Egypt’s El-Sisi welcomes head of Saudi Arabia’s Shoura Council in Cairo

CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received the chairman of the Shoura Council Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Sheikh and his accompanying delegation on Tuesday in Cairo.

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Iran warned of consequences over proxy wars

RIYADH: Iran faces grave consequences if it continues to indulge in proxy wars with neighboring Arab countries, threatening the peace and stability in the Middle East, representatives of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have warned.

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Former detainee tells of ‘horrific torture’ in Houthi jails

RIYADH: A former detainee on Wednesday told of torture and murder in the jails and camps of the Iranian-backed Houthi militias and called for international ...

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Dates: A Middle Eastern delicacy

RIYADH: Dates are a staple food in Saudi Arabia and the wider Middle East, both in their own right and as a common ingredient in local dishes. In particular, they form an important part of the diet of Muslims during Ramadan, when they are traditionally eaten every evening to break the fast.

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Agreement signed to screen and produce Pakistani films, dramas in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: An agreement between the Top Events Company (TEC) of Saudi Arabia and IHA Entertainment of Pakistan has been signed to facilitate the screening and co-production of Pakistani films in the Kingdom.

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DiplomaticQuarter: Japanese Embassy in Riyadh offers scholarship to Arab students

RIYADH: The Japanese government is offering scholarships to Arab students in Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Syria.

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Saudi Arabia, Turkey to work closely on local defense industry

RIYADH: Turkey, the guest-of-honor country at the Saudi armed forces exhibition (AFED 2018), has shown keen interest in working closely with Saudi Arabia to build Saudi defense capabilities.

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Pakistani filmmaker eyes Saudi Arabia for future projects

RIYADH: In a bid to promote Saudi-Pakistani relations in the film and entertainment industry, the premiere showing of the Pakistani movie “Parchi” was organized at a makeshift cinema hall here on Saturday night.

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King Salman to hold talks with Cyprus leader, two accords to be signed

RIYADH: Key regional issues that have tossed the entire Middle East into turmoil, with a special reference to Saudi-Cypriot relations, will top the agenda of wide-ranging talks between King Salman and Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades here on Wednesday.

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$10bn fund proposed for Yemen’s reconstruction

RIYADH: Consultations are underway to establish a $10 billion trust fund for reconstruction in strife-torn Yemen, especially in areas liberated by the Saudi-led coalition.

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OIC summit seeks strong ‘concerted response’ to Jerusalem crisis

RIYADH: Turkey has called on the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to develop a strong “concerted response” to US President Donald Trump’s belligerent decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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Saudi-led coalition lifts ban on commercial flights to Yemen

RIYADH: Commercial flights in and out of Yemen will resume on Sunday after the Saudi-led coalition fighting to restore the legitimate government lifted a week-long ban.

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Iran ‘arming Houthis to attack Saudi Arabia, UAE’

RIYADH: Iran is supplying Houthi militia with arms to attack Saudi Arabia and the UAE, Col. Turki Al-Maliki, spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, said on Sunday.

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Bahrain calls for suspension of Qatar’s GCC membership

RIYADH: Manama on Monday called for Qatar’s membership of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to be suspended until it accepts the demands of the Anti-Terror Quartet (ATQ), comprising Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain.

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Iran tops world league for money laundering and terror finance

RIYADH: Iran has topped the world league table for money laundering and terror financing for the third consecutive year. It was followed by Afghanistan, Guinea-Bissau, Tajikistan and Laos in the annual rankings compiled by the Basel Institute on Governance, an independent anti-corruption group based in Switzerland. The three lowest ranked countries were Finland, Lithuania and Estonia.

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Robust US-GCC links seen restoring regional peace, security

RIYADH: Relations between the US and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states have strengthened over several decades, bound by mutual interests, interdependence and stable institutions.

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King Salman condemns Istanbul terror attack

RIYADH: King Salman has condemned the terror attack in Turkey that killed at least 39 people at a night club, calling the shooting a “cowardly terrorist act.”

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GCC leaders to hold summit in Bahrain next month

Heads of state of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will hold their high-profile summit in Bahrain next month to address critical regional conditions that have prompted the Gulf nations to reposition themselves with an aim to boost their capabilities to ensure peace and security in the Middle East region.

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Kingdom, Turkey form cooperation council

RIYADH: Saudi-Turkish ties are poised to reach new heights following the formation of the high-profile Strategic Cooperation Council, which has the mandate to strengthen military, economic and investment cooperation between the two countries.

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Kingdom to cut reliance on foreign workers

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has announced plans to reduce its reliance on foreign workers by recruiting only highly-technical workers and monitoring investments closely.

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New study links cell phone tower radiation to diabetes

RIYADH: A renowned professor of King Saud University (KSU) here has warned of radiation danger from cell phone towers,

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Shoura to vote on Saudi-Finnish defense pact

RIYADH: Shoura Council will vote to approve a defense pact with Finland here on Monday. The Committee on Security Affairs of the Shoura Council will table the draft pact titled "Memorandum of Understanding between Saudi Ministry of Defense and Finnish Ministry of Defense" to be discussed by the members and then voted on the floor of the house.

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Historic municipal poll free, fair and peaceful

RIYADH: The historic poll for 3,159 seats at 284 municipal councils across the Kingdom concluded peacefully on Saturday amid reports of moderate voter turnout, great enthusiasm, festive mood and high security.

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GCC leaders slam ‘hostile, racist’ rhetoric against Muslims, refugees

RIYADH: Gulf Arab leaders condemned “hostile, racist” remarks against Muslims and Syrian refugees in a statement issued on Thursday, days after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called for a US ban on the entry of Muslims.

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KSA-Russia ties poised to scale new heights: SAGIA

RIYADH: Abdullatif Al-Othman, governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), will travel to Russia with a huge business delegation Tuesday.

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Ghazanfar Ali Khan