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    One year of Abraham Accords: Almost quarter million Israelis visit UAE

    Since the normalisation of relations, over 230,000 Israelis have visited the UAE, said Eitan Na'eh, Charge d'Affaires of the Embassy of Israel in the UAE.

    West Asia
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    Saudi Arabia sentences Hamas leader to 15 years in prison

    A Saudi criminal court on Sunday sentenced former Hamas representative Mohammed Al-Khudari to 15 years in prison on charges of supporting the Palestinian group, according to his brother.

    West Asia
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    Saudi Arabia opens Umrah to vaccinated worshipers from abroad

    Saudi Arabia will gradually begin receiving Umrah pilgrimage requests from abroad for vaccinated pilgrims starting August 9 after about a year and a half of not receiving overseas.

    West Asia
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    Hajj pilgrims face growing heat stroke risks with global warming

    As thousands of devout Muslims flock to Islam's holiest sites in Saudi Arabia for the annual Hajj pilgrimage this week, scientists warn the sacred rite is under threat due to deadly rising heat.

    West Asia
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    Pakistan, Saudi Arabia to work on easing travel restrictions

    Pakistan and Saudi Arabia on Tuesday discussed measures to ease Covid-19 travel restrictions, which have stranded around 400,000 Pakistani workers back home, foreign ministers of the two countries told reporters.

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    Saudi foreign minister to visit Pakistan tomorrow

    Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud will visit Pakistan tomorrow (Tuesday) on the invitation of Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to discuss.

    South Asia
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    Smart cards and robots: Saudi Arabia's 'digital Hajj'

    Thirty years ago, it took Egyptian pilgrim Ibrahim Siam several hours to track down his children when they went missing in crowds of worshippers during the Hajj in Saudi Arabia.  

    West Asia
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    Pilgrims flock to Mount Arafat in high point of pandemic-era hajj

    Muslim pilgrims gathered at Saudi Arabia's Mount Arafat on Monday in the high point of this year's hajj, being held in downsized form and under coronavirus restrictions for the second year running.

    West Asia
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    Shops in Saudi Arabia can stay open during prayer times: local media

    Shops in Saudi Arabia may now stay open during prayer times, a leading government-linked newspaper said on Friday, relaxing the kingdom's strict rules on closing shops and businesses for prayer five times a day.

    West Asia
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    Saudi hosts vaccinated pilgrims for 2nd downsized Haj

    Saudi Arabia will host another downsized Haj from Saturday (Jul 17), with only residents fully vaccinated against the coronavirus permitted and overseas Muslim pilgrims.

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    Pilgrims Arrive In Mecca For Second Pandemic Hajj

    Pilgrims began arriving in the holy city of Mecca on Saturday for the second downsized hajj staged during the coronavirus pandemic, circling Islam's holiest site in masks.

    West Asia
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    Saudi Smashes Fraud COVID-19 Testing, Vaccination Ring Ahead Of Hajj

    Saudi Arabia has arrested more than 120 people suspected of supplying or procuring fraudulent coronavirus vaccine and test certificates, official media said Thursday.

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    Death sentences in Bahrain ‘dramatically escalated’ since 2011

    Death sentences in the small Gulf archipelago have risen by more than 600 percent, with at least 51 people ordered executed since anti-government protests erupted in 2011.

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    Ex-Mossad chief becomes head of new Saudi-backed SoftBank office: Report

    Yossi Cohen, the former chief of Israeli spy agency Mossad, is becoming head of the new office of the Saudi-backed conglomerate SoftBank in Israel, a report says.

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    Saudi Arabia confronts rise of misyar marriage

    The Muslim no-strings-attached “misyar” marriage often done in secret is fast pervading Saudi society, a boon for cash-strapped men unable to afford expensive.

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    India Forces OIC to Water Down Meet on Kashmir

    The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation will convene a special meeting in Islamabad in April 2020 to discuss situation in Kashmir and the controversial anti-Muslim Citizenship Amendment Act in India.

    South Asia
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    Trump vetoes three bills blocking arms sales to Saudi Arabia

    President Donald Trump on Wednesday vetoed a trio of congressional resolutions aimed at blocking his administration from selling billions of dollars of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the.

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    The Oil Crisis Saudi Arabia Can’t Solve

    Looking at the current volatility in the Persian/Arabian Gulf and the possibility of a temporary closure of the Strait of Hormuz, the Aramco CEO’s message might be a bit overoptimistic.

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    Two Arab Princes Helped Dubai Ruler's Wife Escape: Report

    A Saudi prince says Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, through close coordination with Jordanian King Abdullah II and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed.

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    Saudi teen faces execution for participating in Arab Spring

    According to CNN, the prosecution is seeking to impose the harshest form of the death penalty on Qureires, which may include crucifixion or dismemberment after execution despite not holding him responsible for any loss

    West Asia
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    Saudi Arabia to Execute 3 Scholars after Ramadan: Report

    The trio are currently awaiting trial at the Criminal Special Court in Riyadh after being arrested in September 2017, when Saudi authorities detained dozens of prominent figures in a crackdown headed by Crown Prince

    West Asia
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    Eight Civilians Killed as Saudi Bombs Fall on Sana’a

    On Tuesday, San'aa government claimed responsibility for twin drone attacks on Saudi Arabia's main East-West oil pipeline, saying they were a response to "crimes" committed by Riyadh during the bloody air war it has led

    West Asia
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    37 put to death in shocking execution spree in Saudi Arabia

    The majority of those executed were Shi’a men who were convicted after sham trials that violated international fair trial standards which relied on confessions extracted through torture, Amnesty International said.

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    IAEA seeks guarantees from Saudis on first N-reactor

    The head UN nuclear inspector said on Friday that his agency is asking Saudi Arabia to agree to safeguards on nuclear material for its first atomic reactor that could arrive by the end of the year.

    West Asia

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