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Sides upgrade strategic relationship – Billions in spend from health to oil to military RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, May 20, (Agencies): President Donald Trump, in the first stop of his maiden trip abroad, received a regal welcome Saturday in Saudi Arabia, feted by the wealthy kingdom as he aims to forge …

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Amir arrives for Riyadh summit

KUWAIT CITY, May 20, (KUNA): His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah and a delegation accompanying him arrived in King Salman Air Base Saturday to participate in the 7th consultative summit of the GCC leaders, Gulf-US summit and Arab-Islamic- US summit in Riyadh. His Highness the Amir …

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French researchers rush WannaCry ‘fix’

FRANKFURT, May 20, (RTRS): French researchers said on Friday they had found a lastchance way for technicians to save Windows files encrypted by WannaCry, racing against a deadline as the ransomware threatens to start locking up victims’ computers first infected a week ago. WannaCry, which started to sweep round the …

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Beijing denies US plane intercept

BEIJING, May 20, (Agencies): China has denied US allegations that two Chinese fighter jets acted unprofessionally in intercepting an American military plane earlier this week, saying that its aircraft were acting in accordance with the law”. “Related remarks from the US side are inconsistent with fact,” the Chinese Ministry of …

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Saudis to build own missile capability

Riyadh launches Saudi Arabian Military Industries … SAMI to localise 50 percent of military spend U.S. STICKS TO IRAN N-DEAL … SANCTIONS BALLISTICS RIYADH, May 18, (Agencies): Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s biggest defence spenders, on Thursday said it is creating a new military industries firm as part of …

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Rouhani looks to beat cleric Raisi – Foreign funds eye to gain foothold

TEHRAN, Iran, May 18, (Agencies): Iranian President Hassan Rouhani staked his political future on opening Iran ever so slightly to the outside world and overcoming hard-liners’ opposition to secure a historic nuclear deal in exchange for relief from crippling sanctions. He’ll soon find out if voters think it’s enough to …

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Australian tax official charged in $123 million fraud probe

A senior Australian tax bureaucrat and two of his children are among 10 people charged in connection with a sophisticated tax fraud that police say netted 165 million Australian dollars ($123 million) in less than a year. Australian Taxation Office Deputy Commissioner Michael Cranston faces up to five years in …

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‘Interference with internal policies’ – Manila rejects EU aid

MANILA, May 18, (AFP): The Philippines said Thursday it would refuse European Union grants that “interfered” with its internal affairs, following the bloc’s repeated criticism of President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly drug war. The European Union has been one of the most vocal international critics of the drug war, which has …

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UN orders Pakistan not to execute Indian national

The International Court of Justice on Thursday ordered Pakistan not to execute an Indian naval officer convicted of espionage and terrorism, in a case that has further strained relations between the Asian neighbors. The UN court ruled unanimously that Pakistan shouldn’t carry out the death penalty on Kulbhushan Jadhav pending …

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