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Saudi King Salman says determined to confront corruption

Saudi King Salman says determined to confront corruption

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz said on Wednesday his government was determined to confront corruption with "justice and decisiveness", signalling continued support for a crackdown on sleaze involving mass arrests of top Saudis including royals. In a televised speech to the...

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Russia suspends diplomatic presence in Yemen, moves envoy to Riyadh: agencies

Russia suspends diplomatic presence in Yemen, moves envoy to Riyadh: agencies

Russia has suspended its diplomatic presence in Yemen and all its staff have left the country due to the situation in the capital Sanaa, the RIA news agency cited Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova as saying Tuesday. The Russian ambassador to Yemen and some diplomatic...

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Saudi Arabia lifts ban on cinemas: government

Saudi Arabia lifts ban on cinemas: government

Saudi Arabia on Monday announced a lifting of the kingdom's decades-long ban on cinemas, a landmark decision part of a series of social reforms ushered in by the powerful crown prince. The culture and information ministry announced in a statement that "commercial cinemas will be allowed...

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Qatar goes ahead with $6.7 billion Typhoon combat jets deal with UK's BAE Systems

Qatar goes ahead with $6.7 billion Typhoon combat jets deal with UK's BAE Systems

BAE Systems and Qatar have entered into a contract valued at around 5 billion pounds ($6.7 billion) for the country to buy 24 Typhoon combat aircraft, the British defense group said on Sunday. The company said delivery was expected in late 2022 and that the contract was subject “to...

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Missiles fired at Saudi Arabia have 'common origin' say UN

Missiles fired at Saudi Arabia have 'common origin' say UN

United Nations officials have found that missiles fired at Saudi Arabia by Yemen’s Houthi rebels appear to have a “common origin,” but they are still investigating U.S. and Saudi claims that Iran supplied them, according to a confidential report. The officials traveled to Saudi...

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Saudi-backed fighters capture coastal area in Yemen from Houthis

Saudi-backed fighters capture coastal area in Yemen from Houthis

A Western-backed Saudi-led coalition scored its first major gains in Yemen since former President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed Monday when local fighters captured an area on the Red Sea coast from Houthi rebels, residents said on Thursday. Local fighters loyal to Saleh, who was killed...

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 Saudi Arabia and UAE establish new Gulf group separate from GCC

Saudi Arabia and UAE establish new Gulf group separate from GCC

The United Arab Emirates on Tuesday announced it has formed a new economic and partnership group with Saudi Arabia, separate from the Gulf Cooperation Council — a move that could undermine the council amid a diplomatic crisis with member state Qatar. The Emirati Foreign Ministry...

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Saudi-led strikes pound Yemen capital after rebels kill Saleh

Saudi-led strikes pound Yemen capital after rebels kill Saleh

Saudi-led warplanes pounded the rebel-held Yemeni capital before dawn on Tuesday after the rebels killed former president Ali Abdullah Saleh as he fled the city following the collapse of their uneasy alliance, residents said. The Houthi rebels moved swiftly to consolidate their control...

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Yemeni leader urges Saleh loyalists to ally vs Houthis

Yemeni leader urges Saleh loyalists to ally vs Houthis

Yemen’s president Monday called on the loyalists of late President Ali Abdullah Saleh to forge an alliance with his government against the Houthi militia who killed him earlier Monday. "Let us turn a new page and go hand-in-hand to end this vicious criminal gang,” meaning the...

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Yemen ex-president killed as fighting shakes capital

Yemen ex-president killed as fighting shakes capital

Yemen's ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed by Houthi rebels on Monday as he fled heavy fighting in Sanaa after the collapse of his alliance with the Iran-backed insurgents. Saleh, who ruled with an iron fist for three decades, had joined forces with the Shiite Houthi rebels in...

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Yemen govt to offer amnesty to those who cut ties with rebels: PM

Yemen govt to offer amnesty to those who cut ties with rebels: PM

Yemen's internationally-recognized government said Monday it would grant amnesty to anyone who cuts ties with Houthi rebels, after a key rebel ally turned his back on the Iran-backed insurgents. "The president will soon announce a general amnesty for all those who collaborated with the...

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Qatar denies UAE claims on Yemen Houthi mediation

Qatar denies UAE claims on Yemen Houthi mediation

Qatar has decried claims by an Emirati minister about a Qatari mediation between rebel groups in Yemen amid rebel infighting in the capital Sanaa. Houthi rebels and loyalists of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh have been battling for control in Sanaa, which they jointly overran in...

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Yemen's Houthis report missile launched towards UAE

Yemen's Houthis report missile launched towards UAE

Yemen's Houthi rebels say they have launched a cruise missile towards a nuclear plant in Abu Dhabi, the capital of UAE. According to a report in the Saba news agency, the missile hit the Barakah nuclear power station, which is under construction. A website for the Houthi-owned...

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Yemen rebel alliance teeters as strongman turns to Saudis

Yemen rebel alliance teeters as strongman turns to Saudis

he rebel alliance controlling Yemen's capital appeared to be crumbling Saturday as a strongman opposed to the internationally recognized government reached out to the Saudi-led coalition fighting the insurgents. The rift within rebel ranks has raised fears of a new front in an already...

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Yemen missile fired at Saudi Arabia may be Iran-made: UN experts

Yemen missile fired at Saudi Arabia may be Iran-made: UN experts

U.N. experts who traveled to Saudi Arabia to inspect fragments of a missile fired from Yemen last month have found a possible link to an Iranian manufacturer, according to a confidential document seen by AFP on Friday. Saudi Arabia and the United States have accused Iran of supplying...

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ICRC buying fuel to pump clean water in Yemen as 'last resort'

ICRC buying fuel to pump clean water in Yemen as 'last resort'

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Wednesday it was making a “stop-gap” purchase of fuel so as to provide clean water to one million people in the Yemeni cities of Hodeidah and Taiz for one month. The fuel shortage in Yemen has become “critical” under...

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Senior Saudi prince freed in $1 billion settlement agreement: official

Senior Saudi prince freed in $1 billion settlement agreement: official

Senior Saudi Arabian prince Miteb bin Abdullah, once seen as a leading contender to the throne, has been freed after agreeing to pay over $1 billion to settle corruption allegations against him, a Saudi official said on Wednesday. Miteb, 65, son of the late King Abdullah and former head...

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Bahrain opposition chief denies colluding with Qatar

Bahrain opposition chief denies colluding with Qatar

Bahrain's jailed Shiite opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman pleaded not guilty Wednesday to new charges of working with the kingdom's Gulf rival Qatar to overthrow the Sunni minority government. The trial comes amid a bitter diplomatic spat now approaching its seventh month pitting...

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