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5 Saudis Got in Trouble in US. All Vanished Before Trial

Oregon newspaper finds a troubling pattern

(Newser) - Last month, the Oregonian wrote about a young Saudi Arabian man charged in a fatal hit-and-run in Portland who disappeared before his trial began . A mysterious black SUV showed up at his house one day and spirited him off, and the best guess of prosecutors is that the government of... More »

Runaway Saudi Teen Finds a New Home

Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun lands in Toronto, Canada

(Newser) - An 18-year-old Saudi runaway who said she was abused and feared death if deported back home arrived Saturday in Canada, which had offered her asylum in a case that attracted global attention after she mounted a social media campaign , per the AP . "This is Rahaf Alqunun, a very brave... More »

Saudi Teen Leaves Twitter After Death Threats

Australia and Canada talking with Thai officials about resettling Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun

(Newser) - Canada and Australia are in talks with the UN refugee agency to accept a Saudi asylum seeker who fled alleged abuse from her family. Thailand's immigration police chief, Surachate Hakparn, told reporters the UN was accelerating the case, though he gave no indication of when the process would be... More »

Saudi Teen Who Fled Family Granted Refugee Status

Next stop, Australia?

(Newser) - A Saudi Arabian teenager who barricaded herself in an airport hotel room and pleaded for the world's help has won her fight to be treated as a refugee. The United Nations high commissioner for refugees assessed Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, on Wednesday and determined that she is a legitimate... More »

Saudi Teen Barricaded in Hotel Room Wins Reprieve

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun begs Thai officials not to send her home, saying she'll be killed

(Newser) - A young Saudi Arabian woman who barricaded herself in an airport hotel room in Bangkok, saying that her life will be in danger if authorities send her back to her family, has won a reprieve. Thailand authorities will allow her to stay, at least temporarily, while they investigate her case,... More »

Saudi Women Will Get Huge News by Text

Divorce can no longer be secret in the Kingdom

(Newser) - Big news for Saudi Arabian women: Starting Sunday, courts there will send them a text message if they get divorced, the BBC reports. The move is apparently designed to end so-called "secret divorces" in which Saudi men end marriages without wives knowing. The measure is "a step aimed... More »

Netflix Takes Down Comedy Show After Saudis Complain

Hasan Minhaj slammed crown prince

(Newser) - Netflix is being accused of bowing to the demands of "thin-skinned Saudi royals" after making an episode of an American comedian's show unavailable in the kingdom. In the episode of Hasan Minhaj's Patriot Act, the Muslim comedian strongly criticizes crown prince Mohammed bin Salman over the murder... More »

Video May Answer Question on Khashoggi's Remains

Turkish TV shows Saudis carrying 5 bags, reportedly with his dismembered body

(Newser) - We still don't know where the remains of Jamal Khashoggi are, but newly surfaced video might explain how his Saudi killers moved his body. The video , which aired on Turkish television, shows men carrying five suitcases into the residence of the Saudi general consul in Istanbul on the day... More »

Ex-McKinsey Exec Held by Saudis Has Been Beaten: Report

Was Hani Khoja swept up in crackdown due to corruption or as political purge by crown prince?

(Newser) - Hani Khoja abruptly stopped posting to social media in the fall of 2017, with one of his last Instagram posts showing him at a Yankees game with his kids. The Wall Street Journal is now reporting on what apparently happened to the Saudi entrepreneur and former executive at US consulting... More »

Saudi Faced US Trial in Teen's Death. Then an SUV Showed Up

Feds think Saudi Arabia got Abdulrahman Sameer Noorah out of country: 'Oregonian'

(Newser) - It's another controversial case involving Saudi Arabia and the US. This time, as the Oregonian reports, federal authorities think the kingdom helped a 21-year-old man awaiting trial in a fatal hit-and-run flee the United States and return home. In August 2016, police in Portland say Abdulrahman Sameer Noorah illegally... More »

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... More »

Saudis Slam 'Blatant Interference' From Senate

Ministry says senators acted on 'baseless allegations'

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia is not happy about historic votes in the US Senate to end American support for its war in Yemen and to denounce Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing of US-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi. In a statement, the Saudi foreign ministry slammed the Senate for "blatant... More »

In Historic First, Senate Invokes War Powers Act

Calls for US to end support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen war; 2nd vote condemns prince

(Newser) - The Senate on Thursday sent what the Washington Post described as a historic rebuke to the White House over Saudi Arabia. Actually, it delivered two rebukes. First, senators voted 56-41 to invoke the War Powers Act and demand that the US end its military support of the Saudi-led coalition in... More »

Report Reveals Jamal Khashoggi's Last Words

He said 'I can't breathe' before sounds of a saw were heard, source says

(Newser) - Jamal Khashoggi's last words were the same as those uttered by New York City man Eric Garner after police put him in a fatal chokehold, according to CNN , which cites a source who has seen a translated transcript of the journalist's last moments in Saudi Arabia's Istanbul... More »

Saudis Pegged Kushner Early as a White House Conduit

'NYT' explores the crown prince's 'wooing' of president's son-in-law

(Newser) - That Jared Kushner has close ties to Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman isn't a bombshell revelation. But the New York Times has a lengthy story explaining how that relationship came to be, finding that the Saudis identified Kushner more than two years ago as their best chance to... More »

Senator on Saudi Prince: There Was a 'Smoking Saw'

After briefing with CIA director Gina Haspel, senators are convinced

(Newser) - Senators came out of a closed-door briefing with CIA Director Gina Haspel on Tuesday with some pretty unequivocal opinions about Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's involvement in Jamal Khashoggi's October death. What you need to know:
  • Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker put it like so: "
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A Big First for OPEC as One Nation Pulls Out

Qatar will be leaving the oil cartel in January, the first time a Mideast nation has done so

(Newser) - The tiny Arab nation of Qatar announced Monday it will withdraw from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, or OPEC, in January, mixing its aspirations to increase production outside of the cartel's constraints with the politics of slighting the Saudi-dominated group amid the kingdom's boycott of Doha.... More »

Khashoggi Learned Saudis Read His Texts: 'God Help Us'

He called crown prince a 'beast pac man'

(Newser) - When texting with a friend, Jamal Khashoggi didn't hold back in his assessment of Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. He called the prince a "beast 'pac man,'" because "the more victims he eats, the more he wants." The friend, a fellow dissident... More »

11 Messages Sent by Prince Have Suspicious Timing

CIA says bin Salman was communicating with operatives' leader before, after Khashoggi killing

(Newser) - The CIA is pretty sure that Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Now the Wall Street Journal has details on why the CIA thinks that way, and a big one involves 11 messages sent by the prince himself in the hours before and... More »

'I Am Worried': Macron's Chat With Prince Overheard

Mohammed bin Salman tries to reassure the French president

(Newser) - French President Emmanuel Macron chatted privately Friday with Saudi Arabia's controversial crown prince on the sidelines of the G-20 summit, but some intriguing snippets were caught by microphones. (Watch the video .) The Guardian provides some highlights as Macron appears to be trying to advise and/or warn Mohammed bin... More »

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