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Saudi Arabia marks national day with fireworks, concerts

RIYADH -UNS/AFP  – With iconic buildings bathed in green light and planned cultural shows, concerts and fireworks, Saudi Arabia geared up to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the kingdom on Saturday. Car stereos blared patriotic songs as citizens began racing through the streets …

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Testing the waters: Saudi women get one-time access to a stadium

By James M. Dorsey Saudi Arabia’s 85th birthday could prove to be historic — one that could put to the test opposition to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s reform plans, even if he has cracked down on potential critics in recent weeks. Saudi women, barred …

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Saudi-led alliance will not participate in unrelated military operations, Senate told

ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir informed Senate on Friday that the 41-nation Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT) will not take part in unrelated military operations. In a written reply submitted to the upper house, Dastgir said that the alliance has been formed to …

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UK weapons companies have made £6bn from Saudi Arabia since it started bombing Yemen

British arms companies have earned more than £6bn from their trade with Saudi Arabia during the ongoing war in Yemen, new research has found, reported The Independent. War Child UK claimed the true revenue from dealings with the Gulf state are almost double previous estimates, …

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Saudi ambassador,NA Speaker discusses bileteral ties

ISLAMABAD -UNS/APP: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Friday said Pakistan valued high its relations with Saudi Arabia and both the countries tied in the eternal bonds of religion, history and culture.These views were expressed by the Speaker while talking to Nawaf Saeed Ahmed Al- Malkiy, Ambassador of the …

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Qatar ruler phones Saudi crown prince about starting talks

Qatar’s ruler phoned Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to express interest in talks to resolve a three-month-old diplomatic crisis, Saudi state media said early Saturday. The crown prince “welcomed this desire,” the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported, adding “details will be announced after Saudi …

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Hajj success paved way for peace talks with Saudi Arabia: Iran

TEHRAN-AFP/UNS – Iran thanked Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for its handling of the annual hajj pilgrimage, saying it opened the way for negotiations between the regional rivals. “We thank Saudi Arabia… for adopting a new approach in dealing with Iranian pilgrims,” said Ali Ghazi-Askar, the …

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Benazir murder case: Ex-DIG handed 15-years jail; Musharraf declared absconder

RAWALPINDI -UNS – Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Thursday has announced the verdict in former Prime Minister (PM) Benazir Bhutto murder case after nine years, and declared Pervez Musharraf absconder. The court has also directed to forfeit the property of former president and military leader. ATC …

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Pilgrims scale Mount Arafat for peak of hajj

MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia- Some two million Muslims from around the world began gathering Thursday on Mount Arafat for the highlight of the hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia dedicated to prayers and reflection. Helicopters flew around the area as the faithful converged from dawn on …

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PM Abbasi leaves for Saudi Arabia

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday left for Saudi Arabia on a day-long visit to the kingdom. This is first foreign visit of the PM since assuming the office earlier this month. Accompanied by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, …

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