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With a wary eye on Iran, Saudi and Iraqi leaders draw closer

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With a wary eye on Iran, Saudi and Iraqi leaders draw closer

- BAGHDAD/DUBAI: It was an unusual meeting: an Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim cleric openly hostile to the United States sat in a palace sipping juice at the invitation of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, the Sunni kingdom that is Washington's main ally in the Middle East. For all the implausibility, the motivations for the July 30 gathering in Jeddah between Moqtada al-Sadr and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman run deep, and centre on a shared interest in countering Iranian influence in Iraq
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5,571 Kaduna pilgrims airlifted to Saudi Arabia

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5,571 Kaduna pilgrims airlifted to Saudi Arabia

- A total of 5, 571 pilgrims from Kaduna State have been transported to Saudi Arabia for this year’s hajj. The Spokesman of the state Muslim Pilgrims’ Welfare Board, Yunusa Abdullahi, said on Tuesday the pilgrims were transported in 14 flights. The spokesman said 3,931 males and 1,640 females were transported by two airlines engaged by the board. Abdullahi said Medview airline had so far transported 3, 362 pilgrims in 10 flights, leaving the firm with 1, 179 more intending pilgrims to complete the exercise
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Iraqi Shiite cleric's Saudi, UAE trips show Gulf realpolitik

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Iraqi Shiite cleric's Saudi, UAE trips show Gulf realpolitik

- DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An influential Iraqi Shiite cleric, notorious for his followers' deadly attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq over a decade ago and thought at times to have ties to Iran, has two new stamps in his passport — from the two fiercest Sunni critics of Tehran in the Gulf. Muqtada al-Sadr's trips to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates come as the two nations want to limit Iran's influence in the wider Middle East, especially with Iranian-backed Shiite militias leading the fight against the Islamic State group on Iraqi battlefields
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Tags: Abrahamic Religions |  Islam |  Clergy |  Shiite Muslim | 
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Iraqi Shiite cleric's Saudi, UAE trips show Gulf realpolitik

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Iraqi Shiite cleric's Saudi, UAE trips show Gulf realpolitik

- DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An influential Iraqi Shiite cleric, notorious for his followers' deadly attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq over a decade ago and thought at times to have ties to Iran, has two new stamps in his passport — from the two fiercest Sunni critics of Tehran in the Gulf. Muqtada al-Sadr's trips to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates come as the two nations want to limit Iran's influence in the wider Middle East, especially with Iranian-backed Shiite militias leading the fight against the Islamic State group on Iraqi battlefields
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Tags: Abrahamic Religions |  Islam |  Clergy |  Shiite Muslim | 
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Cox: Qatar kerfuffle could tip Aramco to New York

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Cox: Qatar kerfuffle could tip Aramco to New York

- One exception may be companies who count entities controlled by the Al Thani monarchy, primarily through Qatar's $300 billion-plus sovereign wealth fund, as important shareholders. If so, these regional grievances may alter the trajectory of one of the biggest deals in the history of global capital markets, the planned initial public offering sometime next year of the $2 trillion Saudi Aramco
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US slams China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia for religious repression

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US slams China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia for religious repression

- The annual report examines the state of religious freedom in almost 200 countries and territories China continues to physically abuse, detain, arrest, torture and imprison members of religious minorities Washington (CNN)The State Department's annual report on international religious freedom was highly critical of a number of countries, including China and Saudi Arabia, a key US ally. "Many governments around the world used discriminatory laws to deny their citizens freedom of religion or belief," said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, speaking in the agency's Treaty Room
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Saudi Arabia and Iraq to re-open border crossing after 27 years

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Saudi Arabia and Iraq to re-open border crossing after 27 years

- Saudi Arabia and Iraq plan to open the Arar border crossing for trade for the first time since 1990, when it was closed after the countries cut ties following Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, Saudi local media reported on Tuesday. Saudi and Iraqi officials toured the site on Monday and spoke with Iraqi religious pilgrims, who for the past 27 years had access to the crossing only once annually during the haj season, the Mecca newspaper reported
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Saudi Arabia and Iraq to re-open border crossing after 27 years

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Saudi Arabia and Iraq to re-open border crossing after 27 years

- RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia and Iraq plan to open the Arar border crossing for trade for the first time since 1990, when it was closed after the countries cut ties following Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, Saudi local media reported on Tuesday (Aug 15). Saudi and Iraqi officials toured the site on Monday and spoke with Iraqi religious pilgrims, who for the past 27 years had access to the crossing only once annually during the haj season, the Mecca newspaper reported
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Egypt: Rafah crossing opened to allow Gaza pilgrims travel to Saudi Arabia

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Egypt: Rafah crossing opened to allow Gaza pilgrims travel to Saudi Arabia

- Egypt on Monday opened the Rafah border crossing to allow intending pilgrims from Gaza Strip leave the blockaded coastal enclave to travel to Saudi Arabia, a local media reported. The first group of about 800 intending pilgrims crossed the Rafah crossing to go to Cairo International Airport from where they would fly to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the Palestinian news agency WAFA reported
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Saudi Crown Prince responds to bed-ridden child's plea for help

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Saudi Crown Prince responds to bed-ridden child's plea for help

- Manama: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud has responded to a plea by a Saudi child being treated in a hospital in the US and ordered sponsoring her mother’s travel to be with her. In her plea from the hospital room in Philadelphia, Hala Al Enezi said that she longed to see her mother, especially that she was in a serious condition suffering from a chronic disease and that doctors amputated her leg the previous day
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Saudi top prosecutor summons Twitter users for harming public order

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Saudi top prosecutor summons Twitter users for harming public order

- RIYADH (REUTERS) - A group of Twitter users will be indicted in Saudi Arabia on charges of harming public order for threatening the "safety and moderate ideology of society"through extremism, according to a statement on state news agency SPA. The country's chief prosecutor summoned the Twitter users on Sunday (Aug 13), the statement said, without naming them or specifying how many were accused
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Saudi top prosecutor summons Twitter users for harming public order

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Saudi top prosecutor summons Twitter users for harming public order

- RIYADH: A group of Twitter users will be indicted in Saudi Arabia on charges of harming public order for threatening the "safety and moderate ideology of society" through extremism, according to a statement on state news agency SPA. The country's chief prosecutor summoned the Twitter users on Sunday, the statement said, without naming them or specifying how many were accused. A spokesman for the Ministry of Culture and Information had earlier tweeted that a radical Sunni cleric, Ali al-Rabieei, had been referred to a "publication crimes" committee for unspecified violations
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Top Saudi banks to protect profitability amid challenges

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Top Saudi banks to protect profitability amid challenges

- Dubai: Saudi Arabia’s big-5 banks could face further profitability pressures as government tightens spending, however these banks will largely protect their profitability in the next 12 to 18 months, according to rating agency Moody’s. “Lower government spending is eroding economic growth and slower growth is dampening credit demand and weakening borrowers’ debt repayment capacity. We expect lending to slow and problem loans to rise, but banks will be able to use their pricing power to offset these pressures and keep profit steady over the coming 12 to 18 months,” said Ashraf Madani, Vice President — Senior Analyst at Moody’s
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Yemen central bank complains to Saudi-led coalition about cash deliveries

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Yemen central bank complains to Saudi-led coalition about cash deliveries

- DUBAI: Yemen's central bank has complained to its allies in a Saudi-led military coalition about a lack of cash deliveries needed to pay salaries, in a sign of the government's struggle to keep the war-torn country's economy afloat. There are two opposing central banks in Yemen - an internationally recognised one in the southern city of Aden and another in the capital Sanaa in territory run by the government's foes in the armed Houthi movement
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Saudi Arabia favours New York for Aramco listing despite risks

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Saudi Arabia favours New York for Aramco listing despite risks

- Saudi Arabia favours New York for the main foreign listing of state oil giant Aramco, even though some financial and legal advisers have recommended London as a less problematic and risky option, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. A final decision on where to stage what could be the world's largest initial public offering will be taken by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman - or MbS as he is known - who oversees the kingdom's economic and energy policies, sources said
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Nobel laureates urge Saudi to hold off on execution of 14 Shiites

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Nobel laureates urge Saudi to hold off on execution of 14 Shiites

- Dubai (AFP) - Ten Nobel laureates from across the world have penned an open letter urging Saudi authorities to hold off on the execution of 14 Shiites convicted of protest-linked crimes. Fears are mounting of the imminent mass execution of the 14 Shiites convicted of charges linked to protests in 2012, including rioting, theft, armed robbery and armed rebellion. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have accused Saudi authorities of coercing confessions which were later retracted in court and of failing to grant fair trials to defendants, including juveniles
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Saudi Arabia builds cities in the sand to move beyond oil

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Saudi Arabia builds cities in the sand to move beyond oil

- Riyadh After relying on oil to fuel its economy for more than half a century, Saudi Arabia is turning to its other abundant natural resource to take it beyond the oil age — desert. The kingdom is converting thousands of square kilometres of sand into new cities as it seeks to diversify away from crude, create jobs and boost investment. In the past month alone, the world’s biggest oil exporter has announced two major developments — one covering an area bigger than Belgium and another almost the size of Moscow
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  • 6 buildings in Jeddah's old town go up in flames
    6 buildings in Jeddah's old town go up in flames

    , gulfnews.com

    Six buildings in Al Balad, Jeddah's old town went up in flames on Tuesday night, according to Saudi media. Three of the six buildings collapsed completely, but there were no casualties, officials reported. Authorities reported six people — including five firefighters and a Saudi man — were injured and given medical treatment. Arab News, a Jeddah daily, and Twitter users shared videos of flames engulfing the heritage buildings in Jeddah's historic town by the Red Sea
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Politics & Government

  • Saudi Arabia should clarify status of ex-crown prince - HRW
    Saudi Arabia should clarify status of ex-crown prince - HRW

    , channelnewsasia.com

    LONDON: Saudi Arabia must clarify whether they have imposed movement restrictions on former crown prince Mohammed bin Nayef, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday, saying the kingdom should end all arbitrary travel bans and detentions of Saudi citizens. Saudi officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the HRW statement. Reuters reported last week that the former crown prince has been under house arrest since his overthrow in favour of the king's favourite son, Mohammed bin Salman, in June
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Business

  • Yemen central bank complains to Saudi-led coalition about cash deliveries
    Yemen central bank complains to Saudi-led coalition about cash deliveries

    , channelnewsasia.com

    DUBAI: Yemen's central bank has complained to its allies in a Saudi-led military coalition about a lack of cash deliveries needed to pay salaries, in a sign of the government's struggle to keep the war-torn country's economy afloat. There are two opposing central banks in Yemen - an internationally recognised one in the southern city of Aden and another in the capital Sanaa in territory run by the government's foes in the armed Houthi movement
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Health

  • Saudis pledge $33.7 mln to UN to battle cholera in Yemen
    Saudis pledge $33.7 mln to UN to battle cholera in Yemen

    , independent.co.ug

    Jeddah, Saudi Arabia | AFP | Saudi Arabia has pledged $33.7 million to help the World Health Organization eradicate cholera in war-wracked Yemen, where the disease has killed nearly 2,000 people, the WHO said on Sunday. Gregory Hartl, a spokesman for the organisation, confirmed that Saudi Arabia, which leads an Arab coalition battling rebels in Yemen, had signed an agreement committing the funds to help the WHO battle the spread of cholera
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Society & Culture

  • Nobel laureates urge Saudi to hold off on execution of 14 Shiites
    Nobel laureates urge Saudi to hold off on execution of 14 Shiites

    , afp.com

    Dubai (AFP) - Ten Nobel laureates from across the world have penned an open letter urging Saudi authorities to hold off on the execution of 14 Shiites convicted of protest-linked crimes. Fears are mounting of the imminent mass execution of the 14 Shiites convicted of charges linked to protests in 2012, including rioting, theft, armed robbery and armed rebellion. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have accused Saudi authorities of coercing confessions which were later retracted in court and of failing to grant fair trials to defendants, including juveniles
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Religion & Spirituality

  • 5,571 Kaduna pilgrims airlifted to Saudi Arabia
    5,571 Kaduna pilgrims airlifted to Saudi Arabia

    , thenationonlineng.net

    A total of 5, 571 pilgrims from Kaduna State have been transported to Saudi Arabia for this year’s hajj. The Spokesman of the state Muslim Pilgrims’ Welfare Board, Yunusa Abdullahi, said on Tuesday the pilgrims were transported in 14 flights. The spokesman said 3,931 males and 1,640 females were transported by two airlines engaged by the board. Abdullahi said Medview airline had so far transported 3, 362 pilgrims in 10 flights, leaving the firm with 1, 179 more intending pilgrims to complete the exercise
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Entertainment & Arts

  • Rihanna’s beau’s bear-sized present
    Rihanna’s beau’s bear-sized present

    , gulfnews.com

    Singer Rihanna’s new billionaire beau Hassan Jameel is said to have flown a life-size stuffed bear half way around the world on an empty jet to impress her. The billionaire, whose family own the rights to the distribution of Toyota vehicles in Saudi Arabia, wooed the singer in the early stages of their relationship with the “seriously big romantic gesture”, reports dailymail
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Education

  • Saudi Arabia to introduce physical education for schoolgirls
    Saudi Arabia to introduce physical education for schoolgirls

    , todayonline.com

    RIYADH - Saudi public schools will begin offering physical education for girls in the coming academic year, the education ministry announced on Tuesday, in a long-awaited reform in the Islamic kingdom. Physical education for women is controversial in Saudi Arabia, where conservatives consider it immodest, and it is not mandatory. It has not been offered in most public schools. "Sports is empowerment," said Lina Almaeena, a member of the advisory Shura Council who founded the kingdom's first female sports club, basketball team Jeddah United
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Travel & Recreation

  • No visa, no veil? Saudi Arabia may ease tourist rules
    No visa, no veil? Saudi Arabia may ease tourist rules

    , detroitnews.com

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia plans to build a “semi-autonomous” visa-free travel destination along its northwestern Red Sea coast where restrictions on women’s dress, gender segregation and other conservative norms could be waived. The Red Sea project will include diving attractions and a nature reserve, with some areas resembling the luxury hotels, islands and lagoons of the Maldives. The Saudi Commission for Tourism did not immediately respond to an Associated Press request for more details on the rules that will govern tourists at the Red Sea resort
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Law & Crime

  • Saudi security forces flush out terrorists from Awamiya
    Saudi security forces flush out terrorists from Awamiya

    , gulfnews.com

    Awamiya, Saudi Arabia: A security campaign against gunmen in eastern Saudi Arabia has been largely successful. Security forces have been trying for three months to flush out gunmen responsible for years of attacks on police in the small town of 30,000 that has been the centre of anti-government protests. Journalists on a government tour of the town on Wednesday were the first outside witnesses of the damage caused by the fighting
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Life & Style

  • Saudi female driver speaks out for women: 'Your rights are taken, not given'
    Saudi female driver speaks out for women: 'Your rights are taken, not given'

    , usatoday.com

    Despite working as an information security consultant for a multinational company in Saudi Arabia, Manal al-Sharif was not allowed to drive, just like millions of other women in her country. But in 2011, she decided to change that. She filmed herself cruising behind the wheel of a car and uploaded the video to YouTube. The tape immediately went viral, and Al-Sharif was arrested for breaking the law that bars female drivers in Saudi Arabia
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Media & Information

  • Saudi prince arrested over leaked abuse videos
    Saudi prince arrested over leaked abuse videos

    , nst.com.my

    RIYADH: A Saudi prince was arrested Thursday on King Salman’s order, a state-run broadcaster reported, as outrage grew on social media over videos appearing to show him abusing members of the public. Salman issued a warrant for “the immediate arrest ... and imprisonment” of Prince Saud, a descendent of Saudi Arabia’s founder, along with a group of men who appeared in the videos uploaded to YouTube, Al-Ikhbariya television reported
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Science & Nature

  • Can G19 hold firm against Trump's G1?
    Can G19 hold firm against Trump's G1?

    , channelnewsasia.com

    PARIS: Can a motley crew of countries grouping climate champions Germany and France with oil giants Russia and Saudi Arabia muster a joint defence of the Paris Agreement against Donald Trump? This is the question for observers as the G20 group of major economies gathers in Hamburg amid a storm of geopolitical crises threatening to push climate change down the agenda
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