Salvator Mundi: the Louvre has certified it as the work of Leonardo da Vinci. But it kept those findings secret after a squabble with the painting’s owners. Photograph: Benjamin Norman/New York Times

French curators had worked for a decade to prepare a major exhibition marking the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci. When it opened,(...)

Hatice Cengiz, fiancee of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, said Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman should be ‘punished without delay’ over the murder. File photograph: Aris Oikonomou/AFP/Getty Images.

Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancee has said Mohammed bin Salman must be “punished without delay” after the publication of a US intelligence assessment found th(...)

Then US vice-president Joe Biden and Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem in 2016. Photograph: Debbie Hill/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

US president Joe Biden is using telephone diplomacy to reset relations with Saudi Arabia and Israel and shifting from the personal and trans(...)

US secretary of state Antony Blinken: will review sanctions imposed on Iranian-aligned Yemeni rebels after warnings  the measures risked triggering a terrible famine. Photograph: Carlos Barria

The White House has suspended arms sales agreed by Donald Trump to two Gulf allies, the first significant move by President Joe Biden to reset US rela(...)

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman: Some  believe the prince’s push to repair relations with Qatar are partly motivated by efforts to improve his standing with US president-elect Joe Biden. Handout photograph: Bandar Al-Jaloud/Saudi Royal Palace/AFP via Getty Images

Saudi Arabia has agreed to reopen its land, air and sea borders with Qatar in a move to end a dispute lasting more than three years that triggered an (...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman have held talks, an Israeli cabinet minister confirmed. Photographs: Maya Alleruzzo, Bandar Al-Jaloud/Saudi Royal Palace/AFP via Getty Images

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu secretly met with Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman and United States secretary of state Mike Pompeo in(...)

 Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz: remains committed to the Saudi-authored peace plan adopted by the 2002 Beirut Arab summit.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia has told the US that Israel must withdraw from conquered Arab territory and Palestinians must have their state before the kingdom will no(...)

Princess Basmah bint Saud bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, an outspoken human rights advocate, claims she is being detained without charge in Riyadh with one of her daughters. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

A senior Saudi royal and granddaughter of the country’s founding monarch has revealed she is being held in prison and demanded that the current ruler (...)

The government has used troll armies to harass and intimidate users online and has arrested and imprisoned Twitter users. Photograph: Alastair Pike/AFP/Getty

Saudi Arabia’s government recruited two Twitter employees to gather information on thousands of accounts that included prominent opponents, US prosecu(...)

Photograph: Mohammed Al-Nemer/Bloomberg

For nearly four years Saudi Arabia has been dangling the promise of offering investors a chance to buy into the world’s most profitable company. On Su(...)

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