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Israel have secret ties with ´many´ Arab states,Saudi Arabia: minister

JERUSALEM -AFP/UNS: 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 …

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Transition in the Middle East: Transition to what?

By James M. Dorsey Transition is the name of the game in the Middle East and North Africa. The question is transition to what? Dominating the answer is an Arab autocratic push for a Saudi-led regional order that would be based on an upgraded 21st …

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PM Abbasi, Army Chief to visit Saudi Arabia in coming week to discuss regional situations

ISLAMABAD -UNS – Civil and military leadership of Pakistan is likely to visit Saudi Arabia on November 21,to discuss regional situations. According to sources the Pakistani leadership and Saudi leadership to discuss KSA and Iran tension,Syrian,Yeman situations. Prime Minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Chief of …

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KSA King to step down in favor of crown prince Muhammad

ISLAMABAD -UNS: 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 …

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Lebanon’s ‘detained’ PM 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 …

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Saad Hariri’s return to Lebanon: A moment of truth

By James M. Dorsey The proof will be in the pudding when Prime Minister Saad Hariri returns home in the coming days to a country in which friend and foe have rallied around him and he clarifies whether he intends to follow through on his …

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Over 450 dead: Iran hunts for quake survivors near Iraq border

TEHRAN -UNS: Iranian rescue workers dug through rubble in a hunt for survivors on Monday after a major earthquake struck the Iran-Iraq border, killing more than 450 and injuring over 8000 thousands, reported AFP. The 7.3-magnitude quake hit a border area 30 kilometres (20 miles) …

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Turkey denies ‘ludicrous’ Gulen kidnap allegations

The Turkish embassy in Washington said the allegations were “utterly false, ludicrous and groundless”. Ex-CIA director James Woolsey revealed an alleged $15m (£11.5m) plan to remove cleric Fethullah Gulen in March. Turkey accuses Mr Gulen of being behind the failed July 2016 coup. In a …

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Lebanon asks Saudi Arabia for explanation on PM Hariri’s absence

Lebanon’s president appealed to 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 …

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Saudi Arabia makes fresh arrests in anti-graft crackdown: sources

RIYADH -UNS : Saudi Arabian authorities have made further arrests and frozen more bank accounts in an expanding anti-corruption crackdown on the kingdom’s political and business elite, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Dozens of royal family members, officials and business executives have …

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