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    Rouhani Rides To Victory On His Own Terms

    Iranian people have indicated through this election that they "want to live in peace and friendship with the world, without accepting any humiliation or threat,” Hassan Rouhani said in his televised victory speech

    West Asia
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    UN body aghast at Saudi move to demolish ancient town

    “The area is of importance not only to local people and the entire cultural landscape of Awamiya, but also has national significance for the history and cultural heritage of Saudi Arabia,” said the UN Special Rapporteur

    Art and Culture
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    Iran warns will hit militant 'safe havens' inside Pakistan

    "We cannot accept the continuation of this situation," General Mohammad Baqeri said, adding, "We expect the Pakistani officials to control the borders, arrest the terrorists and shut down their bases."

    West Asia
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    Iran says Saudis seeking tension in Middle East

    Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi was reacting on Wednesday to comments made by Mohammed bin Salman, who rejected the possibility of normalization of ties with Iran.

    West Asia
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    Iran Candidates Face Off in Live TV Debate

    Live televised debates, introduced in the runup to the 2009 presidential poll, are a must-see for many Iranians curious to know more about their would-be presidents. The candidates' performance in these debates is a seen

    West Asia
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    Ex-Pakistani general in Riyadh to head Saudi-led bloc

    Retired Pakistani army general Raheel Sharif, 60, has departed for Saudi Arabia to take charge as the commander-in-chief of a Saudi-led military bloc.

    West Asia
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    Saudi woman's fear: 'They will kill me'

    Activists feared Friday for the safety of a young Saudi woman they say was returned to the kingdom against her will, in a case highlighting tight restrictions on women.

    West Asia
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    May gets top Saudi honor as British bombs rain on Yemen

    Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has presented visiting British Prime Minister Theresa May with the kingdom’s highest civilian honor as UK-supplied bombs keep raining on Yemenis.

    West Asia
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    Pak to assuage Iran’s fears on Raheel’s role

    Pakistan and Iran appear to be at odds over the possible role of a former army chief in a Saudi Arabia-led counter terrorism alliance as Tehran has voiced its concerns over Islamabad’s.

    West Asia
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    Saudi, China militaries agree to boost bilateral ties

    China and Saudi Arabia have agreed to implement the consensus reached between heads of the two states and promote bilateral relations between two countries and two militaries to a new level.

    Southeast Asia
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    Film on extremism wins at Saudi festival

    A short film that tackles extremism has won the top prize at the Saudi Film Festival, organisers said on Sunday, in an ultra-conservative kingdom that continues to ban public cinemas.

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    Iran concerned over Raheel's appointment as head of Saudi-led Military Alliance

    Iran has expressed its reservations regarding the appointment of the former army chief, retired Gen Raheel Sharif, as head of the Saudi-led 39-nation Islamic military alliance, saying it is not 'satisfied'.

    West Asia
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    Saudi airstrike kills 10 civilians in Yemen

    Four people were also injured in Wednesday’s airstrike that hit a residential area in Sa’ada, Yemen's Arabic-language al-Masirah television network reported.

    West Asia
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    Maldives fights rumours of Island sales to Saudi with a clampdown on the media,critics

    In the island state of the Maldives, which consists of 20 island clusters or atolls, Faafu is often called the 21st atoll. In other words, at the very bottom of the government’s priority.

    South Asia
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    Saudi carrying out 'open-air massacre' in Yemen

    Aid groups say Saudi Arabia is carrying out an “open-air massacre” of Yemeni civilians facing famine amid Riyadh’s two-year-long military campaign against the impoverished country.

    West Asia
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    Iran pilgrims to join this year's hajj: Saudi

    For the first time in nearly three decades Iran's pilgrims -- which would have numbered about 60,000 -- did not attend last year's hajj after Riyadh and Tehran failed to agree on security and logistics.

    West Asia
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    Saudi Arabia's Failed Oil War

    Saudi King Salman’s ongoing visit to Asia, through which he hopes to attract Japanese and Chinese investment in Saudi Arabia, is another indication of how committed the country is to reforming its economy.

    Business
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    Yemen war killed over 1,500 children in two years:UN

    The conflict in Yemen has killed nearly 7,700 people, including at least 1,564 children, since a Saudi-led coalition intervened on the government’s side two years ago, UN agencies said Monday.

    West Asia
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    Saudi women join forces to champion the changing role of women

    In Saudi Arabia, a group of women are preparing an unusual event to mark International Women’s Day – a campaign to highlight the changing role and economic potential of women in the deeply conservative kingdom.

    West Asia
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    1,500 people and 500 tons of luggage -- here's how the Saudi king travels

    The King will spend a few days in Jakarta and West Java before heading to the popular tourist island of Bali on the Indonesian leg of a month-long Asia tour that's already taken him to Malaysia

    Lifestyle
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    Saudi king brings 459 tons of luggage, 2 limos & 1,500-strong entourage on Asia trip

    Packing light is a foreign concept to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, who will bring two Mercedes-Benz limousines, more than 400 tons (metric) of luggage and his own private escalator.

    Off Track
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    'Yemeni forces shoot down Jordanian F-16'

    Yemeni air defense forces, backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees, have reportedly intercepted and shot down a single-engine, supersonic and multirole F-16 fighter jet of the Royal Jordanian Air Force.

    West Asia
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    Saudi minister in talks with Iran team over Hajj

    A Saudi minister held talks with an Iranian delegation about the possibility of Iranian pilgrims rejoining the annual Hajj despite ruptured ties between the two countries, state media reported late Thursday.

    West Asia
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    Saudi, Israel present united front against Iran

    Saudi Arabia and Israel both called on Sunday for a new push against Iran, signalling a growing alignment in their interests, while U.S. lawmakers promised to seek new sanctions on the Shia Muslim power.

    West Asia

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