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A year of historic change in Saudi Arabia, with more to come

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia in 2017 laid the groundwork for momentous change next year, defying its conservative reputation for slow, cautious reforms by announcing plans to let women drive, allow movie theaters to return and to issue tourist visas. The kingdom could even get a new king. King Salman and his […]

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Saudi ‘intercepts Yemen rebel missile over Riyadh’

(The Telegraph)  Saudi Arabia has intercepted a rocket fired by rebel Houthi fighters in Yemen, who declared a “new chapter” in its confrontation with the kingdom. The Volcano 2-H ballistic missiles was aimed at the al-Yamma royal palace in Riyadh, but was stopped by Saudi’s air defences. Reporters heard a blast and saw a plume […]

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Report: Saudi Crown Prince will ‘crush’ Hezbollah with Israel

(Arutz Sheva)  The King of Saudi Arabia plans to step down and announce his son as his successor next week, the British newspaper Daily Mail reported on Thursday, citing a source close to the country’s royal family. The move is seen as the final step in 32-year-old Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s power grab, which began earlier this […]

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Arab League To Hold Urgent Meeting On Iran As Saudis Reportedly Mobilize Fighter Jets | Zero Hedge

(Zero Hedge)  The Arab League is set to hold an emergency meeting on Iran at Saudi Arabia’s request, this according to Reuters and various regional sources, at a moment when Saudi fighter jets may be mobilizing for war in an attempted show of force. Egypt-based Ahram Online also reports further that the meeting will discuss “Iranian interference” in the region at […]

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Tension mounts in Lebanon as Saudi Arabia escalates power struggle with Iran

  (The Guardian)  In Beirut’s southern suburbs, where buildings scarred with wars of old blend with posters of the latest dead, talk of another conflict has taken hold. A fight on a scale not seen before may be brewing, say locals like Hussein Khaireddine, a barber who says he and his family in the Shia suburb […]

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US Air Force official: Missile targeting Saudis was Iranian – AP News

(AP News)  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran manufactured the ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Shiite rebels toward the Saudi capital and remnants of it bore “Iranian markings,” the top U.S. Air Force official in the Mideast said Friday, backing the kingdom’s earlier allegations. The comments by Lt. Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian, who oversees […]

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Iran’s president calls on Saudis to switch sides, abandon US & Israel – Jerusalem Post

(Jerusalem Post)  As Sunni-Shi’ite tensions in the Middle East mount, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said he wants Muslim states to come together and help each other instead of seeking friendships with the United States or Israel. In a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Rouhani called for an end to hostile relations with Saudi Arabia, adding that […]