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China Pushes Past US to Broker Mideast Peace Deal
Mideast Deal Brokered
by China Leaves US Out

Mideast Deal Brokered by China Leaves US Out

Saudi Arabia-Iran agreement indicates nations want to negotiate without American help

(Newser) - The agreement between Saudi Arabia and Iran to resume relations, a deal mediated by China, appears to be a watershed moment in the Middle East, realigning alliances that have dominated diplomacy for decades while—at least for now—leaving the US out. The pact indicates that nations in the region...

Gitmo Detainee Mentioned in Pre-9/11 Memo Returned to Saudi Arabia

Ghassan al-Sharbi was held for more than 20 years without trial

(Newser) - The inmate population at Guantanamo Bay now stands at 31—down from 35 a few weeks ago—with the repatriation of a 48-year-old Saudi prisoner. Ghassan al-Sharbi was held at the base in Cuba for more than 20 years without trial. Al-Sharbi, who allegedly traveled to Afghanistan in August 2001...

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...

Saudi Arabia Has Resumed Executing Drug Offenders

17 have been beheaded in the space of 2 weeks

(Newser) - After a 21-month hiatus on executing people for drug offenses, Saudi Arabia appears to be trying to make up for lost time. The United Nations says the kingdom has executed 17 people for drug and contraband offenses over the past two weeks, including four Syrians, three Pakistanis, three Jordanians, and...

It May Be the Biggest Upset in World Cup History

Saudi Arabia stuns Argentina and Lionel Messi

(Newser) - Sportswriters are running out of superlatives to describe Saudi Arabia's upset victory over powerhouse Argentina in the World Cup on Tuesday. CNBC calls the 2-1 win by the Saudis "one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history." The New York Times sees the loss for Argentina'...

American: I Was Arrested for Saying I'm a Hostage Victim

Carly Morris of California claims loss of freedom under Saudi Arabia's guardianship laws

(Newser) - A California woman turned to Twitter to warn women against visiting Saudi Arabia, where she said she and her 8-year-old daughter had been held against their will for three years, only to be briefly detained by Saudi authorities. Carly Morris was summoned to a police station in the city of...

Report: Saudis Warn of 'Imminent' Attack by Iran

US is 'concerned about the threat picture'

(Newser) - Relations between Saudi Arabia and the US have cooled since the OPEC+ alliance decided to cut oil production last month—but the US is still concerned about potential Iranian attacks on the kingdom. The Wall Street Journal , citing US and Saudi officials, reports that the Saudis have shared intelligence with...

US Military Really Didn't Want You to Know What's in New Washington Post Investigation

Report suggests there's basically no oversight for retired personnel who work for foreign powers

(Newser) - The Washington Post has unveiled a major three-part investigation of retired US military personnel who work for foreign militaries, including for some countries "known for human rights abuses and political repression." The report contains a lot of information the government tried to keep secret, and it only came...

The Saudis Appear to Be Betting on Trump
The Saudis Appear
to Be Betting on Trump

The Saudis Appear to Be Betting on Trump

Move to cut oil supply could be taken as a 'humiliation' for Biden ahead of midterms

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia claims the decision by the Saudi-led alliance of oil-exporting countries to slash oil production , which means driving up prices and boosting Russia's coffers amid its war in Ukraine, is a purely economic move. But onlookers say there's an ulterior motive—specifically, a plan to get former...

Biden Says There Will Be 'Consequences' for Saudis

Saudi-led alliance accused of aiding Russia by cutting oil production

(Newser) - President Biden said Tuesday there will be "consequences" for Saudi Arabia as the Riyadh-led OPEC+ alliance moves to cut oil production and Democratic lawmakers call for a freeze on cooperation with the Saudis. Biden suggested he would soon take action, as aides announced that the administration is reevaluating its...

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...

Gulf Nations Tell Netflix to Remove 'Offensive Content'

Request involves programs that 'contradict Islamic and societal values'

(Newser) - Gulf Arab countries on Tuesday asked Netflix to remove "offensive content" on the streaming service, apparently targeting programs that show gays and lesbians, per the AP. A joint statement issued on behalf of a committee of the Gulf Cooperation Council made the request, saying the unspecified programs "contradict...

Saudi Woman Sentenced to 34 Years Over Twitter Use

Salma al-Shehab retweeted posts from activists

(Newser) - In December 2020, Salma al-Shehab took a break from her studies at a university in England and returned to Saudi Arabia. She was arrested in connection with her use of Twitter and sentenced to three years in prison, which an appeals court has now increased to 34 years, to be...

Aramco Rides Higher Oil Prices to Nearly $88B in 2022 Earnings
Saudi Oil Profits Jump 90%

Saudi Oil Profits Jump 90%

Big quarter means government is more flush with cash

(Newser) - Saudi energy company Aramco said Sunday its profits jumped 90% in the second quarter compared to the same time last year, helping its half-year earnings reach nearly $88 billion. The increase is a boon for the kingdom and the crown prince's spending power as people around the world pay...

Ex-Twitter Employee Convicted of Spying for Saudi Arabia

Prosecutors said Ahmad Abouammo was paid to look up info on kingdom's critics

(Newser) - A former Twitter employee has been convicted of failing to register as an agent for Saudi Arabia and other charges after accessing private data on users critical of the kingdom’s government in a spy case that spanned from Silicon Valley to the Middle East. Ahmad Abouammo, a US citizen...

Police Perplexed by Case of Sisters Found Dead in Beds

Saudi women were found in their Sydney, Australia, apartment

(Newser) - Asra Abdullah Alsehli, 24, and Amaal Abdullah Alsehli, 23, moved to Sydney, Australia, from their native Saudi Arabia in 2017, possibly as asylum seekers, though that has not been officially confirmed. On June 7, they were found dead in their beds, each in their own bedroom, at their apartment. Sydney...

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...

Biden: I Told Prince He's to Blame for Khashoggi's Death

Saudi ruler claimed he's not personally responsible, president says

(Newser) - Under pressure after agreeing to meet with the leader of Saudi Arabia, President Biden said Friday that he told Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman behind closed doors that he blames him for the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. "He basically said that he was not personally responsible" for the...

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...

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