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Israeli blogger’s selfies from Prophet’s Mosque trigger anger, outrage

RIYADH: Images posted by an Israeli blogger inside the Mosque of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) in Medina sparked outrage in the Muslim world over religious insensitivity and what many said double standards of Saudi authorities. Ben Tzion, a blogger and writer for the Times of Israel, shared on his Instagram account pictures…

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AMAZING: Saudi woman from Jeddah surfs in the flood!

JEDDAH: A video went viral over the internet on Tuesday in which a Saudi woman can be seen making the most of the torrential downpour that has caused flooding in the country–by using a surfboard. Who hates floods, anyway? The video of a Saudi woman went viral over the internet in which she can be…

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How Saudi Arabia has overreached on Iran, Lebanon

On Nov. 19, Arab foreign ministers gathered in Cairo for an hours-long gripe session against Iran and its ally, Hezbollah. The Arab leaders accused Tehran and the Lebanese Shi’ite movement of destabilizing the Middle East, but they fell short of agreeing on concrete action. The Arab League meeting capped a month in which the Middle…

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Stormy rains lash Saudi Arab after several years

Vagaries of the weather are a manifest phenomenon across the globe as the latest one was seen in Saudi Arabia that received stormy showers. The driving downpours inundated the roads leaving citizens stranded. Educational institutions were closed. Watch this report.

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PM Hariri back in Lebanon after shock resignation

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s prime minister Saad Hariri returned to his home country late Tuesday, on the eve of its independence day and after a nearly three-week absence dominated by his surprise resignation. Hariri stepped down from his post in a televised address on November 4 from Saudi Arabia and then remained in Riyadh, where he spent…

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‘Advanced’ cyber attack targets Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: Saudi authorities said Monday they had detected an “advanced” cyber attack targeting the kingdom, in a fresh attempt by hackers to disrupt government computers. The government’s National Cyber Security Centre said the attack involved the use of “Powershell” malware, but it did not comment on the source of the attack or which government bodies…

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Israeli minister: we have secret ties with ‘many’ Arab states

An Israeli cabinet minister said on Sunday that Israel had covert ties with “many” Arab and Muslim states but was obliged not to name them at the other sides’ request. A rare interview given by the head of Israel’s armed forces to a Saudi-owned news site was published on Thursday, further fuelling talk of close…

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Saudi Arabia striking deals with people detained in anti-graft purge: Report

Saudi authorities are striking agreements with some of those detained in an anti-corruption crackdown, asking them to hand over assets and cash in return for their freedom. Watch this report…

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Saudi Arabia recalls ambassador to Berlin over Lebanon comments

Saudi Arabia has recalled its ambassador to Berlin in protest over comments made by the German foreign minister suggesting that Prime Minister Saad Hariri had been held against his will in Riyadh, Saudi state media said Saturday. “Saudi Arabia has decided to recall its ambassador to Germany for consultations and will give the German ambassador…

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Hariri leaves Riyadh for France: Lebanese TV

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Saturday left Saudi Arabia for France, a television channel owned by his family said, two weeks after his shock resignation. “Mr Hariri left Riyadh airport on his private jet with his wife and is headed for Le Bourget airport”, north-east of Paris, announced Future TV around 1:20 am (2320…

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Saudi monarch to step down in favor of crown prince

NEWS DESK: Saudi monarch King Salman will step down next week and announce his son Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman as his successor, British media reports said. The 81-year-old king will continue as a ceremonial figurehead, with official leadership of the country resting with his son, reported the Daily Mail. “Unless something dramatic happens, King…

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Lebanon’s ‘detained’ premier to travel to France

RIYADH: Lebanon’s premier Saad Hariri will travel to France “in the coming days”, a French presidential source said Wednesday, after Beirut accused Saudi Arabia of detaining him following his shock resignation. International pressure has been mounting for Hariri to return to Beirut after his prolonged stay in the kingdom since he announced in a televised…

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Rise of the Crown Prince: Will tensions worsen between Iran and Saudi Arabia?

As Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman consolidates his power in Saudi Arabia, does this mean that the kingdom’s hostilities with Iran will increase? Watch this video to check out the profile of Mohammed bin Salman.

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Thousands protest in Yemen against Saudi-led blockade

SANAA: Young and old, desk clerks and activists, Yemenis from all walks of life took to the streets Monday to protest a Saudi-led blockade that has left thousands struggling to survive. “This siege is oppressive, and the whole world is sleeping!” people chanted as thousands gathered outside the UN offices in the rebel-held capital Sanaa….

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Pakistan values its ties with Saudi Arabia: Mamnoon Hussain

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain Monday said Pakistan values its relations with Saudi Arab and both the countries always supported each other at difficult times. The president was talking to ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan Nawaf Saeed Ahmad Al-Maliki, who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. Other high officials were also present during the meeting, a…

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Resigned PM says he is ‘free’, will return to Lebanon

Saad Hariri pledged on Sunday he would return to Lebanon from Saudi Arabia “very soon,” in his first television interview since his shock resignation as prime minister eight days ago. In an exclusive interview from Riyadh with his party’s Future TV, Hariri brushed aside rumours that he was under de facto house arrest in Saudi…

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Lebanon asks Saudi Arabia for explanation on PM’s absence

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s president urged Saudi Arabia on Saturday to explain why Saad Hariri had not returned to Beirut since his surprise resignation as prime minister a week ago. Hariri announced on November 4 in a televised statement from Riyadh that he would be stepping down from the post, sending shock waves through Lebanese politics. The…

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Civilians wounded in Saudi-led strikes on Yemen capital: witnesses

SANAA: Air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition left at least three civilians wounded in Yemen’s rebel-held capital Sanaa late Friday, witnesses said. The strikes hit a residential area near the ministry of defence building, which had been targeted just before. “I was sitting at home and heard the first strike hit the ministry of defence….

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Saudi-led strikes hit defence ministry in Yemen capital

SANAA: The Saudi-led coalition carried out two air strikes on the defence ministry in Yemen’s rebel-held capital Sanaa late Friday, witnesses and rebel media said, without reporting casualties. Warplanes continued to circle in the skies above Sanaa after the strikes, the witnesses added. The Huthi rebel media outlet Al-Masirah also reported the two air strikes….

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Tillerson says Saudi crackdown on corruption triggers concerns

DANANG: Saudi Arabia’s mass purge of elites accused of graft “raises a few concerns”, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday, adding Washington was closely monitoring the Gulf country’s unprecedented probe into alleged embezzlement worth $100 billion. Speaking to reporters before landing in the Vietnamese city of Danang, where Tillerson is accompanying President Donald…

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France’s Macron broaches Lebanon in surprise Saudi visit

DUBAI/RIYADH: French President Emmanuel Macron held hastily scheduled talks in Riyadh on Thursday with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman amid rising tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran, notably over Lebanon and Yemen, reported Reuters. Macron, who flew in from a visit to the United Arab Emirates, had earlier declined to discuss a wave of…

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