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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

3 million Iranians expected in Karbala for Arbaeen pilgrimage

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Speaking at a press conference in Karbala on Sunday, Mir Masoud Hosseinian said the number of Iranians taking part in the annual Arbaeen rituals in Iraq is estimated to be around 3 million. Keep Reading

Yemeni forces launch retaliatory missile attack on Saudi capital, Riyadh

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A statement by Yemen’s official news agency, Saba, said, “The missile force of the army and popular forces fired on Saturday night a long-range ballistic missile Burkan H2 on king Khalid International Airport in Riyadh.” Keep Reading

The United States blocks Iran from participating in the ITER project

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The Science magazine wrote in a report that the Iran nuclear deal was meant to usher in a new era of science cooperation between the Islamic republic and other parties to the landmark agreement, which deters the country from pursuing nuclear weapons in exchange for sanctions relief.  But nearly 2 years after implementation began, few projects are underway. And Science has learned that the United States has frozen Iran out of a collaboration that the deal expressly brokered: ITER, the multibillion-dollar fusion experiment in France. Keep Reading

Huge investment by a Kuwaiti company in Israeli gas fields

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Channel 10 of Israel TV revealed that the Delek and Nobel Energy companies sold the shares of the Krish and Tanin gas fields in the waters of the occupied territories to foreign companies including a Kuwaiti company owned by a great Kuwaiti capitalist Sa’d al-Shoaib and one of the shareholders of oil companies in this country. Keep Reading

US Will Continue the Business of War in Yemen – Because Why Not

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The wishful House Concurrent Resolution 81 is now effectively dead, following an expected bit of sleight of hand by the House Rules Committee. The resolution demanded an end to US involvement in the Saudi invasion of Yemen, on the grounds that such involvement was never authorized under the War Powers Act. Under the War Powers Act, any Congressman is able to bring such a legal challenge, and is guaranteed a floor vote on the matter. Keep Reading

Iran’s leader meets Russian president, hails cooperation in Syria war on terrorism

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Iran’s leader meets Russian president, hails cooperation in Syria war on terrorism. “The defeat of US-led coalition supporting terrorists in Syria is an undeniable reality, but they keep hatching plots,” Ayatollah Khamenei during the meeting with Russian President Putin in Tehran on Wednesday. Keep Reading

Lebanon’s president stresses Iran’s key role in region

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Lebanese President Michel Aoun has stressed Iran’s significant role in the Middle East, saying the Islamic Republic is a regional power and part of the solution to the region’s woes.
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Iraq takes control of main border crossing with Turkey – official

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Iraq has taken control of the main land crossing with Turkey, in the Kurdish area of Fish-Khabur, Reuters quoted a customs official as saying Tuesday. The crossing was previously managed by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Keep Reading

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