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Saudi Arabia and China sign $265m deal to fight coronavirus

JEDDAH: China will supply Saudi Arabia with 9 million coronavirus test kits, 500 specialist technicians and six test laboratories in a $265 million deal signed on Sunday. The agreement between the Kingdom’s National Unified Procurement Company (NUPCO) and China’s Beijing Genome Institute will enable the Kingdom to conduct up to …

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Saudi Arabia detains writers & intellectuals

25 November, 2019 By SJA Jafri RIYADH/ MELBOURNE: On specific directions of the ruler of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) Muhammad Bin Salman (MBS), the security forces have detained at least eight people, mostly intellectuals and writers, London-based Saudi rights group ALQST said, amid a two-year crackdown on free expression in …

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Saudi forces kill 8 more Shia Muslims in Qatif

By SJA Jafri JEDDAH/MELBOURNE: Saudi security forces have allegedly killed eight more Shia people during an operation in the predominantly Shiite eastern Al-Qatif region; sources claimed. The oil-producing province is a regular flashpoint between the Sunni-dominated government and minority Shiites, who complain of discrimination and marginalization. Saudi authorities deny mistreatment. …

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