In the first seven months of the year, the Kingdom has executed at least 40 people – a major spike compared to 2020.
Since April, dozens of female soldiers have become part of the security services that monitor pilgrims in Mecca and Medina.
"Iran is a neighbouring country, and all we aspire for is a good and special relationship with Tehran," Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said during an interview after sources said officials from the two countries held secret talks in Iraq.
Royal family member Sharif Hassan Ben Zaid is still in detention, so is a confidant of the king, Bassem Awadallah.
Saudi Arabia's move into the golf world will bring accusations of sportswashing, but the real issue is the future of freshwater in one of the world’s driest regions.
Saudi Arabia has lifted its blockade of Qatar after a three and a half year stalemate. So what triggered a change of heart?
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.
The minister also referred to the US saying he was confident that Democrat Joe Biden's incoming administration would pursue policies that help regional stability and that any discussions with it would lead to strong cooperation.
Among a suite of demands, Congress members called on Riyadh to release jailed activists, end its military campaign in neighbouring Yemen and provide accountability for the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul.
The company reports 50 percent drop in profits for the first half of the year. Five other leading oil firms, BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell and Total, recently reported combined losses of $53 billion for the second quarter.
Jamal Khashoggi's fiancee hopes the trial will shed light on the whereabouts of his body, which was never found.
The US senate voted for ending support to Saudi-led coalition in Yemen and condemning crown prince MBS's role in dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing.
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