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KSA King to step down in favor of crown prince Muhammad

ISLAMABAD -UNS: Saudi monarch King Salman will step down next week and announce his son Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman as his successor, British media reports said. The 81-year-old king will continue as a ceremonial figurehead, with official leadership of the country resting with his …

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Lebanon’s ‘detained’ PM to travel to France

RIYADH: Lebanon’s premier Saad Hariri will travel to France “in the coming days”, a French presidential source said Wednesday, after Beirut accused Saudi Arabia of detaining him following his shock resignation. International pressure has been mounting for Hariri to return to Beirut after his prolonged …

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Saad Hariri’s return to Lebanon: A moment of truth

By James M. Dorsey The proof will be in the pudding when Prime Minister Saad Hariri returns home in the coming days to a country in which friend and foe have rallied around him and he clarifies whether he intends to follow through on his …

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Over 450 dead: Iran hunts for quake survivors near Iraq border

TEHRAN -UNS: Iranian rescue workers dug through rubble in a hunt for survivors on Monday after a major earthquake struck the Iran-Iraq border, killing more than 450 and injuring over 8000 thousands, reported AFP. The 7.3-magnitude quake hit a border area 30 kilometres (20 miles) …

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Turkey denies ‘ludicrous’ Gulen kidnap allegations

The Turkish embassy in Washington said the allegations were “utterly false, ludicrous and groundless”. Ex-CIA director James Woolsey revealed an alleged $15m (£11.5m) plan to remove cleric Fethullah Gulen in March. Turkey accuses Mr Gulen of being behind the failed July 2016 coup. In a …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Photos reveal arrested Saudi princes sleeping on bare mattresses

RIYADH -UNS – Shocking photos of arrested Saudi princes show them sleeping on bare mattresses in a five star hotel of Riyadh. The photos do not show the face of any of the men but claims that the arrested men were being held at the …

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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 …

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