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Competitors consider their next moves at the King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Championships, the first international chess competition held in Saudi Arabia, in Riyadh on December 26, 2017

Report: Saudi Arabia Seeks Reform Towards ‘Moderate Islam’

At the heart of Saudi Arabia’s recent cultural and political upheaval is an understanding that the country must become more compatible with the Western world, and more hospitable to foreign investment, in order to manage the transition away from an oil-based economy with limitless deep pockets. Possibly the trickiest aspect of this transformation will be an Islamic reformation in the notoriously strict kingdom.

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Iranian Foreign Minister: We Have No ‘Fight to Pick’ with Saudis

Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, went on CNN to address the growing tension between his nation and Saudi Arabia, which he described as “panicking” over reduced tensions between Iran and the Western world. During the interview, he slammed Saudi Arabia as the fountain from which terrorism flows, and lectured America for being “addicted” to sanctions.