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“When we, as Saudis, heard last Friday the news of the hideous crime inside the Pensacola naval base in Florida, we were shocked…This work can only be done by a cowardly villain. He has betrayed his country, which trusted him and spent millions on his education. Instead, he stabbed her in the back and created a major political and cultural crisis.”

Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri, Saudi political analyst and international relations scholar, writing in Arab News.

TOP STORY

Pensacola Shooting Puts U.S.-Saudi Relations in Spotlight; Trump Speaks with King Salman and Crown Prince

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A Saudi soldier in training in the United States opened fire on a naval base in Pensacola, Florida on Friday, killing three and wounding 12.

Second Lt. Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani was then killed by a sheriff’s deputy who responded to the attack. The attack shocked Saudis and Americans alike.  [more]

 

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in bbc.com : Saudi Arabia will no longer require restaurants to have separate entrances segregated by sex, the government says. Previously, it was mandatory to have one entrance for families and women, and another for men on their own. The restrictions had already been quietly eased in practice, with many restaurants, cafes and other meeting places no longer enforcing segregation.

Commentary: Florida shooting is the last thing Saudis want

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