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By Senior Analyst Talal Kapoor

Reports of Saudi royals in legal trouble have been making headlines, adding to Al Saud embarrassment over reports of family dissension and an internal power struggle. Princes behaving badly is not a recent development, but in the age of mass media, reports of their transgressions can no longer be swept under the carpet.
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Royal Family News
Crown Prince in Qatar for GCC Meeting
Prince Muhammad bin Nayif bin Abd al-Aziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, attended here today a luncheon banquet held by Qatari Deputy Amir Shaykh Abdallah bin Hamad Al Thani in honor of ministers of interior of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Member States on of occasion of convening their 34th Consultative Meeting in Doha.
NYT Interview With Prince Muhammad bin Salman
Saudi Arabia is a country that is easier to write about from afar, where you can just tee off on the place as a source of the most austere, antipluralistic version of Islam - the most extreme versions of which have been embraced by the Islamic State, or ISIS. What messes me up is when I go there and meet people I really like and I see intriguing countertrends.
King Salman Receives Princes, Kingdom's Grand Mufti, Citizens
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abd al-Aziz received at al-Yamamah Palace here today princes, the Kingdom's Grand Mufti, scholars and a group of citizens who came to greet him.
Saudi Business News
Universities under probe for financial discrepancies
Saudi Gazette report JEDDAH mdash; The Ministry of Education has uncovered financial discrepancies at some universities reaching millions of riyals and has formed a specialized committee to investigate the possible violations, Al-Watan daily reported. A source at the ministry reported that undocumented and unauth
Water supplied to Najran villages polluted, residents claim
nbsp; Saudi Gazette report nbsp; NAJRAN mdash; Residents of villages and small towns in Najran Province claim their water supplies are polluted and requested the Najran General Directorate of Water to fulfill its promise of providing potable water to the region, Al-Watan daily reported.
Haia chief stands by his predecessor
The new head of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) has ordered an investigation into offensive videos and photos posted on social media against his predecessor, A
Islamic Community News
Grand mufti tells youth not to be misled
Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Asheikh has warned Saudi youth against falling prey to mischief makers and their deviant agendas. Al-Asheikh, who is also the chairman of the Council of Senior Ulema, urged them to follow the principles of Islam and obey their parents, saying that they should avoid those bent on dividing people as well as those who are intent on spilling the blood of the innocent.
Saudi Council of Senior Scholars condemns Paris attack
Saudi ArabiaĆ¢??s highest religious body has condemned a coordinated assault by gunmen and bombers that killed 127 people across Paris as contrary to Islamic values.
Pilgrims gather in Arafat at Haj climax
Nearly two millions pilgrims from 164 nations gathered on Wednesday on the plains of Arafat, about 20 km from Makkah, for what is described as the most important and central element of the five-day annual Haj pilgrimage.
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Royal Dissension - A Futile Endeavor Or Genuine Threat? (Part One)

A group of senior princes has proposed removing King Salman from power and replacing him with someone more to their liking. While observers react with alarm to the supposedly "unprecedented" dissension, the history of the Saudi state from the mid-eighteenth century shows that challenges to Al Saud leadership from within the internal ranks of the family are an inherent feature of this particular form of personality-based dynastic rule, and commonly arise during times of internal and external crisis.
The Triumvirate: A Sudayri Resurgence? (Part Two)

The elevation of the king's nephew and son to the roles of crown prince and deputy crown prince, respectively, has rekindled talk of the re-emergence of the al-Sudayri faction in royal family politics. But should the shifting succession dynamic be framed in such terms?
Summer on the Cote d'Azur: A Colossal Blunder?

King Salman's planned three-week stay at the family villa in the south of France quickly deteriorated into fiasco, with one controversy after another dogging the royal visit. Was the royal party driven out by the undue attention?
The Swiss Affair: The Strange Case of Prince Sultan bin Turki

The reappearance of a decade-old scandal provides a rare glimpse into a bitter and acrimonious family feud, exposing a previously unknown rift at the highest levels of power.
The Triumvirate: A Sudayri Resurgence? (Part One)

The elevation of the king's nephew and son to the roles of crown prince and deputy crown prince, respectively, has rekindled talk of the re-emergence of the al-Sudayri faction in royal family politics. But should the shifting succession dynamic be framed in such terms?
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