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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.

    West Asia
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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.

    West Asia
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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.

    West Asia
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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.

    West Asia
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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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    Pakistan investigates journalists for honouring Khashoggi during MBS visit

    Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency launched an investigation into journalists and political parties that changed their social media profile photos to that of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

    West Asia
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    Slain Saudi journalist Khashoggi's children paid by kingdom: Report

    The children of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi have received multimillion-dollar homes and are being paid thousands of dollars per month by the kingdom’s authorities

    West Asia
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    Members of Saudi team that killed Khashoggi received training in US: Report

    Members of the Saudi team that killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi received training in the United States, the Washington Post has reported, revealing other new elements in the death of the newspaper.

    West Asia
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    In Saudi trial, detained women speak of torture, abuse

    Saudi women activists detained for almost a year offered their defence at an emotionally charged hearing on Wednesday, alleging torture and sexual harassment during interrogation, courtroom sources said.

    West Asia
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    US approves secret nuclear power work for Saudi Arabia

    US Energy Secretary Rick Perry has approved six secret authorisations by companies to sell nuclear power technology and assistance to Saudi Arabia.The Trump administration has quietly pursued a wider deal.

    West Asia
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    Saudi Arabia hands over wrong dead body to Indian family

    In an embarrassing mix up, relatives of 28-year-old Rafeeq, who died of heart attack in Saudi Arabia last month, got a shock of their life when they opened the casket -- it had the body of a woman.

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    MBS authorised campaign against dissenters:report

    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman authorised a "secret campaign" to silence dissenters more than a year before the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the New York Times.

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    Saudi Arabia rejects call for international probe of Khashoggi murder

    Saudi Arabia on Thursday reiterated its rejection of calls for an international, independent investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, insisting it was well equipped to bring the perpetrators.

    West Asia

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