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Saudi regime continues crackdown, citizens call for protests

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The protests, dubbed the 15 September Movement, are set to take place on Friday after people gather in mosques around the country for the weekly congregational prayers.

A Twitter page set up for the movement says the aim of the protests is to urge authorities to address a range of issues including poverty, youth unemployment, housing crisis, increasing women’s rights and releasing political prisoners.

“The movement represents every citizen who is gravely concerned about his homeland and thinks its sovereignty is under the control of the United Arab Emirates and Egypt and that his dignity has been trampled on by (US President) Trump,” a statement for the group says.

“It represents everyone worried about the country’s resources and thinks they are squandered in the pockets of a small class of people,” the statement adds, a likely reference to the Al Saud ruling family.

The movement had received the backing of exiled Saudi dissident Ghanem al-Dosari and anonymous whistleblower Mujtahid, who tweets about the inner secrets of Riyadh’s royal court.

Saudis have taken to social media to discuss the calls for public demonstrations with many hailing the move.

Crackdown on critics

The calls for protests come amid an apparent crackdown on critics of the west-backed regime’s foreign and domestic policies.

On Monday, activists reported on social media that the Saudi authorities had detained more than 20 Muslim preachers and scholars for unspecified reasons.

Prominent clerics Salman al-Awdah, Awad al-Qarni and Ali al-Omary were detained over the weekend, according to Saudi sources.

On Tuesday, activists dedicated to monitoring and documenting what they describe as “prisoners of conscience” reported that at least eight other prominent figures, including clerics, academics, television anchors and a poet, had been “confirmed” detained since Monda

ALQST, a London-based Saudi rights group, also reported more arrests, including several of the same people, although it gave no specific figure.

Detention of “Al-Oudah, al-Qarni, Farhan al-Malki and Mostafa Hassan (are confirmed),” said Yahya al-Assiri, the center’s head, referring to four of those reported to have been arrested. “The rest are also correct, but I don’t have any specific information,” he added.

14 million Twitter followers of dissident cleric

Al-Oudah and al-Qarni – who also supports a reconciliation with Qatar – are both known to be critical of the Saudi regime. Al-Oudah, who has more than 14 million Twitter followers, was jailed in the 1990s

State news agency SPA said earlier on Tuesday that authorities had uncovered “intelligence activities for the benefit of foreign parties” by a group of people it did not identify.

The Doha-based International Union of Muslim Scholars has condemned the reported arrest of Muslim preachers and scholars in Saudi Arabia, urging Saudi King Salman to order their release.

The political upheavals in Saudi Arabia come while there are unconfirmed reports that King Salman plans to abdicate in favor of his son, crown prince Bin Salman. Such a move is likely to lead to royal infighting and increased dissent from clerics and social activists.

Iran and China want cooperation to build small and medium-sized nuclear reactors

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Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization and his Chinese counterpart, Zhang Kijian, have expressed their country’s desire to cooperate in the construction of small and medium-size nuclear reactors.

This came at the meeting of Salehi with his Chinese counterpart on the sidelines of the 62nd session of the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna.

Salehi said Iran wanted to use small and medium reactors rather than large reactors against the backdrop of the country’s climatic conditions.

He stressed that the project to modernize the research reactor “Khandab” (Arak) research goes well and that Iran welcomes the influential Chinese cooperation in this regard.

For his part, the head of the Chinese Atomic Energy Agency, “Zhang Kijian,” that cooperation in the field of small and medium reactors and all other fields is a real desire of the Iranian and Chinese sides.

Ballisti Yemeni hand in a Saudi camp in Assir

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The Yemeni army and the Popular Committees launched a ballistic missile on Sunday at a Saudi camp in Assir, south of the kingdom.

A military source said that the missile force of the army and the Popular Committees fired a homemade “Badr 1” ballistic missile on an innovative camp for Saudi soldiers in Dhahran Asir.

The source confirmed that the missile hit the target accurately causing casualties and material.

LONDON: Iran’s nuclear deal is a model of sustainable progress in global security

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British Foreign Secretary Alan Duncan hailed Iran’s nuclear deal as a diplomatic success and a model of sustainable progress on global security.

In his address to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Assembly in Vienna, Dankin said that his country would remain committed to the agreement.

Duncan pointed to the importance of implementing the nuclear agreement by the countries that are members of the agreement, and expressed hope that Iran’s cooperation with the IAEA will continue.

A telephone call between Zarif and Oglu about the Idlib agreement

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with his Turkish counterpart Mouloud Gawishoglu on the Idlib agreement and agreed to follow up the details of the agreement at the tripartite meeting between foreign ministers of Iran, Russia and Turkey in New York next week.

In the telephone conversation, the two sides exchanged views on the details of the Idlib agreement, which followed talks in Ankara, Tehran and Sochi.

The two sides also agreed to follow up the details of the agreement at the upcoming tripartite meeting in New York between foreign ministers of Iran, Russia and Turkey on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasimi welcomed the Sochi agreement between Russia and Turkey on Syria’s Idlib, which came after the tripartite summit meeting in Tehran between Iran, Russia and Turkey.

In a statement to the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Gassemi said that the summit meeting between Iran, Russia and Turkey and the agreement on how to resolve and resolve the Idlib issue in Syria is an important step in eliminating the remnants of terrorists in Syria, Establish peace in Syria and end the lives of terrorist groups in this country by providing the necessary support to resolve and settle Syrian issues and take into account all humanitarian aspects.

After the crash of its plane .. Russia vows a response to the actions of Israeli forces

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Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shweigo told his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman that Russia would not abandon the actions of Israeli forces that caused the Russian plane to crash without a response.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shweigo said Tuesday that he told his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman that Russia would not abandon the Israeli actions that led to the crash of a Russian aircraft in Syria without a response.

“Today we told the Israeli colleagues, and in particular, I told the Israeli defense minister that we will not leave such actions and these steps without a response,” Shweigo said at a meeting of the Russian Defense Ministry leadership.

Earlier on Tuesday, Minister Shweigo announced in a telephone conversation with Lieberman that as a result of irresponsible actions by the Israeli Air Force, a tragedy that led to the death of 15 Russian soldiers had taken place.

President Rohani heads to New York next Sunday

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President Ruhani will travel to New York next Sunday to attend the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, the head of the presidential office for communications and information, Parviz Ismaili, announced Sunday.

Ismaili said in a press statement on Tuesday that the president would address the UN General Assembly meeting to clarify the country’s positions on the latest regional and international developments.

In addition to his speech at the UN General Assembly, President Rohani will deliver another speech at the peace meeting in memory of the late South African leader Nelson Mandela, he added.

During the visit, the president will meet a number of other heads of state, the Secretary-General of the United Nations as well as the heads of some international organizations, as well as leaders of the Muslim community in the United States.

 

European Report: Saudi Arabia financed the burning of the Iranian consulate and the headquarters of PMF

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The European RadioOsten quoted European intelligence sources as saying. General Soleimani Prevent the burning of US and Saudi consulates to save Basra from the foreign project of a dangerous war.

“European intelligence in Brussels and in more than one European capital were following with great concern the events of the sixth and seventh days in Basra and the days that followed. They were concerned about a major security breach and reprisals carried out by sympathizers with the PMF against the US, Saudi and British consulates,” the report said. Keep Reading

Saudi King Arrests Billionaire Prince Bin Talal, Dozens Of Others In Cabinet Crackdown

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In a shocking development, late on Saturday the Saudi press reported that prominent billionaire, member of the royal Saudi family, and one of the biggest shareholders of Citi, News Corp. and Twitter – not to mention frequent CNBC guest – Al-Waleed bin Talal, along with ten senior princes, and some 38 ministers, has been arrested for corruption and money laundering charges on orders from the new anti-corruption committee headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, while Royal princes’ private planes have been grounded. Keep Reading

Urgent: Ballistic missile hits king Khalid International Airport in Riyadh

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The missile force of the army and popular forces fired on Saturday night a long-range ballistic missile Borkan H2 on king Khalid International Airport in Riyadh. Keep Reading

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