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Lebanese Prime Minister Meets Macron in France After Mysterious Saudi Stay

Mr. Hariri, for his part, said he feared for his safety in Lebanon. With European diplomats scrambling to defuse the crisis, France seized the role of mediator. France has strong ties to Lebanon, dating from the early 20th century, and [...]
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The Upstart Saudi Prince Who’s Throwing Caution to the Winds

But analysts around the region debate whether the headlong rush might be driven more by a desire to consolidate power before a possible royal succession, desperation for cash to pay for his plans or simply unchecked ambition to put his [...]
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Lebanon’s Leader, Still in Saudi Arabia, Claims He’s Free to Go

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Adding to their suspicions, Mr. Hariri’s resignation came on the same day that the assertive Saudi crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman, oversaw the arrests of hundreds of Saudis in what he says is a corruption crackdown and critics say [...]
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Saudi Arabia Orders Its Citizens Out of Lebanon, Raising Fears of War

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The backdrop to the crisis was a series of steps by Saudi Arabia in recent days to confront its ascendant regional rival, Iran, and the surprise arrests of about 200 Saudis, including 11 princes, in what the government describes as an [...]
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Iran’s President Defends Yemeni Rebel Attack on Saudi Capital

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“We see this as an act of war,” the Saudi foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, said in an interview on CNN on Monday. “Iran cannot lob missiles at Saudi cities and towns and expect us not to take steps.” Iranian commanders have denied [...]
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In Saudi Arabia, Where Family and State Are One, Arrests May Be Selective

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“It is straight out of the autocrat’s playbook,” said Katherine Dixon, a researcher at Transparency International who has studied the Saudi defense industry. “Using state resources for your own ends is still O.K. if you are part [...]
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Ritz-Carlton Has Become a Gilded Cage for Saudi Royals

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Members of the royal family have been prohibited from leaving the country, sparking fear and concern. It was a striking turnabout for elites accustomed to lives of extreme privilege and the freedom to jet off to Paris, London or New York [...]
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Saudi Arabia Charges Iran With ‘Act of War,’ Raising Threat of Military Clash

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Saudi Arabia and its allies, including the United States and the United Arab Emirates, have enforced a sea and air blockade around Yemen since the outbreak of the current war there, so it was also unclear how Iran could have provided [...]
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Saudi Prince, Asserting Power, Brings Clerics to Heel

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Like other clerics, he saw no religious reason to bar women from driving but said he was against changing the status of women in ways that he said violated Islamic law. “They want her to dance. They want her to go to the cinema. [...]
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Saudi Crown Prince’s Mass Purge Upends a Longstanding System

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In the same stroke, the crown prince has cowed businessmen and royals across the kingdom by taking down the undisputed giant of Saudi finance. And over the last several weeks he has ordered enough high-profile arrests of intellectuals [...]