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Saudi Arabia reshuffles cabinet with eye on culture

Saudi Arabia announced another cabinet reshuffle Saturday with a heavy focus on culture and religion, as the kingdom undergoes a major image rehaul. This is the second significant government change since the appointment of Prince Mohammed bin Salman, son of the king, as heir to …

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Al-Qaeda warns Saudi crown prince over ‘sin’

(AFP) – Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has warned Saudi Arabia’s reformist Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over his “sinful projects”, in a bulletin released Friday. Prince Mohammed has spearheaded a string of policy changes in ultraconservative Saudi Arabia, including reinstating cinemas and allowing women …

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Saudi Crown Prince shot, injured in last month attack on palace: activist

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is said to be shot and injured in heavy gunfire that erupted from outside the royal palace, reports Press TV. The revelation has been made by a Saudi opposition activist Mohammed al-Mas’ari, the secretary-general of the Islamic Revival Party. …

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Where is Prince Muhammad? Disappeared after Riyadh’s heavy gunfire

RIYADH -UNS : Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s public disappearance for three weeks, since heavy shooting and gunfire bursts in Riyadh, has raised speculation about his fate, international media reports said. Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), the 32-year-old crown prince of Saudi Arabia, has not been …

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Erdogan hosts Islamic summit to back Palestinians, condemn Israel

ISTANBUL (AFP) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday hosts for the second time in half a year a summit of the world’s main pan-Islamic group seeking to show solidarity with the Palestinians and condemn Israel after its deadly shootings of Gaza protesters. Erdogan …

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Over 59 killed in Gaza protests against Israel planned

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) – Fresh protests were expected Tuesday a day after Israeli forces killed 59 Palestinians during clashes and protests along the Gaza border against the US embassy opening in Jerusalem in the conflict’s bloodiest day in years. Palestinians on Tuesday mark …

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Iraq voters rebuke PM’s party as rivals surge

BAGHDAD (AFP) – The race to become Iraq’s next prime minister appeared wide open Monday as two outsider alliances looked to be in the lead after the first elections since the defeat of the Islamic State group. According to partial official results obtained by AFP, …

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Europe has 60 days to give nuclear ‘guarantees’: Iran

BRUSSELS -AFP-UNS : European countries have 60 days to provide “guarantees” to safeguard Iran’s interests after the United States withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal, parliament’s website said quoting an Iranian official. “The Europeans have between 45 and 60 days to give the necessary guarantees …

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Iran conservatives attack government over nuclear deal

TEHRAN: As Iran s foreign minister embarked on a diplomatic tour Sunday to save the nuclear deal, his government faced mounting pressure from hardliners at home who say the West should never have been trusted. Ayatollah Ali Jannati, the ultra-conservative head of the Assembly of …

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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 …

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