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The Week in History: October 5 – October 11

Key events that shaped the region’s social, political and cultural history BY: Arfa Shahid  October 5, 1986: Iran-Contra Affair The Iran-Contra incident was a political scandal broken by Newsweek reporter Robert Patty in 1986, which shook the foundations of the second Reagan administration. The U.S. had been involved in a secret arms sale to Iran, despite

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It Is Not About Hajj

Iran’s meddling in Saudi affairs transcends the issue of Hajj’s security BY Abdulrahman Al Trairi The Islamic pilgrimage season, known as Hajj, which extended over the course of the first week of September, was “very successful” this year, according to Saudi officials who stressed that the holy event saw no security breaches. In an emailed statement

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Amid Strains, Qatar Urges Iran, Gulf Arabs to be Good Neighbors

DUBAI, Sept 13 – Qatar’s Emir called for good neighbourly relations between Gulf Arabs and Iran in a telephone call with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Qatar media reported, amid fresh strains between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran over the haj pilgrimage. Tensions have been rising since Gulf Arab allies variously cut or downgraded ties

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Portraits of a Changing City

The first solo Saudi art exhibition in Washington D.C. offers an alternative view of Mecca BY Roshanak Taghavi The entrance into “Symbolic Cities” initiates you into artist Ahmed Mater’s vision for the future of Saudi Arabia. On view at the Smithsonian’s esteemed Sackler Gallery in Washington D.C., Mater’s exhibit of installations and photographs is the first

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Saudi Arabia to Introduce Hi-Tech Bracelets in Haj Safety Push

DUBAI, June 30 – Saudi Arabia will introduce electronic identification bracelets for all pilgrims to Mecca starting this year, Saudi media said on Thursday, as part of a safety drive a year after the annual Islamic rite suffered its deadliest disaster in a generation. As many as 2,070 people died in a crush when thousands

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Ramadan Around The World

A look at how Ramadan is celebrated across the world. BY Arfa Shahid UNITED COLORS OF ISLAM: Muslim worshippers stretch their hands to touch the door of Kaaba, Islam’s holiest site in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. It was rebuilt by Prophet Mohammed(PBUH) after elements of nature eroded its foundation. PRAYING FOR PEACE: A Palestinian girl prays in front of the

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Iran Says Its Pilgrims Will Not Attend Haj in Saudi Arabia

DUBAI, May 29 – Iran’s Haj and Pilgrimage Organisation said on Sunday the country’s pilgrims would not attend the annual Muslim haj pilgrimage, blaming regional rival Saudi Arabia for “sabotage” and failing to guarantee the safety of pilgrims. Relations between the two countries plummeted after hundreds of Iranians died in a crush during last year’s

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Saudi Soldier Killed in Gunbattle with Militants: SPA

DUBAI, May 8 – A Saudi soldier died in a gunbattle with militants in the western Taif region outside Mecca on Sunday, state news agency SPA said. Two assailants opened fire on a police station before retreating to the mountain village of Thaqeef where the soldier, named as private Saeed al-Harithy, was killed in an

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Terrorism, Death and Bloodshed

RAISING A CANDLE:‘Bring Back Our Girls’ campaigners in Nigeria marked the 500th day since the abduction of 270 girls from a school in Chibok in August 2014. Despite a government pledge to get them back, hopes for their rescue appear to dwindle.   Social Streams

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