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By Senior Analyst Talal Kapoor

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.
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Saudi Warns of Challenge of Yemen Violence
Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia has warned that neighbouring Yemen risks sliding towards further violence which could damage regional security, after Shiite rebels overran the capital last week.
Former Head of Saudi Intelligence Robbed in Marrakech
According to Annass daily in its Monday, Sept. 29 issue, the legal representative of the Saudi prince reported a theft of an amount exceeding $10,000 at a police precinct last weekend. The alleged theft took place in the private residence of the Saudi prince in the Dar Tounsi neighborhood of Marrakech.
Prince Turki al-Faysal Speaks to CBS
Prince Turki al-Faysal bin Abd al-Aziz speaks to "CBS This Morning" co-host Norah O'Donnell about what his country is doing to keep the kingdom free from terror.
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.
Islamic Community News
Al-Sudais: Don't tarnish Haj with sectarianism
President of the Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque, Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, has warned that pilgrims risk deviating from Islamic injunctions if they use the Haj for political and sectarian gatherings.
Respect sanctity of holy sites: Grand Mufti
Doing any harm to other pilgrims or disturbing serenity of the holy mosques and holy sites tantamount to dishonoring the Haj rites, it was stated at the 39th grand annual Haj symposium which began in Makkah on Monday. Minister of Haj Bandar Hajjar inaugurated the symposium in the presence of Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Asheikh, grand mufti and head of the Council of Senior Scholars; Sheikh Abdurahman Al-Sudais, head of the Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques; and Hisham Al-Abbas, secretary general of the symposium.
Grand Mufti: Avoid politics at Haj
Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh has advised pilgrims to avoid politicizing the Haj. Speaking during his Friday sermon at Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque in Riyadh, he said the main aim of the Haj should be remembering Allah while performing the rituals.
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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?
The Next Generation - Passive Bystanders or Partners in Power?

The king has moved to place his own sons in positions of power and influence, while at the same time the sons of former kings and crown princes are being pushed aside. The notable exception is the sons of Nayif. Are they too strong to remove, or have they allied themselves with the current leadership to extract later advantage?
The King's Daughters - Hostages or Seeking Martyrdom?

Four daughters of King Abdallah claim to have been held against their will for over a decade, while their mother, a former wife of the king, campaigns for their release. But the issue is far more complex than meets the eye.
Prince Muqrin and the Succession: Marking Time?

The appointment of Prince Muqrin as heir to the crown prince is a remarkable innovation, ensuring political stability for the near term while delaying yet again the difficult decision over the transfer of power to the next generation of princes. But is the real object to line up the king's son Mit'ab for a place in future succession?
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