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    Saudis increases fighter pilots' pay by 60%

    Saudi Arabia has increased its air force pilots' salary by up to 60 percent shortly after its bombing campaign against Yemen enters its third year.

    West Asia
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    Pak Govt Draws Ire Over Raheel Sharif’s New Role

    The news of Gen (retd) Raheel Sharif’s possible joining of the alliance first surfaced in January when Asif said the former army chief had applied for a ‘no-objection certificate’ for the job.

    South Asia
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    UN Secretary-General wants dialogue in Yemen to avoid famine

    The United Nations (UN) under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen O’Brien has called upon the warring parties in Yemen to start a political dialogue to bring an early end to the devastating conflict.

    West Asia
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    33 dead in US-led raid on school in northern Syria

    At least 33 people were killed in a US-led coalition strike on a school used as a center for displaced people near a militant-held Syrian town, a monitor said Wednesday.

    West Asia
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    UN rejects Saudi call to supervise Yemen port

    The United Nations on Monday rejected a call by the Saudi-led coalition battling rebels in Yemen for the key port of Hodeida to be placed under its supervision.

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    Qataris own more of London than the Queen

    The Telegraph said in a Friday report that Qatar has become one of the biggest landlords in the British capital over the past ten years, currently owning 24 million square feet of the city's prime real estate.

    Business
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    Saudi king cancels Maldives visit over 'swine flu fears'

    Maldivian Foreign Minister Mohamed Asim announced on Friday that the visit, which had been scheduled for Saturday, “has been postponed due to the high prevalence of the flu in the Maldives.”

    West Asia
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    Saudi deputy crown prince calls Trump a 'true friend of Muslims'

    Saudi Arabia hailed a “historical turning point” in US-Saudi relations after a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman highlighted the two leaders'

    West Asia
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

    West Asia
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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.

    West Asia
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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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