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Middle Eastern rivalry spills onto Asian soccer pitches

By James M. Dorsey Saudi Arabia’s bitter rivalry with Iran has spilled onto Asian soccer pitches with the newly created South West Asian Football Federation (SWAFF) reflecting the kingdom’s bid for regional hegemony, including domination of soccer. Saudi Arabia’s most recent victory on the pitch was evident in the absence …

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Calls for restraint after Israeli raids on ‘Iranians’ in Syria

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Unprecedented clashes between Israel and Iran over Syria have sparked calls for restraint from world leaders worried about the risk of all-out war, even as both sides say they want to avoid a regional conflict. All eyes will be on any fresh military activity Friday after Israel …

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Iran targets Israeli bases across Syrian frontier, Israel pounds Syria

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Iranian forces in Syria launched a rocket attack on Israeli army bases in the Golan Heights early on Thursday, Israel said, prompting one of the heaviest Israeli barrages against Syria since the conflict there began in 2011. The attack on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, just past midnight, …

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KSA welcomes US withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal

JEDDAH -UNS : Saudi Arabia welcomed the announcement on Tuesday by President Donald Trump that the United States is withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal. The government said it also supports the reinstatement of economic sanctions on the Iranian regime, which were suspended under the agreement. The Kingdom’s previous support …

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Trump does not have ‘mental capacity’ to deal with issues: Iran

U.S. President Donald Trump is not fit for his job, the speaker of Iran’s parliament said on Wednesday, in Tehran’s most personal criticism since Trump’s decision to withdraw from a 2015 nuclear pact between Tehran and six world powers. Trump pulled the United States out of the deal on Tuesday, …

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Polls in Lebanon’s parliamentary election: AFP

BEIRUT (AFP) – Polling got under way Sunday across Lebanon, where voters electing their parliament for the first time in nine years are expected to return the same ruling parties, AFP correspondents reported. Polling stations opened at 7:00 am across the small country, which has an electorate of around 3.7 …

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Astronomy: The outer frontier of MbS’ liberalization

By James M. Dorsey Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s investment of $1 billion and option to pump a further $480 million into Richard Branson’s ventures in space, confirmed during the prince’s recent visit to the United States, was more than just another headline-grabbing move. By focusing on space sciences, …

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