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By Senior Analyst Talal Kapoor

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.
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Prince al-Walid bin Talal, Forbes Both Claim Victory After U.K. Defamation Ruling
A U.K. judge ruled that Forbes Media LLC articles about billionaire Saudi Prince al-Walid bin Talal bin Abd al-Aziz' finances may have been defamatory, paving the way for a full trial in the case. Four articles written by the New York-based publisher last year said al-Walid had â??knowingly caused the share priceâ?? of his Kingdom Holding Co. (KINGDOM) to rise, increasing his own net worth.
Court Dismisses Prince Abd al-Aziz bin Mish'al's Appeal
major blow has been dealt to Saudi royalty, Prince Abdal-Aziz bin Mish'al bin Abd al-Aziz, by the Supreme Court today (26 November) after a judgment, handed down by Lord Neuberger, dismissed his appeal to refuse to comply with a personal signature order.
Minister of National Guard Arrives in Riyadh After an Official Visit to US
Prince Mit'ab bin Abdallah bin Abd al-Aziz, Minister of National Guard, arrived in Riyadh today after an official visit to the United States of America.
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
Online Umrah visa applications now open
Umrah operators are now ready to receive online applications for visas, Haj Minister Bandar Hajjar has said. Hajjar said they opened up for applications on Nov. 23. He urged companies working in the field to provide the best services for pilgrims, who are their responsibility on arrival in the Kingdom.
125 Grand Mosque gates opened
The Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques has opened 125 gates at the Grand Mosque to facilitate the entry and exit of Umrah pilgrims, who started arriving on Nov. 23 (Safar 1) with the beginning of the Umrah season. Some 475 male and female officers will guard the gates and monitor the movement of pilgrims and visitors, Makkah Arabic daily reported on Wednesday. No one will be allowed to enter the Grand Mosque when worshipers leave
Grand mufti: Steer clear of anti-Islamic websites
Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, grand mufti and chairman of the Standing Committee for Scientific Research and Ifta, said the cyber war waged by anti-Islamic websites are promoting division among Muslims. He called on young men and women to be cautious of these misleading sites, which seem to call for good, but are actually causing dissemination and hatred between Muslims.
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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?
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.
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