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Saudi prince Talal among dozens detained in ‘corruption’ purge

RIYADH -UNS- The heir to the throne in Saudi Arabia has consolidated his hold on power with a major purge of the kingdom’s political and business leadership. A new anti-corruption body, headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, detained 11 princes, four sitting ministers and …

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Crackdown on corruption:Cabinet reshuffle in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH -UNS: King Salman announced two key changes in the Saudi Cabinet and ordered the formation of a super committee to combat corruption. The committee is to be headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. In its first decision, the committee ordered the arrests of …

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PM Hariri resigns, saying he fears assassination plot

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has resigned, saying in a televised broadcast he feared for his life, while also fiercely criticising Iran. Mr Hariri’s father, former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, was assassinated in 2005. Mr Hariri accused Iran of sowing “fear and destruction” in several …

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Gulf crisis: Soccer trumps politics

By James M. Dorsey A target of massive Saudi investment, the Maldives severed diplomatic relations with Qatar hours after a Saudi-UAE-led alliance of largely financially dependent states declared in June an economic and diplomatic boycott of the Gulf state. That didn’t stop the Football Federation …

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Iran denounces CIA ‘fake news’ in Bin Laden files

Iran has accused the CIA of spreading “fake news” about the Islamic republic with newly declassified files seized in the 2011 raid in Pakistan in which Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed. The CIA on Wednesday released 470,000 additional files found in May 2011 …

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Brotherly country Saudi Arabia tops list of deporting most Pakistani nationals

ISLAMABAD UNS- Pakistan fast friend and brotherly country,Oil-rich Saudi Arabia tops the list of countries who deported most Pakistanis in the last five years. As per data garnered, Saudi Arabia deported as much as 218649 Pakistanis whereas all other countries had deported 544105. European countries …

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CP Mohammed’s vow to moderate Saudi Islam: Easier said than done

By James M. Dorsey Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s recent disavowal of the kingdom’s founding religious ideology had a master’s voice quality to it. His words could have literally come out of the mouth of his Emirati counterpart and mentor, Crown Prince Mohammed bin …

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Saudi Crown prince vows to restore “moderate” Islam

RIYADH- Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday vowed to restore “moderate, open” Islam in a kingdom known for its ultra-conservative rule. “We are returning to what we were before — a country of moderate Islam that is open to all religions …

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Gulf crisis broadens definitions of food security

By James M. Dorsey Food security has taken on a new dimension almost five months into the Gulf crisis that pits a UAE-Saudi alliance against Qatar and for which there is no resolution in sight. The UAE and Saudi Arabia would deny that they are …

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Pakistan seeks to enhanced trade, economic partnerships with D8 members

ISTANBUL-UNS/APP: With focus on upgrading its communications, energy infrastructure, and enhancing regional connectivity under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Pakistan on Friday sought enhanced trade and economic partnerships with D-8 member states through stronger rail, road, air and sea links ,a win-win for all. “Connectivity-led …

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