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Husband Decides to Divorce New Wife on Wedding Night

She reportedly wouldn't get off her phone

(Newser) - The honeymoon did not last long for a Saudi bride whose new husband told her "minutes" after their wedding ceremony that the marriage was over, Gulf News reports, citing a local newspaper. His reason? The new bride reportedly refused to get off her cellphone. A relative says that the... More »

How I Told My Children Their Father Had Been Lashed

Ensaf Haidar on the aftermath of Raif Badawi's first set of 50 lashes

(Newser) - "Will you promise me that you'll ... not tell the children?" So asked Saudi blogger Raif Badawi of his wife when he called in early January 2015 to break the news that the first 50 lashes of the 1,000 he had been sentenced by his country to receive... More »

Senate OKs Bill to Let 9/11 Victims Sue Saudis

Congress on collision course with the White House

(Newser) - The Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia, rejecting the fierce objections of a US ally and setting Congress on a collision course with the Obama administration, the AP reports. The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, approved... More »

CIA Chief: 9/11 '28 Pages' Should Stay in Vault

He says information would cause people to wrongly blame Saudis

(Newser) - Some 28 pages of classified information believed to link Saudi Arabia to the 9/11 attacks are in a guarded vault —and that's where CIA Director John Brennan says they should stay. On NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday, Brennan said the documents contain "a combination of... More »

Saudi Prince's Plan: End Kingdom's 'Oil Addiction'

Prince Mohammed bin Salman wants to boost global investment, get away from reliance on oil

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia's 30-year-old deputy crown prince is looking toward the future with his new "Vision 2030" plan—a plan that includes pulling the kingdom out of its overreliance on oil and leaning more on non-oil investment to transform it into a global power, Reuters reports. "We will... More »

Obama May Release Top-Secret 9/11 Pages

Ex-senator leading push to declassify says 'all the evidence' points to Saudis

(Newser) - It's long been speculated that Saudi Arabia played a major role in 9/11, and the so-called "28 pages" that have been locked up for years in the Capitol's basement may soon shed light on the matter if they are released by President Obama—a move that's... More »

Obama in Saudi Arabia, and 9/11 Looms Large

Tensions are especially fraught with an old ally

(Newser) - President Obama landed in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday morning at a time when relations between the two countries are especially dicey. Here's a look:
  • USA Today digs into five big issues, most notably a bill in Congress that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue the Saudis. Friction
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Pentagon Releases 9 Guantanamo Inmates

The men had been held for approximately 14 years without charges

(Newser) - Nine prisoners have been released from Guantanamo and sent to Saudi Arabia, dropping the inmate population at the infamous prison to 80, Reuters reports. The release was announced Saturday by the Pentagon. All nine prisoners were Yemeni men captured during the war in Afghanistan, according the New York Times . They... More »

Saudi Arabia Threatens US Economy Over 9/11 Bill

It says it would sell up to $750B in American assets if the bill passes

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia is threatening to sell $750 billion worth of American assets if Congress passes a bill that could lead to it being tried for the Sept. 11 attacks, the New York Times reports. According to RT , the bipartisan bill, which passed the judiciary committee in January, would tweak the... More »

28 Pages From the 9/11 Report Sit Hidden in a Vault

'60 Minutes' shines a light on what has been kept secret since 2003

(Newser) - As former Florida Sen. Bob Graham told 60 Minutes on Sunday, he's been on a quest since 2003. His mission: Get the so-called "28 pages"—classified pages from a congressional report that are said to detail suspected Saudi Arabian support given to the 9/11 attackers—brought out... More »

Egypt Gives Saudis 2 Strategic Islands

Territory ceded during royal visit to Cairo

(Newser) - A gift fit for a king? Saudi Arabia's King Salman is visiting Cairo, and Egypt has agreed to hand two small but strategic islands over to his country, the New York Times reports. The country's Cabinet announced on Saturday that it had agreed to give up control of... More »

Women Land Plane in Country That Doesn't Allow Them to Drive

They're Royal Brunei Airlines' first all-female pilot crew

(Newser) - Royal Brunei Airlines' first all-female pilot crew landed in Saudi Arabia last month to celebrate Brunei's National Day. It was a bit of an ironic moment—a fact not lost on the Telegraph , which states it highlighted "the absurdity of laws preventing women from driving cars." Women... More »

Eyeing Oil Prices, Russia, Saudis Agree to Freeze Output

OPEC members Qatar, Venezuela also on board—but they want Iran, Iraq as well

(Newser) - Russia's energy minister said Tuesday his country has agreed with OPEC members Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Venezuela to freeze oil production levels if other producers do the same. The ministry quoted Energy Minister Alexander Novak following an unexpected, closed-door meeting in the Qatari capital of Doha. The Wall Street ... More »

Twitter Erupts After Saudi Cleric Says Chess Is Forbidden

The game 'wastes time and money and causes rivalry and enmity'

(Newser) - A video clip of Saudi Arabia's top cleric saying that the game of chess is "forbidden" in Islam because it wastes time and leads to rivalry and enmity among people has provoked heated debate, and widespread criticism, among Arabic Twitter users. The clip was shared on YouTube in... More »

Saudi Arabia Is Snapping Up US Farmland

Farmers worry about 'exporting water'

(Newser) - In Southwestern states, including Arizona and California, the Saudis are making hay while the sun shines, and local farmers aren't happy about it. Last week, a Saudi company bought 1,790 acres of farmland in Blythe, Calif., the Saudi Gazette reports, adding to the amount of farmland bought by... More »

Iran: Saudi-Led Airstrike Hit Our Embassy in Yemen

Reporter sees no visible damage as tensions rise after Shiite cleric's execution

(Newser) - More Saudi-Iran trouble Thursday morning: Tehran accused the Saudi-led coalition battling Shiite rebels in Yemen of bombing its embassy there in an overnight airstrike. However, an AP reporter who reached the site just after the announcement by Iran's state-run news agency said the embassy was still standing without any... More »

Another Country Yanks Ambassador From Tehran

Iran says Saudis 'can't cover up their crime'

(Newser) - Kuwait announced on Tuesday it has recalled its ambassador to Iran over attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions, making it the latest Arab ally of Saudi Arabia to line up behind the kingdom amid rising regional tensions following its execution of a leading Shiite cleric and opposition figure. Sudan and the... More »

Fallout Deepens Over Saudi-Iran Rift

Bahrain severs ties with Tehran as US worries about effect on ISIS fight

(Newser) - The fallout in the Muslim world over Saudi Arabia's execution of a Shiite cleric is only getting worse. After Iranian protesters broke into the Saudi embassy in Tehran to protest, Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic ties with Iran, and now Bahrain has done the same, reports the BBC . The United... More »

Saudi Arabia to Iran: We're Done

Conflict grows over execution of Shiekh Nimr al-Nimr

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia is severing diplomatic ties with Iran amid spiking tensions over the execution of a prominent Saudi Shiite cleric. Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir said late Sunday evening that Iranian diplomatic personnel had 48 hours to leave the country and all Saudi diplomatic personnel in Iran were being recalled... More »

After Execution, Iran Warns Saudis of 'Divine Revenge'

Embassy stormed, unrest deepens after Shiite cleric killed with 46 others

(Newser) - Iran's top leader on Sunday warned Saudi Arabia of "divine revenge" over the execution of an opposition Shiite cleric while Riyadh accused Tehran of supporting terrorism, escalating a war of words hours after protesters stormed the Saudi Embassy in Tehran. The execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr on Saturday... More »

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