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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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Israel’s new nationality law only confirms what Arabs already knew: We aren’t welcome. BY SAYED KASHUA Last Saturday night, the Jewish-Arab Hand in Hand bilingual school in Jerusalem was set on fire. Two first-grade classrooms were destroyed completely. Charred frames of the little chairs on which Jewish and Arab children had sat beside each other […]

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Tension has been rising in Jerusalem since the summer. And in Jerusalem, tension, coupled with the absence of any light on the political horizon, tends to escalate into violence. It has been fed by the fact that once more the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians has been left to fester. An attempt by the Americans […]

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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the so called Islamic State (ISIS), has purportedly issued a defiant call for followers to “erupt volcanoes of jihad everywhere”, specially on Saudi Arabia. The 17-minute audio recording, in which he vowed to fight to the last man, was his first public statement since Iraqi officials […]

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The Navy SEAL responsible for killing the world’s most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden, has been identified, breaking the crack team’s code of silence. It was the special force’s most famous operation, carried out by a team whose names had until now remained top secret. However, the man who shot bin Laden dead has been […]

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