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Pompeo heads to Saudi Arabia, UAE for Iran crisis talks

Pompeo heads to Saudi Arabia, UAE for Iran crisis talksUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday he will visit Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for talks on the crisis sparked by Iran’s downing an American drone. “We’ll be talking with them about how to make sure that we are all strategically aligned and how we can build out a global coalition” on Iran, he said. Iran shot down a US Global Hawk drone on Thursday, saying it had violated its airspace near the strategic Strait of Hormuz — a claim the United States denies.



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President Trump briefed on missile strike in Saudi Arabia, spokeswoman says

President Trump briefed on missile strike in Saudi Arabia, spokeswoman saysU.S. President Donald Trump has been briefed on the details of a missile strike in Saudi Arabia, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Wednesday. “We are closely monitoring the situation and continuing to consult with our partners and allies,” Sanders added. Earlier, Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis said they had struck a power station in Al-Shuqaiq city, in the Saudi province of Jizan, with a cruise missile, according to the group’s Al Masirah TV.



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Saudi Arabia arrests activists supporting women's rights, including 2 US citizens

Saudi Arabia arrests activists supporting women's rights, including 2 US citizensThose arrested are writers and advocates who quietly supported greater social reforms and most had ties to a group of women’s rights activists currently on trial.



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Did Saudi Arabia hack Jeff Bezos? Amazon CEO adviser says Saudis 'got private information'

Did Saudi Arabia hack Jeff Bezos? Amazon CEO adviser says Saudis 'got private information'Saudi Arabian officials with an interest in harming Jeff Bezos obtained his "private information," according to an adviser to the world's richest man.



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Saudi Arabia temporarily releases three detained women activists

Saudi Arabia temporarily releases three detained women activistsSaudi Arabia on Thursday temporarily released three out of 11 women detained nearly a year ago in a broad crackdown on activists, state media said, as the kingdom faces intense global scrutiny over human rights. Blogger Eman al-Nafjan, retired lecturer Aziza al-Youssef and academic Rokaya al-Mohareb were freed, one of their relatives told AFP, as the women face trial in Riyadh’s criminal court on charges that include contact with foreign media, diplomats and human rights groups. “The criminal court in Riyadh announces the provisional release of three detainees,” the official Saudi Press Agency said, without naming them.



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Saudi Arabia replaces envoy to Washington: royal decree

Saudi Arabia replaces envoy to Washington: royal decreeSaudi Arabia has replaced its ambassador to the United States, a royal decree announced Saturday, as the fallout over journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder tests relations between the two allies. Princess Rima bint Bandar was appointed the kingdom’s first woman envoy to Washington, replacing Prince Khalid bin Salman, who was named vice defence minister. Prince Khalid is the younger brother of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the country’s de facto ruler who also serves as the defence minister.



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Saudi Arabia names first woman envoy to Washington at critical time

Saudi Arabia names first woman envoy to Washington at critical timeSaudi Arabia on Saturday named a princess as its first woman ambassador to the United States, a key appointment as the fallout over journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder tests relations between the allies. Princess Rima bint Bandar replaced Prince Khalid bin Salman, the younger brother of the powerful crown prince who was appointed vice defence minister in a flurry of late-night royal decrees announced on state media. The reshuffle comes as Saudi Arabia seeks to quell an international outcry over Khashoggi’s murder last October in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, which strained relations with its key ally Washington.



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Woman who fled Saudi Arabia reaches her new home in Canada

Woman who fled Saudi Arabia reaches her new home in CanadaTORONTO (AP) — Tired but smiling, an 18-year-old Saudi woman who said she feared death if deported back home arrived Saturday in Canada, which offered her asylum in a case that attracted global attention after she mounted a social media campaign.



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Secretary of State Pompeo to press Saudi Arabia to provide a 'credible narrative' on Jamal Khashoggi's murder

Secretary of State Pompeo to press Saudi Arabia to provide a 'credible narrative' on Jamal Khashoggi's murderCritics don't expect a forceful reprimand of the Saudis from Pompeo. Some experts said the real audience for his message on Khashoggi may be Congress.



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Saudi Arabia denies requesting extradition of woman in Thailand: embassy

Saudi Arabia denies requesting extradition of woman in Thailand: embassyDUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia's embassy in Thailand has denied reports that Riyadh had requested the extradition of a young Saudi women seeking asylum in Thailand, the embassy said on Twitter. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, who fled from her family and barricaded herself inside a Bangkok airport hotel to prevent Thai authorities expelling her, was allowed to leave the airport after talks with the United Nations refugee agency late on Monday. She arrived in Bangkok on Saturday from Kuwait, saying she feared her family would kill her if she was forced to go home. …



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