US authorities charged two Saudi nationals and an American citizen after an investigation into the mining of data on critics of Riyadh.
Prominent experts argue that under Crown Prince's command Riyadh has made “disastrous mistakes” that weaken the kingdom in a volatile region where Iran’s stature is on the rise.
The move is the latest in a series of measures aimed at increasing the rights of women in the kingdom, even as rights groups accuse Riyadh of cracking down on women's rights activists.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is facing problems on multiple fronts, many of his own doing, which has left the kingdom in a weakened state.
Last month's attack on Aramco oil facilities sparked concerns about Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's ability to defend and lead the world’s largest oil exporter.
Conflicting accounts of the killing of General Abdulaziz al-Faghem and an irregular confirmation of his death by official sources have led to a rise in speculation that foul play was involved, or at worst a coup within the House of Saud.
Two years ago, the kingdom’s young and inexperienced ruler was confident he could “get rid of” Iran from the Middle East, but now has shifted towards seeking dialogue.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says war [with Iran] would be catastrophic for global growth, in an interview with CBS, followed by more than one percent drop in oil prices.
The drone strikes on plants in the heartland of Saudi Arabia's oil industry, including the world's biggest petroleum processing facility, were expected to send oil prices up on Monday as tensions rise.
After facing multiple setbacks, MBS appears to be appealing to any group willing to be entertained to bolster his image.
Sheikh Omar al Muqbil was arrested by Saudi authorities after criticising concerts recently held in the country.
From the war in Yemen and support for renegade Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar to the blockade of Qatar, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi are intimately involved in contributing to instability in the Middle East.
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