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Loud booms heard in Saudi capital: Reuters witnesses

Loud booms heard in Saudi capital: Reuters witnesses

Four consecutive loud booms were heard in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh Wednesday, Reuters witnesses said. There was no immediate comment from Saudi authorities. Shortly after the noises were heard, state television Al-Ekhbariya said Saudi Arabia's air defense forces intercepted...

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First oral cholera vaccination push launches in Yemen

First oral cholera vaccination push launches in Yemen

The World Health Organization and other global agencies have launched the first oral cholera vaccination campaign in Yemen, aiming to reach millions of people in the war-torn country. More than 2,200 people have died of the waterborne infection over the past year in Yemen, with another...

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UAE deploys troops to Yemen’s Socotra island

UAE deploys troops to Yemen’s Socotra island

Yemen’s formal alliance with the UAE may be coming to an end after the latter deployed forces to a Yemeni island without prior consultation with Yemen’s exiled government, a senior Yemeni official said Saturday. Over the past few days, the UAE has deployed some 300 soldiers, along...

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Saudi Arabia appoints 1st woman commercial attaché

Saudi Arabia appoints 1st woman commercial attaché

Saudi Arabia has appointed a woman as a commercial attaché, the first such move in the history of the oil-rich kingdom. Samar Bint Mazin Saleh was named as a commercial attaché at the Saudi Commercial Attache’s office in the Japanese capital, Tokyo, according to a statement issued...

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Yemen gov’t slams UAE troop dispatch on Socotra island

Yemen gov’t slams UAE troop dispatch on Socotra island

The Yemeni government on Sunday decried the deployment of Emirati troops on the strategic island of Socotra in the Arabian Sea.   In a statement cited by the official Saba news agency, the government said the difference between it and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) “revolves...

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HRW urges Dubai to 'clarify' status of runaway princess

HRW urges Dubai to 'clarify' status of runaway princess

Human Rights Watch on Saturday urged Dubai authorities to reveal the whereabouts of a princess and daughter of the ruler, saying her case could constitute "enforced disappearance". In a March video, 32-year-old Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum announced she was fleeing...

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US commandos help Saudis against Yemen rebels: report

US commandos help Saudis against Yemen rebels: report

A team of elite U.S. Green Beret commandos deployed to the Saudi Arabian border of Yemen last year to help find and destroy Houthi rebel missile caches, the New York Times reported Thursday. Since Yemen's brutal conflict erupted three years ago, Houthi rebels have fired multiple...

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Saudi Arabia confirms arrival of Guantanamo Bay prisoner

Saudi Arabia confirms arrival of Guantanamo Bay prisoner

Saudi Arabia has confirmed the arrival of a prisoner who was sent back to the kingdom from the Guantanamo Bay detention center to serve out the remainder of his 13-year sentence. Ahmad Mohammad al-Darbi is the first detainee to leave the U.S. base in Cuba since President Donald Trump...

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Saudi government to hand over 25 schools to private sector

Saudi government to hand over 25 schools to private sector

 Saudi Arabian authorities Tuesday ordered the handover of 25 state-run schools to be run by private sector companies as part of economic reforms designed to ease pressure on the state’s finances. Riyadh announced last week that it aimed to generate 35 billion to 40 billion...

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US State Secretary Pompeo tells Saudi bloc to end Qatar blockade

US State Secretary Pompeo tells Saudi bloc to end Qatar blockade

Mike Pompeo arrived in Riyadh on Saturday for his first overseas visit as the US' new secretary of state, with some tough words to the Saudi leadership on its blockade of Qatar and the ongoing war in Yemen. Pompeo reportedly told Riyadh that "enough is enough" regarding the Saudi-led...

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Yemeni security forces kill senior Daesh commander

Yemeni security forces kill senior Daesh commander

Yemeni security forces said they killed a senior Daesh (ISIS) commander in a gunbattle in the southern city of Aden Saturday, dealing a blow to the group's powerful Yemen branch. Saleh Nasser Fadhl al-Bakshi held the title of "Prince" for the Aden area in the militant group's Yemen...

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Saudi Arabia intercepts Houthi missile: Media reports

Saudi Arabia intercepts Houthi missile: Media reports

Saudi air defenses on Friday intercepted a “ballistic missile” fired towards the kingdom’s southern Jazan region, according to Saudi television channel Al-Ekhbariya. “Air defenses intercepted a missile fired towards Jazan by Yemen’s Houthi militia group,” the broadcaster...

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Christians deserve equal rights in KSA: Vatican

Christians deserve equal rights in KSA: Vatican

A senior Vatican official who last week made a historic visit to Saudi Arabia says he told authorities in the kingdom, where non-Muslim worship is banned, that Christians cannot be considered second-class citizens. French cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran's trip, the first by such a senior...

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Qatari-American contemporary artist wins new $100,000 prize

Qatari-American contemporary artist wins new $100,000 prize

A 35-year-old Qatari-American artist is the inaugural winner of a prize worth $100,000 that recognizes mid-career artists from the Middle East. Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art announced Sophia al-Maria as the winner of the first Dunya Contemporary Art Prize Monday. The museum will...

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UN: 45 civilians killed in air raids in Yemen in 4 days

UN: 45 civilians killed in air raids in Yemen in 4 days

At least 45 civilians, including women and children, have been killed by Saudi-led airstrikes in three separate incidents over the past four days, the UN said on Tuesday. According to UN, a Saudi-led Coalition airstrike killed all the passengers in a civilian vehicle travelling in the...

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Senior Houthi official killed in coalition air raid last week: Houthi report

Senior Houthi official killed in coalition air raid last week: Houthi report

The administrative chief of Houthi-controlled northern Yemen was killed in an Arab-led coalition air raid last week, Houthi-run television reported Monday. Saleh al-Samad was the most senior Houthi official to be killed by the coalition since it intervened in Yemen's civil war in 2015...

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Saudi finalizes drone regulation after security alarm

Saudi finalizes drone regulation after security alarm

Saudi Arabia was finalizing regulation for the use of recreational drones, state media said Sunday, after a toy aircraft sparked security alarm as it hovered close to royal palaces in Riyadh. "The regulation for the use of remote controlled drones is in its final stages," the Saudi...

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Saudi king was not in palace during drone incident: Saudi official

Saudi king was not in palace during drone incident: Saudi official

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s King Salman was not present in his palace in Riyadh on Saturday when security forces shot down a toy drone in the area, a senior Saudi official told Reuters. “The king was at his farm in Diriya,” the official said, naming another area of the...

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