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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 »

Saudis Tortured a US Citizen: Report

Walid Fitaihi is still being held in a Saudi crackdown

(Newser) - A US citizen has been detained and tortured in Saudi Arabia and may be on his last leg, sources tell the New York Times . Walid Fitaihi was apparently held against his will in November 2017 at the Ritz Carlton in Riyadh, where guards blindfolded, stripped, slapped, and bound him, then... More »

He Fled Home to Saudi Arabia Before US Trial. It Worked

State Department says there's not much it can do to bring back Abdulrahman Sameer Noorah

(Newser) - A man accused of killing an Oregon teenager in a hit-and-run crash appears to be in the clear after he fled home to Saudi Arabia— apparently with his government's help . The State Department says there is little it can do to force Abdulrahman Sameer Noorah to return to America... More »

Post-Khashoggi, Saudis Make a Major Move

The kingdom names a female envoy to the US

(Newser) - You're not seeing things: The next Saudi ambassador to America is a woman. The kingdom appointed Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan to the post Saturday in an apparent attempt to ease relations with Washington after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the New York Times reports. The daughter... More »

Plan to Sell Nuclear Plants to Saudis Under New Scrutiny

Michael Flynn pushed proposal over the objections of ethics and security advisers

(Newser) - Senior White House officials pushed a project to share nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia despite the objections of ethics and national security officials, according to a new congressional report citing whistleblowers within the administration. Lawmakers from both parties have expressed concerns that Saudi Arabia could develop nuclear weapons if... More »

House Wields Vietnam-Era Power in Rebuking Trump

Lawmakers pass a bill regarding the war in Yemen

(Newser) - The new Democratic-led House sent President Trump a message Wednesday, and it's a doozy: Stop supporting Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen. Lawmakers easily passed the measure, 248-177, in a display of frustration over the war's humanitarian crisis and Washington's ongoing ties to Riyadh after journalist Jamal... More »

Trump Advisor Has Controversial Thoughts on Khashoggi Murder

Trump's inaugural committee chair says America shouldn't criticize Saudi Arabia over the killing

(Newser) - The man who led President Trump's inaugural committee said America is in no moral position to criticize Saudi Arabia over the killing of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi, the AP reports. "Whatever happened in Saudi Arabia, the atrocities in America are equal, or worse," Tom Barrack, a real... More »

Saudi Arabia Weighs In on Bezos-AMI 'Soap Opera'

Says it has nothing to do with any of it

(Newser) - Jeff Bezos' stunning blog post accusing American Media Inc. of blackmail made several references to Saudi Arabia, suggesting it might have had a hand in the leak of his texts—and Saudi Arabia has responded by knocking the situation as a "soap opera" that it has nothing to do... More »

Report: US Has Damning Recording of Saudi Prince

He said he would go after Khashoggi 'with a bullet'

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman spoke of killing Jamal Khashoggi a year before the journalist was murdered inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate, reports the New York Times , citing "current and former American and foreign officials with direct knowledge of intelligence reports." The sources say... More »

Coroner: Saudi Sisters Bound Themselves Together

Deaths ruled suicide by drowning

(Newser) - A tragedy, but no longer a mystery: Two Saudi Arabian sisters found dead on the banks of the Hudson River bound themselves together before descending to their deaths, New York City's chief medical examiner says. Barbara Sampson announced late Tuesday that her office had determined the deaths of Tala... More »

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 »

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