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Gulf crisis broadens definitions of food security

By James M. Dorsey Food security has taken on a new dimension almost five months into the Gulf crisis that pits a UAE-Saudi alliance against Qatar and for which there is no resolution in sight. The UAE and Saudi Arabia would deny that they are …

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Pakistan seeks to enhanced trade, economic partnerships with D8 members

ISTANBUL-UNS/APP: With focus on upgrading its communications, energy infrastructure, and enhancing regional connectivity under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Pakistan on Friday sought enhanced trade and economic partnerships with D-8 member states through stronger rail, road, air and sea links ,a win-win for all. “Connectivity-led …

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Pakistan, KSA agree to further bilateral ties

RIYADH -UNS : Pakistan and Saudi Arabia vowed to further develop bilateral relations particularly in the field of military between the two countries. Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa reviewed whole range of relationship with Commander of Ground Forces and Commander of Joint …

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Iraqi forces enter Kirkuk as Kurds flee

BAGHDAD-UNS- Iraqi government forces have entered central Kirkuk after taking key installations outside the disputed city from Kurdish fighters. Thousands of people fled the city ahead of the Iraqi advance. The Iraqi military moved into Kirkuk three weeks after the Kurdistan Region held a controversial …

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Iraqi army gives ultimatum on Kirkuk pullback

SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq: Baghdad has set a pre-dawn Sunday deadline for Kurdish forces to abandon positions in the disputed oil province of Kirkuk they took during the fightback against the Daesh group, a senior Kurdish official said. The reported ultimatum comes as thousands of Iraqi troops …

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US-Turkish visa spat: A fight for basic freedoms

By James M. Dorsey Moves by the United States and Turkey that largely ban travel of their nationals between the two countries is about more than two long-standing NATO allies having a spat amid shifting alliances in a volatile part of the world. It is …

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Two royal guards,one attacker killed near Saudi palace in Jeddah

RIYADH -UNS : The United States Embassy in Saudi Arabia warned US citizens to exercise caution in the area around the king’s palace in Jeddah on Saturday after reports on social media of an attack there. According to social media, Saudi security forces foiled an …

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Saudi Arabia to buy Russia S-400 defence systems, other arms

UNS-Saudi Arabia signed on Thursday preliminary agreements to buy S-400 air defence systems and receive “cutting edge technologies” from Russia during King Salman’s landmark visit to Moscow, the Saudi military industries firm said. The agreement was announced as King Salman, who is on the first …

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KSA-Russia ties to touch new heights: Aims to develop relations with Russia in all spheres: Al-Jubeir

BY GHAZANFAR ALI KHAN RIYADH: King Salman made history on Wednesday as the first reigning Saudi monarch to visit Russia, where he is scheduled to hold wide-ranging talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other high-ranking Russian officials on bilateral, regional and international issues. Speaking …

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Turkey sentences 34 to life in jail over Erdogan death plot

A Turkish court on Wednesday handed life sentences to 34 people for plotting to assassinate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a luxury Aegean hotel during last year’s failed coup. The 34 were given four life sentences each at the trial in the southwestern city of …

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