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Qatar ruler phones Saudi crown prince about starting talks

Qatar’s ruler phoned Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to express interest in talks to resolve a three-month-old diplomatic crisis, Saudi state media said early Saturday. The crown prince “welcomed this desire,” the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported, adding “details will be announced after Saudi …

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Hajj success paved way for peace talks with Saudi Arabia: Iran

TEHRAN-AFP/UNS – Iran thanked Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for its handling of the annual hajj pilgrimage, saying it opened the way for negotiations between the regional rivals. “We thank Saudi Arabia… for adopting a new approach in dealing with Iranian pilgrims,” said Ali Ghazi-Askar, the …

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Eidul Azha being celebrated in Gulf, European countries

SAUDI ARABIA-UNS – Muslims in the Gulf countries including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE) are celebrating Eidul Azha with religious zeal and fervor. The celebrations are also underway in the European countries including Britain, Canada and United States. However in Pakistan, Eid-ul-Azha will be …

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Benazir murder case: Ex-DIG handed 15-years jail; Musharraf declared absconder

RAWALPINDI -UNS – Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Thursday has announced the verdict in former Prime Minister (PM) Benazir Bhutto murder case after nine years, and declared Pervez Musharraf absconder. The court has also directed to forfeit the property of former president and military leader. ATC …

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Pilgrims scale Mount Arafat for peak of hajj

MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia- Some two million Muslims from around the world began gathering Thursday on Mount Arafat for the highlight of the hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia dedicated to prayers and reflection. Helicopters flew around the area as the faithful converged from dawn on …

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UN chief seeks ‘dream’ of Israel-Palestinian peace in first visit

JERUSALEM: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres held talks with Israeli leaders Monday on his first visit since taking office, making a forceful argument for a two-state solution with the Palestinians and speaking of his “dream” for peace. Guterres also spoke of what he called obstacles …

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PM Abbasi leaves for Saudi Arabia

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday left for Saudi Arabia on a day-long visit to the kingdom. This is first foreign visit of the PM since assuming the office earlier this month. Accompanied by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, …

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KSA reopens of Qatar border to pilgrims

RIYADH -UNS: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has ordered the reopening of the border with Qatar to facilitate the annual hajj pilgrimage, state media said Thursday, in the first signs of a thaw after the region’s worst diplomatic crisis in years. The border had been shut …

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Reducing Middle East tensions? Saudi-UAE moves hint at willingness to engage with Iran

By James M. Dorsey Recent moves by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates suggest that the two Gulf states may be looking for ways to reduce tensions with Iran that permeate multiple conflicts wracking the Middle East and North Africa. The moves, including a …

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Turkish president congratulates Pakistan on 70 years of independence

ISLAMABAD -UNS – Turkish president Erdogan has congratulated Pakistan on 70 years of independence this August. In a message posted on Twitter, he stated: “My heartfelt congratulations to the people of Pakistan for Pakistan s independence day.” Pakistan celebrated 70 years of independence today after …

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