Saudi prince dies in helicopter crash near Yemen one day after missile launch by Houthis

Saudi prince dies in helicopter crash near Yemen one day after missile launch by Houthis

by WorldTribune Staff, November 6, 2017 A Saudi prince who was deputy governor of the kingdom’s Asir Province died in a helicopter crash on Nov. 5, reports said. Prince Mansour bin Muqrin, the son of former Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, was in the southern part of the kingdom near Yemen when the aircraft went […]

Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri resigns citing fears for his life

Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri resigns citing fears for his life

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has announced he is stepping down, saying he feared for his life. Hariri made the announcement in a television address on Nov. 4 from Saudi Arabia, where he is currently on a visit. In his speech, Hariri said the atmosphere in […]

Private jets grounded at Saudi airports as princes, tycoon arrested

Private jets grounded at Saudi airports as princes, tycoon arrested

by WorldTribune Staff, November 5, 2017 Dozens of Saudi princes, senior ministers and a prominent billionaire were arrested on Nov. 4 as part of what analysts said was Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s move to consolidate power in the kingdom. Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television reported that 11 princes, four current ministers and dozens of ex-ministers […]

‘Satan’s party’: Saudi minister calls on Lebanese to speak out against Hizbullah

‘Satan’s party’: Saudi minister calls on Lebanese to speak out against Hizbullah

by WorldTribune Staff, November 2, 2017 Hizbullah is carrying out war against Saudi Arabia under the direction of “the lords of global terrorism (Iran),” a Saudi official said, adding that the world needs to unite against the Lebanon-based terror organization. Saudi Minister of State for Gulf Affairs Thamer al-Sabhan tweeted that Hizbullah is the “Satan’s […]

Saudi report takes aim at Hamas, ‘Iran Emirate’ in Gaza

Saudi report takes aim at Hamas, ‘Iran Emirate’ in Gaza

by WorldTribune Staff, November 1, 2017 Hamas “has established an Iranian emirate in Gaza which is totally subordinate to the Ayatollahs,” a Saudi journalist wrote. In an article for the Saudi daily Al-Riyadh, journalist and researcher Bina Al-Mulhoum said that Hamas suffers from an identity crisis, and that although it was a Sunni movement, it […]

Saudi crown prince vows return to moderate Islam: ‘We didn’t know how to deal’ with fire Iran sparked

Saudi crown prince vows return to moderate Islam: ‘We didn’t know how to deal’ with fire Iran sparked

by WorldTribune Staff, October 27, 2017 Saudi Arabia will return to “what we were before – a country of moderate Islam that is open to all religions and to the world,” Crown Prince Mohammad said on Oct. 24. “We will not waste 30 years of our lives dealing with extremist ideas; we will destroy them […]

Saudi to offer first direct flights to Iraq in 27 years

Saudi to offer first direct flights to Iraq in 27 years

by WorldTribune Staff, October 12, 2017 The Saudi budget airline Flynas said on Oct. 11 that it will in the coming weeks offer direct flights to several Iraqi cities. There have been no flights between Saudi Arabia and Iraq since former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990. Flynas, which launched as Nas Air […]

U.S. approves $15 billion sale of THAAD missile system to Saudi Arabia

U.S. approves $15 billion sale of THAAD missile system to Saudi Arabia

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The Pentagon says the U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale of the advanced THAAD missile-defense system to Saudi Arabia for $15 billion, citing Iran among threats in the Middle East. The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in an October 6 statement that it […]

Saudi King heads to Russia to talk oil, Syria, Iran

Saudi King heads to Russia to talk oil, Syria, Iran

by WorldTribune Staff, October 5, 2017 In the first ever visit to Moscow by a reigning Saudi monarch, King Salman is expected to prioritize oil cooperation but will also discuss differences with Russia over Syria and Iran. The King, who arrives in Moscow on Oct. 5, will have several investment deals on his plate, including […]

Saudi crown prince said to have ‘secret’ meeting with Israeli officials

Saudi crown prince said to have ‘secret’ meeting with Israeli officials

by WorldTribune Staff, September 14, 2017 A senior member of the Saudi royal family held high-level talks with Israeli officials during a secret trip to the Jewish state last week, a reports said. “A prince from the Royal Court visited the country in secret over the past few days and discussed the idea of pushing […]