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Saudi king, crown prince meet Khashoggi family

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with family members of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Riyadh on Tuesday, state media said. 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. Khashoggi -- a Washington Post contributor and critic of the crown prince -- was killed after entering the Saudi…

Saudi Arabian king, crown prince congratulate Imran Khan on election victory

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has congratulated Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on his party’s victory in the July 25 general elections. The custodian of the two holy mosques conveyed best wishes from the Kingdom of the Saudi Arabia and its people for the progress and prosperity of the people of Pakistan. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman also conveyed his felicitations to the PTI chief and prime minister designate on his party’s success in the general elections.…

Saudi Crown Prince commits to interfaith tolerance, says Anglican church

LONDON: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met the head of the Anglican church in London on Thursday and promised to promote interfaith dialogue as part of his domestic reforms, the British faith leader’s office said. Prince Mohammed is making an official visit to London to promote Saudi Arabia as a tolerant, modernizing economy and build a wider trade and investment relationship with Britain, a long-term defense ally. On the second full day of his first foreign tour since becoming heir apparent to the Saudi throne…

UK’s May defends Saudi ties as crown prince gets royal welcome in London

LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May defended Britain’s links to security ally Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Queen Elizabeth for lunch on a high profile to London that has drawn protests over Riyadh’s human rights record. A fiery exchange in parliament between May and opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn underlined tension in Britain over the trip, which is aimed at building a broader economic partnership between the two countries, but has sparked protests about human rights and…

Saudi Arabia, Egypt sign $10bn mega city deal: source

CAIRO: Saudi Arabia and Egypt have set up a $10 billion joint fund to develop a mega city, a Saudi government source said on Monday, as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visits Cairo. The deal is aimed at developing the Egyptian side of NEOM, the futuristic project straddling Saudi Arabia and Jordan which was unveiled by Prince Mohammed last October as part of plans to diversify the kingdom's oil-dependent economy. "Saudi Arabia signed (an) investment agreement with Egypt to develop Egyptian lands in the south of Sinai…

Riyadh still holds 95 suspects as anti-graft probe winds down

RIYADH: Saudi authorities are still holding 95 suspects in an anti-corruption drive targeting the kingdom's elite, a report said Wednesday, as the campaign winds down nearly three months after it was launched by the crown prince. Authorities rounded up some 350 suspects since November 4, including billionaire princes and ministers who were detained in Riyadh's luxury Ritz-Carlton hotel. Most detainees agreed on financial settlements in "cash, real estate and other assets" in exchange for their freedom, Saudi-owned Al…

Kuwait arrests five over video deemed offensive to crown prince

DUBAI: Kuwait arrested five suspects accused of posting a video on social media considered offensive to the Gulf state’s crown prince, the interior ministry said on Tuesday. The accused were government employees with positions at “important institutions within the state”, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency KUNA. In recent days, a clip has circulated on social media showing the crown prince jabbing his finger at dignitaries at a Gulf football event, apparently trying to tell them who…

Key global events in 2017: A year of shocks and surprises

From the inauguration of US President Donald Trump, to the escalation of the North Korea crisis, and Brexit negotiations, 2017 has been a rather eventful year. The Middle East witnesses several key events such as Qatar diplomatic crisis, Muhammad Bin Salman becoming Crown Prince, and Yemen's war further worsened. Europe saw Macron as youngest president of France, and  German chancellor Merkel receives fourth term. Both leaders attempt to take reigns of world leadership. In Africa, Zimbabwe saw the reign of dictator…