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Saudi king spoke, and a $2 trillion dream went up in smoke

The king spoke, and a $2 trillion (£1.55 trillion) dream went up in smoke.For the past two years, Saudi Arabia has prepared to place up to 5 percent of its national oil company on the stock market. Officials talked up the Saudi Aramco initial public …

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Middle East, Europe celebrate Eid-ul-Azha

SAUDI ARABIA -UNS – Muslims in Middle East and European countries are celebrating Eid-ul-Azha with religious zeal and fervor on Tuesday. Grand Eid prayer congregations were held in Masjid-al-Haram and Masjid-e-Nabwi (PBUH) and were attended by millions of people. Similar congregations also occurred in Indonesia, …

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Over two million Muslims performing Waqoof-e-Arafat today

MAKKAH -UNS – More than two million Muslim pilgrims from across the world will perform Waqoof-e-Arafat, the main ritual of Hajj in the holy land of Islam, on Monday. It is first time that special arrangements have been done to deliver hajj sermon in Urdu …

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KSA hackathon seeks high-tech fixes to Hajj calamities

Fuelled by caffeine, pizza and adrenaline, sleep-deprived programmers in a marathon Saudi contest this week explored high-tech solutions to prevent a repeat of past calamities in the annual Hajj pilgrimage. In a cavernous hall in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, thousands of software professionals …

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Whither Wahhabism?

By James M. Dorsey Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman could well dash expectations that he is gunning for a break with Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism rather than a shaving off of the rough edges of Wahhabi ideology that has been woven into the kingdom’s fabric …

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Saudi effort to isolate Iran internationally produces results

By James M. Dorsey Saudi efforts to isolate Iran internationally are producing results in North Africa and Central Asia. Authorities and religious leaders in Tajikistan and Algeria have in recent weeks accused Iran of subversive activity and propagating Shiism while Morocco last month announced that …

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Saudi Arabia reshuffles cabinet with eye on culture

Saudi Arabia announced another cabinet reshuffle Saturday with a heavy focus on culture and religion, as the kingdom undergoes a major image rehaul. This is the second significant government change since the appointment of Prince Mohammed bin Salman, son of the king, as heir to …

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Al-Qaeda warns Saudi crown prince over ‘sin’

(AFP) – Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has warned Saudi Arabia’s reformist Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over his “sinful projects”, in a bulletin released Friday. Prince Mohammed has spearheaded a string of policy changes in ultraconservative Saudi Arabia, including reinstating cinemas and allowing women …

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Saudi Crown Prince shot, injured in last month attack on palace: activist

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is said to be shot and injured in heavy gunfire that erupted from outside the royal palace, reports Press TV. The revelation has been made by a Saudi opposition activist Mohammed al-Mas’ari, the secretary-general of the Islamic Revival Party. …

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Where is Prince Muhammad? Disappeared after Riyadh’s heavy gunfire

RIYADH -UNS : Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s public disappearance for three weeks, since heavy shooting and gunfire bursts in Riyadh, has raised speculation about his fate, international media reports said. Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), the 32-year-old crown prince of Saudi Arabia, has not been …

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