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Iran inaugurates first phase of Chabahar port

TEHRAN -AP-UNS- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday inaugurated the first phase of the country’s strategic Chahbahar Port, opening up a transit route between Iran, Afghanistan and India that bypasses Pakistan. The first phase of the project, known as the Shahid Beheshti port, is being …

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Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Kuwait on Dec. 5-6 despite Qatar row

KUWAIT CITY: An annual summit of Gulf Arab heads of state will convene in Kuwait on Dec. 5 and 6, Gulf officials said on Wednesday, despite an ongoing dispute between some members of group. A rift between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members Saudi Arabia, …

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Death toll in Egypt mosque attack rises to 235: state TV

Gunmen attacked a packed mosque in Egypt’s restive North Sinai province on Friday and set off a bomb, killing at least 184 people in one of the country’s deadliest attacks in recent memory, state media reported. A bomb explosion ripped through the Rawda mosque roughly …

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Detained Saudi princes being tortured by private mercenaries

RIYADH -UNS – Saudi princes and billionaires arrested on corruption charges were tortured by private mercenaries rounded up by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. A special report published by British newspaper says that detained members of Saudi elite have been hung by their feet and …

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Anti-Terror Quartet adds two entities, 11 individuals to terror list

JEDDAH -UNS : The Anti-Terror Quartet — Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE, Bahrain — has added two new entities and 11 individuals to the terror lists for their role in disseminating and supporting terrorism. In a statement released through the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the quartet …

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Israeli jew in Masjid-i-Nabawi sparks outcry

A 31-year-old Russian descent jew traveler got his Instagram handle suspended on Wednesday after he posted a picture that showed him standing inside Masjid-i-Nabawi given that non-Muslims are barred to enter Muslim holy places in Saudi Arabia. Ben Tzion had earlier posed for pictures in …

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Lebanons’ PM back in Lebanon after shock resignation

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s prime minister Saad Hariri returned to his home country late Tuesday, on the eve of its independence day and after a nearly three-week absence dominated by his surprise resignation. Hariri stepped down from his post in a televised address on November 4 from …

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Israel have secret ties with ´many´ Arab states,Saudi Arabia: minister

JERUSALEM -AFP/UNS: An Israeli cabinet minister said on Sunday that Israel had covert ties with “many” Arab and Muslim states but was obliged not to name them at the other sides´ request. A rare interview given by the head of Israel´s armed forces to a …

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Transition in the Middle East: Transition to what?

By James M. Dorsey Transition is the name of the game in the Middle East and North Africa. The question is transition to what? Dominating the answer is an Arab autocratic push for a Saudi-led regional order that would be based on an upgraded 21st …

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PM Abbasi, Army Chief to visit Saudi Arabia in coming week to discuss regional situations

ISLAMABAD -UNS – Civil and military leadership of Pakistan is likely to visit Saudi Arabia on November 21,to discuss regional situations. According to sources the Pakistani leadership and Saudi leadership to discuss KSA and Iran tension,Syrian,Yeman situations. Prime Minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Chief of …

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