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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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American comic’s show cancelled in Saudi Arabia

A performance in Saudi Arabia by US stand-up comedian and actor Mike Epps has been cancelled, its organisers said, after complaints from Islamic hardliners. The show, scheduled for next week, was one of numerous events lined up to begin introducing entertainment to the conservative Islamic kingdom, where alcohol, cinemas and theatres are banned. “Dear clients,…

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Saudi condemns 15 to death for spying for Iran

A Saudi court Tuesday sentenced 15 people to death for spying for the kingdom’s rival Iran, local media and a source close to the case said, in a move likely to heighten regional tensions. The source told AFP that most of the 15 Saudis were members of the kingdom’s Shiite minority. Their trial opened in…

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Saudi shoura’s female member demands women-driving

RIYADH: Dr. Lateefa Al-Shaalan made an emotional appeal in the Saudi Arabia’s Shoura Council, calling on the 150-member consultative body to unconditionally back the women’s right to drive on the Kingdom’s roads. She strongly defended the women’s right to drive and told those oppose her that their argument is based on a “crooked logic”. “They…

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KSA names new labor minister, reshuffles religious and Shura councils

RIYADH: King Salman bin Abdulaziz has replaced Saudi Arabia’s labor minister, state media reported on Friday, after recent statistics showed a rise in unemployment in the world’s top oil exporter.

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Saudia jet from India lands in Karachi over pilot health

RIYADH: A Saudi Arabian Airlines jet made an unscheduled landing in Pakistan after its captain suffered health problems on a flight from India to Jeddah, official Saudi media said on Friday. “The captain of the Airbus A330 suffered a health condition that called for his assistant to take over the plane,” the Saudi Press Agency…

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Oil, dollar and bond yields sharply higher after OPEC deal

TOKYO: Crude prices, the dollar and bond yields were sharply elevated early on Thursday after OPEC agreed to a deal to reduce output to clear a supply glut that has crunched oil prices and stoked global deflationary pressures.

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Heavy rain, floods in Saudi Arabia leave seven dead

At least seven people died and many others were injured or trapped by heavy rain and floods that swept various regions of Saudi Arabia, press reports said. The dead included three young Saudi men in Bisha, two others in Baha and two expatriates who were struck by a thunderbolt in Qunfudah. Torrential floods also destroyed…

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