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Iranian-Saudi rivalry fuels potential nuclear race

By James M. Dorsey Saudi Arabia is developing nuclear energy and potentially a nuclear weapons capability. The Saudi focus on nuclear serves various of the kingdom’s goals: diversification of its economy, reduction of its dependence on fossil fuels, countering a potential future Iranian nuclear capability, …

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Pakistan in hot seat as Gen Raheel takes command of Saudi-led alliance

By James M. Dorsey With no troops to command and a Riyadh-based skeleton staff, General Raheel Sharif, Pakistan’s recently retired top commander, appeared to slide into a cushy job as commander of a 41-nation, Saudi-led military alliance created to fight terrorism. In fact, the general’s …

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Chinese,KSA,Turkish troops join Pakistan Day parade:A sign of deepening ties

ISLAMABAD -UNS/Reuters – Chinese, Saudi and Turkish troops for the first time joined the Pakistan Day parade in the capital Islamabad on Thursday, in a sign of deepening ties. Before Pakistan showed off long-range rockets, tanks and other military hardware, armed Chinese troops marched past …

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Transgender in Saudi Arabia died of cardiac arrest: Sartaj

ISLAMABAD -UNS : Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Tuesday informed the Senate that the cause of death of a Pakistani transgender in Saudi Arabia was cardiac arrest. Responding to a point of public importance raised by Farhatullah Babar, the …

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Saudi Arabia,China agree to boost ties in diverse sectors

BEIJING -UNS : China and Saudi Arabia have signed fourteen cooperation agreements worth sixty-five billion dollars. The agreements were signed during the visit of King Salman of Saudi Arabia to Beijing. The Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister told media that the agreements covered investments, science, infrastructure, …

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From adventurers to inventors, Saudi women unite to inspire new generation

Saudi women from adventurers to inventors hope a unique conference in Riyadh on Saturday will highlight their changing roles and inspire younger women to push for new opportunities in the ultra-conservative kingdom. The event comes at a time when reforms are slowly affecting women’s lives …

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Maldivian opposition protests Saudi king’s visit “for islands”

COLOMBO -UNS : Maldivian opposition parties protested today a planned visit by King Salman following reports that Saudi business interests were buying an entire atoll in the politically-troubled Indian Ocean republic. A coalition of opposition parties and dissidents said they would stage street demonstrations against …

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Two transgender persons tortured to death in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH -UNS : Two transgender Pakistanis have allegedly been beaten to death by police in Saudi Arabia after being arrested. The two were arrested, along with 33 other people, in the capital city of Riyadh for cross-dressing in public, which is a punishable crime in …

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Saudi foreign minister makes rare visit to Baghdad

BAGHDAD: Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir made a rare visit to Baghdad on Saturday, meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the premier’s media office said. It was the first visit of a senior Saudi minister since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in …

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KSA govt nominates women to head Saudi bourse, major bank

RIYADH -UNS : Women have been named to head Saudi Arabia’s stock exchange and a major bank, the institutions announced. Samba Financial Group on Sunday said Rania Mahmoud Nashar had begun work as chief executive officer. The announcement came three days after the Saudi stock …

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