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UAE Targets Turkey and Qatar in the Mediterranean

By James M. Dorsey Europe is progressively being sucked into the Middle East and North Africa’s myriad conflicts. As if wars on its doorstep in Libya and Syria were not enough, UAE support for an Eastern Mediterranean pipeline that could hurt Qatar economically — combined with Greek, Cypriot and French …

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Confronting a Pandemic of Crises, Few Middle Eastern Leaders Step Up

By James M. Dorsey A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spreaker, Pocket Casts, Tumblr, Podbean, Audecibel, Patreon and Castbox. The Middle East is at a crossroads. The coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout confronts regional leaders with a stark choice: dial down …

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KSA considers limiting Hajj pilgrims amid Covid-19 fears

RIYADH -UNS: Saudi Arabia could drastically limit numbers at the annual hajj pilgrimage to prevent a further outbreak of coronavirus after cases in the country topped 100,000, sources familiar with the matter said. Some 2.5 million pilgrims visit the holiest sites of Islam in Makkah and Madina for the week-long …

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Pakistani Workers Suffering in Middle-East

The plight of overseas Pakistanis has magnified several times due to the corona pandemic – hunger, starvation, no work and no salaries is making their life miserable beyond description. The lethargic attitude of Pakistani embassies has intensified due to the corona virus- the embassies usually maintain a distance and are …

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KSA to reopen over 90,000 mosques including Prophet’s Mosque after two months

RIYADH -UNS : More than 90,000 mosques across Saudi Arabia, except for those in Makkah, will start reopening from dawn on Sunday (May 31) after a two-month closure to curb the COVID-19 spread. According to the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance, the sanitisation, cleaning and maintenance process of …

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Shawwal moon unlikely to be seen tomorrow in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH -UNS Astronomers at the observatory of Majmaah University near Riyadh in Saudi Arabia on Thursday confirmed that the crescent moon of Shawwal will not be sighted on Friday, Ramadan 29. According to astronomical calculations, the moon will set before the sun on Friday, and will not be seen. Hence, …

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Lebanon’s IMF rescue plan fails to set reform roadmap

BEIRUT (Reuters) – A recovery plan Lebanon is negotiating with the IMF expertly diagnoses the bankrupt state s colossal losses but fails to commit to radical reform, the vital ingredient needed for a financial bailout of the country s sinking economy. The 53-page rescue plan, agreed by the government in …

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US Military Draw down in Saudi Arabia Threatens to Fuel Arms Race

By James M. Dorsey The Trump administration’s decision to withdraw Patriot anti-missile defense batteries from Saudi Arabia is likely to fuel an already brewing arms race as the kingdom attempts to catch-up with Iran’s nuclear development as well as its space, ballistic missile, and drone capabilities. In 2019, the US …

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