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Prince Mansour Bin Mohammed Bin Nawaf Al-Saud, the 26-year-old son of the Saudi ambassador to London, has died after a sudden heart attack. Deputy Defence and Aviation Minister Prince Abdelrahman Bin Abdelaziz has been on a week-long tour of the Kingdom’s military Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal is reportedly being sued by a member of staff. PetroSaudi International, which belongs to Prince Turki Bin Abdullah Bin Abdelaziz Al Saud, and Malaysian state-owned Malaysia Development Berhad have said they will establish a $2.5bn partnership to invest in oil, gas and real estate projects. British newspapers have reported that Janan Harb, a divorced widow of King Fahd, is to bring another court case against the Al-Saud family

Saudi Arabia
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Following the Eid holiday Crown Prince Sultan travelled to Tabuk, where he announced a donation of SR10m – to be given on an annual basis – to the Prince Fahd Bin Sultan University

Saudi Arabia
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Princess Hassa Bint Salman has been given a ten-month suspended sentence by a French court, after being convicted in absentia for her role in an assault on Ashraf Eid, who had been carrying out repair work at her Paris apartment in 2016. She was also given a fine of €10,000. The court heard that Eid was tied up, punched and kicked by the princess’s bodyguard Rani Saida after Eid had inadvertently taken a photo of her on his mobile phone. Hassa is expected to appeal against the verdict.

Saudi Arabia
Issue 922 - 27 April 2012

Governors: Activities

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Eastern Province governor Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd laid foundation stones in Abqaiq in early April. He was joined by his deputy, Prince Jiluwi Bin Abdelaziz Bin Musaid. In Riyadh, governor Prince Sattam Bin Abdelaziz opened the environmental rehabilitation project ofWadi Nammar andWadi Laban. Asir region governor Prince Faisal Bin Khalid Bin Abdelaziz attended a graduation ceremony on 10 April at King Khalid University, where female students recently protested against conditions. Prince Faisal met student representatives and formed a youth council to address their concerns.

Saudi Arabia
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Interior minister Prince Abdelaziz Bin Saud Bin Naif Al-Saud travelled to the UAE and Oman in mid-January for talks with a number of senior royals and other officials, in what appeared to be an effort by Riyadh to counter Qatar’s burgeoning links with Oman and possibly also to undermine Iranian interest in using Oman’s Duqm port. First stop was Abu Dhabi where he met UAE deputy prime minister and presidential affairs minister Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan on 11 January.

Saudi Arabia
Issue 995 - 19 June 2015

Saudi Arabia: MBS in Qatar

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Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) was in Doha on 12 June for a meeting with Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani. He was accompanied on his visit by minister of information and culture Adel Bin Zaid Al-Turaifi and minister of state Khalid Bin Abdelrahman Al-Essa, who until recently was deputy chief of the royal court. After talks, Emir Tamim hosted a dinner in MBS’ honour. MBS was greeted and seen off by the deputy emir of Qatar, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Thani.

Saudi Arabia
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King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa flew to Saudi Arabia on 4 May to inspect Bahrain’s forces taking part in the Yemen campaign. At Taif airport, he was received by Mecca governor Prince Khalid Al-Faisal (when Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed did the same on 26 April, see below, he was greeted by the far more senior Prince Mohammed Bin Salman). At King Fahd Air Base, King Hamad watched planes taking off for their missions, as well as a parade by the coalition jet fighters. He was briefed, and visited the Al-Faisal Aviation Sciences Museum.

Bahrain
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Sultan Bin Abdelaziz: Back in Morocco, King Abdullah: No Peres meeting, Maha Bint Fahd: Al-Turki princess dies, Talal Bin Abdelaziz: Another political reform call, Turki Bin Abdullah: Turkmenistan visit,Sattam Bin Abdelaziz: US mayors come to town

Saudi Arabia
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Former prime minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah is rumored to have formed an alliance with influential National Assembly (parliament) speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanem in an attempt to return to power. If successful, it would mark a surprising comeback for Nasser Mohammed, who stepped down from the premiership in December 2011. He was said last year to be ‘finished’ as a potential successor to Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, even though he still retained some political influence.

Kuwait
Issue 977 - 19 September 2014

Saudi Arabia: Junior Princes

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Prince Abdullah, son of former deputy defence minister Prince Khalid Bin Sultan, has been in Bermuda, where he met Premier Michael Dunkley. They held talks at the Elbow Beach hotel, which has been owned by Prince Khalid since the early 1990s. Abdullah is a low-profile son of Prince Khalid, who was removed from his ministerial position in April 2013. In early September, Prince Khalid Bin Alwaleed Bin Talal visited Malta, where he had a meeting with Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.

Saudi Arabia
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King Salman Bin Abdelaziz held talks with President Mahmoud Abbas of Palestine on 21 December, in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and amid ongoing allegations of Saudi meddling in the domestic politics of a number of Levant countries. The king closed out the year by hosting Kuwait’s recently appointed first deputy prime minister and defence minister Sheikh Nassir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah at Al-Auja Palace on 31 December.

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Mystery surrounds the whereabouts of 32-year-old Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed Al-Maktoum, daughter of the federal Vice President, prime minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum (MBR). On 4 March, the American-registered yacht Nostromo was reportedly boarded by an armed group some 50 miles off the coast of India. On board were Sheikha Latifa, US-French duel national Hervé Jaubert, Finnish citizen Tiina Jauhiainen and three others.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 1021 - 08 September 2016

King Salman: Back home

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King Salman returned to the Kingdom in mid-August after several weeks in Morocco. Soon after his arrival he ordered a month’s extra pay for Saudi military and security personnel actively involved in operations in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia
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Saudi Arabia National Guard commander Prince Miteb Bin Abdullah gave a late February interview to Okaz/Saudi Gazette in which he described his father’s daily routine, which includes waking for the Fajr prayer, reading the Quran, sleeping again and then performing the Dhuhr prayer.

Saudi Arabia
Issue 1042 - 04 August 2017

Hamad Bin Abdullah: Defamation action

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Qatar Investment and Projects Development Holding Company (Qipco) and its chief executive Sheikh Hamad Bin Abdullah Al-Thani have brought an action for defamation against the unnamed owner of US-based website The Muslim Issue. The complaint, filed in the Wisconsin district court on 17 July, describes the website as a “hate site against Muslims throughout the world”. The Muslim Issue claims it has more than 26m readers.

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