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New Madinah airport ready to serve over 750,000 pilgrims

[/tie_full_img] [/tie_full_img] MADINAH: Work is undergoing at Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Madinah to ensure preparedness with the arrival of a large number of pilgrims and visitors to perform Umrah and visit the Prophet’s Mosque. Airport officials have reached out to operating parties to ensure preparedness of …

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50 Saudis detained over ‘un-Islamic’ necklaces, haircuts

[/tie_full_img] [/tie_full_img] RIYADH: Fifty young men have been arrested in Saudi Arabia for haircuts, necklaces and other adornments considered un-Islamic. The suspects were detained during a Ramazan crackdown in Makkah, according to Saudi news website Sabq. “They were handed over to the department of criminal investigations,” said Sabq, which accompanied …

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Saudi Arabia using Hajj as ‘political weapon’: Pak MP

[/tie_full_img] [/tie_full_img] Senator Col (Retired) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi told IRNA in an exclusive interview that Hajj is not a political issue, it is a religious obligation and it is right of every Muslim to perform Hajj. Member Senate foreign affairs committee said: Hajj should not be used as any …

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US daily unveils classified part of report on Saudi link to 9/11 plot

[/tie_full_img] [/tie_full_img] A US daily unveils yet unsolved questions about links between two 9/11 terrorists and a Saudi diplomat and “imam” at King Fahad Mosque in Los Angeles amid lingering suspicions over the kingdom’s involvement in the terror events. The mystery outlined in the still classified 28 pages of the …

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US and Saudi Arabia: A rattled relationship

[/tie_full_img]   [/tie_full_img] Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry says that Omar Mateen, who killed 49 people at a gay club in Orlando, Florida, before being killed by police, visited the kingdom twice to perform an Islamic pilgrimage. But officials say there is no evidence that he made contact with known extremists …

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CIA suspected of doctoring Saudi 9/11 role

[/tie_full_img] [/tie_full_img] CIA chief’s exoneration of Saudi Arabia in 9/11 attacks has raised questions about the real motives behind it amid accusations that US authorities might be spin-doctoring Riyadh’s involvement. CIA director John Brennan’s declaration last week came just ahead of an imminent release of 28 classified pages of the …

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CIA chief says secret 9/11 report not evidence of Saudi complicity

WASHINGTON DC: CIA chief John Brennan said Saturday that secret findings of a 2002 congressional investigation into the 9/11 attacks should not be taken as evidence of official Saudi complicity. A decision is expected soon on whether to release the classified 28-page section of the report by the House and …

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