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9/11 Families: 2023 Masters Will Be a 'Slap in the Face'

Tournament to welcome golfers from Saudi-backed LIV league

(Newser) - Families of victims and survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks are planning to protest at the Masters this spring in response to Augusta National Golf Club's decision to allow golfers from the Saudi-backed LIV league to participate. Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley announced Tuesday that qualified golfers from both...

Judge's Move Likely Marks End of Efforts to Hold MBS Accountable

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Saudi crown prince in journalist's murder

(Newser) - The move Jamal Khashoggi's fiancee feared has come to pass: A US district court judge on Tuesday dismissed her lawsuit against Saudi Arabia's crown prince in the murder of the Washington Post journalist. Judge John Bates said he felt "uneasiness" in the decision, but had essentially no...

Crown Prince's New Job Could Give Him Immunity in Khashoggi Killing

Mohammed bin Salman appointed prime minister by royal decree

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was appointed prime minister on Tuesday by royal decree, the AP reports. The crown prince, who is heir to the throne held by King Salman, already wields wide powers and is seen as the kingdom's day-to-day leader. The royal decree...

Biden Wraps Up Mideast Trip With a Promise

'We will not walk away and leave a vacuum,' he told Arab leaders summit in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

(Newser) - President Biden, speaking at a summit of Arab leaders, said Saturday that the United States "will not walk away" from the Middle East as he tries to ensure stability in a volatile part of the world and boost the global flow of oil to reverse rising gas prices. His...

In Saudi Arabia, a Very Public Fist Bump
Biden Offers Prince a Fist Bump

Biden Offers Prince a Fist Bump

President meets with controversial Prince MBS, though they avoid a handshake

(Newser) - President Biden settled for a fist bump when meeting Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia on Friday, avoiding the possibility of being photographed in a friendly handshake with the leader of a state he had promised to ostracize. Biden had his fist formed as he walked toward the...

What You Should Know About Biden's Trip to the Middle East
Biden's Last Stop in the
Middle East Is His Big One
the rundown

Biden's Last Stop in the Middle East Is His Big One

That would be Saudi Arabia

(Newser) - President Biden landed in Israel on Wednesday for his first trip to the Middle East since taking office. It's a whirlwind four-day trip: Biden is spending two days in Jerusalem for talks with Israeli leaders before meeting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday in the West Bank. He then...

Biden's First Middle East Trip Raises Some Eyebrows

President will meet with Crown Prince Mohammed in Saudi Arabia, which he once called a 'pariah'

(Newser) - President Biden will make his first trip to the Middle East next month with visits to Israel, the West Bank, and Saudi Arabia, the White House announced Tuesday. The decision to pay a call on Saudi leaders during the July 13-16 trip comes after Biden as a Democratic presidential candidate...

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

NYT Has Answers to Persistent 'Salvator Mundi' Questions

Including why it wasn't shown at the Louvre as planned in 2019

(Newser) - The world has had questions about "Salvator Mundi." The New York Times says it has answers. After the painting sold for an eye-popping $450 million in 2017, it remained out of the public eye, reportedly in the hands of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, its...

US Releases Damning Report on Saudi Prince

US intelligence blames Mohammed bin Salman for murder of Jamal Khashoggi

(Newser) - The US released an intelligence report on Friday that directly implicates Saudi Arabia's crown prince in the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi . The central conclusion of the report was widely expected given that intelligence officials were said to have reached it soon after the brutal killing of Khashoggi,...

US to Share Report Blaming MBS for Khashoggi Killing

UN expert says it must be released 'for the sake of American democracy'

(Newser) - Though Donald Trump played nice with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, it does not appear that President Biden will keep that up . The Biden administration plans to release on Thursday a declassified version of a 2018 intelligence report that concluded the crown prince approved and likely ordered the killing...

Saudi Activist's Release Seen as a Nod to Biden

Prince Mohammed bin Salman may be trying to play nice by freeing Loujain al-Hathloul

(Newser) - US and Canadian authorities are celebrating the release of a Saudi women's rights activist after 1,001 days in prison, though allies say she is not yet "free." Loujain al-Hathloul, a 31-year-old activist who attended university in Canada, was arrested in 2014 as she defied a ban...

Reports: Israeli PM Met Secretly With Saudi Crown Prince

Saudi Arabia is denying the meeting, which also reportedly included Mike Pompeo

(Newser) - A secret rendezvous between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also in attendance, reportedly took place Sunday, Israeli sources say. Axios reports that flight data showed a private jet leaving Tel Aviv Sunday evening, arriving in the...

Saudi Crown Prince Sued in US Court Over 2018 Murder

Jamal Khashoggi's fiancee says he saw the journalist as an 'existential threat'

(Newser) - Jamal Khashoggi's fiancee has sued Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in US federal court over the death of the Saudi journalist. Hatice Cengiz, along with the human rights organization founded by Khashoggi, allege in the suit that Khashoggi's torture, death, and dismemberment came at the "directive of...

Ex-Intelligence Officer: Prince Sent 'Tiger Squad' to Kill Me

Saad Aljabri, who lives in exile in Toronto, says customs agents stopped the men

(Newser) - A former Saudi intelligence official says Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman wants him dead—and he might have ended up like Jamal Khashoggi if not for alert customs agents in Canada. In a federal lawsuit filed in Washington, DC, Thursday, Saad Aljabri, who lives in exile in Toronto, accuses the...

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