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    Bahrain on boil over imminent death sentence for top cleric

    Scores of people have held separate protests in Bahrain to voice their support for distinguished Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim, who has been stripped of his nationality and put on trial by the regime in Manama.

    West Asia
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    Bahraini court delays verdict in top cleark's case

    The court had earlier set March 14 as the date to issue its ruling on Sheikh Qassim's case, but it adjourned its decision until May 7, Arabic-language Bahrain Mirror news website reported on Tuesday.

    West Asia
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    Russia warns against planned Saudi attack in Yemen

    Russia has warned against an imminent military attack by Saudi Arabia against the Yemeni port city of Hudaydah, emphasizing that the offensive would exacerbate the humanitarian situation in Yemen.

    West Asia
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    Saudi deputy crown prince goes to meet Trump

    Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman left Saudi Arabia on Monday for the United States for a visit scheduled to include talks with US President Donald Trump.

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    Pakistan deploys troops to Saudi border with Yemen

    Pakistan is deploying a brigade of combat troops to Saudi Arabia as the kingdom is struggling to keep its southern borders from retaliatory attacks conducted by Yemeni forces, security sources say.  

    West Asia
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    Making way for pilgrims: The destruction of Mecca

    AS THE governor of Mecca, Prince Khalid bin Faisal Al Saud has been able to compensate for earlier failings. He came to his role in 2007 from Asir province, where his plans to erect modern tower blocks in the city.

    West Asia
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    Abu Dhabi to Build World's Largest Solar Power Plant

    Abu Dhabi's government-owned power utility aims to close a financing package for a 3.2 billion dirham ($872 million) solar power plant, which will be the world's largest, in April, a senior official at the utility said.

    Science
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    Saudi, Indonesia sign deals as King Salman starts landmark visit

    Saudi Arabia and Indonesia signed agreements in areas ranging from trade to aviation as King Salman began a nine-day visit to the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country for the first time in almost half a century.

    Southeast Asia
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    Saudi king in Malaysia on first leg of Asia tour

    The visit is the first by a Saudi king to Malaysia in more than a decade, as the Arab nation courts Asian investors for the sale of a 5 per cent stake in state firm Aramco in 2018, expected to be the world’s biggest IPO.

    Southeast Asia
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    Iran raises alarm over Israel-Arabs détente

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned against Israel’s bids to find allies among Arab countries of the region.Addressing the 6th International Conference in Support of the Palestinian Intifada in Tehran.

    West Asia
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    Israeli PM, Arab rulers Meet, Secretly

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met secretly with Arab rulers last year to hear then US secretary of state John Kerry pitch a regional peace plan, an Israeli newspaper reported on Sunday.

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    Protests, clashes as Bahrain marks uprising anniversary

    Demonstrators clashed with police in the Bahraini capital and neighbouring Shia villages on Tuesday, the sixth anniversary of anti-government protests that were brutally suppressed by the authorities, witnesses said.

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    Erdogan meets King Salman ahead of Syria peace talks

    Turkey’s Presi­dent Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Saudi Arabia’s top leadership on Tuesday during a visit to further strengthen ties as part of a Gulf tour ahead of Syria peace talks.

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    When Saudi Arabia asked Indian journalist not to write on Muslim issues

    An Indian Muslim journalist working for a Saudi daily newspaper Al-Riyadh was ‘forced’ to quit his job for reporting on excesses faced by Muslims in Kashmir and Gujarat.

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    Amid Muslim ban outcry, Trump to call Arab allies

    US President Donald Trump will hold phone conversations with the leaders of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, amid an uproar over his travel ban for some Muslim majority countries.

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    Dubai security chief backs Trump 'Muslim Ban'

    In a series of crude and sectarian outburts on Twitter this weekend, Lieutenant General Khalfan - who holds one of the most important positions in Dubai - threw his weight behind Trump's immigration policy targeting.

    West Asia
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    Kuwait to mediate between Iran and GCC in Tehran

    Iran's president and Kuwait's foreign minister both appealed on Wednesday for better relation between the Islamic Republic and Gulf Arab countries, Iranian media reported.

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    Indian PM, ministers and media in a fix after no translation of UAE Royal's speech

    An embarrassing situation developed on Wednesday during the media briefing at the Hyderabad House in India’s capital, New Delhi on Wednesday afternoon when there was no Arabic to English translation of the address.

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    India, UAE sign 14 agreements

    India and UAE on Wednesday decided to expand defence ties between them to include maritime security and cooperation even as both vowed to boost bilateral trade ties.

    South Asia
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    India signs oil reserves pact with UAE

    India in 2014 began talks to lease part of its strategic storage to Abu Dhabi National Oil Co (ADNOC). Under such a deal, India would have first rights to the stored crude in case of an emergency.

    Business
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    Modi breaks protocol to greet UAE Crown Prince

    United Arab Emirates’ Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan arrived here on Tuesday as chief guest for India’s Jan 26 Republic Day parade. In a departure from protocol, Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    West Asia
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    Bahrain executes 3 pro democracy activists

    Maya Foa, the director of the death penalty team at Reprieve, said: “It is nothing short of an outrage and a disgraceful breach of international law that Bahrain has gone ahead with these executions.

    West Asia
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    Britain admits selling 500 cluster bombs to Saudi

    The United Kingdom exported 500 cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia in the 1980s which the country used in its war on Yemen, an official report shows.The UK delivered 500 BL755 cluster munitions under a government.

    West Asia
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    US Gulf allies look to Trump with hope and fears

    US Gulf allies are looking at Donald Trump to tilt Washington in their favour, analysts say, but fear a dangerous void if the incoming president goes so far as to tear up the Iran nuclear deal.

    West Asia

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