Busy First Full Day for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Including Meetings with President, Congress

President Trump and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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U.S.-Saudi Relations

Trump praises U.S. military sales to Saudi as he welcomes crown prince

U.S. President Donald Trump gave a warm welcome to Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday and credited U.S. defense sales to ...

 

Adel Al-Jubeir

Saudi foreign minister addresses changes in his country

Splits with the Trump administration over moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, wants to broaden the Iran nuke deal and discusses Jared Kushner. ...

 

Mohammed Bin Salman

Perspective: The Saudi crown prince has a lot on his to-do list. Here’s where to start.

Prospects for a Yemen settlement have improved, another senior Saudi official told me. A model is the deal that was nearly reached about 20 months ...

 

Military

Saudi Arms Buyers Won a $3.5 Billion Discount From the Pentagon

He didn’t mention the discount granted last April on the Thaad system from Lockheed Martin Corp. The price break, which hasn’t previously been reported, was ...

 

Oil

Saudi Arabia’s oil shipments to America have plunged to 1988 levels

Saudi Arabia's oil shipments to the United States have declined sharply despite closer ties between the two nations under President Trump. ...

 

MBS US Visit

Saudi Crown Prince discusses Iran threat with top US Congress officials

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan, the 54th Speaker of the United States House ...

 

Extremism

Mohammed bin Salman and the campaign to counter extremism

Critics maintain that the kingdom applies an “austere” brand of Islam, pejoratively referred to as Wahhabism, and that it “exports” this religious conservatism to the Islamic ...

 

Culture and Tourism

The Saudi Arabian Festival Where Camels Race for Millions in Cash

VICE trekked to Al-Dahna for the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival—the largest of its kind—where titans of business and politics in the Middle East flock each ...

 

Comic Con Jeddah

Second Saudi Comic Con comes to Jeddah

Excitement is building among comics fans as the second installment of Saudi Comic Con (SCC) is set to sweep over Jeddah from Thursday (March 22-24). ...

 

Entertainment

Saudi Arabia Reportedly Investing $400 Million in Endeavor, UFC Parent Company

The $400 million investment is reportedly worth seven-percent or less in total ownership of Endeavor, who not only owns the UFC, but also one of ...

 

Film and Cinema

Saudi Arabia Establishes Saudi Film Council

Saudi Arabia’s General Culture Authority has announced the launch of the Saudi Film Council. The body is being established as the Kingdom lifts a 35-year-old ...

 

Inflation

Saudi February inflation edges down slightly after jump on new tax

Saudi Arabia’s annual inflation rate fell back marginally in February after jumping in January, when the government introduced a 5 percent value-added tax and hiked ...

 

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Regional and related topics

Israel

Israel admits bombing suspected Syrian nuclear reactor 10 years ago ‘to send a warning to others’

Israel has admitted bombing a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor a decade ago in a move that it said was a warning to others. ...

 

War in Yemen

Yemen war: Senate rejects ending US support of Saudi-led campaign

A bipartisan effort to end US involvement in a bloody, three-year war in Yemen failed in a close Senate vote on Tuesday afternoon. ...

 

Iraq

‘US forces are needed here.’ After 15 years, fight in Iraq not over

“Unlike a lot of people out there right now, I’m not really interested in engaging in the same sort of self-loathing that a lot of ...

 

Oil Price

Oil nears six-week highs as concern grows over Middle East

Oil rose for a second day on Wednesday, nearing its highest in six weeks after a surprise decline in U.S. inventories and as concern persisted ...

 

Yemen Civil War

Yemeni army liberates large areas in Al-Jawf

Brigadier General Mansour Thawbu said that Yemeni forces, aided by the Arab coalition air force, managed to liberate around 15 kilometers in Bart Al Anan ...

 

Afghanistan

Islamic State claims responsibility for suicide bombing near shrine in Afghan capital

A suicide bomber blew himself up near a Shiite shrine in Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least 29 people and wounding dozens, officials said, as ...

 

Libya

Executions, torture and slave markets persist in Libya: U.N.

Armed groups execute and torture civilians in Libya in almost complete impunity seven years after the revolution that toppled Muammar Gaddafi, the United Nations human ...

 

Afghanistan

US military will not pursue Taliban into Pakistan

A Pentagon spokesman said that the US military will not conduct hot pursuit of Taliban and allied jihadist fighters from Afghanistan into Pakistan. Additionally, the ...

 

Syria

Death toll from market attack in Damascus rises to 38

Syria state media say the death toll from a rebel mortar assault on a market in Damascus has risen to 38, making it one of ...

 

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