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Russia ready to consider easing arms embargo for Libya

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MOSCOW: Russia is ready to consider easing an arms embargo for Libya, the Interfax news agency cited Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov as saying on Wednesday. Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj said this month he was…

Turkey’s Erdogan tells Muslim summit Jerusalem is capital of Palestine

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ISTANBUL: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called on world powers to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine on Wednesday and said the United States should reverse a decision recognizing the city as Israel’s capital. Addressing a…

Bangladesh arrests cleric over fatwa against women farming

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DHAKA: A Muslim cleric accused of issuing a fatwa banning women from working on farms has been arrested in Bangladesh, police said Wednesday.

FBI officials said Clinton ‘has to win’ race to White House: Report

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Senior FBI officials who helped probe Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign told a colleague that Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had to win the race to the White House, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

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Travel firm TUI puts plans in place to avoid Brexit disruption

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BERLIN: European tourism group TUI is putting contingency plans in place for Britain’s exit from the EU, it said on Wednesday, aiming to address potential problem areas such as flying rights, visa requirements and changes in demand.

Sharma’s third double ton takes India to 392-4 against Sri Lanka

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MOHALI, India: Skipper Rohit Sharma on Wednesday became the first batsman to hit three double centuries in one-day internationals as he powered India to 392-4 in their second match against Sri Lanka. The opener led the Indian charge,…

Toyota, Panasonic consider joint development of EV batteries

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TOKYO: Toyota Motor and Panasonic said on Wednesday they are considering jointly developing batteries for electric vehicles (EVs), a partnership that could help Panasonic extend its market lead in automotive lithium-ion batteries.

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Saudi Shoura passes draft bankruptcy law

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RIYADH: The Shoura Council on Monday approved the draft bankruptcy law which consists of 231 articles distributed over 17 chapters, including general provisions.

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Saudi online retail market heats up with Noon.com launch

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LONDON: The online “Arabic-first” shopping platform Noon.com has launched in Saudi Arabia, aiming to carve out a share in what is still a relatively nascent market for e-commerce.

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Kim vows to make North Korea ‘strongest nuclear power’

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SEOUL: Kim Jong-Un has vowed to make North Korea the “world’s strongest nuclear power,” state media reported Wednesday, as the reclusive nation shows little sign of reining in a weapons program fueling global alarm.

Star wars: Odeon vs. VOX in battle for Saudi movie lovers

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RIYADH: Break out the popcorn — the Odeon, the world’s biggest cinema chain, is coming to Saudi Arabia.

Saudi fund plans cinema venture with AMC

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DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s main sovereign wealth fund said it planned to enter the cinema business with major US-based movie exhibition company AMC Entertainment Holdings, as the Kingdom lifts a 35-year-old ban on cinemas.

King Salman honors winners of King Khalid Awards

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RIYADH: King Salman on Monday evening honored the winners of the King Khalid Award for 2017. King Salman distributed prizes to the winners of this year’s awards in three categories: Partners for development, excellence for non-profit…

Egyptian singer jailed over video inciting debauchery

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CAIRO, Egypt: A court in Cairo on Tuesday sentenced an Egyptian pop singer to two years in prison for “inciting debauchery” over a racy music video clip, a judicial source said.

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Tillerson says US willing to talk to North Korea without pre-condition

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WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered on Tuesday to begin talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, appearing to back away from US demands that Pyongyang must first accept that any negotiations would have to be based…

Tehran accused of trying to carve out regional axis

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PARIS: French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Tuesday hit out at Iran, accusing it of trying to carve out an “axis” of influence stretching through Syria to the Mediterranean Sea.

Assad urged to ‘stop playing games and start serious talks’

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JEDDAH: Bashar Assad should stop playing games and engage seriously with the UN-sponsored peace process, Yahya Al-Aridi, the Syrian opposition spokesman at the Geneva talks, told Arab News on Tuesday.

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Saudi malls preparing to benefit from cinema reopening

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JEDDAH: Malls in Saudi Arabia are preparing to benefit from the government’s decision allowing opening of cinemas in the Kingdom by finding space for theaters and re-exploiting empty spaces, according to mall operators, managers and…

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Russia moves Yemen envoy to Riyadh

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MOSCOW: Russia has suspended its diplomatic presence in Yemen and all its staff have left the country due to the situation in the capital Sanaa, the RIA news agency cited Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova as saying on…

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Iraq holds preparatory national reconciliation meeting

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JEDDAH: Iraq held a two-day meeting of the country’s elites in preparation for a national reconciliation conference.

Tuesday, Dec 12

S.Sudan clashes leave more than 170 dead: lawmaker

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JUBA: More than 170 people have been killed in fighting between rival cattle herders in central South Sudan in the past week, a lawmaker said on Tuesday.

Explosion at major Austrian gas hub, one dead, 18 injured

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BAUMGARTEN AN DER MARCH, Austria: A large explosion rocked one of Europe’s biggest gas pipeline hubs in Austria on Tuesday, leaving one person dead and 18 injured, emergency services said. Photos showed a huge tower of orange flame visible…

International cinema chains eye huge opportunities in Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage chief highlights tourism’s role in maintaining peace

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RIYADH: Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) President Prince Sultan bin Salman on Monday iterated that Saudi Arabia’s care for tourism and heritage represents its care for the global human history and heritage in its…

Monday, Dec 11

Subway bomber wounds self, three victims in New York

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NEW YORK: A Bangladeshi man set off a homemade pipe bomb strapped to his body in a crowded New York City commuter hub during the morning rush hour on Monday, officials said, immediately calling it an attempted terrorist attack.

Cinemas to re-open in Saudi Arabia as of 2018, Ministry of Information confirms

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JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture and Information has announced that commercial cinemas will be allowed to operate in the Kingdom as of early 2018.

Shiite armed groups in Iraq decide to disband

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BAGHDAD: A number of armed Shiite factions that fought Daesh alongside Iraqi government forces have voluntarily announced their dissolution and placed their fighters under the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, Iraqi officials and…

Makkah region’s water infrastructure to be expanded at a cost of SR9 billion

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JEDDAH: The Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) signed several contracts aimed at increasing water supply to some governorates in the Makkah region as well as ensuring supply to areas without water at a cost of more than SR9 billion…

Sunday, Dec 10

Western envoys skeptical as Syrian regime returns to Geneva talks

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GENEVA: The Syrian regime’s delegation returned to Geneva on Sunday for the resumption of talks with UN mediator Staffan de Mistura after more than a week’s absence, but Western diplomats voiced skepticism about its willingness to engage.

Trump’s Jerusalem decision could help militants — UAE’s Sheikh Mohammed

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DUBAI: US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital could provide a lifeline to militants after the setbacks they suffered this year, the de facto leader of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has warned.

Lebanon forces fire tear gas at protesters near US embassy

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BEIRUT: Lebanese security forces fired tear gas and water cannons on Sunday at demonstrators near the US embassy as they protested Washington’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. An AFP correspondent in Awkar outside…

Saudi Arabia calls on US to back down on Jerusalem decision

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JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia on Saturday called on the US administration to back down from a recent decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem.

Saturday, Dec 9

Certain medicines, medical equipment exempted from VAT in Saudi Arabia

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JEDDAH: The 5 percent value-added tax (plan) will not be imposed on certain medicines and medical equipment, according to Reuters citing a statement carried by Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on Saturday.

Clashes in Gaza Strip claim 2 more lives

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GAZA CITY: Clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli troops on the eastern border of the Gaza Strip continued for a second day on Saturday, as Hamas called on Palestinians to continue the escalation.

Johnson in Iran to push for release of dual citizen

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LONDON: British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrived in Tehran on Saturday where he was expected to push for the release of a woman with dual citizenship held on spying charges.

Iraq declares end of war against Daesh

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BAGHDAD: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi on Saturday declared the end of military operations against Daesh and the liberation of all Iraqi territory formerly held by it.

Friday, Dec 8

Lord mayor sees Saudi Vision 2030 as opportunity for post-Brexit UK

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LONDON: The UK is looking to strengthen economic ties with the Gulf during a visit by Charles Bowman, the new lord mayor of the City of London, to Saudi Arabia and the UAE next week.

1 killed, dozens injured in Gaza City demonstrations and clashes

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GAZA CITY: Tens of thousands of Palestinians demonstrated in the Gaza Strip after the end of Friday prayers, while clashes broke out between hundreds of youths and Israeli forces along the border between Gaza and Israel. At least one…

US has excluded itself from Middle East peace process, France’s foreign minister says

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PARIS: The US has excluded itself as a mediator in the Middle East peace process, France’s foreign minister said on Friday, after US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as its capital.

Saudi, US institutes hold discussion on regional, bilateral issues

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RIYADH: The Prince Saud Faisal Institute for Diplomatic Studies held a cordial discussion on Thursday about Middle East issues with a delegation from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.