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U.N. Yemen Envoy Suggests Geneva as Location For Peace Talks

CAIRO, Jan 9- The United Nations’ special envoy for Yemen has suggested Geneva as a location for holding peace talks due to restart this month on ending conflict in the war-torn country, Saba news agency reported late on Friday. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed made the suggestion in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh while meeting various

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Saudi-led Coalition, Yemen Deny Iran Embassy Hit in Sanaa

DUBAI, Jan 9 – The Saudi-led coalition and Yemen’s foreign ministry denied Iran’s accusation that Saudi warplanes had hit its embassy in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa. Iran on Thursday said the warplanes had attacked its embassy in Yemen’s capital on Wednesday night, an accusation that exacerbated tension between the major Shiite and Sunni powers

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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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Anger Grows in Saudi’s Shiite Areas After Executions

By Angus McDowall RIYADH, Jan 6 – Since Saturday’s execution of four Shiite Muslims in Saudi Arabia, hundreds or thousands of the minority sect have marched nightly in protest, and their anger could herald wider unrest. The execution of one of them, dissident cleric Nimr al-Nimr, caused an international crisis as Shiite Iran and its

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Bahrain Severs Ties with Iran

DUBAI – Jan 4- Bahrain severed its diplomatic ties with Iran on Monday, citing Iran’s “continued audacious and dangerous meddling in not only Bahrain’s internal affairs, but also in the internal affairs of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states,” making it the second country after Saudi Arabia to cut ties with Tehran. It further gave all Iranian

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Iraqi Sunni Mosques Attacked in Apparent Retaliation

BAGHDAD, Jan 4 – At least two Sunni Muslim mosques have been attacked in Iraq in apparent retaliation for the execution of a senior Shi’ite cleric in Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia, officials and police said on Monday. The interior ministry in Baghdad confirmed the attacks late Sunday in Hilla, around 100 km (60 miles) south of

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Iran Reacts With Fury after Saudis Execute Shiite Cleric

By Sam Wilkin and Angus McDowall DUBAI/RIYADH, Jan 3 – Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi Embassy in Tehran early on Sunday morning as Shiite Muslim Iran reacted with fury to Saudi Arabia’s execution of a prominent Shiite cleric. Demonstrators who had massed at the embassy gates to protest at Nimr Al Nimr’s execution broke into

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Shiites Worldwide Slam Execution of Saudi Cleric

By Sam Wilkin DUBAI, Jan 2 – Saudi Arabia’s execution of a leading cleric from the Shiite Muslim minority drew protests from around the world against the ruling Al Saud family and threatened to further intensify a wave of sectarian conflict in the Middle East. Lebanon’s Supreme Islamic Shiite Council called Saturday’s execution of cleric

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Saudi Gov’t to Focus on Raising Efficiency of Public Spending

RIYADH, Dec 23 – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman said on Wednesday the government’s economic vision would focus on increasing the efficiency of government spending as well as raising returns on investments, according to the Twitter account of the Saudi Shura Council. King Salman officially inaugurated a new session for the consultative body earlier on Wednesday.

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Nearly 100 Gunmen Kidnap 26 Qataris in Iraqi Desert

BAGHDAD, Dec 16 (Reuters) – About 100 gunmen kidnapped at least 26 Qataris from their hunting camp in a sprawling desert area near the Saudi borders in the early hours of Wednesday, the regional governor and police officials said. Two police officers in Samawa confirmed the kidnappings and said security forces launched a wide-scale search

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