House of Saud http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/25839/all en Saudi king appoints prince Saud bin Nayef oil province governor http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/saudi-king-appoints-prince-saud-bin-nayef-oil-province-governor <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah appointed Prince Saud bin Nayef as governor of the oil-producing Eastern Province, the Royal Court said in a statement carried by state news agency SPA on Monday.</p> <p>The Eastern Province is where minority Shi'ite Muslims have held protests over the past two years calling for more rights and the release of jailed relatives.</p> Asia House of Saud Saudi Arabia Social Issues Thomson Reuters Mon, 14 Jan 2013 11:00:03 +0000 5734068 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Saudi king names new governor for restive oil region http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/update-2-saudi-king-names-new-governor-restive-oil-region <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah appointed a former diplomat to run its most sensitive region on Monday, naming Prince Saud bin Nayef as governor of oil-producing Eastern Province, scene of protests by the kingdom's Shi'ite Muslim minority.</p> <p>The appointment gives Prince Saud, who was born in 1956, a senior government job at a moment when the ruling al-Saud family is making a transition towards a younger generation of leaders.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/update-2-saudi-king-names-new-governor-restive-oil-region" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia House of Saud Human Interest Saudi Arabia Social Issues Thomson Reuters Mon, 14 Jan 2013 12:00:34 +0000 5734094 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Saudi Arabia appoints Prince Muqrin as second deputy PM http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/update-1-saudi-arabia-appoints-prince-muqrin-second-deputy-pm <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds analyst comments, background)</p> <p>RIYADH, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has named former intelligence chief Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz as second deputy prime minister, a role historically seen as making the incumbent second in line to become king.</p> <p>Holders of the position have gone on in the past to be crown prince of the world's top oil exporter, where the ruling family controls most senior government posts and, in the absence of elections, wields near absolute authority.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/update-1-saudi-arabia-appoints-prince-muqrin-second-deputy-pm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia House of Saud Human Interest Kings of Saudi Arabia Middle East Saudi Arabia Thomson Reuters Fri, 01 Feb 2013 12:16:23 +0000 5742911 at http://www.globalpost.com Saudi king names brother deputy premier: SPA http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/saudi-king-names-brother-deputy-premier-spa <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Saudi King Abdullah on Friday appointed one of his brothers, Moqren bin Abdul Aziz, as a deputy prime minister, making him second in line to the throne, the official SPA news agency said.</p> <p>"Prince Moqren bin Abdul Aziz, adviser and special envoy of the king, has been named second vice president of the Council of Ministers," said the SPA report.</p> <p>The king, 89, is the president of the Council, and Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz, 77, is the first vice president.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/saudi-king-names-brother-deputy-premier-spa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> House of Saud Human Interest Middle East Saudi Arabia AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 13:00:20 +0000 5742957 at http://www.globalpost.com Saudi king names brother deputy premier: SPA http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/saudi-king-names-brother-deputy-premier-spa-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Saudi King Abdullah appointed one of his brothers, Moqren bin Abdul Aziz, as deputy prime minister, on Friday, making him second in line to the throne, the official SPA news agency said.</p> <p>"Prince Moqren bin Abdul Aziz, adviser and special envoy of the king, has been named second vice president of the Council of Ministers," said the SPA report.</p> <p>The king, 89, is the president of the Council, and Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz, 77, is the first vice president.</p> <p>In the event of the king's death, the 68-year-old Moqren could then become crown prince.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/saudi-king-names-brother-deputy-premier-spa-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> House of Saud Human Interest Kings of Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 13:45:46 +0000 5743021 at http://www.globalpost.com Saudi prince jailed for murder in Britain to be sent home http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/saudi-prince-jailed-murder-britain-be-sent-home <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A gay Saudi prince jailed for life in Britain for murdering his servant is to serve the rest of his sentence in his home country, a British government source said on Tuesday.</p> <p>Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz Bin Nasir, a grandson of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah II, was jailed in 2010 for killing Bandar Abdullah Abdulaziz in a London hotel after subjecting him to a "sadistic" campaign of violence and sexual abuse.</p> <p>The source confirmed that British Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has approved the 36-year-old prince's transfer to a jail in Saudi Arabia.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/saudi-prince-jailed-murder-britain-be-sent-home" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia House of Saud Middle East Social Issues Technology AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 00:16:09 +0000 5747031 at http://www.globalpost.com Saudi capital governor dead: SPA http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/saudi-capital-governor-dead-spa <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Riyadh governor Prince Sattam bin Abdul Aziz, a half brother of the Saudi king, died on Tuesday, state news agency SPA reported without saying what caused his death.</p> <p>SPA quoted a royal statement as saying that Prince Sattam, who was in his 70s, would be buried in the Saudi capital on Wednesday. The brief report gave no other details about why and where the death occurred.</p> <p>Prince Sattam was appointed Riyadh governor after his half-brother, Crown Prince Salman, was named defence minister in October 2011.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/saudi-capital-governor-dead-spa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> House of Saud Middle East Saudi Arabia AFP Tue, 12 Feb 2013 22:46:24 +0000 5753959 at http://www.globalpost.com Saudi urges unity against 'terror' threat http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/saudi-urges-unity-against-terror-threat <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A senior Saudi official told an international conference on security on Saturday that the "terrorist" threat remains and urged global cooperation to combat it.</p> <p>"The danger of terrorism and terrorists still persists and affects several countries," Prince Turki bin Mohammed al-Saud of the foreign ministry told delegates at the opening of the two-day event.</p> <p>"We must face up to it using all means and at all levels, local, regional and international.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/saudi-urges-unity-against-terror-threat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia House of Saud Saudi Arabia War AFP Sat, 16 Feb 2013 13:45:58 +0000 5757493 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 4-Kerry sees "finite" time for Iran nuclear talks to bear fruit http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130304/rpt-supermodel-heidi-klum-new-judge-nbcs-americas-got-talent <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* U.S., Saudis reaffirm backing for diplomatic solution</p> <p>* Saudi: Talks cannot be like debates about angels and pins</p> <p>* Kerry sees Saudi crown prince but not King Abdullah</p> <p>* U.S. diplomat also meets Palestinian President Abbas (Adds analyst quote on Kerry not meeting King Abdullah, paragraphs 16-17)</p> <p>By Arshad Mohammed and Angus McDowall</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130304/rpt-supermodel-heidi-klum-new-judge-nbcs-americas-got-talent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Entertainment Heidi Klum House of Saud Project Runway Saudi Arabia Series Technology Television Thomson Reuters Mon, 04 Mar 2013 18:15:15 +0000 5773081 at http://www.globalpost.com Saudi prince jailed in Britain for murder flies home http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/saudi-prince-jailed-britain-murder-flies-home <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Saudi prince jailed for life in Britain for murdering his servant has been flown home to serve the rest of his sentence, the British government said Wednesday.</p> <p>Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Nasir, a grandson of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, was jailed in 2010 for killing Bandar Abdullah Abdulaziz in a London hotel after subjecting him to a "sadistic" campaign of violence and sexual abuse.</p> <p>But Britain's Ministry of Justice confirmed that the 36-year-old royal flew back to Saudi Arabia on Monday after he was granted a transfer to a prison in his homeland. </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/saudi-prince-jailed-britain-murder-flies-home" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia House of Saud Middle East Social Issues Technology AFP Wed, 20 Mar 2013 19:01:10 +0000 5789104 at http://www.globalpost.com Saudi king sacks air force chief http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130511/saudi-king-sacks-air-force-chief <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Saudi King Abdullah has dismissed and retired air force chief General Mohammed al-Ayesh by royal decree, the official SPA news agency reported on Friday, without elaborating on why.</p> <p>The monarch named General Fayadh bin Hamed al-Rowaili to succeed him, the agency added.</p> <p>In April, the deputy defence minister, Prince Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, a member of the royal family who played a key role in the 1991 Gulf War over Kuwait, was also dismissed by royal decree.</p> <p>Again, no explanation was given for the move.</p> <p>str/tm/srm/al</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> Asia House of Saud Middle East AFP Sat, 11 May 2013 22:20:17 +0000 5835901 at http://www.globalpost.com Saudi says 'cannot be silent' at Iran, Hezbollah involvement in Syria http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130625/saudi-says-cannot-be-silent-at-iran-hezbollah-involvement-syria <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>JEDDAH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia regards the involvement of Iran and Hezbollah in Syria's civil war as dangerous and believes the rebels must be offered military aid to defend themselves, the kingdom's foreign minister said on Tuesday.</p> <p>Speaking at a news conference with U.S. Secretary John Kerry in Jeddah, Prince Saud al-Faisal added that Saudi Arabia "cannot be silent" about Iranian intervention and called for a resolution to ban arms flows to the Syrian government.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130625/saudi-says-cannot-be-silent-at-iran-hezbollah-involvement-syria" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia House of Saud Middle East Thomson Reuters Tue, 25 Jun 2013 13:32:18 +0000 5866877 at http://www.globalpost.com Son of Saudi crown prince named deputy defense minister http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130806/son-former-saudi-crown-prince-named-deputy-defense-minister <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi King Abdullah appointed Tourism Minister Prince Sultan bin Salman as a new deputy defense minister late on Tuesday in a move that strengthens his credentials for future high office in the world's top oil exporter.</p> <p>The move was made in a royal decree carried by state news agency SPA. It did not give a reason for the switch.</p> <p>Prince Sultan, who was the first Arab astronaut, was born in 1956 and is the oldest living son of Defence Minister Crown Prince Salman, the heir apparent.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130806/son-former-saudi-crown-prince-named-deputy-defense-minister" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia House of Saud Human Interest Saudi Arabia Thomson Reuters Tue, 06 Aug 2013 23:02:40 +0000 5904168 at http://www.globalpost.com US denies ties with Saudis under strain http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131022/us-denies-ties-saudis-under-strain <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia remain strong, a US official insisted Tuesday, brushing aside a report its key Gulf ally was seeking to distance itself from Washington amid differences over Syria.</p> <p>Asked if Riyadh had told Washington that it planned to cut back cooperation, the official replied: "Not to my knowledge has that message been sent to the State Department by the Saudis."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131022/us-denies-ties-saudis-under-strain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Business House of Saud Middle East Politics AFP Tue, 22 Oct 2013 21:33:19 +0000 5967932 at http://www.globalpost.com Saudi Arabia warns of shift away from U.S. over Syria, Iran http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131022/saudi-spy-chief-says-riyadh-shift-away-us-over-syria-iran <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Amena Bakr and Warren Strobel</p> <p>DOHA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Upset at President Barack Obama's policies on Iran and Syria, members of Saudi Arabia's ruling family are threatening a rift with the United States that could take the alliance between Washington and the kingdom to its lowest point in years.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131022/saudi-spy-chief-says-riyadh-shift-away-us-over-syria-iran" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Health House of Saud Labor Politics Saudi Arabia Social Issues War Thomson Reuters Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:51:34 +0000 5967456 at http://www.globalpost.com