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Russia expects direct dialogue at intra-Syrian talks in Geneva: FM

MOSCOW -UNS/Xinhua — Moscow expects ample participation of all parties of the Syrian conflict in the intra-Syrian negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland, and hopes they will be able to maintain direct dialogue, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday. “I hope that all those invited will …

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Transgender in Saudi Arabia died of cardiac arrest: Sartaj

ISLAMABAD -UNS : Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Tuesday informed the Senate that the cause of death of a Pakistani transgender in Saudi Arabia was cardiac arrest. Responding to a point of public importance raised by Farhatullah Babar, the …

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Iranian pilgrims to join this year’s Hajj

RIYADH (AFP) – Iranian pilgrims will participate in this year s annual hajj, Saudi Arabia said on Friday, despite ruptured ties between the regional rivals. For the first time in nearly three decades Iran s pilgrims — which would have numbered about 60,000 — did …

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Saudi Arabia,China agree to boost ties in diverse sectors

BEIJING -UNS : China and Saudi Arabia have signed fourteen cooperation agreements worth sixty-five billion dollars. The agreements were signed during the visit of King Salman of Saudi Arabia to Beijing. The Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister told media that the agreements covered investments, science, infrastructure, …

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Turkey blocks return of Dutch envoy, suspends high-level ties

ANKARA -UNS : Turkey will not allow the Dutch ambassador to Ankara to return and will suspend high-level ties until The Netherlands meets Turkey’s conditions over holding rallies abroad ahead of a referendum, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said. “It was decided that until the …

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From adventurers to inventors, Saudi women unite to inspire new generation

Saudi women from adventurers to inventors hope a unique conference in Riyadh on Saturday will highlight their changing roles and inspire younger women to push for new opportunities in the ultra-conservative kingdom. The event comes at a time when reforms are slowly affecting women’s lives …

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Maldivian opposition protests Saudi king’s visit “for islands”

COLOMBO -UNS : Maldivian opposition parties protested today a planned visit by King Salman following reports that Saudi business interests were buying an entire atoll in the politically-troubled Indian Ocean republic. A coalition of opposition parties and dissidents said they would stage street demonstrations against …

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IS leader Baghdadi ‘flees Mosul’ as Iraqi forces advance

MOSUL -AFP/UNS  – Islamic State group chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is reported to have abandoned Mosul, leaving local commanders behind to lead the battle against Iraqi forces advancing in the city. With Iraqi troops making steady progress in their assault to retake Mosul from the …

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Iran keeps ban on US visitors in response to Trump order

TEHRAN -UNS : Iran said on Tuesday it would continue its retaliatory measure of barring US visitors in response to President Donald Trump’s updated travel ban on predominantly Muslim countries. “Our earlier counter-measure against Trump’s previous order is still in place,” said deputy foreign minister …

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Kuwait lifts visa ban on Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistanis can now apply for Kuwait’s visa as the country has decided to lift its visa ban on Pakistan after six years. The decision was made during the meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Kuwait Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al Sabah on …

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