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US, Saudi Arabia trying to revive Daesh in Iraq: Badr organization

Iraq’s Badr organization, which is part of the country’s Popular Mobilization Forces or Hashd al-Sha’abi, says the US and Saudi Arabia are seeking to reactivate Daesh, adding that recent attacks by the Takfiri terrorist group serve that aim. Speaking to Arabic-language al-Maalomah news agency, Mohammed Mahdi al-Bayati, a senior leader …

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Saudi Arabia mulling tight measures to curb coronavirus impact on economy

Saudi Arabia is planning to adopt what it calls ‘strict’ measures in an effort to prevent the coronavirus pandemic from further affecting its oil-driven economy that has already been battered by historically low crude prices. In an interview with Saudi-owned al-Arabiya TV on Saturday, Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan said …

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Most of Mecca’s population may be infected: Saudi medical sources

Saudi medical sources say more than half of Mecca’s residents have been infected by COVID 19 as indicated by random testing conducted in the holy city. Middle East Eye has cited three senior Saudi medical sources as saying that almost 70 percent of Mecca’s two million residents contracted the novel …

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Saudi activists receives death threats from MBS supporters

TEHRAN: Saudi activist Alya Abutayah Alhwaiti announced that she has been threatened to death on the phone and on Twitter from people she believes are supporters of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. She said she was warned to expect ‘the same fate as Jamal Khashoggi’ after alerting the world to …

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Saudi TV’s lionizing of Jewish woman in Ramadan angers Arabs

A new series aired on the Saudi-owned MBC channel about the life of Jews in the Persian Gulf during the 1940s has generated controversy in the Arab world, with critics regarding the drama as an invitation to normalize ties with Israel. Umm Haroun, a daring account of the Jewish merchant …

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Saudi-led coalition calls on UAE-backed separatists to return to Riyadh deal

A Saudi Arabia coalition that has been attacking Yemen since 2015 has called on Emirati-backed separatists that used to ally themselves with the invading force to return to a so-called de-confliction deal after they declared “self-rule” in the impoverished country’s south. The coalition made the demand of the so-called Southern …

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Saudi Arabia to abolish flogging as form of punishment

Saudi Arabia will end flogging as a form of punishment, according to a document released by the Kingdom’s top court on Friday. According to Reuters, the decision by the General Commission for the Supreme Court, taken some time this month, will see the punishment replaced by prison sentences or fines, or a …

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Bin Salman fails English football ownership test: Rights group

A major human rights group has urged authorities in the English Premier League to dismiss a bid by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and allies to take over the ownership of a club, saying the controversial figure fails the very basic tests of ownership rules in the competition. The …

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