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Let women drive and make own decisions, Saudi activist urges new crown prince

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Let women drive and make own decisions, Saudi activist urges new crown prince

- A Saudi Arabian woman who was jailed for daring to drive is encouraging the conservative kingdom's new crown prince to let women drive and make their own decisions as adults. Manal al-Sharif hit world headlines in 2011 when she filmed a video of herself driving in Saudi Arabia, the only country in the world to ban women from getting behind the wheel, and posted it on Youtube where it went viral

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House of Saud unites behind king's son - for now

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House of Saud unites behind king's son - for now

- DUBAI: The elevation of Mohammed bin Salman as Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia has ended two years of speculation about a behind-the-scenes rivalry near the pinnacle of royal power, but he still has to win over powerful relatives, clerics and tribesmen. The 31-year-old favoured son of King Salman was already in effect the day-to-day ruler, with sweeping powers over defence, energy and the economy, even though his cousin Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, 57, occupied the more senior job as crown prince

House Dems pry into reported Flynn, Saudi Russia energy deal

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House Dems pry into reported Flynn, Saudi Russia energy deal

- (CNN) — A pair of top House Democrats are digging into whether former national security adviser Michael Flynn may have misled officials on his security clearance firm about two Middle East trips -- including one reportedly about building $100 billion worth of nuclear energy plants with help from Russia's nuclear power agency. The top Democrats on the House oversight committee and the House foreign affairs committee sent a request to Flynn's lawyers -- as well as two consultants -- seeking additional documents about a summer 2015 trip he took to the Middle East to float a nuclear energy deal involving Russia

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House Dems pry into reported Flynn, Saudi Russia energy deal

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House Dems pry into reported Flynn, Saudi Russia energy deal

- (CNN) — A pair of top House Democrats are digging into whether former national security adviser Michael Flynn may have misled officials on his security clearance firm about two Middle East trips -- including one reportedly about building $100 billion worth of nuclear energy plants with help from Russia's nuclear power agency. The top Democrats on the House oversight committee and the House foreign affairs committee sent a request to Flynn's lawyers -- as well as two consultants -- seeking additional documents about a summer 2015 trip he took to the Middle East to float a nuclear energy deal involving Russia

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Jet Airways gives baby born on flight free plane tickets for life

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Jet Airways gives baby born on flight free plane tickets for life

- Jet Airways said it will give free flight tickets for life to a boy who was born on one of its flights between Saudi Arabia and India.

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House Dems pry into reported Flynn, Saudi Russia energy deal

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House Dems pry into reported Flynn, Saudi Russia energy deal

- (CNN) — A pair of top House Democrats are digging into whether former national security adviser Michael Flynn may have misled officials on his security clearance firm about two Middle East trips -- including one reportedly about building $100 billion worth of nuclear energy plants with help from Russia's nuclear power agency. The top Democrats on the House oversight committee and the House foreign affairs committee sent a request to Flynn's lawyers -- as well as two consultants -- seeking additional documents about a summer 2015 trip he took to the Middle East to float a nuclear energy deal involving Russia

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House Dems pry into reported Flynn, Saudi Russia energy deal

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House Dems pry into reported Flynn, Saudi Russia energy deal

- (CNN) — A pair of top House Democrats are digging into whether former national security adviser Michael Flynn may have misled officials on his security clearance firm about two Middle East trips -- including one reportedly about building $100 billion worth of nuclear energy plants with help from Russia's nuclear power agency. The top Democrats on the House oversight committee and the House foreign affairs committee sent a request to Flynn's lawyers -- as well as two consultants -- seeking additional documents about a summer 2015 trip he took to the Middle East to float a nuclear energy deal involving Russia

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Iran calls missile attack on Syria militants a wider warning

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Iran calls missile attack on Syria militants a wider warning

- Tehran, Iran • Iran says its ballistic missile strike targeting the Islamic State group in Syria was not only a response to deadly attacks in Tehran, but a powerful message to archrival Saudi Arabia and the United States, one that could add to already soaring regional tensions. The launch, which hit Syria's eastern city of Deir el-Zour on Sunday night, appeared to be Iran's first missile attack abroad in over 15 years and its first in the Syrian conflict, in which it has provided crucial support to embattled President Bashar Assad

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Baby born on flight to India gets free plane tickets for life

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Baby born on flight to India gets free plane tickets for life

- NEW DELHI — An Indian airline just gave a newborn child a birthday gift his parents will find it hard to top. Jet Airways said it will give free flight tickets for life to a boy who was born on one of its flights between Saudi Arabia and India. The child's mother -- whose identity the airline didn't reveal out of respect for her privacy -- went into labor prematurely on Sunday at an altitude of 35,000 feet, Jet Airways said

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Airline gives baby born mid-flight free travel for life - | WBTV Charlotte

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Airline gives baby born mid-flight free travel for life - | WBTV Charlotte

- (RNN) - Indian airline Jet Airways gifted free, lifetime air tickets to a baby born aboard one of its flights from Saudi Arabia to India. The crew and nurse Mini Wilson - a passenger on the plane - helped deliver the baby at 35,000 feet after a woman went into premature labor. The mother and baby were taken to a hospital after the Boeing 737 landed in Mumbai, India

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Iran: Missile attack on Syria militants a wider warning to US, Saudi Arabia

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Iran: Missile attack on Syria militants a wider warning to US, Saudi Arabia

- TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran says its ballistic missile strike targeting the Islamic State group in Syria was not only a response to deadly attacks in Tehran, but a powerful message to archrival Saudi Arabia and the United States, one that could add to already soaring regional tensions. The launch, which hit Syria's eastern city of Deir el-Zour on Sunday night, appeared to be Iran's first missile attack abroad in over 15 years and its first in the Syrian conflict, in which it has provided crucial support to embattled President Bashar Assad

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Kuwait's ruler calls for Gulf unity to heal Qatar rift

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Kuwait's ruler calls for Gulf unity to heal Qatar rift

- DUBAI: Kuwait's ruler called on Sunday for Gulf Arab states to overcome a diplomatic dispute with Qatar that has led to the worst regional split in years, saying all parties had a duty to preserve regional unity. Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who is leading mediation efforts after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed ties with Qatar two weeks ago, said he hoped the crisis could be solved through dialogue

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Diplomatic and economic sanctions to have huge impact on Qatar’s economy

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Diplomatic and economic sanctions to have huge impact on Qatar’s economy

- Dubai: Recent diplomatic and economic sanctions on Qatar by a group of states led by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and a few other allied countries is expected to have severe consequences on Qatar’s economy if the impasse is to continue for a longer period, according to analysts. The political rift has created much uncertainty and is likely to impact the flow of people, trade, and capital which could delay the execution of projects as Qatar prepares to host World Cup 2022

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Improved Saudi government revenues to ease fiscal pressures

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Improved Saudi government revenues to ease fiscal pressures

- Dubai: Saudi Arabia is targeting incremental non-hydrocarbon revenues of 152 billion riyals (Dh148.6 billion) — 5.2 per cent of GDP — and gross savings from energy and water price reform of 171 billion riyals (5.9 per cent of GDP), together these are expected to ease the fiscal crunch the country is facing following prolonged low oil prices. The flagship measures the government relies on are the introduction of a 5 per cent value-added tax (VAT), excise and luxury taxes, as well as fees on expatriate dependents and levies on expatriate workers

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Foreign affairs minister moves to deny fake news website report

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Foreign affairs minister moves to deny fake news website report

- Foreign affairs minister Carmelo Abela Foreign affairs minister Carmelo Abela has issued a statement to deny a report on a fake news website, that falsely claimed that Saudi Arabia has ended all ties with Malta for sympathizing with Qatar in the ongoing Gulf crisis. The report surfaced on Fox-News24.com, a fake news website that has recently also falsely reported the deaths of Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari, Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and ex-My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero

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Baby born on Jet Airways flight, gets a lifetime pass on all travels by airline

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Baby born on Jet Airways flight, gets a lifetime pass on all travels by airline

- A Jet Airways plane flying from Saudi Arabia to India had an unexpected guest today when a baby was born mid-flight. Jet Airways 9W 569 took off from Dammam for Kochi at 2.55 am today and when an expectant mother travelling onboard went into labour the crew declared a medical emergency and diverted the flight to Mumbai. While the plane was still over the Arabian Sea she was helped by crew members and a nurse travelling to Kerala to deliver a baby

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Baby Born on Indian Airline Given A Lifetime Of Free Travel
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House Dems pry into reported Flynn, Saudi Russia energy deal
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House Dems pry into reported Flynn, Saudi Russia energy deal
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Jet Airways gives baby born on flight free plane tickets for life
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Flynn didn’t disclose role in Saudi deal with Russians, congressional letter says
Flynn didn’t disclose role in Saudi deal with Russians, congressional letter says Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn appears to have failed to report a 2015 trip to Saudi Arabia on behalf of a U.S./Russia business plan to build nuclear reactors, according to a congressional letter issued Monday requesting documents from the companies he allegedly represented. The seven-page letter — which contains the signatures of Democratic ranking members of the House Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees, but no Republicans — is framed as a request to three companies Flynn allegedly represented in the effort   Read More ...
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Trump Russia Investigation: Michael Flynn Now Singing To FBI, Senator Claims — Echoing Earlier Online Report
Trump Russia Investigation: Michael Flynn Now Singing To FBI, Senator Claims — Echoing Earlier Online Report Amid reports that he tried to broker a business deal with Russia to build nuclear power plants in Saudi Arabia, Donald Trump’s disgraced former national security adviser Michael Flynn may now be cooperating with the FBI in the investigation of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, according to a statement by two-term Rhode Island Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, in an interview with CNN on Monday   Read More ...
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Qatar Says It Will Not Negotiate Unless Neighbours Lift 'Blockade'
Qatar Says It Will Not Negotiate Unless Neighbours Lift 'Blockade' DOHA/PARIS: Qatar will not negotiate with its neighbours to resolve the Gulf dispute unless they first lift the trade and travel boycott they imposed two weeks ago, its foreign minister said, but added Doha still believed a solution was possible. The United Arab Emirates, which along with Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain imposed the measures to isolate Qatar, said the sanctions could last for years unless Doha accepted demands that the Arab powers plan to reveal in coming days   Read More ...
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House Dems pry into reported Flynn, Saudi Russia energy deal
House Dems pry into reported Flynn, Saudi Russia energy deal (CNN) — A pair of top House Democrats are digging into whether former national security adviser Michael Flynn may have misled officials on his security clearance firm about two Middle East trips -- including one reportedly about building $100 billion worth of nuclear energy plants with help from Russia's nuclear power agency. The top Democrats on the House oversight committee and the House foreign affairs committee sent a request to Flynn's lawyers -- as well as two consultants -- seeking additional documents about a summer 2015 trip he took to the Middle East to float a nuclear energy deal involving Russia   Read More ...
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Flynn failed to reveal Middle East trip to broker U.S.-Russia nuclear deal before election: Democrats
Flynn failed to reveal Middle East trip to broker U.S.-Russia nuclear deal before election: Democrats Congressional Democrats have accused former Trump adviser Gen. Michael Flynn of hiding a trip to the Middle East to work on a joint Russian-U.S. venture in Saudi Arabia prior to the 2016 election. According to ABC, the Democrats say that Flynn failed to disclose contacts with Saudi officials when seeking renewal of his security clearance. “Most troubling of all, we have no record of General Flynn identifying on his security clearance renewal application – or during his interview with security clearance investigators – even a single foreign government he had contact with,” wrote Reps   Read More ...
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Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi heads to Saudi Arabia on his Middle East tour
Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi heads to Saudi Arabia on his Middle East tour Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi headed on Monday to Saudi Arabia, the first leg of a Middle East tour that will also include Iran and Kuwait, in a diplomatic effort to foster regional reconciliation, his office said. Abadi’s visit to Saudi Arabia aims to promote reconciliation between the Sunni Muslim kingdom and majority Shi’ite Iraq and also to help heal deep and bitter divisions between Iraq’s Shi’ites and its Sunni Muslim minority   Read More ...
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Weapons found after shots fired in oil field: Saudi Arabia
Weapons found after shots fired in oil field: Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia said on Monday it had seized weapons from a boat captured after shots were fired by security forces near an oil platform in the Arabian Gulf, at a time of tension with Iran and Qatar. The incident happened at about 8:30 pm on Friday when three small boats entered Saudi territorial waters and “headed at speed towards platforms of (the) Saudi oil field of Marjan”, a government statement said   Read More ...
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