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Saudi Arabia opens Hajj registration for foreign residents within the Kingdom

Saudi Arabia on Monday opened hajj registration for foreign residents in the kingdom, saying they will make up 70 percent of the pilgrims after...
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First sanctions imposed by UK feature Russians and Saudis

The UK on Monday identified 49 "notorious" individuals and organisations, 25 of them Russian and 20 Saudis, to be sanctioned under its first post-Brexit...
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Gulf security: troubled by unreliability of traditional partners

Resolving the tug of war in the Middle East will require a backing away from approaches that treat conflicts as zero-sum games, and engagement...
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Iranian boats shot by Saudi Arabia and forced to retreat

Saudi Arabia said Saturday three Iranian boats were "forced to retreat" from its waters after warning shots were fired, according to state media."At 6.30...
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Economy to take a hit as Hajj curtailed for 2020 by Saudi Arabia

Vacant religious sites. Abandoned pilgrim tents. Lifeless hotels. A stunning emptiness - and fears of economic ruin - haunt the usually bustling city of...
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Saudi Arabia scales back Hajj amid Muslim disappointment

Muslims expressed disappointment Tuesday at Saudi Arabia's decision to scale back this year's hajj pilgrimage, but many accepted it was necessary as the kingdom...
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Limited Hajj to be held this year due to coronavirus: Saudi state media

Saudi Arabia on Monday announced it would hold a "very limited" hajj this year owing to the coronavirus pandemic, with pilgrims already in the...
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OIC emergency meeting on Kashmir issue

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir will hold an emergency meeting via videoconference on Monday to discuss the...
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Saudi Arabia plans to reopen mosques in Mecca

Saudi Arabia plans to reopen from Sunday mosques in Mecca, the holiest city in Islam, after they were closed for three months due to...
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Hajj on the brink as Saudi Arabia mulls decision amid virus spike

Saudi Arabia is expected to scale back or call off this year's hajj pilgrimage for the first time in its modern history, observers say,...
Saudi-led coalition removed from UN blacklist

Saudi-led coalition removed from UN blacklist

Campaigners reacted angrily on Monday to the removal of the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen from a list of groups violating children's rights, in...
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Attack on Saudi Arabia: UN says arms were of Iranian origin

Cruise missiles and drones used in attacks last year on Saudi Arabia were "of Iranian origin," including components that had been made in Iran...
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Malaysia pulls out of Hajj due to coronavirus fears

Malaysia on Thursday pulled out of the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca over coronavirus fears days after neighbouring Indonesia, the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation,...
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Saudi wealth fund ‘shopping spree’ amid economic strain

Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund has snapped up around $8 billion worth of stakes in global giants -- from Boeing to Facebook -- in...
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Coronavirus in Saudi Arabia: cases cross 100,000, Hajj threatened

The number of coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia surpassed 100,000 on Sunday, the health ministry said, amid a new surge in infections just weeks...
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China & the uncertain security situation in Gulf

China and the Gulf states are in the same boat as they grapple with uncertainty about regional security against the backdrop of doubts about...
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Saudi game of thrones in full swing as international pressure to release detained royals...

A $2 million US lobbying effort and petitions from European lawmakers are piling pressure on Saudi Arabia to release a philanthropist prince jailed for...
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Khashoggi family to pardon his killers

The family of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has declared “forgiveness” for his killers, extending pardons to the accused, who faced execution in Saudi Arabia, as...
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Khashoggi fiancee hopes UK doesn’t let MbS put himself above British law

Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, has urged the British government to block a planned Saudi Arabia-funded takeover of Premier...
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Saudi Arabia will impose a full lockdown during Eid al-Fitr holidays

Saudi Arabia will enforce a round-the-clock nationwide curfew during the five-day Eid al-Fitr holiday later this month to fight the coronavirus, the interior ministry...
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Saudi Aramco aims to cut oil output by 1 million bpd to stabilize prices

Saudi Arabia said Monday it had asked oil giant Aramco to cut its output by an additional one million barrels per day from June,...
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Reforms sweep across Saudi Arabia: More & more women are entering the workforce

Like thousands of Saudi women, Rouaa al-Mousa entered the workforce as reforms sweep the ultra-conservative kingdom and are certain that neither grumbling male bosses...
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2019 marks the biggest uptick in ‘global military expenditure’ including two ASIAN countries

Global military expenditure saw its biggest uptick in a decade in 2019, researchers said Monday, marking the first year two Asian countries were among...
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Saudi Arabia has abolished flogging as a punishment, the supreme court announced, hailing the latest in a series of "human rights advances" made by...
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G20 vows to help global tourism sector

G20 nations pledged Friday to cushion the economic blow of the coronavirus pandemic on global tourism, one of the hardest-hit industries in which millions...
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UN pushes for COVID-19 vaccine as global death toll reaches 200,000

The global coronavirus death toll approached 200,000 on Saturday as the United Nations launched an international push for a vaccine to defeat the pandemic. Governments...
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US-Saudi oil clash breeding a larger conflict

The coronavirus pandemic and the global economic meltdown forced Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and Russia to call time out...
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Saudi Crown Prince MBS bids for British soccer club amid Covid-19

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has rolled the dice with a US$ 374 million bid to acquire storied British soccer club Newcastle United.If...
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Tarawih and Eid prayers possible at home during corona: Saudi Grand Mufti

Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti, Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh, the highest religious authority in the Islamic kingdom, said that prayers (Tarawih) during Ramazan and for...
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Thanks to Corona, Yemen sees peace: UN Envoy

The UN special envoy for Yemen said Thursday that "very good progress" was being made towards a ceasefire in the country, although military activities...

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