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Saudi Arabia Takes Control Of Qatar Border Crossing

Saudi border guards have taken control of the Salwa crossing, which effectively cuts Qatar’s only terrestrial link with the outside world. The customs and passports departments have vacated the crossing and handed over the control to the guards. The move might be an indication that a project to dig a …

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Saudi Arabia Suspends Makkah Imam’s Twitter Account

The authorities in Saudi Arabia blocked the twitter account of Sheikh Saud Al-Shuraim, one of the Imams in the Grand Mosque in Makkah. The account was closed after Al-Shuraim posted comments about political and social issues in the kingdom and criticized what he believes are violations of Islamic teachings. Al-Shuraim …

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Saudi Arabia Accumulates Over $100bn In Settlements

Saudi Arabia’s Attorney General Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb informed that the kingdom has collected more than $100bn in anti-corruption settlements. The amount – SAR400bn ($106.7bn) – represented various types of assets, including real estate, commercial entities, cash and more, Mojeb said in a statement released by the government’s information office. He …

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Qatar Likely To Issue $10bn Worth Of Bonds In 2018

An estimated $72bn of the net sovereign issuance is expected to come from the Middle East and Africa this year. Nearly $44bn can be expected from four GCC countries – Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Kuwait. Qatar will probably issue bonds/sukuks worth $10bn, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch …

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Saudi, UAE Football Teams Told To Play Matches In Qatar Despite Blockade

Saudi Arabia and UAE football teams will be playing their Asian Champions League away matches in Qatar in spite of the blockade imposed by the four Arab states, according to Asia’s football governing body. The decision was taken by AFC (Asian Football Confederation) that Saudi and UAE teams were required …

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Saudi Prince Alwaleed Released After Being In Detention For Two Months

Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who was arrested as part of government’s anti-corruption crackdown was released after more than two months. The wealthy prince who has stakes in global giants like Twitter and Apple was detained after allegations of corruption. However, he said in an exclusive interview that he …

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Detained Saudi Cleric Hospitalised In Jeddah

Prominent Saudi cleric Sheikh Salman Al Awda has been hospitalised after five months in detention, said human rights group Amnesty International. Awda was one among twenty people who were arrested in a crackdown in September last year, he was reportedly allowed just one call in October. Amnesty informed that he …

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Blockading States Face A Reality Check

The leaders of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt were reckless in conflicts against Libya and Yemen and imposed sanctions on Qatar out of nowhere last year. According to a new report released by the independent watchdog organisation, Freedom House’s report, 71 countries suffered net declines in political rights and …

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