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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.  

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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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    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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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