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By Senior Analyst Talal Kapoor

Is Saudi Arabia's reluctance to take action to stem the collapsing price of oil part of a deliberate strategy to weaken regional foes, or is the Kingdom caught in the unpleasant position of having to weather a short- term economic storm in order to retain market share? Though all evidence points to the latter, the long-term fallout could yet be severe.
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Royal Family News
Saudis Pledge Allegiance To New King, Crown Prince
New Saudi King Salman bin Abd al-Aziz and Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abd al-Aziz received pledges of allegiance from citizens on Friday evening, after the late King Abdallah bin Abd al-Aziz passed away in the early hours of the morning. Saudi citizens flocked to Governance Palace in Riyadh to pledge their allegiance for King Salman and Crown Prince Muqrin.
Sons Of Late King Abdallah Receive Condolers
The sons of late King Abdallah bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud will receive condolences on death of late King Abdallah bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud at late King Abdallah's Palace at Prince Abdallah District after Isha prayer on Monday and Tuesday.
Nation Pledges Allegiance To Salman
Thousands of tearful mourners descended on al-Yamamah Palace on Saturday to offer condolences to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abd al-Aziz following the death of King Abdallah bin Abd al-Aziz on Friday. Islamic scholars, tribal chiefs and officials also pledged allegiance to King Salman in the ceremony seen as a public endorsement of the new king.
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Saudi Business News
Saudi Prince becomes new owner of Raimondi Cranes
His Royal Highness, Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed Al Saud has purchased Raimondi Cranes SpA for an undisclosed fee. The Saudi royal, who is the only son of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud, is now owner and chairman of the 150-year-old company.
SABB/HSBC PMI Index indicates slower activity growth in July
Saudi Arabia: The Saudi British Bank "SABB" has published the results of the headline SABB/HSBC Saudi Arabia Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for July 2013 - a monthly report issued by the bank and HSBC.
STC provides Business customer with BlackBerry Q5
Saudi Arabia: STC has launched BlackBerry Q5 for the first time in Saudi Arabia for the Business customers along the chance of getting the device free of charge within Business smart device bundles.
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Islamic Community News
No justification for abuse of Islam: KSA
Saudi Arabia on Wednesday denounced the Paris-based Charlie Hebdo magazine for publishing blasphemous material about Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
Sermons flaying terror attacks to be distributed
The Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance Sulaiman Aba Al-Khail has ordered officials to distribute to students, academics and other parties all the Friday sermons delivered on Jan. 9 condemning the Arar terror attacks.
Haia: No religious or personal birthday celebrations allowed
The Health Ministry has instructed all public hospitals and health facilities not to allow celebration of â??religious or personalâ?? birthdays inside their compounds. The ministryâ??s religious awareness department said Sunday that the circular was based on a religious edict issued by the Dar Al-Ifta 27 years ago.
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Commentary
King Abdallah: A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing? (Part Two)

Prince Mit'ab bin Abdallah, head of the National Guard, has just returned from a high-profile visit to the United States, underscoring the prominence of the king's sons in public life. Is Abdallah, like King Saud before him, scheming to bypass the succession process and start an alternate line of succession?
The Kingdom's War Against ISIS - Shadows Of The Past?

As Saudi Arabia joins the coalition against the Islamic State after its lightning expansion across Iraq, it must confront its own past, whose shadows still fall across the present.
The Paris Heist: An Embarrassment of Riches?

The daring daylight robbery of a playboy prince in Paris has become an embarrassment not only to France, coming just before the visit of Crown Prince Salman, and on the heels of a number of high-profile robberies, but to the royal families of the Gulf, as the media spotlight shines on their often vulgar and "blingtastic" ways abroad.
King Abdallah: A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing? (Part One)

King Abdallah has worked to place his own sons in positions of power and influence, much as the late King Saud did for his progeny. During Saud's reign, it was thought that the king was preparing the ground for one of his sons to take the throne after him, altering the rules of succession. Could the same charge be levelled against Abdallah now?
Khalid al-Tuwayjri - The "Uncrowned King"?

Often spoken of as a "power behind the throne", the king's close adviser Khalid al-Tuwayjri plays an important role as gatekeeper to the Royal Court, but has often been fiercely criticized for his supposed influence in royal family politics. But is al-Tuwayjri really an "uncrowned king", or is it more a case of some members of the royal family venting their displeasure at a non-royal's rise to power?
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