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Lebanon's Hariri set to leave Saudi Arabia for France

Riyadh - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri was on Friday preparing to leave Saudi Arabia for France, a move aimed at defusing political turmoil sparked by his shock resignation in Riyadh.

Hariri to travel to France after Saudi says he's 'free to leave'

Riyadh - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri will travel to France this weekend from Saudi Arabia, Paris said Thursday, after the kingdom rejected accusations he was detained in Riyadh following his shock resignation.

Lebanon's Hariri to travel to Paris: French FM

Riyadh - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has accepted an invitation to travel to Paris after Beirut accused Riyadh of detaining him following his shock resignation, the French foreign minister said Thursday.

Lebanon's 'detained' premier to travel to France

Riyadh - Lebanon's premier Saad Hariri will travel to France "in the coming days", a French presidential source said Wednesday, after Beirut accused Saudi Arabia of detaining him following his shock resignation.

In Saudi visit, Lebanese patriarch backs PM Hariri over resignation

Riyadh - The head of Lebanon's Maronite church, in a historic visit to Saudi Arabia, voiced support Tuesday for prime minister Saad Hariri over his resignation, which tipped his country into crisis.

Royal purge: Saudi Arabia's '5-star prison'

Riyadh - Its chandelier-studded ballrooms hosted global business titans just weeks ago. Now Riyadh's palatial Ritz-Carlton is reported to have morphed into a makeshift prison after the kingdom's unprecedented crackdown on the coddled elite.

Saudi purge, Lebanon raise US concerns

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's mass purge of elite figures "raises a few concerns", US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday, reacting with caution to the crackdown on graft and also over tensions in Lebanon.

Macron visits Riyadh as Saudi-Iran tensions soar

Riyadh - French President Emmanuel Macron held talks late Thursday with Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince as tensions between Tehran and Riyadh soar over crises in Yemen and Lebanon.

Saudi Arabia says 201 people held in anti-graft swoop

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia said Thursday 201 people are being held for questioning over an estimated $100 billion in embezzlement and corruption, after the biggest purge of the kingdom's elite in its modern history.

Saudi Arabia says 201 people detained in anti-graft swoop

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia said Thursday 201 people are being held for questioning in a massive anti-graft swoop on the elite, with at least $100 billion estimated to have been lost through corruption and embezzlement over several decades.

US urges action after Saudi accuses Iran over missile attack

Riyadh - The United States called Tuesday for international action to hold Iran to account after Saudi Arabia accused Tehran of "direct military aggression" over a Yemeni rebel missile attack near Riyadh.

Saudi crown prince accuses Iran of 'direct aggression'

Riyadh - Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman accused Iran on Tuesday of "direct military aggression" against the kingdom by supplying Yemen's Huthi rebels with ballistic missiles, state media reported.

Saudi royal purge: Crown prince's high-stakes gambit

Riyadh - With his sweeping royal purge, Saudi Arabia's future king has upended a decades-old system of governance adopted by previous rulers in what analysts describe as a bold but risky power play.

Saudi Arabia seals Yemen borders, accuses Iran over missile strike

Riyadh - The Saudi-led coalition battling Shiite Huthi rebels in Yemen closed the country's air, sea and land borders Monday and accused Iran of being behind a weekend missile attack on Riyadh, saying it "may amount to an act of war".

Saudi Arabia in sweeping purge as prince cements power

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia pursued a sweeping purge of the kingdom's upper ranks on Sunday, saying it would freeze the accounts of dozens of princes, ministers and a tycoon arrested as the crown prince cements his hold on power.

Saudi princes, ex-ministers arrested in anti-graft purge: report

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia arrested 10 princes and dozens of former government ministers on Saturday, reports said, in a major purge immediately after an anti-corruption commission was established.

Saudi Arabia arrests princes, ex-ministers: report

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's newly formed anti-corruption commission arrested 10 princes and dozens of former government ministers on Saturday, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television reported, citing unnamed sources.

Missile from Yemen intercepted near Riyadh airport

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia on Saturday intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile near Riyadh's international airport after it was launched from conflict-torn Yemen, in an escalation of the kingdom's war against Iran-backed Huthi rebels.

Saudis to open sports stadiums to women in reform push

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia will allow women into sports stadiums for the first time from next year, authorities said Sunday, in a landmark move opening up three previously male-only venues to families.

'Moderate Saudi Arabia': crown prince shakes up kingdom

Riyadh - Unveiling blueprints for a futuristic landscape with robots and driverless cars, Saudi Arabia's young crown prince outlined his most emphatic vision yet to transform the ultra-conservative kingdom as he sought to charm investors.
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