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The week in pictures: From Hajj 2016 to Hillary Clinton
From the start of Hajj to the US presidential elections, here is the week's news in pictures.
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My Hajj Reading List: Preparing for Mecca
Our correspondent shares her reading list before embarking on the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.
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Hajj rift: Iran calls Saudis ‘murderers,’ Riyadh accuses Tehran of ‘politicizing’ event
Iran has slammed Saudi Arabia for poor management of the annual hajj pilgrimage, citing last year’s event that saw hundreds killed. Tehran suggested that Riyadh be replaced as curator, while the Saudis accuse Iran of “politicizing” the sacred tradition. Read Full Article at
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Saudi FM to meet British MPs, make case for continued arms exports despite war crime claims
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir will meet with British MPs on Wednesday in a bid to convince them not to ban UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia over concerns the Gulf kingdom is committing war crimes in Yemen. Read Full Article at
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US calls for release of Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab
Rajab might be facing charges of trying to "undermine the kingdom" after the New York Times published a letter by him.
31 points by Al Jazeera English | Saudi Arabia Human rights Qatar Arabian Peninsula Bahrain Arab League Law Yemen
$115bn in US arms for Saudis should leverage reduction of civilian casualties in Yemen – think tank
The US has offered Saudi Arabia $115 billion worth of arms during Barack Obama’s two terms as president, an anti-war think tank counted, arguing that this should give Washington enough leverage to pressure Riyadh to prevent civilian casualties in Yemen. Read Full Article at
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Obama administration arms sales offers to Saudi top $115 billion: report
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama's administration has offered Saudi Arabia more than $115 billion in weapons, other military equipment and training, the most of any U.S. administration in the 71-year U.S.-Saudi alliance, a report seen by Reuters has found.
3870 points by Reuters | Saudi Arabia Human rights Iraq United States Amnesty International Gulf War Arabian Peninsula Riyadh
Yemen foreign minister urges more support for fight against militia foes
BERLIN (Reuters) - Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdel-Malek al-Mekhlafi on Wednesday urged the international community to step up its support of his government in its fight against the armed Houthi movement, and to help combat arms smuggling from Iran and elsewhere.
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U.S. struggling to contain al Qaeda in Yemen
The United States is struggling to contain al Qaeda's formidable terror cell in Yemen, despite a devastating aerial campaign coupled with an extended American military presence on the ground, according to the White House's top counterterrorism official. The battle against the jihadi terror cell, known as al Qaeda in the ...
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British Parliament attacker used WhatsApp minutes before rampage
British terrorist Khalid Masood used the WhatsApp messaging service on his cellphone minutes before launching his attack that left four dead near Parliament, according to reports. Masood checked the app at 2:37 p.m. Wednesday — just three minutes before police received reports of chaos and carnage on the Westminster Bridge, the Guardian reported. Authorities are...
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Infant deformities in Yemen linked to Saudi-led bombardment (GRAPHIC VIDEO)
Doctors in Yemen have reported an increase in children born with deformities as a result of the two-year war that has left the country on the brink of famine. Read Full Article at
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‘Defeating ISIS No.1 US goal’: Tillerson at coalition summit
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is hosting a meeting of the 68-member US-led coalition against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). The Washington, DC summit is the first meeting of the full coalition since December 2014. Read Full Article at
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Europe won’t follow US & UK gadget ban on flights from Middle East
European countries are not going to adopt the new safety regulations prohibiting electronics on flights from some Middle East airports, imposed by the US and Britain earlier this week. Read Full Article at
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Yemenis ‘pay the price’ for UK and America’s ‘brazenly hypocritical’ arms deals – Amnesty
Amnesty International has condemned the US and Britain for supplying arms to Saudi Arabia, arms which have then been used to kill hundreds of civilians in Yemen. Read Full Article at
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The Arab airlines using Trump's bans for marketing
Arab carriers use electronics ban for clever marketing ads, garnering thousands of clicks and reactions online.
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In an ad featuring Jennifer Aniston, Emirates Airlines asks: 'Who needs tablets and laptops anyway?'
Emirates Airlines, one of several foreign carriers affected by a new restriction on electronics on flights to the United States, is responding to the directive with the help of “Friends” actress Jennifer Aniston. A security directive from the United States bars passengers from bringing any electronic...
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U.S. strikes in Yemen kill 13 al Qaeda operatives: U.S. military
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States killed 13 al Qaeda operatives in three counterterrorism strikes in Yemen from Aug. 24 to Sept. 4, the U.S. military said on Tuesday.
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Iran accused of undermining Middle East security
Foreign minister backs dialogue with 'brothers in Islam' but Saudi counterpart urges 'red lines' to halt Iran's actions.
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One contractor killed in oil pipeline leak in Saudi Arabia
Allen ConeFeb. 19 (UPI) -- A pipeline oil leak killed one contractor and injured three other workers in the eastern Saudi Arabian city of Abqaiq, state-owned Aramco said.
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Israel's defense minister says Iran wants to undermine Saudi Arabia
MUNICH (Reuters) - Israel's defense minister said on Sunday Iran had an ultimate objective of undermining Saudi Arabia in the Middle East and called for a dialogue with Sunni Arab states to defeat "radical" elements in the region.
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Iran pushes for dialogue with Gulf Arab states
MUNICH (Reuters) - Iran's foreign minister on Sunday stepped up efforts to improve ties with Gulf Arab Sunni states urging them to work with their Shi'ite rival to address "anxieties" and violence across the region.
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Weeks later, Syrian woman allowed in to visit ailing mother
But Friday evening was a different story for Sahar Algonaimi, with her sister and niece, meeting her at the arrival gate.
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Tillerson forced to stay at… sanatorium after failing to make timely G20 hotel reservation
Rex Tillerson has learned the importance of reserving hotel rooms in advance, especially during G20 ministerial meetings, media report. The new secretary of state was forced to stay at a sanatorium 30 minutes from the event after waiting too long to book. Read Full Article at
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Saudi Arabia says four ISIL cells broken up
At least 18 arrested for providing shelter and funds to ISIL fighters and for recruitment in different parts of kingdom.
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Put Saudi-led coalition back on UN list of child rights abusers, HRW says
A Human Rights Watch probe into a Saudi-led airstrike in Yemen that killed school children has renewed calls to place the coalition back on the UN secretary-general’s ‘list of shame’ for children’s rights abusers, after it was removed from it last year. Read Full Article at
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U.A.E. Envoy to Afghanistan Dies from Kandahar Blast Wounds
The explosion, in which 12 other people were also killed, has raised concerns over continued Emirati aid to Afghanistan and the use of Emirati territory by Taliban representatives for meetings with foreign officials.
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‘Unethical hairstyles’: Soccer star ‘named & shamed’ over Islamic football rule
Former Premier League soccer star Asamoah Gyan has reportedly fallen foul of an Islamic football regulation which clamps down on extravagant hairstyles. Read Full Article at
38 points by Russia Today | United Arab Emirates Saudi Arabia Arabian Peninsula Middle East Persian Gulf Qatar Arab League Oman
UAE aims to put human settlement on Mars by 2117
Leaders in the United Arab Emirates aim to build a human settlement on Mars by 2117, a research project the government promises will bring benefits to generations of people.          
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U.S., Mideast Allies Explore Arab Military Coalition
The Trump administration is in talks with Arab allies about having them form a military alliance that would share intelligence with Israel to help counter their mutual foe, Iran, according to several Middle Eastern officials.
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Yemen conflict: Seven Saudi soldiers killed on border
At least seven Saudi soldiers have been killed in the past week in border clashes with Houthi rebels, state media says.
131 points by Al Jazeera English | Yemen Saudi Arabia Arab League Arabian Peninsula Iraq Riyadh Capital punishment Riyadh Province
Yemenis mark six-year anniversary of uprising
In 2011 protests forced Saleh to quit as president, but hopes have been destroyed by sectarian divisions and conflict.
569 points by Al Jazeera English | Yemen Saudi Arabia Arabian Peninsula United Arab Emirates Red Sea Jordan Arab states of the Persian Gulf Iraq
Saudi Crown prince says U.S.-Saudi ties strong
KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's relations with the United States are "historic and strategic", Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef said on the occasion of the visit of CIA director Mike Pompeo to Riyadh.
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Boris Johnson pushed for UK to continue selling weapons to Saudis after funeral bombing
UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson pushed for continued arms sales to Saudi Arabia in the wake of a deadly airstrike on a funeral in Yemen which killed 140 people, it has been revealed. Read Full Article at
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Saudi-led coalition intensifies strikes on Yemeni port, UN worried civilians may get trapped
The Saudi-led coalition has intensified its strikes on the Yemen port of Hodeidah, which could result in civilians getting trapped, the United Nations human rights office has warned. This also threatens a humanitarian operation aimed at delivering vital supplies. Read Full Article at
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Will international community help avert Yemen famine?
UN says 12 million at risk of starvation amid war and more than $2bn is needed to stop disaster getting even worse.
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Washington Turns Attention to Yemen, Pleasing Gulf States
Yemen’s simmering war is getting fresh attention from Washington—to the delight of Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies, hopeful that President Trump will choose the conflict as his first battleground to counter Iran, writes Yaroslav Trofimov.
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Saudis to raise $10 billion ahead of Aramco IPO
Saudi Arabia’s oil giant Saudi Aramco has hired four banks as advisers to its first bond sale, possibly by June this year, ahead of a planned initial public offering next year, Bloomberg reported on Monday, quoting people familiar with the matter. Read Full Article at
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Trump ready to approve weapons packages to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain that Obama blocked
The Trump administration is poised to move quickly to approve major weapons packages for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain that President Obama blocked during his final months in office over human rights concerns in both nations, U.S. officials and congressional sources say. While the White House declined to discuss its plans, ...
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Immigrants describe being detained during Trump’s travel ban
A newly released filing in Brooklyn federal court reveals the ordeals of travelers across the country who were detained and then deported following President Trump’s immigration ban. The nine men and woman were stopped at Washington-Dulles International Airport, Chicago O’Hare and JFK as they arrived on flights from Jordan, Qatar and other hubs across the...
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Software issues create delay in Army missile command system
The US Army’s plans for a sleek new missile command system are falling behind after substantial software deficits threw them off schedule. These road bumps may jeopardize the Army’s goal of unveiling the system by 2019. Read Full Article at
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Gulf-backed Yemeni forces capture Red Sea coast city: agency
DUBAI (Reuters) - Yemeni government forces backed by Gulf Arab troops have secured the Red Sea coast city of al-Mokha, United Arab Emirates news agency WAM reported on Tuesday, in a push that paves the way for an advance on the country's main port city of Hodeidah.
33 points by Reuters | Yemen Red Sea Arabian Peninsula Saudi Arabia United Arab Emirates Reuters Iraq Thomson Reuters
Blood money: UK MPs took 53 ‘despot-funded’ trips in 2016
British MPs took 53 trips funded by oppressive regimes last year at a cost of more than £170,000, newly released figures show. Read Full Article at
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'Painful slap': Terror chief mocks Trump
Days after a raid on an al Qaeda compound in Yemen led to the first US military combat death under Donald Trump, the leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula released an audio message taunting the new American President.
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Qatar official: Gulf value-added tax could begin in 2018
DOHA, Qatar — Qatar's finance minister says a new unified value-added tax across the Gulf Arab countries could come into effect as early as next year as the oil-rich region searches for new sources of revenue.Ali Sherif al-Emadi told reporters Tuesday that all six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council had signed onto the agreement. The bloc includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
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Trump risks deeper entanglement in Yemen's murky war
DUBAI (Reuters) - Yemen is emerging as a test ground for U.S. President Donald Trump's forceful approach to al Qaeda and Iran, but his first actions there risk drawing his administration further into its convoluted two-year-old war.
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US lawmakers seek to stall $1B arms sale to Saudis
More than 60 lawmakers in the House are fighting to delay the Obama administration's planned sale of $1.15 billion in arms and military equipment to Saudi Arabia, citing the growing number of civilian casualties in Yemen caused by the Saudi-led military coalition.
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U.S. urges Bahrain to free jailed rights campaigner Nabeel Rajab
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States voiced concern on Tuesday about the detention of leading Bahraini democracy campaigner Nabeel Rajab and called on the Manama government to release him immediately.
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Terror leader targeted in Yemen raid survives, taunts U.S. in recording
Stephen FellerFeb. 6 (UPI) -- A target of the United States' raid in Yemen last month survived, if he was even at the compound at the time, and is now taunting U.S. President Donald Trump.
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Billions in ‘illegal’ British arms sales to Saudi Arabia under threat in High Court
Britain’s multibillion-pound arms trade with Saudi Arabia is illegal and should be stopped immediately, the High Court in London will be told in a case that has the potential to derail weapons sales to the Gulf state. Read Full Article at
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Al Qaeda in Yemen Urges Followers to Hit Back at U.S.
Al Qaeda’s offshoot in Yemen exhorted followers to take on the U.S. in response to a raid by American commandos that killed senior figures in the group.
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