Kings of Saudi Arabia http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/26175/all en Saudi says negotiated Syria settlement "inconceivable" http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/saudi-says-negotiated-syria-settlement-inconceivable <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, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said on Tuesday the scale of violence used by Syria's government when fighting rebels meant a negotiated settlement of the country's crisis was unthinkable.</p> <p>"Damascus... which has been a city for the longest period of time, is carpet bombed. How can you conceive of the possibility of a negotiated settlement with somebody who does that to his own country, to his own history, to his own people? It is inconceivable to us," Prince Saud al-Faisal told a news conference.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/saudi-says-negotiated-syria-settlement-inconceivable" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Kings of Saudi Arabia Middle East Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 22 Jan 2013 13:45:04 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5737728 at http://www.globalpost.com (Blank Headline Received) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/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>SAUDI ARABIA APPOINTS PRINCE MUQRIN BIN ABDULAZIZ AS SECOND DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER- STATE NEWS AGENCY</p> Asia Kings of Saudi Arabia Middle East Thomson Reuters Fri, 01 Feb 2013 11:01:04 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5742812 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 Thomson Reuters 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-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 Agence France-Presse 5743021 at http://www.globalpost.com Saudi executes man after 30 years on death row: SPA http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/saudi-executes-man-after-30-years-death-row-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 Arabia beheaded on Tuesday a man who had been on death row for three decades for beating to death a fellow Saudi, after the victim's family denied him clemency, the official SPA news agency said.</p> <p>Abdullah bin Fandi al-Shammari was executed in the northern town of Hael, the agency said.</p> <p>Shammari was 23 when he was arrested and jailed for beating to death Moojab bin Mohammed al-Rashidi after a row.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/saudi-executes-man-after-30-years-death-row-spa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Kings of Saudi Arabia Middle East Social Issues AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 15:01:03 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5746455 at http://www.globalpost.com Saudi beheads national for murder http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/saudi-beheads-national-murder <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 Arabia beheaded one of its nationals on Tuesday in the southwestern Aseer region after he was convicted of murdering a fellow citizen, the interior ministry announced.</p> <p>Mohammed al-Qahtani shot dead Mueed al-Qahtani during a fight between the two, the ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency SPA.</p> <p>His execution brings to 11 the number of people beheaded in Saudi Arabia so far this year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/saudi-beheads-national-murder" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Kings of Saudi Arabia Middle East AFP Tue, 12 Feb 2013 12:30:47 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5753397 at http://www.globalpost.com Saudi beheads murderer, drugs smuggler http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/saudi-beheads-murderer-drugs-smuggler <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 Arabia on Tuesday beheaded one its nationals convicted of murder as well as a Syrian convicted of smuggling drugs into the kingdom, the interior ministry announced.</p> <p>The Saudi, Mohammed al-Qahtani, shot dead fellow national Mueed al-Qahtani in a fight, the ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency SPA.</p> <p>He was beheaded in the southwestern Aseer region.</p> <p>In a separate case, Nabil Abu Khanjar, a Syrian, was beheaded in the northern Al-Jawf province after he was convicted of smuggling "large amounts of amphetamines," SPA reported.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/saudi-beheads-murderer-drugs-smuggler" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Kings of Saudi Arabia Middle East AFP Tue, 12 Feb 2013 12:30:57 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5753400 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ Syria death toll may have reached 90,000: Kerry http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/urgent-syria-death-toll-may-have-reached-90000-kerry <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>US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that the death toll in Syria may have reached 90,000, citing figures given to him by his Saudi counterpart Prince Saud al-Faisal.</p> <p>"I had occasion ... to speak this morning with the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia. The first thing he mentioned to me was in his estimate perhaps as many as 90,000 people have been killed in Syria," Kerry told reporters.</p> <p>jkb/adm</p> Asia John Kerry Kings of Saudi Arabia Middle East AFP Thu, 14 Feb 2013 18:15:26 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5755542 at http://www.globalpost.com Saudi executes convicted murderer http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/saudi-executes-convicted-murderer <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 Arabia on Thursday executed one of its nationals in Riyadh after he was convicted of murdering another man, the interior ministry said.</p> <p>Shbib al-Otaibi was beheaded by the sword for killing a fellow Saudi, Faleh al-Shibani, following a dispute between the pair, said a ministry statement carried by the official SPA news agency.</p> <p>Otaibi's execution bring to 13 the number of people beheaded in Saudi Arabia so far this year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/saudi-executes-convicted-murderer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Kings of Saudi Arabia Middle East Saudi Arabia AFP Thu, 14 Feb 2013 19:12:04 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5755838 at http://www.globalpost.com Saudi executes Chadian for drug trafficking http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/saudi-executes-chadian-drug-trafficking <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 Arabia on Tuesday beheaded by the sword a Chadian man convicted of drug trafficking in the ultra-conservative kingdom, the interior ministry said.</p> <p>Abdelkerim Ibrahim Mussa Abkar, who was executed in the holy city of Mecca, had been sentenced to death for trafficking in cocaine, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency.</p> <p>The execution brings to 14 the number of people beheaded in Saudi Arabia so far this year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/saudi-executes-chadian-drug-trafficking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Kings of Saudi Arabia Middle East AFP Tue, 19 Feb 2013 12:01:02 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5759802 at http://www.globalpost.com Saudi women take seats in Shura Council for first time http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/saudi-women-take-seats-shura-council-first-time <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>Thirty Saudi women took seats in Saudi Arabia's Shura Council, for the first time in the ultra-conservative kingdom's history, as they were sworn in before King Abdullah on Tuesday at his palace in Riyadh.</p> <p>The women took their seats in the same room with their 130 male colleagues and were sworn in collectively, state television said.</p> <p>"The development we are working at must be gradual," King Abdullah said in a brief statement broadcast on state television.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/saudi-women-take-seats-shura-council-first-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Abdullah Asia Kings of Saudi Arabia Middle East Religion Technology AFP Tue, 19 Feb 2013 15:31:27 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5760030 at http://www.globalpost.com FACTBOX-Key political risks to watch in Saudi Arabia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130220/factbox-key-political-risks-watch-saudi-arabia <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, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia is the No. 1 oil exporter, underpins U.S. security policy in the Middle East and holds great sway over the world's 1.6 billion Muslims through its guardianship of Islam's two holiest sites. Here are some political risks facing the kingdom:</p> <p>SUCCESSION</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130220/factbox-key-political-risks-watch-saudi-arabia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Kings of Saudi Arabia Middle East Religion Social Issues Thomson Reuters Wed, 20 Feb 2013 13:00:16 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5761011 at http://www.globalpost.com Saudi beheads national for murder http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/saudi-beheads-national-murder <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 Arabia beheaded on Tuesday one of its nationals convicted of murdering a fellow Saudi in the western Mecca region, the interior ministry said.</p> <p>Nemr al-Subaie had shot dead Hunaitem al-Subaie following a dispute between them, the ministry said in a statement carried by SPA state news agency.</p> <p>His execution brings to 17 the number of people beheaded in Saudi Arabia so far this year.</p> <p>In 2012, the kingdom executed 76 people, according to an AFP tally based on official figures. The US-based Human Rights Watch put the number at 69.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/saudi-beheads-national-murder" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Kings of Saudi Arabia Middle East Saudi Arabia AFP Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:16:17 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5766856 at http://www.globalpost.com Saudi arrests 176 at demo for Islamist prisoners http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130302/saudi-arrests-176-at-demo-islamist-prisoners <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 police have arrested 176 people, including 15 women, for holding an illegal protest to demand the release of Islamist prisoners, the official SPA news agency reported late Friday.</p> <p>The agency, quoting a police spokesman, said protesters were arrested "after refusing to break up a gathering outside the offices of the investigation bureau and the prosecution in Buraida," in central Saudi Arabia.</p> <p>The spokesman accused the protesters of acting on behalf of "deviant groups" -- a term the authorities usually use to refer to the Al-Qaeda jihadist network.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130302/saudi-arrests-176-at-demo-islamist-prisoners" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Kings of Saudi Arabia Middle East AFP Sat, 02 Mar 2013 09:46:04 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5771594 at http://www.globalpost.com Kerry on Gulf tour pledges backing for Syria rebels http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130304/kerry-gulf-tour-pledges-backing-syria-rebels-2 <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>US Secretary of State John Kerry said during a Gulf tour on Monday that Washington will work to "empower" Syria's opposition, while warning arch-foe Iran that time for talks on Tehran's nuclear ambitions could run out.</p> <p>Kerry, on his first tour to the region since taking up the post, held talks with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) officials and also met in Riyadh over lunch with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, who flew in unannounced.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130304/kerry-gulf-tour-pledges-backing-syria-rebels-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Kings of Saudi Arabia Middle East Politics War AFP Mon, 04 Mar 2013 19:46:02 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5773174 at http://www.globalpost.com