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Saudi Arabia has launched “A Nation Without Violations” campaign to give residency and labour law violators 90 days to leave the country without penalties. Prince Mohammed bin Naif, crown prince, deputy prime minister and minister of interior, urged violators to take advantage of the 90-day grace period, reports Arab News. The grace period is effective […]

Forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad walk at a military complex, after they recaptured areas in southwestern Aleppo that rebels had seized last month, Syria, in this handout picture provided by SANA on Monday. The US and Russia conducted last-minute negotiations Thursday over a fresh bid for a Syrian peace deal ahead of an […]

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At least 24 migrants have died off the Turkish coast trying to reach the Greek island of Lesbos, Turkish media say. The victims, including children, drowned when their boat capsized after setting off from Balikesir province. About 400 people have died crossing into Europe in 2016, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says. Most were […]

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A suicide bombing and gun attack on Shia Muslim worshippers have killed at least four people in eastern Saudi Arabia, the interior ministry and witnesses say, extending a spate of attacks on the kingdom’s Shia minority. The assault on the Imam Rida mosque in the Eastern Province town of Mahasen, a mixed Sunni-Shia district in which […]

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Iran bans all products from Saudi Arabia after Riyadh cut ties with Tehran in a mounting diplomatic crisis. Photo: AFP Iran and Saudi Arabia took further steps to sever commercial ties on Thursday, intensifying a feud between the regional rivals, as Tehran announced a ban on imports from Saudi Arabia and Saudi groups called for […]

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Saudi Arabia has given foreign diplomats some 1,100 photographs of the dead from last week’s hajj crush and stampede, Indian and Pakistani authorities said, an indication of a significantly higher death toll than previously offered by the kingdom. Saudi officials could not be immediately reached for comment Monday night about the discrepancy in the toll […]

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The mosque was packed at the time of the attack. The death toll from a suicide attack on a Shia mosque during Friday prayers in the Kuwaiti capital has risen to at least 25, the interior ministry says. Another 202 people were wounded, it added. Images circulating online show bodies on the mosque floor amid […]

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A suicide bomber blew himself up at a Shia mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia during Friday prayers, residents said, killing around 20 people and wounding more than 50, local residents and a hospital officials said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing, the first to target Shia Muslims in Saudi Arabia since November when gunmen killed […]

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France, Egypt call for U.N. Security Council meeting on Libya                                   A Libyan air force commander said 40 to 50 militants were killed in Monday’s air strikes against Islamic State targets in Libya. ‘There are casualties among the individuals, […]

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Two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish UN peacekeeper have been killed as Hezbollah militants traded fire with Israeli forces on the Lebanese border. After Israeli forces were hit by missile fire, they responded by firing shells into southern Lebanon. The UN Security Council is to discuss the fighting at an emergency meeting called by France […]

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Abdullah bin Abdulaziz was the fifth of his brothers to take the throne and became king in 2005, reports Caroline Hawley Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has died, royal officials have announced, weeks after he was admitted to hospital. King Abdullah, who was said to be aged about 90, had been suffering from a lung […]

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Washington’s friends in Riyadh continue to oppress and marginalize 15 percent of the population. That’s going to lead to disaster. BY Frederic Wehrey The first thing I noticed when I visited al-Awamiya, a Shiite town in oil-rich eastern Saudi Arabia, was its utter isolation and stark poverty. Ringed by date groves, it is a tableau […]

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