blank check.”

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Fiancée Sues Saudi Crown Prince Over Khashoggi Killing

The fiancée of the slain Washington Post journalist sued Prince Mohammed bin Salman in an attempt to learn more about the 2018 killing.

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Trump’s Sanctions on International Court May Do Little Beyond Alienating Allies

Critics say the administration has targeted a human rights lawyer with economic penalties meant for warlords, dictators and authoritarian governments.

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Donald Trump’s Incompetent Foreign Policy

For all the sound and fury, Trump’s foreign policy has few accomplishments.

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