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Saudi Arabia has ‘clear link’ to UK extremism, report says

BBC Saudi Arabia is the chief foreign promoter of Islamist extremism in the UK, a new report has claimed. The Henry Jackson Society said there was a “clear and growing link” between Islamist organisations in receipt of overseas funds, hate preachers and Jihadist groups promoting violence. The foreign affairs think …

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Qatar to boost gas production 30 per cent

DOHA: Energy-rich Qatar said on Tuesday it plans to increase natural gas production by 30 per cent over the next several years, as it faces pressure from its neighbours in a diplomatic crisis+ . Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the head of Qatar Petroleum+ , told a press conference that the emirate intends to raise production to …

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Water cements India-Israel ties

JERUSALEM: That India-Israel relations go beyond defence and security will be emphasised when Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes his first stop at a flower farm after landing in Tel Aviv late afternoon Tuesday. The highlight of that visit will be a drone — not surveillance, not armed. It is a research drone, which according …

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Hasil Bizenjo worried over Saudi- Iran conflict

QUETTA: The Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping and President of National Party Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo said the unfriendly relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia would definitely harm Balochistan. All concerned should tackle this issue with their prime responsibility. Afghanistan and Pakistan should sort out their issues through dialogue …

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The new power shake-up in Saudi Arabia

Professor Mahmood Monshipouri The Saudi Arabia’s succession battle took a new turn on June 21, 2017, when Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 31, was elevated to a higher status, namely, the crown prince.  In a series of royal decrees, King Salman ousted his nephew Mohammed bin Nayef as crown prince and …

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How Iran Recruited Afghan Refugees to Fight Assad’s War

By ALI M. LATIFI JUNE 30, 2017 BAMIAN, Afghanistan — War and poverty have scattered Afghans across the globe like pieces of shrapnel. Millions of Afghans came of age in refugee camps in Pakistan and Iran or as workers in the Persian Gulf nations. The migration continues. The past few …

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The longer the Gulf crisis lasts, the higher the stakes get

  James M. Dorsey Saudi Arabia and the UAE appear to be contemplating engineering a military coup in Qatar with the stakes in the Gulf crisis so high that a negotiated solution may prove difficult, if not impossible. Neither side in the Gulf divide can afford to back down or …

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Bahrain, Oman ‘most vulnerable’ to low oil prices

Experts have warned that Bahrain and Oman are the most vulnerable among exporters to low oil prices. A new research note from Bank of America Merrill Lynch said Bahrain was most vulnerable among the 68 economies the bank covers because of its fiscal deficit seen as the largest. The note …

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Iran Holds Annual Anti-Israel Rallies, Chant Against Saudi Leaders

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Tehran and other Iranian cities to take part in state-sponsored anti-Israeli rallies marking the annual Quds Day, state media report. Some protesters set Israeli and U.S. flags on fire, reports said on June 23, while others chanted “Death to …

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Suicide bomber killed in foiled Makkah plot to attack Grand Mosque: Saudi state media

AP Saudi security forces said Saturday they disrupted a plot to attack the Grand Mosque at Makkah, home to the holiest site in Islam, just as Ramazan concludes. The Interior Ministry said it launched raids in Jeddah as well as two areas in Makkah itself, including the Ajyad Al-Masafi neighbourhood, …

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