The head of Saudi Arabia's human rights commission says he 'cannot recall the exact conversations' with United Nations expert probing dissident journalist's murder, adding 'I never would have desired or threatened any harm'
Mohammed bin Salman
Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was born August 31, 1985. He is the youngest defense minister in the world and is the first in line to the throne. He was appointed Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia in June, 2017, following his father's decision to remove Muhammad bin Nayef from all positions. He is also serving as first deputy prime minister, president of the Council for Economic and Development Affairs.
In 2016, Prince Mohammed introduced "Vision 2030," which is aimed at making the kingdom the heart of the Arab and Islamic world, an investment powerhouse and a hub connecting three continents. It seeks to diversify and privatize the economy, making it less reliant on oil.
One of bin Salman's most notable reforms was the removal of the ban on female drivers.
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Reporters Without Borders complaint identifies five primary suspects, inclding Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his close adviser
Proposed legislation follows the release of intel report that determined Crown Prince Mohammed had authorized the murder of dissident journalist Khashoggi
Anyone who expected the Biden administration to immediately sever ties with Crown Prince Mohammed is overlooking the Saudis’ strategic importance, several experts tell Haaretz
'If the crown prince is not punished, it will forever signal that the main culprit can get away with murder,' Hatice Cengiz writes after U.S. intelligence report released
The Biden administration will not be abandoning Saudi Arabia despite a damning U.S. intel report into the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, but it may not be so keen on Crown Prince Mohammed
Asked about punishing the Saudi crown prince, President Biden said: 'There’ll be an announcement on Monday on what we’re going to be doing with Saudi Arabia generally'
The announcement comes after Biden came under fire for his inaction on a U.S. intel report that attributed responsibility for the killing of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi to the crown prince
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Moving toward a deal with Iran traps Biden in a convoluted loop that largely blocks his intention, assuming there is one, to impose sanctions in the wake of the Khashoggi report
Riyadh has denied any involvement by the crown prince, Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler, in the murder of the dissident journalist
U.S. intel report says Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved murder of Khashoggi in Istanbul, which Saudi Arabia adamantly denies, as Biden also raises the kingdom's human rights record
U.S. officials said the report, for which the CIA was the main contributor, assessed that the crown prince approved and likely ordered the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi
The U.S. president isn't recalibrating the relationship with the whole country, but with one specific person
The Biden White House has been pressuring Saudi Arabia to improve its record on human rights, including the release of political prisoners such as women’s rights advocates from jails
Critics of the regime in the country and abroad have fallen victim to Saudi Arabia's social media surveillance system. A handful of activists have garnered international attention, but many have not won this 'glory'
Poised on the cusp between economic and climate disaster, and an amazing commercial opportunity, Gulf-based petroleum giants realize today that the golden age of oil is about to end, Dan Rabinowitz asserts in his new book. Is the era of green on the horizon?
Al-Hathloul, who pushed to end a ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia, was arrested in 2018 and sentenced to almost six years in prison last December
In December, Saudi state news agency SPA published a list of prominent 'events' of 2020 featuring several royal decrees, but the death penalty order was not included
Riyadh is attempting to score points with a lukewarm Biden administration, but reconciliation with Qatar will take more than a tight hug
'The wound is very deep': Gulf leaders put on a good show of newfound brotherly love at the GCC summit, but their formal end of conflict can’t paper over deeper social and political fractures
Since the embargo in 2017, Qatar has defied expectations to build new alliances and a more resilient economy. In the regional standoff, it is the Saudi-led Gulf Cooperation Council that blinked first
Saudi crown prince slams Iran's 'subversive and destructive' plans in the region ■ Saudi, Qatari leaders hugged ahead of summit following agreement to end the three year boycott of Qatar
Biden has pledged to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia in a bid to pressure Riyadh to end a war in Yemen
Money from Iran and the UAE winds up in the coffers of security forces and militias, while civilians are short on fuel for food and heating, and rarely have electricity
Constant abuse forced me out of Saudi Arabia. For other women, it means being thrown into jail. Mohammed bin Salman’s ‘women’s rights’ campaign, and talk of a ‘new’ Saudi Arabia, remains just slick PR
While the king sees his realm as the guardian of the whole Arab world, his son backs a Saudi-first approach. This debate will be key in relations with Israel, Iran and the new U.S. administration
While one Saudi prince is slamming the Israelis, another is pummelling the Palestinians: The royals of Riyadh are now fighting a very public war over relations with Israel