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Saudi Arabia widens crackdown, detains 298 public officials

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Sunday announced the detention of hundreds of government officials, including military and security officers, on charges involving bribery and exploiting public office, and said investigators would bring charges against them. Scores of the kingdom’s economic and political elite were detained in 2017 at Riyadh’s Ritz-Carlton hotel …

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Coronavirus outbreak: Saudi Arabia closes schools and universities

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia closed its schools and universities after the coronavirus outbreak around the world affected 11 persons from the kingdom on Monday. According to the Saudi Ministry of Education, “preventive and precautionary” steps were advised by the health authorities to ensure maximum protection for students and staff. Schools have …

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Saudi empties Makkah’s Grand Mosque for ‘sterilisation’

MAKKAH: Saudi Arabia on Thursday emptied the Kaaba, Islam’s holiest site, for sterilisation over fears of the new coronavirus, an unprecedented move after the kingdom suspended the year-round Umrah pilgrimage. State television relayed stunning images of an empty white-tiled area surrounding the Kaaba — inside Makkah’s Grand Mosque, which is …

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Saudi Arabia suspends Umrah for locals amid coronavirus fears

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has temporarily suspended its citizens and residents from performing Umrah, as well as visits to the Prophet’s (PBUH) Mosque, amid fears of a coronavirus outbreak, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday. “Based on the recommendation of the committee concerned to follow up the developments of the …

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