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Steps From Kim Kardashian Robbery, Thieves Hit a Princess

Saudi princess says $925K worth of jewels was stolen from her Paris hotel suite

(Newser) - Police have stepped up their presence in a Paris neighborhood ever since Kim Kardashian endured a frightening jewel robbery in her hotel there in 2016. That didn't stop another apparent heist on Friday afternoon from the Paris Ritz, where an unnamed Saudi princess said jewels worth more than $925,... More »

In This Conflict, Everybody Is Accused of War Crimes

UN investigators say all parties in the war in Yemen are guilty of atrocities

(Newser) - The conflict in Yemen may be a complex international issue, but UN investigators have just found a depressing common denominator: A new fact-finding reports suggests that all parties to the conflict are guilty of war crimes, reports the BBC . That largely means three groups: The Yemen government, the Houthi rebels... More »

In a First, Saudis May Behead Female Human-Rights Activist

Canada continues to push back

(Newser) - In the midst of a fight with Canada over female human-rights activists, Saudi Arabia plans to behead one. The country's public prosecutor is seeking the death penalty against five activists, including Israa al-Ghomgham of the Shia Muslim minority, who documented mass protests in the Eastern Province beginning in 2011,... More »

So What's Going On With Tesla, Elon Musk?

The SEC wants to know, and rapper Azealia Banks has some theories

(Newser) - It sure has been an interesting week for Tesla CEO Elon Musk, and things might get worse before they get better. The controversy began last Tuesday when Musk startled his own company board by announcing that he might take Tesla private and, in fact, had "funding secured." Now... More »

'We Don't Have a Single Friend': World Leaves Canada in the Cold

Neither the US nor UK backs Canada in Saudi spat

(Newser) - Canada's growing rift with the US has included tense trade talks and tit-for-tat remarks . Now the US is among countries leaving Canucks in the diplomatic cold over their spat with Saudi Arabia, the Guardian reports. "It's up for the government of Saudi Arabia and the Canadians to... More »

Kids on Bus Killed in Yemen Airstrike

Saudi-led coalition launched the attack after rebels fired at the kingdom

(Newser) - An airstrike hit a bus in a market in northern Yemen on Thursday, killing at least 43 people, including children, and wounding as many as 63, according to Yemen's rebel-run Health Ministry. The airstrike came from the Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite Houthi rebels in the country, and the coalition... More »

Saudi Group Threatens Canada, Quickly Has to Backpedal

Kingdom is feuding with Canucks over women's rights

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia shut down the Twitter account of a government-linked youth group after it escalated the kingdom's dispute with Canada by appearing to threaten a 9/11-style attack on Toronto. The Infographic KSA site posted an image of an Air Canada plane flying toward the CN Tower, with the caption... More »

Angry Saudis Order Canadian Ambassador to Leave Country

Country had criticized arrest of women's rights activists, Riyadh is not having it

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia on Monday ordered the Canadian ambassador to leave the kingdom within 24 hours after his nation criticized the recent arrest of women's rights activists. The Saudi Foreign Ministry also said it would freeze "all new business" between the kingdom and Canada, the AP reports. Some 10%... More »

Bin Laden's Mom Speaks of 'Cult' in First Interview

Saudi Arabian crown prince OKs interview with Alia Ghanem

(Newser) - In journalism parlance, securing an impressive interview is called a "get," and Martin Chulov got one. In an article for the Guardian that he writes is the first time Osama bin Laden's mother has spoken out, Chulov explains that Saudi Arabia's new leadership is a contributing... More »

Saudis 'Opposed to the Right to Drive' Torch Woman's Car

She was threatened as soon as she started to drive

(Newser) - Saudi women are now finally allowed to drive —and not everybody in the conservative kingdom is happy about it. Salma al-Sharif, a 31-year-old cashier who used to spend close to half her salary on car services for herself and her elderly parents, says driving a car caused her to... More »

Oil Prices Are Rising. Trump Claims He Made a Saudi Deal

In Saturday tweet, president says King Salman has vowed to boost oil production

(Newser) - After a couple of early morning tweets that defended ICE, President Trump followed that up Saturday with an unrelated announcement: that he'd received assurances from Saudi Arabia's King Salman that the kingdom will increase oil production, "maybe up to 2,000,000 barrels," in response to... More »

It's a Big Day for Saudi Women

The driving ban is finally lifted

(Newser) - Saudi women are in the driver's seat for the first time in their country and steering their way through busy city streets just minutes after the world's last remaining ban on women driving was lifted on Sunday, the AP reports. It's a euphoric and historic moment for... More »

10 Women in Saudi Arabia Get Licenses

Country issues first driver's licenses in advance of lifting ban on women driving

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia issued its first driver's licenses to 10 women on Monday as the kingdom prepared to lift the world's only ban on women driving in three weeks, but some who campaigned for the right to drive remain under arrest. A government statement said the 10 women who... More »

Jackie O's Childhood Home Now Belongs to Saudi Arabia

Government purchases estate in McLean, Va., for record $43M

(Newser) - Jackie Kennedy Onassis' childhood home is now in the hands of the Saudi government following what a real estate agent describes as the most expensive residential sale ever in the Washington, DC, area. The seven-acre Merrywood estate in the DC suburb of McLean, Va., nabbed by AOL co-founder Steve Case... More »

Middle East Countries May Have Helped Trump Win Election

Mueller investigating 2016 meeting at Trump Tower

(Newser) - Seems Donald Trump Jr. had another meeting with foreigners during the election that Robert Mueller's team is investigating, the New York Times reports. According to insiders, Trump Jr. met with a small group at Trump Tower in August 2016: an envoy for two Arab princes, an Israeli expert in... More »

US Spends More on War Than Next 7 Nations Combined

China is a distant 2nd

(Newser) - A "near-constant state of war" is just one of the reasons the US spends more than any other country in the world on its military—by a long shot. If the next seven major military spenders combined their funds, they still wouldn't measure up, according to a list... More »

In First 4 Months of the Year, Saudi Arabia Beheaded 48

And half of those people were charged with non-violent drug crimes

(Newser) - Human Rights Watch is calling on Saudi Arabia to fix its "notoriously unfair criminal justice system" after revealing that over the past four months, 48 people have been executed in the country. Half of those people were put to death over non-violent drug charges, the group says. Rights experts... More »

Saudi Arabia Just Made History

With a 'Black Panther' screening

(Newser) - The lights dimmed and the crowd of men and women erupted into applause and hoots as Hollywood's blockbuster Black Panther premiered in Saudi Arabia's first movie theater . Though it was a private, invitation-only screening on Wednesday evening, for many Saudis it marked one of the clearest moments of... More »

Black Panther to Make History Again

It'll be first film shown in Saudi Arabia in 35 years

(Newser) - Black Panther is one of the top 10 highest grossing movies of all time, with a worldwide box office tally of more than $1.279 billion, per Deadline . Its historic run isn't over: The Marvel film will be the first shown in Saudi Arabia as the country lifts its... More »

Saudi Prince Makes Rare Concession to Israel

Mohammed bin Salman says Israelis have right to live on their own land

(Newser) - The crown prince of Saudi Arabia is in the midst of a long US trip looking to drum up business and support for the kingdom he may inherit soon, and Mohammed bin Salman has made headlines with a newly published interview in the Atlantic on two points:
  • Israel: The prince,
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