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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The Mysteries of the American-Saudi Alliance

Two new books, David H. Rundell’s “Vision or Mirage” and Bradley Hope and Justin Scheck’s “Blood and Oil,” offer insights into an enigmatic country.

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For Trump, Defying Mideast Truisms Produced Breakthroughs and Backfires

Disregarding norms and accepted wisdom, President Trump went his own way in the Middle East and, in some cases, got what he wanted.

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Jamal Khashoggi’s Killing is Focus of ‘Kingdom of Silence’ and ‘The Dissident’

“Kingdom of Silence,” due Friday, and “The Dissident,” due Dec. 18, revisit the killing of the Saudi journalist Khashoggi in Turkey in 2018.

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Trump’s Middle Eastern Mirage

Will there be a Saudi October surprise?

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In Arab States’ Embrace, Israelis See a Reshaped Mideast

Normalized ties with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain raise hopes in Israel that it is finally gaining acceptance in its volatile neighborhood.

#bahrain, #defense-and-military-forces, #grand-mosque-bursa-turkey, #haaretz, #international-crisis-group, #international-relations, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #muslims-and-islam, #palestinians, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations

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Bahrain Recognized Israel. Here’s Why It Matters.

The announcement that Bahrain would establish full diplomatic relations with Israel leaves open the possibility that more Arab states will follow.

#abu-dhabi-united-arab-emirates, #bahrain, #israel, #khalifa-hamad-bin-isa-al, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #palestine-liberation-organization, #palestinians, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-international-relations

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Bahrain Says It’s Time to Embrace Israel. The Gulf Hears a Saudi Voice.

Bahrain’s closeness to Saudi rulers makes it unthinkable the change in diplomatic ties happened without approval. But Saudi Arabia itself may not be in a rush to normalize relations with Israel.

#bahrain, #international-relations, #israel, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #palestinians, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Saudi Court Issues Final Verdicts in Khashoggi Killing

The sentences, of up to 20 years in prison, were issued months after one of Jamal Khashoggi’s sons said he and his siblings had forgiven the men who killed him.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #saudi-arabia, #targeted-killings, #turkey

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Saudi King Fires 2 Royals in Defense Corruption Inquiry

The king’s decision was based on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s call for an investigation into “suspicious financial transactions at the defense ministry,” according to state news media.

#defense-and-military-forces, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #politics-and-government, #salman-king-of-saudi-arabia, #saudi-arabia

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Trump Administration Plans Arms Sale to U.A.E. Despite Israeli Worries

The Trump White House is quietly planning sales of F-35 stealth fighters and advanced drones to the Emiratis as part of a wider plan to realign the Middle East, but Israel and Congress may object.

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The Immoral Double Life of the Former King of Spain

An outdated culture allowed King Juan Carlos I to become a lobbyist for Arab dictatorships and to hide his fortune for decades.

#el-mundo, #juan-carlos-i-king-of-spain, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #royal-families

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The King Had No Clothes. Spain Looked the Other Way.

An outdated culture allowed King Juan Carlos I to become a lobbyist for Arab dictatorships and to hide his fortune for decades.

#el-mundo, #juan-carlos-i-king-of-spain, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #royal-families

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Former Saudi Official Accuses the Crown Prince of Trying to Kill Him

Saad Aljabri, a former top intelligence official, filed suit in Washington alleging that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent a team of agents to Canada to kill him.

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U.S. Examines Whether Saudi Nuclear Program Could Lead to Bomb Effort

Intelligence agencies are scrutinizing whether the kingdom’s work with China to develop nuclear expertise is cover to process uranium and move toward development of a weapon.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-and-military-forces, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #international-atomic-energy-agency, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #national-security-council, #nuclear-energy, #nuclear-nonproliferation-treaty, #nuclear-weapons, #obama-barack, #saudi-arabia, #schiff-adam-b, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #uranium

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Strange Bedfellows: Iran’s Ex-President Woos Saudi Crown Prince as Pen Pal

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, known in the West for his Holocaust denial and disputed re-election in 2009, writes a warm letter to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, calling him a man of peace.

#ahmadinejad-mahmoud, #houthis, #iran, #khamenei-ali, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #politics-and-government, #saudi-arabia

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A Saudi Spy Chief Hid Abroad. With Appeals and Threats, M.B.S. Tried to Bring Him Back

To try to force a former Saudi intelligence officer to return to the kingdom, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman asked for his help, targeted his family and sought to have him arrested abroad.

#aljabri-saad, #interpol-international-criminal-police-organization, #khashoggi-jamal, #leahy-patrick-j, #mohammed-bin-nayef, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #salman-king-of-saudi-arabia, #saudi-arabia

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U.K. Says It Will Resume Arms to Saudi Arabia

Military sales were suspended over concerns about Saudi human rights violations in Yemen. Now, Britain argues that Saudi violations there are “isolated incidents.”

#arms-trade, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #great-britain, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #khashoggi-jamal, #magnitsky-sergei-l, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #riyadh-saudi-arabia, #yemen

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Trial of 20 Saudis in Jamal Khashoggi Killing Opens in Turkey

Supporters of the slain journalist expressed hope that the proceedings would offer a chance for justice. The defendants are to be tried in absentia.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #news-and-news-media, #saudi-arabia, #turkey

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Late Action on Virus Prompts Fears Over Safety of U.S. Diplomats in Saudi Arabia

Surging outbreaks in the U.S. Embassy and the kingdom and quiet congressional pressure led the State Department belatedly to allow voluntary departures. Some demand more action.

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Pompeo Aide Who Pushed Saudi Arms Sale Said to Have Pressured Inspector General

Congress is looking into whether Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked President Trump to fire Steve Linick, the department’s inspector general, to retaliate for investigations.

#arms-trade, #inspectors-general, #linick-steve-a, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #pompeo-mike, #pompeo-susan, #raytheon-company, #state-department, #trump-donald-j

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Khashoggi’s Son Says Family Pardons His Father’s Killers

The pardon effectively ends the prospect that any of the men who killed Jamal Khashoggi will be executed.

#istanbul-turkey, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #politics-and-government, #saudi-arabia, #targeted-killings, #washington-post

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Jailed Saudis Seek Influence in Washington to Counter Crown Prince

Some are hiring lobbyists with links to the Trump administration, looking to build support at a time when the de facto Saudi ruler is beset by economic problems and criticism over human rights violations.

#fontenrose-kirsten, #foreign-agents-registration-act, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #mohammed-bin-nayef, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #salman-king-of-saudi-arabia, #saudi-arabia, #turki-prince-of-saudi-arabia, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Saudi Arabia’s Big Dreams and Easy Living Hit a Wall

The coronavirus pandemic and falling oil prices have yanked the rug out from under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s development plans and curbed government largess.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #middle-east, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #saudi-arabia

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Why Bombs Made in America Have Been Killing Civilians in Yemen

President Trump sees arms deals as jobs generators for firms like Raytheon, which has made billions in sales to the Saudi coalition. The Obama administration initially backed the Saudis too, but later regretted it as thousands died.

#arms-trade, #bannon-stephen-k, #civilian-casualties, #corker-robert-phillips-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-contracts, #esper-mark-t, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kennedy-thomas-a, #khashoggi-jamal, #kushner-jared, #menendez-robert, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #national-security-council, #navarro-peter, #obama-barack, #pompeo-mike, #raytheon-company, #saudi-arabia, #state-department, #tillerson-rex-w, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yemen

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Saudi Arabia’s ‘Um Haroun’ Ignites Arab Debate on Jews and Israel

Fans have praised a hit TV series for promoting religious diversity. Critics say it encourages “normalization” with Israel and betrays the Palestinian cause.

#jews-and-judaism, #mbc-group, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #muslims-and-islam, #palestinians, #persian-gulf, #politics-and-government, #ramadan, #saudi-arabia, #television

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As Fighting Surges, Yemen Is Hit With 1st Cluster of Covid-19 Infections

A handful of coronavirus cases in Aden appeared to confirm fears that the virus has been spreading, stoking concerns of an outbreak that could quickly overwhelm Yemen’s devastated health system.

#aden-yemen, #cholera, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #floods, #houthis, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #yemen

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War Within War: As Saudi Prince Edges Away from Yemen, His Allies Feud

A declaration of self-rule by Yemeni separatists has complicated Saudi efforts to withdraw from the war.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-and-military-forces, #hadi-abdu-rabbu-mansour, #houthis, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #saudi-arabia, #southern-transitional-council, #united-arab-emirates, #yemen

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Saudi Arabia Abolishes Flogging as a Punishment for Crime

The most high-profile flogging in recent years was of the Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes on charges of insulting Islam.

#badawi-raif, #capital-punishment, #corporal-punishment, #fines-penalties, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #political-prisoners, #saudi-arabia

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After a Year of Silence, a Jailed Saudi Princess Appeals for Help

The detentions of a prince and princess add to the tally of royals who have been locked up during the rise of the kingdom’s powerful crown prince.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #detainees, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #london-england, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #politics-and-government, #royal-families, #saudi-arabia, #womens-rights

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Oil Nations, Prodded by Trump, Reach Deal to Slash Production

The deal will reduce output by 9.7 million barrels a day. While significant, the cut falls far short of what is needed to bring oil production in line with demand.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #organization-of-the-petroleum-exporting-countries, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #saudi-arabia, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Had Been Lying Low. That’s Over.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman seemed to be keeping a low profile. Then he detained senior members of the royal family and started an oil price war.

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Saudi Arabia: Three Members of Royal Family Are Arrested

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has detained a brother of the king, a former crown prince and a cousin, royals who may have been seen as threats to his rule.

#mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #saudi-arabia

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