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Israelis protest against judicial reforms for 18th week

crowds gathered in central Tel Aviv on Saturday in a show of defiance against plans which they see as an existential threat to Israeli democracy TEL AVIV: Tens of thousands of Israelis joined protests across the country on Saturday against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s bitterly disputed plans to tighten controls …

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Saudi Arabia warns against Hajj scams

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah warned against fraudsters and social media accounts promoting Hajj services at low prices for people inside the Kingdom, Saudi news state agency SPA reported on Wednesday. In a statement, the ministry said it had detected several fake accounts and misleading contact information …

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UN nuclear watchdog slams Iran over ‘hidden’ uranium

VIENNA/JEDDAH: In a stinging rebuke, the UN atomic watchdog on Wednesday adopted a resolution formally criticizing Tehran for its failure to cooperate with inspectors monitoring Iran’s nuclear program. The critical resolution at the International Atomic Energy Agency governors’ meeting in Vienna threatened to raise tension over Iran’s nuclear threat to …

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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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