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Saudi king orders new allowances to offset rising cost of living

Saudi king orders new allowances to offset rising cost of living

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Saturday ordered a monthly payment of 1,000 riyals ($267) to state employees over the next year in compensation for rising cost of living after the government hiked domestic gas prices and introduced value-added tax (VAT). In a royal decree published by...

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Saudi-led strikes on Yemen kill dozens: medics

Saudi-led strikes on Yemen kill dozens: medics

Saudi-led air strikes have killed dozens of rebels and civilians in the past 24 hours in Yemen's flashpoint province of Hodeida, medical sources said Thursday. Saudi-led coalition warplanes carried out nine air raids overnight on positions of the Shiite Houthi rebels in the Red Sea...

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Saudi minister 'resumes work' after graft detention

Saudi minister 'resumes work' after graft detention

A Saudi minister who was detained in a sweeping anti-government probe at a Riyadh hotel attended a cabinet meeting on Tuesday after he was "proven innocent", media reported. The official Saudi Press Agency posted on its Twitter account pictures of Saudi King Salman, Crown Prince...

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 Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Yemen kill 23

Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Yemen kill 23

Yemeni witnesses and security officials say Saudi-led coalition airstrikes have killed at least 23 people in the port city of Hodeida. They say Monday's strikes also wounded eight others. The blaze erupted in a market after a strike targeted a nearby petrol station in el-Garrahi...

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Yemen: Government forces take 52 Houthis hostage

Yemen: Government forces take 52 Houthis hostage

Yemeni government forces took 52 Houthi militias as hostages and controls several areas in northern Jawf province Sunday, according to the Yemeni army website 26sepnews.net. The website also said that the army seized heavy weapons and military vehicles. Yemeni army's 4th...

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Policeman killed in rare Oman stabbing

Policeman killed in rare Oman stabbing

A policeman was stabbed to death Saturday in a rare attack in Oman's capital Muscat, authorities said, with his assailant described as "mentally ill." Police said the attacker stabbed the policeman at a Muscat shopping centre, adding that the assailant "was in possession of a document...

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Two Saudi princes released from detention: source

Two Saudi princes released from detention: source

Two sons of Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah have been released from detention at Riyadh’s Ritz-Carlton hotel, days after nearly two dozen other detainees in the kingdom’s 2-month-old anti-corruption campaign were also freed. Saudi Arabia’s attorney general approved the release...

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Saudi-led coalition targets Houthi launch-pads in Yemen

Saudi-led coalition targets Houthi launch-pads in Yemen

A Saudi-led military coalition on Thursday destroyed three “ballistic missile launch-pads” in Yemen’s northern Al-Jawf province, according to a statement issued by the Yemeni army. “Arab coalition warplanes have destroyed three launch-pads used to fire ballistic missiles in...

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Saudi police find missing judge's body in E. Province

Saudi police find missing judge's body in E. Province

A police officer and a criminal suspect were killed in a gunfight -- while the body of a missing judge was found -- near the city of Qatif in Saudi Arabia’s restive Eastern Province, the Saudi Interior Ministry said Monday. The official Saudi Press Agency quoted ministry spokesman...

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Suspected cholera cases in Yemen hit 1 million: ICRC

Suspected cholera cases in Yemen hit 1 million: ICRC

The number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen has hit 1 million, the International Committee of the Red Cross said Thursday, as war has left more than 80 percent of the population short of food, fuel, clean water and access to healthcare. Yemen, one of the Arab world's poorest...

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Over 11,000 Houthis killed in 3 months: Saudi official

Over 11,000 Houthis killed in 3 months: Saudi official

More than 11,000 Houthis were killed in Yemen over the last three months, said a Saudi coalition forces spokesperson. Turki al-Maliki, Saudi coalition spokesman, noted in a Riyadh press conference, that Tuesday’s firing of a ballistic missile targeting that capital did not cause any...

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Kuwait probes alleged graft in French helicopter deal

Kuwait probes alleged graft in French helicopter deal

Kuwait has ordered an investigation into a $1.1 billion deal to buy 30 military helicopters from France, a minister said Wednesday, after reports of alleged kickbacks. The oil-rich emirate agreed to buy the Airbus Caracal helicopters for one billion euros ($1.1 billion) in August 2016...

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Qatar emir, seeking new markets, starts West Africa tour

Qatar emir, seeking new markets, starts West Africa tour

Qatar's emir was to tour six West African nations starting Wednesday in search of new markets, six months after Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries cut ties with the wealthy emirate. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Lulwa al-Khater told a press conference that Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad...

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Saudis intercept Yemen rebel missile targeting royal palace

Saudis intercept Yemen rebel missile targeting royal palace

 The Saudi-led Arab coalition fighting Yemen's Shiite rebels said it intercepted a missile fired over southern Riyadh Tuesday, while the rebels said they targeted the royal palace in the kingdom's capital. It was the second time in as many months that a rebel projectile had reached...

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Family of slain ex-president leaves Sanaa for S. Yemen

Family of slain ex-president leaves Sanaa for S. Yemen

The family of slain former President Ali Abdullah Saleh has left Yemeni capital Sanaa to the southern city of Aden, according to a Yemeni military source. Children and women from Saleh’s family left the Houthi-held capital late Saturday to Aden, the current seat of the internationally...

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Palestinian billionaire Masri detained in Saudi Arabia: sources

Palestinian billionaire Masri detained in Saudi Arabia: sources

Sabih al-Masri, Jordan’s most influential businessman and the chairman of its largest lender Arab Bank, was detained in Saudi Arabia for questioning after a business trip to Riyadh, family sources and friends said on Saturday. Masri’s detention, which follows the biggest purge of...

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Watchdog says Gulf rift taking toll on ordinary citizens

Watchdog says Gulf rift taking toll on ordinary citizens

Families are being torn apart by the rift between Qatar and three other Gulf Arab states which began six months ago, Amnesty International said on Thursday, despite measures to ease the impact of the crisis on ordinary citizens. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, along...

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Saudi king orders $19B stimulus for private sector

Saudi king orders $19B stimulus for private sector

Saudi King Salman on Thursday issued a decree allocating 72 billion riyals ($19.2 billion) of stimulus funds to support the Saudi private sector. The package aims to boost the role of the private sector in light of economic reforms to diversify the Saudi economy away from oil following...

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