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A $2 million US lobbying effort and petitions from European lawmakers are piling pressure on Saudi Arabia to release a philanthropist prince jailed for two years without charge.

Human Rights Watch has demanded the immediate release of two adult children and the brother of former royal advisor Saad al-Jabri, who fled to Canada in 2017.

Confusion after tweet claims detained Saudi prince hospitalised

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Confusion after tweet claims detained Saudi prince hospitalised

Prince Mohammed bin Nayef was accused of treason and detained in March as part of a new purge by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Jailed Princess Basmah fears coronavirus risk in Saudi prison

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Jailed Princess Basmah fears coronavirus risk in Saudi prison

A year after landing in jail without charge, her mercy plea unanswered by Saudi rulers and in fear of a coronavirus outbreak behind bars, a ...

Saudi-Turkey media war reflects MBS's growing internal problems

Ali Bakeer

Saudi-Turkey media war reflects MBS's growing internal problems

The recent Saudi media escalation against Turkey coincides with a growing list of internal problems for Crown Prince Mohammed ...

Alainna Liloia

How an imprisoned Saudi princess personified MbS' greatest fears

Comment: Under Mohammed bin Salman's rule, it is unimportant whether those detained have committed a crime, questioning his vision is enough to see you imprisoned, writes Alainna Liloia.

Courtney Freer

Saudi oil price war relents, but uncertain future awaits

Comment: Losses in Saudi Arabia's efforts to diversify have cast doubt on the future of Mohammed bin Salman's ambitious ...

Emile Nakhleh

Could MbS' power grab unravel Al Saud rule?

Comment: The Saudi crown prince's rise to power has in effect destabilised his country, and by extension Al Saud control, writes Emile Nakhleh.

James Snell

MBS: The rise to power of Mohammed bin Salman

Book Club: Ben Hubbard tells the gripping story of how Saudi Arabia's mercurial ruler rose to power - a prince who would be king.

MbS' lust for power could sink Saudi Arabia

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

MbS' lust for power could sink Saudi Arabia

Comment: Mohammed bin Salman is erratically pursuing short-term gains in a desperate and dangerous bid to secure his own ...

Courtney Freer

MbS has a problem his royal purge can't solve

Comment: The crown prince's second royal purge consolidates power within the kingdom, but won't protect him from plunging oil prices and a ...

Riyadh releases King Salman photos after purge of royals

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Riyadh releases King Salman photos after purge of royals

The stunning purge by Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman raised speculation about the health of the 84-year-old king.

Saudi Arabia detains senior members of the royal family

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Saudi Arabia detains senior members of the royal family

The detentions mark the latest crackdown by MbS, who has consolidated his grip on power with the imprisonment of prominent clerics and activists ...

MbS orders arrest of uncle, cousins over 'coup plot'

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MbS orders arrest of uncle, cousins over 'coup plot'

The detentions mark the latest crackdown by MbS, who has consolidated his grip on power with the imprisonment of prominent clerics and activists ...

The catch with Riyadh relaxing male guardianship laws

Karim Traboulsi

The catch with Riyadh relaxing male guardianship laws

Comment: Any progress on women's rights will be a concession, not a royal gift conferred upon subjects, forced to answer with deference and ...

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MbS' sister 'ordered brutal attack' on Paris workman

The workman says he was punched in the face, his hands were tied and he was forced to kiss Princess Hassa bint Salman's feet during an hours-long ordeal.

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Amid Khashoggi outrage, Saudi prince rumoured killed re-emerges

A Saudi prince, who was rumoured to have been killed or put under house arrest, has re-emerged after a year-long mysterious disappearance.

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Spotlight on MbS' 'enforcer' Saud al-Qahtani amid Khashoggi affair

A controversial Saudi royal adviser to Mohammed bin Salman known for his threats against dissidents and journalists comes to ...

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Lies and murder: Riyadh's war on dissent

Nurturing the public profile of a reformer, MbS has sought to consolidate his power under the guise of economic and social liberalisation, ...

US confident leading al-Qaeda bomb maker killed in Yemen

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US confident leading al-Qaeda bomb maker killed in Yemen

A leading al-Qaeda operative has been killed in Yemen, a source has told AFP.

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Islamic State commander 'killed' in Egypt amid Sinai unrest

The Islamic State group says one of the leaders of its affiliate in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula has been killed.

Egypt IS cell 'planned to assassinate Sisi in Mecca'

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Egypt IS cell 'planned to assassinate Sisi in Mecca'

Egypt’s military court heard the trial of 292 detainees accused of forming 22 armed cells belonging to the Islamic State group’s Sinai branch on ...

Two princes in a hurry shake up the Gulf

Anne Gadel and Mourad el-Bouanani

Two princes in a hurry shake up the Gulf

Comment: In UAE and Saudi Arabia, two princes are driving a geopolitical shake up. But do they share a common strategy? ask Anne Gadel and ...

Saudi crown prince sets off on maiden foreign tour

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Saudi crown prince sets off on maiden foreign tour

Prince Mohammed bin Salman's two-day visit to Cairo comes ahead of a scheduled trip to Britain on Wednesday for talks with ...

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