Saudi Arabia reshuffles cabinet with eye on culture

Vogue cover of Saudi princess behind wheel spurs controversy

King Salman also ordered the formation of royal commissions for the environment and the holy city of Mecca, and an administration for preserving historical areas in the Red Sea city of Jeddah.

This is while reforms have been accompanied by heavy-handed crackdown on dissent against Saudi critics, ranging from clerics to some of the very female activists who campaigned for years to end the ban.

Mohammad bin Salman, the Saudi prince in question, has made a concerted effort to shed the country's antiquated customs.

The Wall Street Journal reported the prince had acted as a proxy for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman when he purchased the "Salvator Mundi" painting.

According to a report by Wall Street Journal quoting USA government intelligence and a Saudi art-world figure familiar with the purchase, the 32-years-old aspiring Saudi King used Prince Bader as a proxy who bought the record-breaking da Vinci painting of Christ, "Salvator Mundi", during an auction at Christie's in New York City.

Official Rejects Reports of Withdrawal of Iran, Hezbollah from Southern Syria
He also said that Damascus had not engaged in talks over the country's southern region. He said Washington should learn a "lesson" from its experience in Iraq.

Prince Bader is a contemporary of the 32-year-old crown prince and the two attended King Saud University in Riyadh around the same time, according to the New York Times.

Sheikh Abdullatif bin Abdulaziz Al-Sheikh was named the new Islamic affairs minister.

The war has been ongoing since 2015, resulting in over 13,000 deaths and a staggering three million displaced Yemenis.

The image of Princess Haifa bint Abdullah al-Saud in the driver's seat was featured on the front cover of Vogue Arabia's June issue, dedicated to the "trailblazing women of Saudi Arabia". In an interview with the Saudi-run Arab News in 2012, he was quoted as saying he did not support hard-line views on gender mixing.

The Saudi king also dismissed Ali bin Nasser al-Ghafis as the head of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development and replaced him with Ahmed bin Suleiman al-Rajhi. He is a well-known Saudi businessman. He previously served as the chairman of a media conglomerate that is controlled by King Salman's branch of the family, but resigned to become minister.

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