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Musk Clashes With Prince Over Twitter Takeover

He fires back after Saudi shareholder Prince Alwaleed bin Talal rejects takeover bid

(Newser) - In the latest twist in Elon Musk's quest to buy Twitter, the Tesla CEO is clashing with a billionaire Saudi prince. Musk fired back Thursday after Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a major Twitter shareholder, said he rejects Musk's takeover bid, al-Jazeera reports. "I don't believe that...

2 Trump Team Alums Score Hefty Saudi Deals

NYT: Jared Kushner gets $2B and Steven Mnuchin $1B for respective investment funds

(Newser) - Two big names from the Trump administration have struck lucrative deals with Saudi Arabia for their investment funds. The New York Times reports that Jared Kushner received $2 billion from the nation's Public Investment Fund for his firm Affinity Equity and that former Treasury chief Steven Mnuchin got $1...

Turkey Moves Khashoggi Murder Trial to ... Saudi Arabia

Country is now accused of trying to cover up its findings as it seeks to restore relations

(Newser) - A court in Turkey has transferred the trial over Jamal Khashoggi's murder to Saudi Arabia, which is unlikely to even hear it, wiping away hopes from some human rights advocates that justice can finally be achieved for the journalist who was killed and dismembered inside the Saudi Consulate in...

Kingdom Sets Modern-Day High for Executions
Saudi Arabia
Executes 81
in One Day

Saudi Arabia Executes 81 in One Day

Toll is a modern-day high for the kingdom

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia on Saturday executed 81 people convicted of crimes including killings and belonging to militant groups, the largest known mass execution carried out in the kingdom in its modern history. The number of executed surpassed even the toll of a January 1980 mass execution of the 63 militants convicted...

After 20 Years, Suspected '20th Hijacker' Leaves Gitmo

Mohammad Ahmad al-Qahtani has been flown back to Saudi Arabia

(Newser) - A Saudi prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay detention center who was suspected of trying to join the 9/11 hijackers has been sent back to his home country for treatment for mental illness, the Department of Defense said Monday. Mohammad Ahmad al-Qahtani was flown to Saudi Arabia, to a treatment facility,...

Biden May Visit Saudi Arabia
Biden May Visit
Saudi Arabia

Biden May Visit Saudi Arabia

As cost of oil continues to rise

(Newser) - Since his election in 2020, President Biden hasn't spoken with Saudi Arabia's crown prince and de facto ruler directly, connecting only with his father , King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. It's not clear whether that might change any time in the near future, but what is clear,...

Saudi's MBS: Khashoggi Accusation Hurt My 'Feelings'
Saudi's MBS:
'I Do Not Care'
if Biden
Dislikes Me

Saudi's MBS: 'I Do Not Care' if Biden Dislikes Me

Crown prince talks to 'Atlantic,' again denies role in Khashoggi murder

(Newser) - The Atlantic is out with an interview of Saudi Arabia's Mohammad bin Salman , his first with a non-Saudi outlet in about two years. The 36-year-old crown prince has been keeping a relatively low profile since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi , and that factored heavily in the talk. Some...

Phil Mickelson Apologizes After Saudi League Comments

Pro golfer said he would consider playing for Saudi Arabia despite its record on human rights

(Newser) - Updated: Phil Mickelson is sorry. In a tweeted statement Tuesday, the golfer apologized for the "reckless" comments that came out last week, and insisted he has always had the best interests of golf, his peers, his sponsors, and fans of the sport at heart. "There is the problem...

Saudis Release Princess Who Spent 3 Years in Detention

Princess Basmah said to be seeking medical care

(Newser) - Update: The Saudi princess who spent three years in state prison despite no charges having been filed against her is now free. Princess Basmah bint Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, an outspoken human and women's rights advocate and critic of her cousin the crown prince and the country's...

Saudi Activist Sues Americans Who Aided UAE Hacking

Loujain al-Hathloul, who led push for women to drive, was imprisoned and tortured

(Newser) - Three former US intelligence and military officers have admitted in a separate case that they helped the United Arab Emirates with hacking operations. Now they're being sued by a Saudi women's rights activist who says the assistance of the three men led to her iPhone being hacked by...

Camel Beauty Pageant Cracks Down on Cheaters

Some animals had been given Botox injections

(Newser) - The world's biggest camel beauty pageant has returned after a year off—and with it, the perennial controversy over suspiciously beautiful camels. The BBC reports that more than 40 camels have been disqualified from the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival in Saudi Arabia because of cosmetic procedures including Botox injections,...

Khashoggi Slaying Suspect Arrested
Khashoggi Arrest Falls Apart

Khashoggi Arrest Falls Apart

Man arrested in Paris isn't the right Khaled Alotaibi

(Newser) - Update: Officials didn't get their guy after all. ABC News reports the man arrested Tuesday at Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport in connection with the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul was the wrong man. In what was apparently a case of...

Bieber Rejects Calls to Cancel Saudi Arabia Gig

Singer played to packed crowd in Jeddah

(Newser) - Justin Bieber sang his hits to a crowd in Saudi Arabia Sunday night, delighting the kingdom's Beliebers but dismaying human rights groups. The Canadian, whose Jeddah concert was part of Saudi Arabian Grand Prix events, had been urged to stay away because of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi...

Sister of Death Row Inmate Makes Plea to Race Car Driver

She asks Lewis Hamilton to use his clout to free her sibling in Saudi Arabia

(Newser) - The sister of a man who was sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia is asking seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton to help save her brother's life. Zeinab Abu Al-Kheir told the AP in a telephone interview that Hamilton's declaration two weeks ago in Qatar that F1 is...

Japan Does a 180 on Controversial Omicron Policy

And more on what omicron means around the globe

(Newser) - Update: Just one day after announcing a recommendation that quickly became quite controversial, Japan is changing its tune. The country's transport ministry on Thursday said it was retracting its request that airlines stop taking reservations for people coming in to Japan until the new year, the AP reports. Our ...

Khashoggi Fiancee to Bieber: Cancel Show

He is scheduled to play in Saudi Arabia

(Newser) - Justin Bieber is slated to play a show next month in Saudi Arabia at a Formula One race. Slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancée is one of many vocal critics asking him to pull out of the commitment. In an open letter on the Washington Post opinion section, Hatice...

Execution of Man Convicted of Murder When He Was 14 Has Been Blocked

Human rights watchers had questioned Saudi Arabia's claims of reform

(Newser) - Update: The conviction of a Saudi man sentenced to death in a controversial case has been overturned by Saudi Arabia's top court, human rights groups announced last week. Abdullah al-Huwaiti, now 19, was found guilty of killing a police officer after robbing a jewelry store when he was 14,...

Eternals Won't Be Released in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar
Gulf Countries Ban Eternals

Gulf Countries Ban Eternals

Censors objected to same-sex kiss

(Newser) - The latest Marvel movie comes out in the US on Friday, but in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries, the release date for Eternals has been shifted from Nov. 11 to possibly never. Sources tell the Hollywood Reporter that Disney was not willing to make cuts demanded by censors in...

Exiled Security Official Calls Saudi Prince a 'Psychopath'

Saad Aljabri said he fears for his life in 60 Minutes interview

(Newser) - An exiled former security official for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia called the crown prince and de facto ruler of the kingdom a "psychopath" and a "killer," in an interview on CBS ’s 60 Minutes. Saad Aljabri lives in Canada now, but back in 2014 he...

Oil Giant Sets Net-Zero Target
Oil Giant Sets Net-Zero Target

Oil Giant Sets Net-Zero Target

Saudi Arabia makes announcement ahead of global climate summit

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia, one of the world's largest oil producers, has announced it aims to reach "net zero" greenhouse gas emissions by 2060, joining more than 100 countries in a global effort to curb man-made climate change. Although the kingdom will aim to reduce emissions within its own borders,...

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