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Greek query over botched Saudi arms sale – Government accused of incompetence

ATHENS, Nov 25, (AFP): The Greek government has come under fire over a planned arms sale to Saudi Arabia that fell through amid accusations of incompetence against the defence minister, a key ally of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Opposition lawmakers say the botched deal for surplus military stock cost Greece …

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Iran, Saudi Arabia escalate war of words

RIYADH, Nov 25, (Agencies): Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has denounced Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as the “new Hitler of the Middle East”, as tensions simmer between the regional rivals. Saudi Arabia and Iran have engaged in a bitter war of words after a missile fired from …

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Saudi Arabia aims to start issuing tourist visas to foreigners next year

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia aims to start issuing tourist visas to foreigners next year, a senior Saudi official told CNN, as the government seeks to open up the conservative kingdom and find new sources of revenue to diversify its economy. At present, foreigners travelling to Saudi Arabia are largely restricted to …

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Dubai executes Jordanian for kidnapping, raping and killing an 8-year-old boy

DUBAI: Dubai has executed a 50-year-old Jordanian man convicted of kidnapping, raping and killing an 8-year-old boy. The government-run Dubai Media Office announced the execution on Thursday of Nidal Eisa Abdullah. It says Abdullah’s execution came after Dubai’s Court of Cassation, the emirate’s highest court, rejected his appeal and upheld …

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Myanmar, Bangladesh ink Rohingya return deal

YANGON, Nov 23, (Agencies): Myanmar and Bangladesh signed a deal on Thursday paving the way for the possible repatriation of Rohingya Muslims who have fl ed violence in Rakhine state, officials said, as global pressure mounts over the refugee crisis. More than 620,000 Rohingya have poured into Bangladesh since August, …

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Gas pipeline to pay off war reparations – Iraq donor talks in Kuwait

DUBAI, Nov 22, (Agencies): Iraq has hired Japan’s Toyo Engineering to help build a gas pipeline to Kuwait and a related petrochemical plant as Baghdad looks to reduce flaring and finish paying reparations owed for its 1990 invasion of its neighbour. The project, details of which have not been reported …

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Hariri in Beirut to stay – PM puts resignation on hold

BEIRUT, Nov 22, (Agencies): Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Wednesday he was suspending his surprise resignation, pending talks, providing a potential way out of a political crisis that has rocked the country. And in a rousing address before large crowds of supporters gathered outside his Beirut home, he pledged …

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US warns on Saudi travel

DUBAI, Nov 22, (RTRS): The US State Department on Tuesday warned citizens to “consider the risks” when travelling to Saudi Arabia due to militant threats and the threat of ballistic missile attacks on civilians by rebels in Yemen. The warning comes two weeks after US-allied Saudi Arabia said it had …

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Iraq no springboard for attack – Donor talks set

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 21, (KUNA): Iraqi President Fuad Masum emphasized Monday that his country would not be a launch pad for any military action in the region. Iraq would not be a part or even a place for any confrontation in the region, the Iraqi president said in statements to …

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Cyber attack targets Saudi

RIYADH, Nov 21, (AFP): Saudi authorities said Monday they had detected an “advanced” cyber attack targeting the kingdom, in a fresh attempt by hackers to disrupt government computers. The government’s National Cyber Security Centre said the attack involved the use of “Powershell” malware, but it did not comment on the …

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