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Report: World's Most Expensive Painting Is on Prince's Yacht

Sources say Saudi prince had da Vinci 'whisked away'

(Newser) - A $450 million Leonardo da Vinci painting could end up in Davy Jones' locker if Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman's superyacht sinks, according to Artnet , which says it has tracked down "the world’s most expensive, missing-in-action painting." Sources tell Artnet that the painting was "... More »

Protester Arrested at Age 13 Now Faces Execution

Amnesty International objects to death penalty use in Saudi Arabia

(Newser) - Murtaja Qureiris, who was arrested at age 13 for participating in protests in eastern Saudi Arabia, is now facing execution at age 18. Saudi authorities arrested him three years after the 2011 Arab Spring protests, CNN reports; he has spent nearly four years in pretrial detention. He was 10 when... More »

After Khashoggi Murder, Feds OK'd Saudi Nuclear Permits

Sen. Tim Kaine slams 'eagerness to give Saudis anything they want'

(Newser) - Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine cried foul Tuesday after learning that the Trump administration approved the transfer of nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia on two occasions after the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. The Department of Energy informed the Senate on Tuesday that licenses to export the sensitive technology... More »

Report: Trump Considering Loophole for Saudi Arms Sale

Emergency declaration would bypass Congress

(Newser) - The Trump administration is considering an emergency declaration that would allow it to make an arms shipment to Saudi Arabia without the approval of Congress, two US officials and lawmakers opposed to the move said Thursday. The officials say a decision on invoking a national security waiver in the Arms... More »

Saudis Issue a Warning

A top minister addresses Iran

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia does not want war but will not hesitate to defend itself against Iran, a top Saudi diplomat said Sunday, after the kingdom's energy sector was targeted this past week amid heightened tensions in the Persian Gulf, the AP reports. On Sunday night, a rocket was fired into... More »

Author's Snark to Give Trump to the Saudis Irks Maher Viewers

Fran Lebowitz later expressed 'regret' for remarks, says 'everyone misinterpreted' things

(Newser) - A guest on Bill Maher's HBO show this week has walked back remarks she made about President Trump that tied to a murdered journalist. Deadline and Fox News report 68-year-old author Fran Lebowitz sat on Maher's stage Friday and took part in a discussion about Trump's time... More »

Saudi Arabia Executes Man, Then Crucifies Him

Kingdom accused of using 'political tool' to 'crush dissent'

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia crucified a man on Tuesday, but he didn't suffer on the cross: The punishment, reserved for what the kingdom sees as the most serious crimes, took place after the man had already been executed, the BBC reports. Saudi authorities said a total of 37 people were executed... More »

Saudi Runaway Sisters Plead for Help on Twitter

They say they fled abusive family

(Newser) - Two Saudi sisters appealed for help Wednesday from the former Soviet republic of Georgia after fleeing their country, in the latest case of runaways from the ultra-conservative kingdom using social media to seek asylum. Using a newly created Twitter account called " GeorgiaSisters ," they identified themselves as Maha al-Subaie,... More »

Trump Issues Another Veto

He won't stop funding Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen

(Newser) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday vetoed a bill passed by Congress to end US military assistance in Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen, the AP reports. In a break with the president, Congress voted for the first time earlier this month to invoke the War Powers Resolution to try to... More »

House Vote Sets Up Trump's Second Veto

Lawmakers vote 247-175 to end support for Yemen war

(Newser) - The House on Thursday voted to end American involvement in the Yemen war, rebuffing the Trump administration's support for the military campaign led by Saudi Arabia, the AP reports. The Senate did the same in March , and the bill now heads to President Trump, who is expected to veto... More »

Report: Khashoggi Kids Getting 'Blood Money' Payments

Government has reportedly given the 4 children homes worth up to $4M

(Newser) - The four children of murdered Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi have received homes worth up to $4 million apiece and monthly payments of at least $10,000 as the kingdom tries to limit fallout from the killing, sources tell the Washington Post . The sources—including Saudi officials—say the payments,... More »

Most Profitable Company in World Isn't What You Think

Saudi oil giant cleared $111 billion in 2018

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia has let the world see the financials for its national oil company for the first time, and they couldn't be much better. Saudi Aramco posted $111 billion in net income in 2018, making it the world's most profitable company by far. That $111 billion is more... More »

Khashoggi Killers Were Trained in America: Report

David Ignatius reports on how the kingdom 'misused' US training

(Newser) - Saudis who took part in Jamal Khashoggi's murder were likely trained in America—a fact that appears to have further damaged relations between the US and Saudi Arabia, MSN reports. In the Washington Post , columnist David Ignatius reveals more about the killing itself and reports on how some Saudi... More »

Bezos' Security Honcho Finished His Probe. Here's What He Found

Gavin de Becker fingers Saudi Arabia

(Newser) - In a lengthy piece posted to the Daily Beast , Jeff Bezos' investigator, Gavin de Becker, reveals what his investigation into the National Enquirer's publication of a story about Bezos' relationship with Lauren Sanchez turned up: that the Saudis accessed his boss' phone and "gained private information" from it.... More »

2 New Reports Are Bad News for Saudi Crown Prince

'NYT' details abuses of special team, while 'Guardian' says he may have lost some power

(Newser) - Two new reports suggest more trouble for Saudi's crown prince. The New York Times is out with a front-page story alleging a brutal campaign authorized by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to abduct and torture dissidents that began more than a year before the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.... More »

Senate Puts a Foot Down Over the War in Yemen

Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Mike Lee co-sponsor the bill

(Newser) - The Senate voted Wednesday to end US support for the Saudi Arabian-led coalition's war in Yemen, bringing Congress one step closer to a unprecedented rebuke of President Trump's foreign policy, the AP reports. Lawmakers have never before invoked the decades-old War Powers Resolution to stop a foreign conflict,... More »

Senate Poised to Deliver Another Rebuke of Trump

Resolution to end Saudi-led war in Yemen expected to pass Wednesday

(Newser) - President Trump's first veto is on the horizon. The Senate will vote Wednesday on a resolution demanding that the US end its military support of the devastating Saudi-led war in Yemen. The bipartisan resolution invoking the War Powers Act, seen as a rebuke of Trump, passed 56-41 in December... More »

Royal Rift Could Threaten Saudi Arabia's Stability

King and crown prince reportedly clash

(Newser) - Tension may be increasing between Saudi Arabia's king and its crown prince, to such an extent that King Salman replaced his security team with loyalists while on a trip to Egypt last month, sources say. The king dismissed his Egyptian security personnel as well, the Guardian reports, after his... More »

US Woman Weds a Saudi, Is Now in Legal Limbo

New York Times reports on Bethany Vierra, who can't leave with her daughter after divorce

(Newser) - Bethany Vierra was born in the US—her home until she moved from Washington state to Saudi Arabia in 2011 to teach at a women's university. She fell in love, got married, had a daughter, and started a company, but now, "she is completely stuck," her cousin... More »

Report: Khashoggi's Body Likely Put in Oven

Al Jazeera Arabic alleges the process took 3 days

(Newser) - The Saudi consulate general's residence in Istanbul has long been a target of investigation into the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, and rightly so, alleges a new documentary by Al Jazeera Arabic . It claims, by way of Turkish officials, that the journalist's body was likely burned in what Vice... More »

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