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Saudi crown prince met UK finance minister Hammond in London: government spokeswoman

Saudi crown prince met UK finance minister Hammond in London: government spokeswoman

LONDON: Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman al-Saud met British finance minister Philip Hammond at the Saudi Arabian embassy in London, a government spokeswoman said Thursday, without giving further details of the discussions. Prince Mohammad is making an official visit to...

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UK, Saudi to monitor shipping lanes before Yemeni ports open

UK, Saudi to monitor shipping lanes before Yemeni ports open

Britain and Saudi Arabia will monitor shipping lanes in preparation for opening Yemeni ports, the British foreign minister said on Wednesday after meeting his Saudi counterpart in Yemen, according to Saudi-run Al Arabiya television. Boris Johnson also said London would seek a United...

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Two killed in Arab-led air strikes in Yemen: residents

Two killed in Arab-led air strikes in Yemen: residents

DUBAI: Air strikes killed a woman and a young girl in northern Yemen on Wednesday in a series of attacks by an Arab coalition fighting the country's Iran-aligned Houthi movement, residents told Reuters. The Arab-led alliance, which has intervened in Yemen's war since 2015 to try to...

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Saudi Arabia holds first-ever marathon for women

Saudi Arabia holds first-ever marathon for women

Women in Saudi Arabia participated in a marathon on Saturday for the first time in the kingdom’s history. The 3-kilometer marathon took place in the eastern province of al-Ahsa. “Al-Ahsa Runs” was the title used for the marathon, which was participated by 1,500 women in...

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Fighting outside Yemeni capital kills 55, wounds dozens

Fighting outside Yemeni capital kills 55, wounds dozens

SANAA: Yemeni medical officials say fighting outside the capital between Shiite rebels and forces loyal to an internationally recognized government has killed more than 55 people on both sides. The officials said Saturday that the clashes took place in Nihm district, about 30 miles...

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Saudi court jails rights activist over tweets

Saudi court jails rights activist over tweets

A Saudi court sentenced human rights activist Issa al-Nukheifi to six years in prison on Wednesday over tweets critical of the government, a rights group said, confirming a Saudi newspaper report. Saudi newspaper Okaz said the defendant, who it did not identify, was accused of criticising...

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UK's Johnson praises Saudi reforms, pre-empting critics of crown prince visit

UK's Johnson praises Saudi reforms, pre-empting critics of crown prince visit

British foreign minister Boris Johnson praised social reforms in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, seeking to neutralize any potential criticism over human rights and the war in Yemen ahead of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's visit to London next week. Prince Mohammed will arrive in...

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Saudi Arabia sacks several high-ranking army officials

Saudi Arabia sacks several high-ranking army officials

Saudi Arabia on Monday removed several high-ranking army officials and forced its army chief and air force commander into retirement, the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported. According to a royal decree, Saudi Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Abdulrahman bin Saleh bin Abdullah...

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Russia nixes UN resolution citing Iran for Yemen arms

Russia nixes UN resolution citing Iran for Yemen arms

Russia vetoed a draft UN Security Council resolution Monday that would have censured Iran for failing to prevent its arms from reaching Yemen in violation of a UN-imposed arms embargo, drawing a stern rebuke from the U.S. In all, 11 nations voted in support of the U.K.-sponsored...

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Yemen minister accuses UAE of trying to fragment his country

Yemen minister accuses UAE of trying to fragment his country

SANAA, Yemen: A Yemeni minister accused the United Arab Emirates of trying to fragment his country by creating separate "regional and tribal armies" in the south and called upon the government to take action. Yemen has been engulfed in a civil war since 2015, with a Saudi-led coalition...

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Dozens killed, wounded in Daesh double bombing in Aden

Dozens killed, wounded in Daesh double bombing in Aden

Daesh (ISIS) claimed responsibility for a double suicide car bombing in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden Saturday that witnesses and local medics said killed and wounded dozens. They said the attacks appeared to have targeted a camp used by anti-terrorism forces in south-western Aden....

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Bahrain activist Rajab sentenced to 5 years for tweets

Bahrain activist Rajab sentenced to 5 years for tweets

High-profile Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab was sentenced to five years in jail Wednesday over tweets critical of the war in Yemen, two human rights groups said. Rajab, a leading figure in 2011 protests against the Gulf state's Sunni minority rulers, was already serving a two-year...

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Saudi foreign minister rejects Qatari proposal of EU-style security pact

Saudi foreign minister rejects Qatari proposal of EU-style security pact

Saudi Arabia has no interest in participating in a European Union-style regional security alliance as proposed by Qatar, its Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Monday. Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said Friday that Middle Eastern states should put their differences...

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UK calls on Iran not to deepen Yemen crisis

UK calls on Iran not to deepen Yemen crisis

Britain called on Iran to stop taking actions which could escalate the conflict in Yemen after a United Nations group of experts found that missiles and military equipment of Iranian origin were introduced into Yemen after an arms embargo. "I call on Iran to cease activity which risks...

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Saudi women can now open businesses without male permission

Saudi women can now open businesses without male permission

Women in Saudi Arabia can now open their own businesses without the consent of a husband or male relative, as the kingdom pushes to expand a fast-growing private sector. The policy change, announced by the Saudi government on Thursday, also marks a major step away from the strict...

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Saudi prosecutor to hire women investigators for first time

Saudi prosecutor to hire women investigators for first time

The Saudi public prosecutor's office said Monday it will recruit women as investigators for the first time, as the kingdom seeks to boost female employment under a reform plan for a post-oil era. "Vacancies are available in women's positions on the staff of the public prosecution for...

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U.S. lays off local staff three years after closing Yemen embassy

U.S. lays off local staff three years after closing Yemen embassy

ADEN, Yemen: The United States has laid off 360 local staff in Yemen three years after closing its embassy as a civil war spread in the impoverished Arabian Peninsula country. Ambassador Matthew Tueller wrote to workers saying new U.S. State Department regulations about suspended...

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Saudi women need not wear abaya robes: senior cleric

Saudi women need not wear abaya robes: senior cleric

Riyadh (AFP) - Saudi women should not have to wear the loose-fitting abaya robe to shroud their bodies in public, a senior cleric said, in the latest sign of a far-reaching liberalisation drive. "More than 90 percent of pious Muslim women in the Muslim world do not wear abayas," said...

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