In Pictures: Saudi Arabia in the News

Published November 19th, 2017 - 10:51 GMT

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Saudi Arabia has been the focus of world media over the past week, with numerous major stories coming from the Kingdom.

The historical visit of the Lebanese Christian Maronite patriarch Beshara Rai, the rumored kidnapping and forced resignation of Lebanon's Prime Minister Rafic Hariri, and major protests in Yemen have all seen Saudi Arabia thrown into the limelight.

This slideshow explores Saudi Arabia in the news this week. Continue reading below »

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Lebanon's Christian Maronite patriarch Beshara Rai arrives for a meeting with the Saudi King on Nov. 14, 2017, in Riyadh. 

Saudi Arabia's King Salman hosted the head of the Lebanese Maronite church, a historic first at a time when Riyadh is stepping up the pressure on Iran-backed Hezbollah.

(Fayez Nureldine / AFP)
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Image 1 of 8:  1 / 8Lebanon's Christian Maronite patriarch Beshara Rai arrives for a meeting with the Saudi King on Nov. 14, 2017, in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia's King Salman hosted the head of the Lebanese Maronite church, a historic first at a time when Riyadh is stepping up the pressure on Iran-backed Hezbollah. (Fayez Nureldine / AFP)

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Yemenis take part in a demonstration calling for the Saudi-led coalition's blockade to be lifted, on Nov. 13, 2017, in the rebel-held capital Sanaa. 

The coalition shut down Yemen's borders on November 6 in response to a missile attack by Huthi rebels that was intercepted near Riyadh airport.

(MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP)
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Image 2 of 8:  2 / 8Yemenis take part in a demonstration calling for the Saudi-led coalition's blockade to be lifted, on Nov. 13, 2017, in the rebel-held capital Sanaa. The coalition shut down Yemen's borders on November 6 in response to a missile attack by Huthi rebels that was intercepted near Riyadh airport. (MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP)

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A Yemeni man takes part in a demonstration calling for the Saudi-led coalition's blockade to be lifted in the rebel-held capital Sanaa. 

The coalition shut down Yemen's borders on Nov. 6 in response to a missile attack by Houthi rebels that was intercepted near Riyadh airport.

(MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP)
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Image 3 of 8:  3 / 8A Yemeni man takes part in a demonstration calling for the Saudi-led coalition's blockade to be lifted in the rebel-held capital Sanaa. The coalition shut down Yemen's borders on Nov. 6 in response to a missile attack by Houthi rebels that was intercepted near Riyadh airport. (MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP)

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A Saudi woman talks on her phone during the 'MiSK Global Forum' held under the slogan 'Meeting the Challenge of Change' in Riyadh, on Nov. 15, 2017. 

The MiSK Global Forum brings together global CEOs international policymakers and heads of tech giants.

(FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)
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Image 4 of 8:  4 / 8A Saudi woman talks on her phone during the "MiSK Global Forum" held under the slogan "Meeting the Challenge of Change" in Riyadh, on Nov. 15, 2017. The MiSK Global Forum brings together global CEOs international policymakers and heads of tech giants. (FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

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A banner bearing the images of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (R) and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) hangs on a pedestrian crossing bridge in the northern Lebanese port city of Tripoli.

The caption in Arabic says: 'firm and moderating leadership'.

(JOSEPH EID / AFP)
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Image 5 of 8:  5 / 8A banner bearing the images of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (R) and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) hangs on a pedestrian crossing bridge in the northern Lebanese port city of Tripoli. The caption in Arabic says: "firm and moderating leadership". (JOSEPH EID / AFP)

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French President Emmanuel Macron (L) welcomes Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the Elysee Presidential Palace in Paris. 

Hariri is in Paris at the invitation of France's President who is attempting to help broker a solution to a political crisis that has raised fears over Lebanon's fragile democracy.

(Thomas SAMSON / AFP)
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Image 6 of 8:  6 / 8French President Emmanuel Macron (L) welcomes Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the Elysee Presidential Palace in Paris. Hariri is in Paris at the invitation of France's President who is attempting to help broker a solution to a political crisis that has raised fears over Lebanon's fragile democracy. (Thomas SAMSON / AFP)

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A picture taken on Nov. 10, 2017, shows Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Lebanon's militant Shiite movement Hezbollah, giving a televised address during a gathering in Beirut's southern suburb. 

Nasrallah said Saad Hariri, who resigned as Lebanese prime minister from Riyadh last week, was 'detained' by Saudi Arabia.

(ANWAR AMRO / AFP)
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Image 7 of 8:  7 / 8A picture taken on Nov. 10, 2017, shows Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Lebanon's militant Shiite movement Hezbollah, giving a televised address during a gathering in Beirut's southern suburb. Nasrallah said Saad Hariri, who resigned as Lebanese prime minister from Riyadh last week, was "detained" by Saudi Arabia. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

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Models of Saudi Royal Air Force fighter jets are seen during the Dubai Airshow on Nov. 12, 2017, in the United Arab Emirates. 

(KARIM SAHIB / AFP)
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Image 8 of 8:  8 / 8Models of Saudi Royal Air Force fighter jets are seen during the Dubai Airshow on Nov. 12, 2017, in the United Arab Emirates. (KARIM SAHIB / AFP)

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Lebanon's Christian Maronite patriarch Beshara Rai arrives for a meeting with the Saudi King on Nov. 14, 2017, in Riyadh. 

Saudi Arabia's King Salman hosted the head of the Lebanese Maronite church, a historic first at a time when Riyadh is stepping up the pressure on Iran-backed Hezbollah.

(Fayez Nureldine / AFP)

Image 1 of 8Lebanon's Christian Maronite patriarch Beshara Rai arrives for a meeting with the Saudi King on Nov. 14, 2017, in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia's King Salman hosted the head of the Lebanese Maronite church, a historic first at a time when Riyadh is stepping up the pressure on Iran-backed Hezbollah. (Fayez Nureldine / AFP)

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Yemenis take part in a demonstration calling for the Saudi-led coalition's blockade to be lifted, on Nov. 13, 2017, in the rebel-held capital Sanaa. 

The coalition shut down Yemen's borders on November 6 in response to a missile attack by Huthi rebels that was intercepted near Riyadh airport.

(MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP)

Image 2 of 8Yemenis take part in a demonstration calling for the Saudi-led coalition's blockade to be lifted, on Nov. 13, 2017, in the rebel-held capital Sanaa. The coalition shut down Yemen's borders on November 6 in response to a missile attack by Huthi rebels that was intercepted near Riyadh airport. (MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP)

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A Yemeni man takes part in a demonstration calling for the Saudi-led coalition's blockade to be lifted in the rebel-held capital Sanaa. 

The coalition shut down Yemen's borders on Nov. 6 in response to a missile attack by Houthi rebels that was intercepted near Riyadh airport.

(MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP)

Image 3 of 8A Yemeni man takes part in a demonstration calling for the Saudi-led coalition's blockade to be lifted in the rebel-held capital Sanaa. The coalition shut down Yemen's borders on Nov. 6 in response to a missile attack by Houthi rebels that was intercepted near Riyadh airport. (MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP)

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A Saudi woman talks on her phone during the 'MiSK Global Forum' held under the slogan 'Meeting the Challenge of Change' in Riyadh, on Nov. 15, 2017. 

The MiSK Global Forum brings together global CEOs international policymakers and heads of tech giants.

(FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

Image 4 of 8A Saudi woman talks on her phone during the "MiSK Global Forum" held under the slogan "Meeting the Challenge of Change" in Riyadh, on Nov. 15, 2017. The MiSK Global Forum brings together global CEOs international policymakers and heads of tech giants. (FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

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A banner bearing the images of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (R) and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) hangs on a pedestrian crossing bridge in the northern Lebanese port city of Tripoli.

The caption in Arabic says: 'firm and moderating leadership'.

(JOSEPH EID / AFP)

Image 5 of 8A banner bearing the images of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (R) and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) hangs on a pedestrian crossing bridge in the northern Lebanese port city of Tripoli. The caption in Arabic says: "firm and moderating leadership". (JOSEPH EID / AFP)

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French President Emmanuel Macron (L) welcomes Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the Elysee Presidential Palace in Paris. 

Hariri is in Paris at the invitation of France's President who is attempting to help broker a solution to a political crisis that has raised fears over Lebanon's fragile democracy.

(Thomas SAMSON / AFP)

Image 6 of 8French President Emmanuel Macron (L) welcomes Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the Elysee Presidential Palace in Paris. Hariri is in Paris at the invitation of France's President who is attempting to help broker a solution to a political crisis that has raised fears over Lebanon's fragile democracy. (Thomas SAMSON / AFP)

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A picture taken on Nov. 10, 2017, shows Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Lebanon's militant Shiite movement Hezbollah, giving a televised address during a gathering in Beirut's southern suburb. 

Nasrallah said Saad Hariri, who resigned as Lebanese prime minister from Riyadh last week, was 'detained' by Saudi Arabia.

(ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

Image 7 of 8A picture taken on Nov. 10, 2017, shows Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Lebanon's militant Shiite movement Hezbollah, giving a televised address during a gathering in Beirut's southern suburb. Nasrallah said Saad Hariri, who resigned as Lebanese prime minister from Riyadh last week, was "detained" by Saudi Arabia. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

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Models of Saudi Royal Air Force fighter jets are seen during the Dubai Airshow on Nov. 12, 2017, in the United Arab Emirates. 

(KARIM SAHIB / AFP)

Image 8 of 8Models of Saudi Royal Air Force fighter jets are seen during the Dubai Airshow on Nov. 12, 2017, in the United Arab Emirates. (KARIM SAHIB / AFP)

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