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How Islamic fundamentalists’ succeeded in consolidating hatred and violence

The Levant News publishes global voices from a wide variety of people with different backgrounds. After stories from the Netherlands, Lebanon, Italy and the United States today Mohammed bin Hussein Al-Dossary writes from Saudi Arabia about Islamic fundamentalism. The spread of the so-called ‘Islamic Awakening Movement’ (Al–Sahwa Al-Islamiyya) and their …

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Saudi Arabia behind IAEA moves against Iran

Saudi Arabia called on the UN atomic watchdog agency to continue exposing Iran’s nuclear activities on Wednesday. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) should also intensify searches within the Islamic Republic to uncover sites that it may use to conduct undisclosed nuclear activities, the Kingdom’s governor to the agency, Prince …

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Saudi embassy in Netherlands fired at

A gun attack on the Saudi Embassy in the Netherlands was on Thursday condemned by Islamic organizations and the international community. Shots were fired at the Kingdom’s diplomatic mission in The Hague, a day after a bomb attack at a World War I remembrance service in Jeddah injured at least …

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Yemen on verge of famine, warns UN

Millions of men, women and children in war-torn Yemen are facing famine – again, top United Nations officials warned on Wednesday as they appealed for more money to prevent it – again. “We are on a countdown right now to a catastrophe,” U.N. food chief David Beasley told the U.N. …

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Saudi Arabia to host Formula 1 race in 2021

Saudi Arabia announced this week that it will host the Formula 1 Grand Prix in its Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah in Nov. 2021. The announcement was made on the Jeddah waterfront and the Minister of Sport Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal said that the race would increase …

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Saudi to set up underwater cultural centre

The Kingdom is to establish a new marine center to preserve underwater cultural heritage in the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf. The center is a natural development from Saudi Arabia’s awareness of its responsibility to protect all forms of heritage, Culture Minister Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan told a …

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Saudi Arabia to pioneer new labour reforms

Saudi Arabia’s new labor reforms, announced Wednesday, will benefit foreign skilled workers in the Kingdom’s private sector while ensuring flexibility of movement say ministers. Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (MHRSD) unveiled the Labor Reform Initiative (LRI) under the National Transformation Program (NTP), which will improve the contractual …

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Saudi matchmaking turns high-tech

The traditional skills of the Kingdom’s matchmakers have survived many changes, and they are confident that amid rapid social changes among the younger generation and a technological revolution they can continue to ply their trade. As men and women enjoy opportunities to mingle and meet and attitudes across the country …

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Saudi women’s activist on new hunger strike

Prominent Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul, held in Saudi Arabia since 2018, began a new hunger strike on Monday over the conditions of her detention, her family said. Hathloul’s sister Lina told Reuters that the main demand was to be allowed regular contact with her family. In late August …

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Saudi clearing thousands of landmines in Yemen

The Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance (Masam) in Yemen dismantled 1 antipersonnel mine, 417 anti-tank mines, and 1,439 unexploded ordnance — totaling 1,857 mines — during the first week of October. A total of 191,054 mines have been extracted since the beginning of the project. More than 1.1 million mines …

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Israelis, Saudis take diplomatic, economic offensive against Turkey

Israel’s defence minister accused Turkey on Sunday of destabilising the region and working against peacemaking efforts, and called for international pressure to bring about a change in the NATO power’s conduct. Israel generally shies from public censure of Turkey, with which it maintains trade and diplomatic relations despite the pro-Palestinian …

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Saudis crack suspected Iran-backed terror cell

Authorities in Saudi Arabia announced on Monday that 10 alleged members of an archfoe Iran-backed terrorist cell were arrested on September 23. Some of them are believed to have received military and field training at sites belonging to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards between Oct. 29 and Dec. 8, 2017. A spokesman …

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