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    The Saudi King Has a Problem: The Crown Prince

    In Yemen and in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia's all out war against Iranian influence has come to precious little. Will the crown prince be able to make a difference? This week his policy suffered two painful blows

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    Saudi king warns Trump over 'dangerous' Jerusalem embassy move

    Saudi Arabia's King Salman has warned US President Donald Trump that moving the US embassy to Jerusalem al-Quds would be a dangerous and provocative move.

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    Turkey could cut diplomatic ties with Israel over Jerusalem: Erdogan

    President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday Turkey could go as far as breaking off diplomatic ties with Israel if the United States formally recognizes Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

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    CIA chief: Saudi, Israel may set up 'joint military headquarters'

    CIA Director Mike Pompeo says Saudi Arabia is working directly with Israel on confronting "challenges" in the Middle East, suggesting that the two sides could go as far as setting up "a joint military headquarters." 

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    Qatar minister meets Gulf counterparts for first time since siege

    The meeting is the highest official encounter between Gulf foreign ministers after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE imposed a blockade on Qatar six months ago.

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    Trump delays Jerusalem verdict as pressure mounts

    Facing dark warnings of a historic misstep and widespread unrest, US President Donald Trump on Monday delayed a decision on whether to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and move the US embassy there.

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    US defense secretary, Pak PM discuss US policy in South Asia

    US defence chief James Mattis arrived at the Nur Khan Airbase, Pakistan on Monday afternoon where he was received by officials from the Pak defence and foreign ministries. 

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    Bahrain's topcleric hospitalized in 'critical condition'

    Bahrain's most senior Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim has been taken to a private hospital in critical condition after weeks of suffering from deteriorating health.

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    Muslims mull emergency meetings on Trump's move against al-Quds

    President Donald Trump reportedly plans to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as the capital of Israel in a speech on Wednesday in an apparent bid to offset his pledge to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.

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    Afghan girls denied entry to US win top tech prize in Europe

    An Afghan girls' robotics team, which was temporarily denied entry to the United States earlier this year, has won an award at a prestigious competition in Europe.

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    Trump to recognise occupied Jerusalem as Israel capital

    Trump had earlier informed regional leaders including Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that Washington would unilaterally declare Jerusalem – third holiest site in Islam– as capital of the Jewish state

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    Tens of thousands gather in Yemen capital after rebel clashes

    Tens of thousands of Yemeni rebel supporters gathered in Sanaa on Thursday a day after deadly clashes between the Huthis and their allies sparked fears of further violence in the rebel-held capital.

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    Obama says Pakistan did not know whereabouts of Bin Laden

    Former US president Barack Obama on Friday said Washington does not distinguish between terrorist groups which target India and those that target the United States.

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    Pakistani Taliban attack university campus, killing 13

    The gunmen, disguised as women, arrived at the Agriculture Institute of Peshawar on Friday. They shot and wounded a guard before entering the campus, said police chief Tahir Khan.

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    China reluctant to cut off oil to North Korea

    The United States has renewed pressure on China to stop crude oil shipments to North Korea to close a crucial economic lifeline to the regime following its latest missile threat.

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    Pakistan to support Saudi-led military alliance while maintaining close contact with Iran

    Pakistan highlighted its "successful counter-terrorism operations and the comprehensive National Action Plan" during the first meeting of the defence ministers of countries involved in the Islamic .

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    India should pursue case against Hafiz Saeed internationally if it has proof: Pak

    Pak Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that if India thinks there is substance to its allegations against Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed it should pursue charges against him on an.

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    British PM presses Saudi to avert Yemen ‘catastrophe’

    British Prime Minister Theresa May landed in Riyadh on Wednesday for talks with the Saudi king and crown prince, with Yemen's brewing humanitarian crisis and the kingdom's sweeping reforms at the top of her agenda.

    West Asia
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    Israel bars Swiss officials from entering Gaza

    Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has reportedly banned Swiss officials from entering the blockaded Gaza Strip from Israeli territory, according to Israeli media.

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    In India, Ivanka Trump embodies U.S. glamour

    Irfana Begum, who was dodging barricades trying to figure out what road home was open for traffic, said she was very glad that Ivanka Trump chose to visit, despite the inconvenience of getting about the city.

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    N Korea claims nuclear statehood with US in missile range

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un said Wednesday his country had achieved full nuclear statehood after what he said was the successful test of a new missile capable of striking anywhere in the United States.

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    Saudis ready to sacrifice Palestine for Israel ties: Ex-Netanyahu aide

    A former adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Saudi Arabia is ready to sacrifice Palestinians and their demands for closer ties with Israel.

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    Iran, Turkey, Qatar move to bolster trade amid Saudi-led blockade

    Iranian Minister of Industry, Mines and Business Mohammad Shariatmadari, Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci and Qatari Economy Minister Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani

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    Saudi Arabia's Great Gamble

    Just as Hussein’s refusal to accept Yazid’s authority in the seventh century, issues of political power and religious legitimacy have become inextricably intertwined in the Saudi-Iranian rivalry today.

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