Category: Saudi

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Billionaire Sabih al-Masri detained in Saudi Arabia

Palestinian billionaire businessman Sabih al-Masri has been detained in Saudi Arabia on a business trip to Riyadh, his family confirmed to Reuters news agency. The 80-year-old founder of Zara Investment Holding and chairman of Arab Bank was held in the Saudi capital for questioning last week about “information related to corruption”, according to Rai al-Youm.…

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ISIL weapons traced to US and Saudi Arabia

Weapons supplied by the United States and Saudi Arabia to opposition fighters often fell into the hands of ISIL, significantly enhancing the “quantity and quality” of the group’s armaments, a new report alleges. The number of weapons goes “far beyond those that would have been available through battle capture alone”, according to the study by…

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Uncertainty shrouds Canadian fingers sales to Saudi Arabia

Pressure is mounting on the Canadian government over an “historic” $12bn-arms deal to Saudi Arabia, with legal experts and human rights watchdogs expressing outrage and calling for its cancellation. Signed in 2014 by the previous government, which was then led by the Conservative Party, the deal is meant to send nearly $12bn (15bn Canadian dollars)…

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Yemen’s Houthis: Saleh’s overture to Saudi ‘a coup’

Yemen’s Ali Abdullah Saleh has said he is open to talks with a Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels, in what the fighters called “a coup” against their fragile alliance with the ousted president. The Saudi-led coalition, consisting of several Arab-Sunni states, intervened in Yemen in March 2015 to push back Houthi rebels and Saleh forces…

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Hariri: What took place in Saudi stays in Saudi

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has said that the events that unfolded over the past three weeks of his time in Saudi Arabia will remain undisclosed, emphasising that he does not wish to discuss the details of what happened to him during that period.  In an interview with French channel C News on Monday, Hariri…

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Anger over Greek thought to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia

Athens, Greece – A political dispute in Greece over a controversial arms deal with Saudi Arabia is deepening, with opposition politicians and critics decrying plans to sell 66m euros ($78.7m) worth of surplus missiles and bombs to the Arab Gulf country.  Opposition politicians have accused the government, which is currently headed by the leftist Syriza…

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US warns citizens in opposition to travelling to Saudi Arabia

The US State Department has cautioned its citizens “to carefully consider” travelling to Saudi Arabia, citing persisting terrorist threats and a spillover of violence from Yemen across the border. The travel warning, issued on Tuesday, warned of the threat of ballistic missiles fired by rebel groups from Yemen into the kingdom. “In the past year,…