Loujain al Hathloul’s activism for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia made her a target of the autocratic state. It led to her being jailed for more than two years on flimsy charges.
Reports claim a secret meeting took place between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in spite of denials that it occurred.
Clandestine meeting reported by media follows Israel's deals to normalise ties with Saudi allies UAE and Bahrain but Riyadh denied the meeting took place.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman urged world powers to find a “radical solution” to limit its arch-rival Iran as expectations mount that US President-elect Joe Biden will seek to revive a 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.
Bahamut’s methods are surprisingly similar to those used by the UAE throughout the Middle East, and the group has used some of the same software used by the UAE in the past.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is eager to recognise Israel, but is likely waiting for his father King Salman’s death.
While some Arab countries like Algeria and Qatar strongly oppose any normalisations with Israel, others, like Saudi Arabia, are holding back their official position and treading cautiously.
Several EU members want to punish the Saudi kingdom over Khashoggi and the Yemen war, but the US, UK and France are reluctant.
Except for Arab autocrats aligned with Western powers, much of the Middle East supports the Palestinian cause, according to several opinion polls.
In one of 18 interviews with investigative reporter Woodward, Trump defended Mohammed bin Salman over the gruesome murder inside a Saudi consulate of Khashoggi.
The UAE last week became the first Gulf state to normalise relations with Israel, in a historic US-brokered accord that raised the prospect of similar deals with other Arab states.
A recent spat between the two Muslim countries shines a spotlight on a deal Riyadh used to bailout cash-strapped Islamabad.
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