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Concern Grows as Saudi Arabia Arrests Dozens

Authorities say they're preventing coup; activists say they're crushing dissent

(Newser) - Activists say authorities in Saudi Arabia have arrested at least 40 people—including clerics, scholars, and political commentators—in the past week, the Wall Street Journal reports. Saudi authorities, who won't name or quantify the arrested, say they were working against the government on behalf of foreign powers, according... More »

Don't Discount Kushner's Mideast Peace Push Just Yet

David Ignatius writes that the prospects for Israeli-Arab cooperation aren't so bad

(Newser) - Jared Kushner continued his long-shot quest for Mideast peace on Thursday in meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, but as the AP account of the sessions notes, expectations are low and skepticism high. As they probably should be, writes David Ignatius in the Washington Post . Still, he finds a kernel... More »

Saudi Kid Arrested After Dancing to an Old Hit

It was the 'Macarena,' and he did it on a public street

(Newser) - Doing the "Macarena" in traffic is a no-no in Saudi Arabia. That's what one hip-swirling teen learned after being caught on a video since gone viral, jamming to the hit tune from the mid-'90s. Saudi police said they arrested the 14-year-old on Tuesday for "improper public... More »

Would You Take a Luxury Vacation to Saudi Arabia?

Keep in mind: It bans alcohol, requires women to wear full-length robes

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia is making a play to put itself on the "international tourism map," the Telegraph reports. According to Bloomberg , the country has announced plans to build luxury resorts on more than 13,000 square miles of Red Sea coastline, including "50 untouched natural islands." The... More »

Inside the Saudi Shakeup: Pain Pills, a Young Prince's Plot

Sources tell 'New York Times,' Reuters that the ouster is more than it seems

(Newser) - Late June brought a shocker in the Middle East: a shake-up in Saudi Arabia's line of succession , with King Salman's nephew stripped of his next-in-line status and the title of crown prince handed to Salman's 31-year-old son, Mohammed bin Salman . Now, a second jolt via a New ... More »

Saudi Arabia Closes Case Over Miniskirt Video

It's a rare win for women's rights advocates in the country

(Newser) - A woman detained in Saudi Arabia for wearing a miniskirt and crop top in a video that went viral has been released without charge, reports the AP . Police in Saudi Arabia had arrested the young Saudi woman for wearing "immodest clothes" after an outcry from people who say she... More »

Saudi Police Arrest Woman in Miniskirt Video

She ignited a debate on Twitter after her post

(Newser) - Police in Saudi Arabia have arrested a young woman who wore a miniskirt in public and who had posted the video online, sparking an outcry from people who say she flagrantly violated the kingdom's conservative Islamic dress code. Saudi Arabia's state-run TV reported Tuesday that police in the... More »

Qatar Warns Neighbors as Deadline Is Extended

'We stand ready to defend our country'

(Newser) - Arab nations extended a deadline early Monday for Qatar to respond to their list of demands in a diplomatic crisis roiling the Gulf, saying Kuwait's emir requested the delay as part of his efforts to mediate the dispute. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain cut off... More »

Saudi's Former Crown Prince Rumored to Be on Lockdown

Per a 'NYT' report on Mohammed bin Nayef, which a Saudi official calls 'baseless'

(Newser) - Last week's commotion in Saudi Arabia over the line of succession seems to have quieted down, but that may be because the deposed crown prince has been hidden away so he can't cause trouble for the new one. Per the New York Times , four sources noted to be... More »

Despite Protests, Egypt Hands Over Red Sea Islands to Saudis

At least 120 were arrested protesting the decision earlier this month

(Newser) - Egypt's president on Saturday ratified a disputed 2016 agreement under which his country would transfer control of two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. News of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's ratification of the maritime border demarcation agreement with Saudi Arabia came in a Cabinet statement, which appeared to... More »

Neighbors Order Qatar to Shut Down al-Jazeera

Closing broadcaster is among newly issued demands

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries that have cut ties to Qatar issued a steep list of demands Thursday to end the crisis, insisting that their Persian Gulf neighbor shutter broadcaster al-Jazeera, cut back diplomatic ties to Iran, and sever all ties with the Muslim Brotherhood. In a 13-point list—... More »

Trump Had Another Win This Week: Saudi Arabia

New crown prince is a key ally of the new administration

(Newser) - Quick, name a candidate favored by President Trump who scored a victory this week. Sure, Karen Handel in Georgia and Ralph Norman in South Carolina come to mind, but the New York Times points out another: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia. It wasn't an election, of... More »

Saudi Crown Prince Stripped of Title

King Salman upends line of royal succession

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Wednesday appointed his 31-year-old son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince, placing him firmly as first-in-line to the throne and removing the country's counterterrorism czar and a figure well-known to Washington from the royal line of succession. In a series of royal decrees... More »

This Time, Qatar Might Be in Real Trouble

Arab neighbors sever ties, and analysts think Saudis feel more emboldened to act

(Newser) - The decision by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and other Arab nations to sever ties with Qatar on Monday reflects a long-standing dispute between Qatar and its regional neighbors. In fact, a similar fallout happened in 2014, but Monday's events mark a "severe escalation" that could... More »

Arab Nations Cut Ties to Qatar

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, others accuse Gulf country of backing extremist groups

(Newser) - Six Arab nations cut diplomatic ties to Qatar early Monday, further deepening a rift among Gulf Arab nations over that country's support for Islamist groups. Bahrain and Saudi Arabia first made the move, followed by the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Yemen, and Libya, reports the BBC . The nations were... More »

Big Lines From Trump's Saudi Speech

He takes a more moderate tone toward Islam

(Newser) - President Trump addressed the Muslim world on Sunday, taking a more moderate tone than he did as a presidential candidate, when he declared that "Islam hates us," reports the New York Times . On Sunday, in his speech in Saudi Arabia to Muslim leaders from around the world, he... More »

No Headscarf for Melania, Ivanka Despite Trump Tweet

'They were insulted. We have enuf enemies'

(Newser) - Neither Melania nor Ivanka Trump wore a headscarf after arriving in Saudi Arabia for President Trump's first trip abroad, the BBC reports. In fact, none of the women in the president's entourage wore one. It turns out that while sharia law requires Saudi women to wear a headscarf,... More »

Trump Arrives in Saudi Arabia

King Salman gives him nation's highest civilian honor

(Newser) - President Trump, in the first stop of his maiden trip abroad, received a regal welcome Saturday in Saudi Arabia, feted by the wealthy kingdom as he aims to forge strong alliances to combat terrorism while pushing past the multiple controversies threatening to engulf his administration. Trump arrived in Riyadh after... More »

Trump's Foreign Trip Is Unlike That of Any Past President

Will visit 'homelands and holy sites of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths'

(Newser) - "No president has ever visited the homelands and holy sites of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths all on one trip," says National Security Adviser HR McMaster—and President Trump's critics say there are probably good reasons why. Trump departs Friday for an ambitious first foreign trip... More »

Toby Keith Will Join Trump in Saudi Arabia

The musician will be playing a men-only concert in the capital

(Newser) - American country singer Toby Keith, known for songs such as "Whiskey Girl" and "Beer For My Horses," is scheduled to perform in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, this weekend in an event that coincides with President Trump's first overseas visit, the AP reports. Saudi entertainment website Lammt,... More »

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