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Saudi Arabia to host first Arab Fashion Week

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is set to host in March its first ever Arab Fashion Week, the Arab Fashion Council announced Monday. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the powerful heir to the Saudi throne, has been leading a drive to reform the country's dependence on oil, including expanding the private sector and empowering women. The Dubai-based Arab Fashion Council said on its website that fashion week would be held in Riyadh from March 26 to March 31, with a second edition already scheduled for October. Arab Fashion Week…

Saudi Arabia releases two sons of late King Abdullah after graft probe

Saudi Arabia has released two sons of late king Abdullah two months after they were detained in a sweeping anti-corruption purge, a source close to the government said Friday. "They have been released," the source said a day after a family member posted photos of Prince Faisal bin Abdullah, a former head of the Saudi Red Crescent, and Prince Mashal bin Abdullah, a previous governor of Mecca, on Twitter. Prince Turki bin Abdullah was the only brother left in detention, the source said, without adding if his brothers had…

Riyadh rejects reports of prince’s death in graft purge

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Tuesday roundly rejected reports that a prominent prince had been killed in a sweeping anti-corruption purge of the kingdom's elite. Prince Abdulaziz bin Fahd, a son of the late king Fahd, was rumoured to have been killed in custody or while resisting arrest amid the crackdown at the weekend. The hashtag "death of Prince Abdulaziz bin Fahd" has since featured on social media, fuelling fevered speculation online. "There is no truth whatsoever to rumours circulating in media concerning Prince…

Saudi official denies former crown prince confined to palace

RIYADH: A senior Saudi official on Thursday denied as "baseless" a New York Times report that Prince Mohammed bin Nayef has been confined to his palace and barred from traveling abroad after being replaced by the king's son as next in line to the throne. The official told Reuters that Mohammed bin Nayef, a veteran interior minister, was continuing to host guests and there were no restrictions at all on his or his family's movements. Mohammed bin Nayef, who was admired in Washington for quashing an al Qaeda insurgency…