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Lebanon asks Saudi Arabia for explanation on PM Hariri’s absence

Lebanon’s president appealed to Saudi Arabia on Saturday to explain why Saad Hariri had not returned to Beirut since his surprise resignation as prime minister a week ago. Hariri announced on November 4 in a televised statement from Riyadh that he would be stepping down from his post, shocking the …

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Saudi Arabia makes fresh arrests in anti-graft crackdown: sources

RIYADH -UNS : Saudi Arabian authorities have made further arrests and frozen more bank accounts in an expanding anti-corruption crackdown on the kingdom’s political and business elite, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Dozens of royal family members, officials and business executives have already been held in the …

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US calls for UN action against Iran over Yemen missiles

UNITED NATIONS: The United States accused Iran on Tuesday of supplying Yemen’s Houthi rebels with a missile that was fired into Saudi Arabia in July and called for the United Nations to hold Tehran accountable for violating two UN Security Council resolutions. US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley …

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Saudi billionaire prince Talal: who slammed Trump

RIYADH -UNS- Saudi Arabia’s Al-Waleed bin Talal — the billionaire tycoon arrested in an anti-graft crackdown by his cousin Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — is no stranger to controversy and headlines. Ranked among the richest men in the world, the 62-year-old investor is the grandson of two of the …

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Saudi prince killed in helicopter crash near Yemen border

RIYADH-UNS- A Saudi prince was killed on Sunday when a helicopter crashed near the kingdom’s southern border with war-torn Yemen, state television said. The news channel Al-Ekhbariya announced the death of Prince Mansour bin Moqren, the deputy governor of Asir province. It said the helicopter had several officials on board, …

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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 dozens of ex-ministers. Prince Alwaleed …

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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 a number of princes and …

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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 countries, including Lebanon. He was …

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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 of Maldives from signing a …

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