Saudi royal family

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Clues to $700K Theft in Paris: Handprints on a Trapdoor

Saudi princess returned to apartment to find furs, jewelry, 30 Hermes bags gone

(Newser) - A Saudi princess who returned to the Paris apartment she'd left over the summer ended up in the hospital in shock after she found more than $700,000 worth of her jewelry, furs, and designer handbags had been stolen. The Guardian and RFI report that the unidentified 47-year-old royal,...

Saudi Princess: I'm in Jail for No Reason

Human rights advocate is the crown prince's cousin

(Newser) - A senior Saudi royal says she and a daughter are being held in a Riyadh prison without charge despite repeated pleas to her cousin, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Princess Basmah bint Saud bin Abdulaziz al-Saud—a granddaughter of Saudi Arabia's founding monarch and the youngest daughter of King...

Onetime Dissident Saudi Prince Dies
Onetime Dissident
Saudi Prince Dies

Onetime Dissident Saudi Prince Dies

Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz also supported women's rights

(Newser) - Prayers were held Sunday for Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz, a senior member of the royal family who supported women's rights and once led a group of dissident princes, who died at the age of 87. Prince Talal was an older brother to King Salman and the son of the...

Saudis Bust Dozens of Princes, Bigwigs in Corruption Sweep

Dramatic move seen as power play by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia has arrested dozens of princes and former officials, including a well-known billionaire with extensive holdings in Western companies, as part of a sweeping anti-corruption probe that further cements control in its young crown prince. A high-level employee at Prince Alwaleed bin Talal's Kingdom Holding Co. told the...

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 ...

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...

Powerful Saudi Prince Grants Rare Interview

He says there's no room for dialogue with Iran

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince said Tuesday in a rare and wide-ranging interview that there is no space for dialogue with rival Iran due to its Shiite ambitions "to control the Islamic world." The interview, which aired on multiple Saudi TV channels, offered a glimpse into how...

Saudi Arabia Just Executed a Prince
Saudi Arabia Just
Executed a Prince

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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 Alwaleed allegedly drugged and raped a 20-year-old model aboard a luxury yacht in the Mediterranean in August 2008,...

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...

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,...

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