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Iran says Saudi, Israel working to damage country

TEHRAN: Iran on Monday criticised what it said was coordination between Israel and regional rival Saudi Arabia, describing attempts to create an “international atmosphere” against Tehran. Foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said the two countries “imagine they can compensate for their numerous defeats and failures in the region by creating an international atmosphere against our…

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Pakistanis deportation from Saudi Arabia exaggerated: FO

ISLAMABAD: Spokesperson of Foreign Office Nafees Zakaria, Thursday said the figure of 39,000 Pakistanis deported from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as reported in the media, was exaggerated. During the weekly briefing, he said the most of Pakistanis in KSA jails were those who had violated local Saudi laws including those who abscond their local Kafeels….

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Saudi Arabia deports 39,000 Pakistanis

Some 39,000 Pakistani nationals have been deported from Saudi Arabia in the past four months for visa violations even as a top security official has ordered a “thorough scrutiny” of Pakistanis allowed into the Kingdom. Saudi Arabia deported about 39,000 Pakistanis from the Kingdom in the past four months for violating the rules of residence…

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Tax-free days ending for Saudis after oil slump

Tax-free living will soon be a thing of the past for Saudis after cabinet on Monday approved an IMF-backed value-added tax to be imposed across the Gulf following an oil slump. Residents of the energy-rich region had long enjoyed a tax-free and heavily subsidised existence but the collapse in crude prices since 2014 sparked cutbacks…

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Pakistanis to face “extreme vetting” for US visa: Trump

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has clarified that Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia will not be among countries that will face a visa ban to enter the country. Instead, the US president said citizens of these countries will face “extreme vetting.” He said this in his first televised interview as US president on Wednesday (Jan….

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Saudi Arabia arrests 69 Pakistanis over terror charges

JEDDAH: A Pakistani woman was arrested in Jeddah over terror charges, climbing the total number of Pakistanis arrested in Saudi Arabia for their alleged terror activities to 69, local media reported. According to Saudi Gazette, Fatima Ramadan Balochi Murad was arrested along with her Saudi husband from an apartment in Al-Naseem district by security agencies….

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Two bombers blow themselves up in Saudi Arabia

Two suspects blew themselves up on Saturday during a firefight with security forces in the Red Sea city of Jeddah in western Saudi Arabia, officials said. The two men “committed suicide by detonating their explosive belts” during a security operation against a suspected “terrorist” hideout in a southern district of Jeddah, the region’s authorities said…

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PM money trail issue is incomprehensible

What is the money trail issue of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif? How Sharif family purchased the London flats and spent the money for Jeddah factory? We are trying to know the answers of those questions. Watch Fawad Zaidi’s report

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Iran ready to restore ties with Saudi Arabia on this condition

At least 10 countries have offered to mediate in the escalating feud between Saudi Arabia and Iran, President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday, noting that Tehran would restore ties with Riyadh if Saudi Arabia changes it regional policies. Answering a question about Iraq and Kuwait’s reported offer to help defuse the tension between regional rivals,…

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Transfer of Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia rejected

Egypt’s top administrative court upheld on Monday a ruling voiding a government agreement to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia in deal that sparked rare protests. The government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi had appealed against a lower court ruling in June that found the controversial border demarcation agreement was illegal. In…

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Saudi mufti warns of ‘depravity’ of cinema, concerts

Saudi Arabia’s highest-ranking cleric has warned of the “depravity” of cinemas and music concerts, saying they would corrupt morals if allowed in the ultra-conservative kingdom. “We know that singing concerts and cinemas are a depravity,” Grand Mufti Abdulaziz al-Sheikh said in a television interview cited by Sabq news website late Friday. The head of the…

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Oil slides 2 percent on strong dollar, doubts of OPEC output cuts

NEW YORK: Oil prices fell 2 percent on Tuesday to the lowest in nearly a month, extending the previous session’s sell-off as the U.S. dollar strengthened and doubts mounted over whether producing countries would implement of a deal to cut output.

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Saudi govt issues new rules to protect Hajj, Umrah pilgrims

MAKKAH: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has issued a set of rules and regulations to protect the rights of pilgrims. According to a document uploaded on the KSA Ministry of Hajj and Umrah’s website, the new rules protect the rights of pilgrims through follow-up and supervising committees and communication centers established to receive complaints and observations….

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Apple confirms $1 billion investment in SoftBank tech fund

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) confirmed on Wednesday its plans to invest $1 billion in a tech fund being set up by Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp (9984.T).

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Over 2,000 Saudi militants fighting abroad: ministry

RIYADH: More than 2,000 Saudis are fighting abroad with militants groups, with over 70 percent of them in Syria, the kingdom’s interior ministry was reported as saying Monday. “The number of Saudis proven to be in conflict areas is 2,093,” interior ministry spokesman General Mansour al-Turki told daily newspaper Al-Hayat. He said that 1,540 of…

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Saudi ‘mixed party’ video goes viral

Authorities in Saudi Arabia have used a viral party video to identify and arrest partygoers in the country. According to Khaleej Times, a short clip of of the ‘mixed party’ uploaded on YouTube earlier this month caught the attention of authorities, including the police, after it went viral on YouTube. The clip shows young men…

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Saudi Arabia projects $53 bn deficit in 2017

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Thursday projected a 2017 budget deficit of about $53 billion and a lower than expected shortfall for this year after government cost-cutting in response to lower oil prices. Expenses next year will reach 890 billion riyals ($237 billion) against revenues of 692 billion riyals ($184 billion), the cabinet said in a…

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364 Pakistanis imprisoned in different cases in Saudi Arabia, senate told

ISLAMABAD: The senate was informed on Wednesday that 364 Pakistanis are imprisoned in different cases in Saudi Arabia. Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz told the House during question hour that currently the cases of 354 of the imprisoned Pakistanis are under trial. He said the Pakistani Embassy in Saudi Arabia is extending all possible…

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Army chief performs Umrah in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Qamar Javed Bajwa performed Umrah on December 19th during his three-day official visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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COAS holds series of meetings in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army staff (COAS), who is on an official visit to Saudi Arabia held series of meetings Sunday, Samaa reported. According to Inter Services Public Relations, the army chief called on Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. The Saudi king and the COAS agreed that both the…

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COAS arrives in Saudi Arabia on 3-day visit

RAWALPINDI: Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa arrived in Saudi Arabia on a three-day official visit, ISPR reported. According to a tweet by DG ISPR Lt-Gen Asim Bajwa, General Bajwa was warmly received by Assistant Defence Minister Muhammad bin Abdullah Al-ayesh. During his stay, the army chief is scheduled to meet…

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