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Saudi releases king’s photos after purge over ‘coup plot’

Saudi releases king’s photos after purge over ‘coup plot’

Saudi Arabia released images of King Salman carrying out his royal duties on Sunday, after a stunning purge of at least three princes including his brother and nephew for allegedly plotting a coup. Saudi royal guards on Friday detained the trio, multiple sources told AFP, in a move that signals Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s tightening grip […]

Saudi empties Islam’s holiest site for ‘sterilisation’

Saudi empties Islam’s holiest site for ‘sterilisation’

Saudi Arabia on Thursday emptied Islam’s holiest site for sterilisation over fears of the new coronavirus, an unprecedented shutdown state media said will last while the year-round umrah pilgrimage is suspended. The kingdom halted the pilgrimage for its own citizens and residents on Wednesday, on top of restrictions announced last week on foreign pilgrims to stop […]

Saudi’s call to arrest ‘sugar candy’ female rapper draw ire

Saudi’s call to arrest ‘sugar candy’ female rapper draw ire

Official calls to arrest a Saudi female rapper who appeared in a music video have sparked an online backlash with many calling the move hypocritical as the kingdom invites Western women to perform. In the video, the young rapper from Mecca, who identifies herself as Asayel Slay, praises what she describes as bold women in […]

Saudi ship on suspected weapons voyage arrives in France

Saudi ship on suspected weapons voyage arrives in France

A Saudi cargo ship on a suspected mission to collect weapons for use in the war in Yemen arrived in the French port of Cherbourg on Thursday. The Bahri Yanbu arrived at around 5 pm (1600 GMT) in Cherbourg, where dozens of activists held a protest over the sale of arms to Riyadh given its […]