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Saudi issues drone restrictions following palace incident

Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry on Sunday instructed drone enthusiasts to obtain permission to fly the devices until regulations were finalised, a day after security forces shot down a recreational drone near the king’s palace in Riyadh. Amateur online videos of heavy gunfire in the capital’s Khozama district on Saturday sparked …

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UAE minister lashes out at pro-Iran media

The UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr Anwar Mohammad Gargash, has lashed out at pro-Iran media for continuing to disseminate false news about Saudi Arabia and the UAE. “False news from Iranian sources, such as the Fars News Agency and Al Akhbar newspaper, against the UAE and Saudi Arabia, continue,” he posted on his …

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Syria: bottom line questions

Graham E. Fuller — The Trump administration has just delivered several dozen military strikes against Syria purportedly aimed at chemical production and storage facilities. It was an act the international community feared might lead to overt war in Syria between the US, Iran and Russia, but it came off a bit …

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Saudis shoot down new Al Houthi missile

Saudi air defences intercepted a missile fired by Yemeni rebels at the kingdom’s southern city of Jizan on Thursday, the Saudi-led coalition fighting the rebels said, the latest in a series of such attacks. “The missile was fired at Jizan indiscriminately with the aim of hitting civilian areas,” a coalition …

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Saudi Arabia’s expat tax conundrum

This month was the end of the line for many Asian expatriates in Saudi Arabia who chose to return home following the conclusion of the school year and final exams. With rising levies on each expat every successive year, many of them folded up and made preparations for an early …

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Saudi crown prince says abaya not necessary

Women in Saudi Arabia need not wear headcover or the black abaya — the loose-fitting, full-length robes symbolic of Islamic piety — as long as their attire is “decent and respectful”, the kingdom’s reform-minded crown prince said. With the ascent to power of young Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, the country …

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2,000-year-old sculpture found in Saudi desert

An ancient sculpted rock, depicting camelids (even-toed ungulate mammals) and equids (a mammal of the horse family), has been found in the northern Saudi province of Al Jawf. Although the camel has been a common motif in the artworks of the region for millennia, the latest discovery is “unprecedented” in …

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Saudi military leaders replaced amid stalemated war in Yemen

Saudi Arabia replaced its military chief of staff and other defense officials early on Tuesday morning in a shake-up apparently aimed at overhauling its Defense Ministry during the stalemated and ruinous war in Yemen. The kingdom also announced a new female deputy minister of labor and social development as it …

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