Lower Oil Prices Force Saudis to Widen Their Circle of Friends

NYT > Middle East

Saudi Arabia has long been the dominant force in oil, leaving the world at the mercy of its ambitions and its interests. Now the kingdom must refresh its strategy to reflect a weaker hand -- and in many ways, a different game.


Senior Saudi Prince Freed in Settlement Agreement of $1 Billion: Saudi Official

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DUBAI (Reuters) - Senior Saudi Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, once seen as a leading contender to the throne, was freed after reaching an "acceptable settlement agreement" with authorities paying more than $1 billion, a Saudi official said on Wednesday.


U.N. Blacklists Saudi-Led Coalition for Killing Children in Yemen

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The Saudi-led coalition was briefly added to the blacklist last year and then removed by then-U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon pending review. At the time, Ban accused Saudi Arabia of exerting "unacceptable" undue pressure after sources told Reuters that Riyadh threatened to cut some U.N. funding. Saudi Arabia denied threatening Ban.


'28 Pages': Newly released 9/11 documents find no official Saudi link

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Congress has released previously classified documents about whether the Saudi government had a role in the 9/11 attacks. The pages show no officials links between the Saudi government and the hijackers who killed nearly 3,000 people in New York. However, the report found it was likely that the attackers had financial help from people inside the kingdom. An independent panel completed the 9/11 Commission Report in 2002. But several pages - informally known as "the 28 Pages" - were withheld from the public for 13 years, fuelling speculation about their contents.


Saudi-Canada Dispute Will Not Affect Oil Supplies: Saudi Minister

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Riyadh on Sunday froze new trade with Canada and expelled the Canadian ambassador. It also ended state-backed educational and medical programs in a dispute that was sparked by Canada demanding the release of jailed rights activists.