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    Indian Army Chief Holds Talks With Saudi Arabian Commander

    Army Chief General MM Naravane on Tuesday held extensive talks with Commander of Royal Saudi Land Forces Lt Gen Fahd Bin Abdullah Mohammed Al-Mutair with a focus on expanding bilateral defence and military ties.

    South Asia
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    A sea of red in Saudi shops — but don't mention Valentine's

    Red clothing and underwear are displayed in Saudi shopfronts, but the increasingly popular Valentine's Day promotions are missing one thing: the festival's name.

    West Asia
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    Biden, Saudi king discuss energy supplies, Iran and Yemen

    United States President Joe Biden and King Salman of Saudi Arabia discussed energy supplies in the face of soaring fuel prices and developments in the Middle East, including Iran and Yemen, in a telephone call.

    West Asia
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    Foreign pilgrims required to present negative COVID-19 test certificate on arrival in Saudi Arabia

    Foreign pilgrims travelling to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah are required to present a negative PCR or rapid antigen test certificate on arrival in the Kingdom, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said on Monday.

    West Asia
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    After Houthi attacks, senior US general in UAE to bolster defenses

    US Marine General Frank McKenzie arrived in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday for talks on efforts to bolster the Gulf state's defenses after a series of missile attacks launched by Houthi militants in Yemen.

    West Asia
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    France to provide arms support to UAE amid devastating Saudi-led war

    France says it will provide the United Arab Emirates with military support, specifically to boost its air defense system, amid an escalation in Yemen’s counterattacks against the Persian Gulf country. 

    West Asia
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    Israel participates in huge US Mideast naval exercise

    Israel is taking part in a huge US-led naval exercise in the Middle East, for the first time publicly joining Saudi Arabia and Oman, two countries it has no diplomatic relations.

    World
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    Saudi Arabia’s first yoga festival offers mindfulness and meditation

    More than 1,000 people from across Saudi Arabia flocked to Juman Park in King Abdullah Economic City on Saturday to take part in the country's first yoga festival.

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    Iran offers rare glimmer of hope as $100 oil looms

    Oil prices are on track for their biggest monthly gain in almost a year following a series of retaliatory attacks by Yemeni forces in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.  

    Business
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    Lebanon will not ‘hand over’ Hezbollah weapons: Foreign Minister

    Lebanon will not “hand over” Hezbollah’s weapons, the country’s foreign minister said ahead of a meeting with his Gulf Arab counterparts to mend ties.

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    MBS allowed Israeli flights to use Saudi airspace in exchange for access to Pegasus spyware: NYT

    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is revealed to have allowed the Israeli flights to use the kingdom’s airspace in order to gain Tel Aviv’s satisfaction to renew Riyadh’s license to use Pegasus spyware.

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    Internet Restored In Yemen After Deadly Air Strike Causes 4-Day Outage

    Internet services returned to Yemen on Tuesday after a four-day outage caused by deadly coalition air strikes that marked a dramatic uptick in the seven-year war.

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    Houthi missiles target Saudi Arabia and UAE as escalation grows

    The United Arab Emirates says it intercepted and destroyed two ballistic missiles over Abu Dhabi that were fired by Yemen’s Houthi rebels, the latest escalation in Yemen’s long-running war.

    West Asia
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    Yemen: UN urges investigation into Saudi-led coalition air raids

    The UN chief has condemned air raids by the Saudi-led coalition on Saada city and called for an investigation into the attacks that killed more than 70 people in Yemen.

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    Saudi Arabia Frees Young Death Row Prisoner Ali al Nimr After 9 Years

    Amid an international outcry over Saudi Arabia’s crackdown on dissent, the kingdom has released Ali al-Nimr, a young man who spent a decade in prison for attending anti-government protests and received a death penalty

    West Asia
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    10 injured in 2 drone attacks at Saudi's King Abdullah airport

    Ten people were injured in two explosives-laden drone attacks at King Abdullah airport in the southern Saudi city of Jizan late on Friday and early on Saturday, the Saudi-led coalition said.

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    Saudi-US Talks on Iran, Yemen Held in Neom

    US National Security Adviser, Jake Sullivan began his Middle East tour with his first stop at the Saudi city of Neom on Monday. Sullivan is scheduled to hold high-level talks with Saudi officials on Iran and Yemen

    West Asia
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    US Congress urged to ‘prevent human catastrophe’ in Yemen

    Anti-war groups in the United States are urging US Congress to “prevent a human catastrophe” in Yemen by ending military support for Saudi Arabia’s aggression on the war-ravaged country.

    West Asia
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    US pulls missile defences in Saudi Arabia amid Yemen attacks

    Pentagon spokesman John Kirby acknowledged “the redeployment of certain air defence assets”. He said the US maintained a “broad and deep” commitment to its Middle East allies.

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    Saudi Arabia's Social Revolution Arrives at Riyadh Dining Tables

    David Burke's staff are busy putting up blue and green balloons. The places are set, glasses polished, and candles lit. Music from The Godfather plays in the background.

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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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