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Saudi Islamic scholar: Ban citizenship, tourism in ‘infidel states’

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Special to WorldTribune.com Muslims should be prohibited from gaining citizenship in non-Muslim states unless it is a “life or death” situation, a Saudi scholar said. Furthermore, they should be banned from visiting the West as tourists, he said. Sheikh Muhammad […]

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‘Vision 2030’: Saudi crown prince outlines post-oil era after $98 billion deficit in 2015

Saudi Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman answers questions during a press conference in Riyadh, on April 25.  /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has unveiled a plan aimed at kicking the kingdom’s “addiction” to oil. The 31-year-old prince believes his recently-unveiled “Vision 2030” would transform the world’s top oil exporter into a global […]

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Saudi Arabia takes out $10 billion loan from consortium of banks

Saudi Arabia has turned to borrowing as major oil exporters in the Persian Gulf feel the economic pressure of dwindling income because of low oil prices.

Special to WorldTribune.com Saudi Arabia has taken out a $10 billion loan from several major banks to plug a growing budget deficit caused by falling crude oil prices. The five-year loan is Saudi Arabia’s first international debt issuance in 25 […]

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Gulf states back Morocco over UN on Western Sahara issue

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Special to WorldTribune.com Leaders of Gulf Arab states have pledged solidarity with Morocco in its dispute with the UN over the fate of Western Sahara. Morocco expelled dozens of UN staff from the mission in Western Sahara, known as MINURSO, […]

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Saudi royals snub Obama at airport arrival ceremony

U.S. President Barack Obama is greeted by Ambassador Joseph Westphal, U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as he arrives on Air Force One at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh on April 20.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com U.S. President Barack Obama, who has a habit of bowing to Saudi royalty, flew into Riyadh on April 20. This time, though, there was no one on hand for Obama to bow to. The royal family gave […]

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Saudis reportedly threaten U.S. over 9/11 report after years-long U.S. effort to protect kingdom

An explosion rips through the South Tower of the World Trade Towers after the hijacked United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into it.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com Saudi Arabia has threatened to sell off $750 billion in U.S. assets it owns if Congress passes legislation holding the kingdom responsible in any way for the attacks of September 11, 2001, the N.Y. Times reported. Meanwhile, […]

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Iran rejects crucial OPEC talks as ‘sanctions’, boycotts meeting

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh

Special to WorldTribune.com Iran, which has refused to freeze its oil output, declined to attend a crucial OPEC meeting on the oil cartel’s production levels. Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said on April 16 that he would not only […]

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Saudi religious police ordered to be ‘kinder, gentler’

Saudi religious policy can no longer arrest citizens.

Special to WorldTribune.com Public outrage has spurred Saudi Arabia to strip powers from its 10,000 religious police and require them to be “kinder and gentler.” Saudi authorities have stripped the powers of pursuit and arrest from the Haia force, also […]

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Egypt’s Sisi defends Red Sea islands deal with Saudis

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) greets Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz at the Presidential Palace in Cairo on April 9.  /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com Amid heavy criticism, Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi has defended the transfer of two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. In a TV address on April 13, Sisi said Egypt did not give up the territory […]

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U.S. warns westerners planning travel to Saudi Arabia of terror threat

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Special to WorldTribune.com Citing ongoing “security threats” from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) and Al Qaida, the United States has issued a new warning on travel to Saudi Arabia. The U.S. State Department issued the warning ahead of […]

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