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Iran could be winner, US a loser from UAE-Qatar tensions

DUBAI: A rise in tension between Qatar and the United Arab Emirates in a row over military flights threatens U.S. strategic interests in the Gulf and could benefit regional rival Iran. Abu Dhabi says Qatari air force jets intercepted two UAE civilian aircraft on commercial …

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Egypt allowed covert Israeli strikes against militants: NYT

NEW YORK: Egypt allowed Israeli jets, drones and helicopters to carry our covert strikes inside Egyptian territory against militants who were undermining Egypt, according to a report published in the New York Times on Sunday. “For more than two years, unmarked Israeli drones, helicopters and …

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Double-edged sword: Opinion poll shows Trump’s Iran policy risks

By James M. Dorsey US President Donald J. Trump’s inclination to withdraw from a three-year old international agreement that curbs Iran’s nuclear program is likely to strengthen the country’s hardliners even if the withdrawal would put responsibility for mounting economic and social discontent squarely on …

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Over 56 graft Saudi suspects still held: Attorney general

RIYADH (AFP) – Saudi Arabian attorney general Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb said on Tuesday that 56 corruption suspects were still in custody out of 381 high-profile figures detained on graft allegations. He said he has decided to release all those proven not guilty and others who …

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Saudi billionaire Talal’s daughter tweets joy after his release

RIYADH-UNS : The daughter of Saudi billionaire Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal on Sunday tweeted a picture of her father, expressing happiness at his release from detention, in the first reaction from a family member. “You’ve lit up the world, you are my world,” Reem bint …

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How regional rivalries threaten to fuel the fire in Syria and Iran

By James M. Dorsey Turkish allegations of Saudi, Emirati and Egyptian support for the outlawed Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) threaten to turn Turkey’s military offensive against Syrian Kurds aligned with the PKK into a regional imbroglio. The threat is magnified by Iranian assertions that low …

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Over 95 still still holding as it aims to wind down corruption probe in KSA

RIYADH -UNS/Reuters – Saudi Arabian authorities are still holding 95 people in an anti-corruption campaign launched by the crown prince in November, according to the kingdom’s attorney general. In an info graphic cited by Saudi-owned Al Arabiya on Wednesday, the attorney general said 90 detainees …

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Testing Prince Mohammed’s pledge to return Saudi Arabia to moderate Islam

By James M. Dorsey Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s vow to return his kingdom to a moderate interpretation of Islam could be put to the test by a draft bill in the US Congress that would require the secretary of State to submit yearly …

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Iran: Protests,threat of renewed sanctions focus economic thinking

By James M. Dorsey Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appears in the wake of recent anti-government protests to have put his weight behind President Hasan Rouhani’s repeated calls for reduced military and Revolutionary Guards involvement in the economy. Mr. Khamenei signalled his support by …

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Russia initiated safe zones in Syria offer real chance for reconciliation: Assad

Syria’s President Bashar Assad believes that the internationally agreed de-escalation zones are a real opportunity to finally achieve peace in his war-torn country, saying, all previous initiatives have failed due to some states hindering peace by pursuing own political goals. The “foremost” aim of the …

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