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

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

Over 300,000 Rohingya children face hell on earth in refugee camps: UNICEF

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Up to 12,000 more children join them every week, fleeing ethnic cleansing or hunger in their native Myanmar, still traumatized by atrocities they witnessed, Unicef said in a report “Outcast and Desperate”. Keep Reading

Syrian Army liberates Christian town of Qaryatayn from ISIS

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The mainly Christian Qaryatayn town is located in southeastern countryside of the Homs Governorate in a junction that connects the Iraqi border with Palmyra and from Palmyra through to Damascus. Keep Reading

Austria underlines support for implementation of Iran Nuclear Deal

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All sides should be committed to their obligations enshrined in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Sebastian Kurz said in a phone conversation with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday. Keep Reading

US-backed militias to stay in Raqqa seeking to establish Kurdish region in Syria

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The Syrian Democratic Forces, mainly-Kurdish militia force that is backed by the US, said on Friday that it had “liberated” Raqqa from ISIS. The terrorist group had largely left the city as part of a deal with the SDF and a US-led coalition, both of which are operating in Syria without the Syrian government’s permission. Keep Reading

Bahrain signs $3.8bn F-16 fighter jet deal with US

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The Bahrain Defense Force announced on Monday it signed the agreement with Lockheed Martin during a military exhibition in the Persian Gulf sheikhdom, AFP reported. Keep Reading

Kurdish parties and movements strongly oppose Barzani’s policies

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Several Kurdish movements have released a statement severely criticizing Masoud Barzani’s policies.  In response to the developments in Kirkuk, they considered them to be the result of the mistake that is the Kurdistan referendum. Keep Reading

Yemen and economic crises make the cost of the transformation in Saudi Arabia dangerous

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Saudi Arabia’s business tycoon Turki al-Rasheed said the crisis with Qatar, Yemen, Syria and Iraq was hampering the shift in Saudi Arabia and threatening not to achieve sustainable development. Keep Reading

UAE efforts under US-Saudi pressure to control Maarib

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Recent events have shown that the appetite of the UAE has opened up to its advocates after it recently imposed its direct authority on the province of Shabwa and control of oil and gas sources. Keep Reading

UNICEF: Humanitarian efforts are no more than a point in the sufferings of Yemen

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“The children of Yemen have suffered from what no one should tolerate, and education is the only way to secure a better future for them,” Kabalari said in a press release. Keep Reading

Saudi-Emirati agreement to end the Islah party in Yemen; al-Zindani under house arrest

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Al-Badeel newspaper discussed the UAE’s moves against Yemen’s Islah Party, citing signs of Riyadh’s acceptance as Abu Dhabi would not act against reform in eastern Yemen without a Saudi green light. Keep Reading

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