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Saudi Arabia Just Executed a Prince

Prince Turki fatally shot a friend in 2012

(Newser) - Being a royal won't save your life in Saudi Arabia if you're convicted of murder. Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabir, who fatally shot a friend in a "group quarrel" at a desert camp in December 2012, was executed in Riyadh on Tuesday, state media reports, per CNN... More »

Saudi Prince, 28, Accused of Sex Assault at LA Mansion

Majed Abdulaziz al-Saud allegedly tried to force a worker to perform oral sex on him

(Newser) - A Saudi prince was arrested Wednesday in Los Angeles for allegedly attempting to force a worker to perform oral sex on him, the Los Angeles Times reports. A neighbor tells the paper that someone described as "a resident" reportedly saw a bloody woman attempting to climb over the 8-foot-high... More »

Saudi Princess Nabbed for Human Trafficking: Cops

Kenyan woman was 'held captive'

(Newser) - A Saudi princess has been arrested after she allegedly held a Kenyan woman "captive against (her) will," requiring her to perform domestic duties some 16 hours a day, seven days a week, for just $220 a month, California prosecutors say. The Saudi woman, Meshael Alayban, 42, has been... More »

Egypt Rights Group Blasts Saudi Flogging of Designer

Wedding planner also jailed after dispute with royal family

(Newser) - An Egyptian designer's sentence—500 lashes and five years in prison over a business feud—has human rights activists up in arms. Designer and wedding planner Nagla Wafa was accused of cashing a Saudi princess's check while bailing on a plan to open a restaurant together, the Los ... More »

Mom Fighting Saudi Prince for Daughter Falls to Death

Cohen-Ahnine wanted daughter back from Sattam al-Saud

(Newser) - A French woman embroiled in a custody dispute over her daughter with a Saudi prince plunged to her death last week in Paris—and her lawyer says it was not suicide. Candice Cohen-Ahnine, 35, even told relatives she felt "threatened" several days before falling from her fourth-floor apartment off... More »

Saudi Royal's Aide Gets 10 Years for NYC Hotel Rape

Prince's pal had 'sense of entitlement,' court hears

(Newser) - A member of a Saudi prince's entourage has been sentenced to ten years in prison for raping one woman and trying to rape another in Manhattan's Plaza Hotel. Prosecutors said 61-year-old Mustapha Ouanes lured a 26-year-old bartender and her friend back to the plush hotel with promises of... More »

Cops Nab Saudi Princess Bailing on $7.5M Hotel Bill

Maha al-Sudani allegedly tried to run off at 3:30am

(Newser) - Etiquette lesson of the day, folks: Paying for things is generally considered polite, even if you're royalty and have diplomatic immunity. This lesson was apparently lost on Saudi Princess Maha al-Sudani (ex to Crown Prince Nayef ben Abdel Aziz), who was caught last week trying to sneak out of... More »

Saudi Prince Buys $300M Stake in Twitter

Billionaire calls microblogging buy a strategic investment

(Newser) - The richest man in the Arab world has bought a big stake in the social media service that has helped protesters in the region organize. Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has paid $300 million for a stake of around 3% in Twitter, the Wall Street Journal reports. "Social... More »

Saudi Royal Offers $900K for Capture of Israeli Soldier

Prince brings cleric's bounty to $1M

(Newser) - Israel's freeing of a thousand Palestinian prisoners in return for one captured soldier must have sounded like a pretty good deal to Prince Khaled bin Talal. The Saudi royal, brother of billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, has added $900,000 to a prominent Saudi cleric's offer of $100,... More »

Saudis Funded al-Qaeda, Enabled 9/11 Attacks: Suit

Claims country backed banks, charities that supported terrorist group

(Newser) - A syndicate of Britain’s Lloyd’s insurance company is suing Saudi Arabia on the assertion that the country gave material support to al-Qaeda in the years before 9/11, the Independent reports. The syndicate wants repayment of the $215 million it gave to victims of the 9/11 attacks; the company... More »

Saudi Prince Faces Revived Rape Case

Spanish court reopens alleged attack on 20-year-old model

(Newser) - A Spanish court has reopened a rape case against Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, a man Forbes recently dubbed the richest man in the Arab world. Prince Alaweed allegedly drugged and raped a 20-year-old model aboard a luxury yacht in the Mediterranean in August 2008,... More »

Cables Reveal Saudi Royals' Money Grabs

US messages detail royal welfare program, and royal schemes

(Newser) - The handouts Saudi King Abdullah is granting to his people are nothing compared to the handouts his family's thousands of princes and princesses have received over the past two decades. American diplomatic cables recently released by WikiLeaks detail the royal welfare program, which has cost the country an estimated $2... More »

As Mideast Seethes, Saudis Stand Alone

Kingdom feels encircled by enemies around the region

(Newser) - Popular unrest roiling the Middle East is is rocking the ultra-rich, ultra-conservative kingdom of Saudi Arabia, leaving its rulers feeling isolated both from regional allies and the United States alike, reports the New York Times . King Abdullah has called President Obama at least twice to voice his concerns about Egypt,... More »

Saudi Prince Guilty of Aide's Savage Murder

King's grandson beat, strangled, bit servant

(Newser) - A Saudi prince who beat, strangled, and bit his servant to death in a London hotel has been found guilty of murder. Prosecutors, who showed video of the prince kicking and punching the servant inside a hotel elevator, said the savage killing was linked to sex, CNN notes. The prince,... More »

Saudi Prince Held in London Murder

Royal arrested after aide found beaten to death in hotel

(Newser) - A Saudi prince has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man believed to have been part of his entourage was found battered to death in a 5-star London hotel. Detectives were called in after staffers found the body at the Landmark Hotel, the Telegraph reports. The victim, a... More »

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