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Prince Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Passes Away

The Royal Court has announced that Prince Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, 86, passed away on Thursday. The funeral prayers will be performed following evening regular prayers at the Grand mosque in Makkah on Friday. The former deputy  defense minister passed away after a struggle with disease and a long journey in the …

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Trump in Saudi on first foreign trip

By Jeff Mason and Steve Holland | RIYADH for Reuters — Dogged by controversy at home, Donald Trump opened his first presidential foreign trip in Saudi Arabia on Saturday and won a warm reception as he looked to shift attention from a political firestorm over his firing of former FBI Director …

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Saudi Arabia to build Chinese UAVs

Jeremy Binnie, London – IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly –Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) announced on 16 March that its president and the chairman of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) had signed a partnership agreement covering the manufacture of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). …

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Saudi police kill suspected ISIS militant

The Levant News – Saudi security forces killed a suspected ISIS militant when he pulled a gun on a patrol in the capital Riyadh, the Interior Ministry said on Wednesday. The patrol was trying to check a complaint on Tuesday evening that a resident of a flat in the capital’s …

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Saudis expel 39,000 Pakistanis over terror fears

By Richard Spencer for THE TIMES — Saudi Arabia has expelled 39,000 Pakistanis in the past four months amid what it says is a crackdown on terrorism, according to the Saudi Gazette. Most deportations were for standard visa violations, reported the English-language daily newspaper, published in Jedda. However, officials were …

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U.N. experts urge Bahrain to halt “persecution of Shi’ites”

The Levant News — Bahrain is targeting its Shi’ite Muslim community through arrests and prosecutions of clerics, activists and entertainers, a group of United Nations-appointed independent experts said on Tuesday. In a statement, the experts urged Bahraini authorities to halt what they said were “arbitrary arrests” based on religion and …

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Three Saudi cities hit by suicide bombers

The Levant News — Suicide bombers hit targets in three Saudi cities on Monday, killing four security guards and wounding five other people. The apparently coordinated attacks come amid the Islamic State’s worldwide bombing campaign to coincide with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The four security officers died as …

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Iraq warns Saudi Arabia against meddling in its affairs

The Levant News — Iraq’s ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned Saudi Arabia for its “repeated interventions in Iraqi internal matters” in a statement today. The warning follows remarks by Saudi Foreign Affairs Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Wednesday that called for the dissolution of the Shiite-dominated Popular Mobilization Forces fighting alongside …

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Saudi deputy crown prince lands in Washington

Saudi Arabia’s powerful deputy crown prince and defense minister, Mohammed bin Salman has landed in the United States for meetings today with US President Barack Obama and high-ranking US officials. Talks will cover regionals issues, including Syria, Yemen, Iran and the Islamic State. The visit will also include a meeting …

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