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Yemen army releases 9 rebels in prisoner swap: Houthis

Yemen army releases 9 rebels in prisoner swap: Houthis

Yemen’s Houthi rebel group on Wednesday announced the release of nine of their fighters captured earlier by pro-government forces in a prisoner exchange.  Yemen’s Houthi-run SABA news agency reported that the nine captured fighters had been freed in a prisoner swap carried out...

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UN: 2 million children out of school in Yemen

UN: 2 million children out of school in Yemen

About 2 million children were out of school in Yemen, the UN Children's Fund UNICEF has warned. "Nearly half a million children have dropped out of school since the 2015 escalation of conflict in Yemen, bringing the total number of out-of-school children to 2 million," UNICEF said in a...

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UAE says Qatari fighter jets flew close to civilian aircraft

UAE says Qatari fighter jets flew close to civilian aircraft

Two Qatari fighter jets flew dangerously close to two civilian aircraft from the United Arab Emirates while they were in Bahraini airspace on Monday, UAE state news agency WAM quoted its civil aviation authority as saying. WAM said the General Civil Aviation Authority had condemned the...

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UAE says Qatari fighter jets intercept civilian aircraft

UAE says Qatari fighter jets intercept civilian aircraft

The United Arab Emirates' civil aviation authority said two Qatari fighter jets flew dangerously close to two Emirati civilian aircraft while they were in Bahrain's airspace Monday, the UAE's state news agency WAM reported. The General Civil Aviation Authority condemned the "provocative...

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Arab-led coalition threatens retaliation against Iran over missiles

Arab-led coalition threatens retaliation against Iran over missiles

 A military Arab-led coalition Monday threatened retaliation against Iran, accusing the Shiite power of being behind multiple Yemeni rebel missile attacks on Saudi Arabia. We "reserve the right to respond against Iran at the right time and right place," coalition spokesman Turki...

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British editor in UAE gets 10 years for wife's slaying

British editor in UAE gets 10 years for wife's slaying

 A British newspaper editor in Dubai was found guilty Sunday of bludgeoning his wife to death with a hammer and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Francis Matthew, the former editor of the English-language Gulf News, had faced the possibility of the death penalty in the July 2017...

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Exiled rights activist accuses Bahrain of persecuting kin

Exiled rights activist accuses Bahrain of persecuting kin

Sayed Ahmed AlWadaei, a prominent Bahraini rights campaigner exiled in Britain, said Saturday a Bahraini court had sentenced his wife to two months in jail in absentia this week and that his mother-in-law had begun a hunger strike in jail. AlWadaei, director of the Bahrain Institute for...

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U.S. approves potential sale of TOW anti-tank missiles to Saudi Arabia

U.S. approves potential sale of TOW anti-tank missiles to Saudi Arabia

The U.S. State Department said on Thursday it had approved the possible sale to Saudi Arabia of TOW 2B anti-tank missiles worth an estimated $670 million. The department said it had notified the U.S. Congress on Thursday of the possible sale. "This proposed sale will support...

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Air strike kills 10 civilians in Yemen: residents, medics

Air strike kills 10 civilians in Yemen: residents, medics

An air strike by the Arab-led coalition fighting in Yemen killed ten civilians, including women and children, in the northern province of Saada Thursday, residents and medics said. Saudi Arabia's military alliance intervened in Yemen's war in 2015 against Iran-aligned Houthis who had...

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The CBS Interview With Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman Was a Crime Against Journalism

The CBS Interview With Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman Was a Crime Against Journalism

“AT JUST 32, Mohammed bin Salman seems fearless and determined. He has quickly become the most dominant Arab leader in a generation.” That’s how “60 Minutes” began its interview with, and profile of, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS, Sunday evening, ahead of...

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Saudi Arabia Crown Prince won't apologize for being rich: 'I'm not Gandhi'

Saudi Arabia Crown Prince won't apologize for being rich: 'I'm not Gandhi'

Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as 'MBS,' has said he will not apologize for his luxury lifestyle and lavish spending. In a wide-ranging interview ahead of a visit to the U.S., MBS told CBS News that his personal finances are a private matter. The prince will...

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Yemeni officials: UAE-backed force expanding reach in south

Yemeni officials: UAE-backed force expanding reach in south

SANAA, Yemen (AP)- Yemeni security officials say local forces backed by the United Arab Emirates are expanding their reach in the country's south, where they have clashed with forces loyal to the internationally recognized president. The UAE is part of the Saudi-led coalition battling...

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Trump prepares for Prince Mohammad’s visit

Trump prepares for Prince Mohammad’s visit

U.S. President Donald Trump will host Saudi Arabia’s crown prince in Washington Tuesday, giving the president a receptive audience to denounce rival Iran and a chance to take stock of significant changes the prince is engineering in the kingdom. Ten months after the last face-to-face meeting...

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Saudi state expected to take 35-pct stake in Binladin Group

Saudi state expected to take 35-pct stake in Binladin Group

The Saudi government is expected to take a 35-percent stake in construction giant Saudi Binladin Group as part of a financial settlement with state authorities, sources told Reuters Thursday. The figure – previously unknown – was confirmed by four sources familiar with the matter....

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Air India to fly over Saudi airspace to Israel: spokesman

Air India to fly over Saudi airspace to Israel: spokesman

NEW DELHI (AFP)- India's state-run carrier Air India said Friday it will fly over Saudi airspace to Tel Aviv, a move that ends a decades-long Saudi ban on the use of its airspace for flights to Israel. "The Air India flights to Israel will start from March 22. The flights will take...

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French arrest warrant out for Saudi crown prince's sister: source close to probe

French arrest warrant out for Saudi crown prince's sister: source close to probe

France has issued an arrest warrant for the sister of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman on suspicion of ordering her bodyguard to beat up a worker at her Paris apartment, sources close to the case told AFP Thursday. The arrest warrant which names Princess Hassa bint Salman using a...

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If Iran gets nuclear bomb, Saudi Arabia will follow: crown prince

If Iran gets nuclear bomb, Saudi Arabia will follow: crown prince

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman al-Saud has said if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Riyadh will follow suit - just days before he arrives in Washington for talks with U.S. President Donald Trump. In an interview with CBS television, parts of which were released Thursday, the...

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Gulf Arabs relish Tillerson firing; Iran weighs nuclear deal

Gulf Arabs relish Tillerson firing; Iran weighs nuclear deal

 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's firing is reverberating across a Middle East where Iran fears his replacement will fight to end the 2015 nuclear deal, a hope of Gulf Arab states as Palestinians worry about a further-emboldened nationalist Israeli government. Also at play is the...

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