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Deputy Crown Prince Says Saudis Will Not Allow War with Iran

RIYADH, Jan 7 – Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has said a war between his country and Iran would be the beginning of a catastrophe and Riyadh would not allow it, the Economist reported on Thursday. “It is something that we do not foresee at all, and whoever is pushing towards that is somebody

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Iran Stops Doing Business with Saudi Arabia as Nimr Execution Rankles

By Katie Paul DUBAI, Jan 7 – Relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia deteriorated even further on Thursday as Tehran severed all commercial ties with Riyadh and accused Saudi jets of attacking its embassy in Yemen’s capital. A row has been raging for days between Shiite Muslim power Iran and the conservative Sunni kingdom since

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Paris Police Shoot Dead Knife-Wielding Man on Charlie Hebdo Anniversary

PARIS, Jan 7 – Paris police shot dead a knife-wielding man who tried to enter a police station shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is Great) and who may have been wearing a suicide belt, official and union sources said. The incident took place just minutes after President Francois Hollande had given a speech to security forces

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Trump Threatens to Pull $1 bn Investment if He is Banned From U.K.

LONDON, Jan 7 – U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has threatened to cancel over 700 million pounds ($1 billion) of planned investments in golf courses in Scotland if Britain slaps him with a travel ban. The threat from Trump, owner of two golf courses in his mother’s homeland of Scotland, comes as British lawmakers

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Truck Bomb Kills 65 at Libyan Police Training Centre

MISRATA, Libya Jan 7  – At least 65 people were killed on Thursday when one of Libya’s worst truck bombs in years exploded at a police training centre in the town of Zliten, local officials and hospital sources said. No group immediately claimed the attack, but the bombing was one of the deadliest since Islamist

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Pakistan Expels Bangladeshi Diplomat Amid Worsening ‘Spy’ Row

DHAKA, Jan 7 – A Bangladeshi diplomat will leave the Pakistani capital of Islamabad on Thursday, officials said, amid a deepening row between the two countries that has also seen a Pakistani diplomat in Dhaka expelled after being accused of spying. Maushumi Rahman, the political counsellor at the Bangladeshi high commission in Islamabad, was declared

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Residents Say Yemen’s Capital Hit By Heaviest Air Strikes Yet

CAIRO, Jan 7  – Dozens of air strikes hit the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Thursday, in what residents described as the heaviest aerial attacks there in nine months of war, days after a Saudi-led coalition trying to restore a Saudi-backed government ended a fragile ceasefire. The strikes pounded the presidential palace and a mountain military

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Saudi Will Collapse if it Keeps its “Sectarian” Policies: Iran Guards

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin DUBAI, Jan 7 – The deputy head of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) told Saudi Arabia on Thursday it would “collapse” in coming years if it kept pursuing what he called its sectarian policies in the region. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Sudan and Djibouti broke off ties with Iran this week, the United

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Saudi Foreign Minister Heads to Pakistan as Iran Tensions Deepen

By Tommy Wilkes ISLAMABAD, Jan 7 – Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister arrives in Pakistan on Thursday, where he will meet leaders of a government keen to defuse spiraling sectarian tension between the Sunni-majority kingdom and Shiite Iran. Saudi Arabia’s execution of a prominent Shiite cleric on Saturday has inflamed tension across the Middle East and

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