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Health Ministry tips for Hajj well-being
August 20, 2018

The Health Ministry is providing awareness-raising instructions and tips for Hajj on its official website.
These instructions cover chronic diseases, such as advising heart and hypertension patients to see a doctor to make sure they can perform Hajj and carry the right medicines, and ensure that the medicines are properly preserved and consumed, especially during Tawaf which requires great physical effort.
The ministry called on pilgrims potentially at"...

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Saudi forces intercept missile over Jazan
August 20, 2018

The Saudi Royal Air Forces intercepted on Saturday evening a ballistic missile fired by Houthi militias targeting the southern city of Jazan.

Col. Turki Al-Malki, spokesman of the Coalition supporting legitimacy in Yemen, said that the missile was fired by the Houthi militias at around 7.37 p.m. from the Yemeni governorate of Amran toward the Saudi territories.

The Saudi forces were successful in intercepting and destroying the missile."...

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How Canada could use the Saudi quarrel to help the Middle East – and itself
August 20, 2018

The diplomatic row that erupted between Canada and Saudi Arabia is based on a mild criticism of an autocracy’s human rights abuses that normally does not get much response. Yet the Saudi overreaction presents Canada with an opportunity to rethink its Middle East policy. Canada could choose a new path based on universal human rights that would greatly benefit not just Saudi Arabians but those in the broader Middle East and Canadians too. Mild rebuke Canada’s critique was quite mild considering how horrible the Saudi government’s human rights record is. For decades, millions of Saudi citizens and indentured labourers have been forced to live in fear under an extremist form of religious rule that inspired ISIS. This rule is enforced by a repressive religious police and brutal Mabahith......

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Bawumia, Samira off to perform Hajj
August 19, 2018

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and his wife Samira Bawumia have left Accra to the holy land of Mecca to perform the Islamic pilgrimage of Hajj.

The vice president and his wife will join thousands of Ghanaians and millions of Muslims around the world in performing this year’s Hajj.

The Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and fulfils one of the conditions for total"...

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Syrian Gov’t Slams Saudi Arabia for Donating $100 mln to US Coalition
August 19, 2018

The Syrian Foreign Ministry slammed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s move to donate $100 million to the Syrian areas controlled by the US Coalition.

The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) quoted an official source at the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry as saying that the Saudi authorities have pledged $100 million to the international coalition led by the Washington in defiance of the UN"...

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Saudi Arabia bankruptcy law comes into effect
August 19, 2018

A landmark bankruptcy law that will help to attack foreign investment came into effect in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, the country's Ministry of Commerce announced.

A statement on Twitter said the law, which was approved in February, had come into play on Saturday morning, and would be enforced after the Eid Al Adha holiday. It said the “measure aims to strengthen investor confidence.”

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Saudi Arabia Contributes $100 million dollars for Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS
August 18, 2018

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in its continued commitment to serve as stabilizing force in the region, has contributed $100 million dollars for Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS-supported stabilization projects in areas liberated from ISIS in northeast Syria. This is the largest Coalition contribution to date for these liberated areas, and follows the pledge made by Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir during the July 12, 2018 Global Coalition Ministerial Conference in Brussels,"...

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HRW calls for halting arms sales to Saudi Arabia
August 18, 2018

The massacre resulted from a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in the Yemeni city of Saada, which left dozens of civilians and children killed, must be “a watershed in the history of this law-violating war”, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said yesterday.

On 9 August, around 43 civilians were killed in a Saudi coalition air raid which hit a bus while it was passing through Saada’s"...

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Saudi Aramco committed to meeting future oil demand- energy minister
August 18, 2018

Saudi state oil giant Saudi Aramco remains committed to meeting future oil demand through continued investments, the kingdom's Energy Minister Khalid Al Falih said in a company report on Friday.

Aramco, which is slated for a public share sale, 'continued to prepare itself for the listing of its shares, a landmark"...

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Saudi Arabia says it's given $100 million to northeast Syria
August 18, 2018

Saudi Arabia said early on Friday that it has contributed $100 million to northeast Syria for 'stabilization projects' in areas once held by the Islamic State group and now controlled by U.S.-backed forces.

The Saudi move was blasted by the Syrian government which called it 'disgraceful,' adding that its aim is to prevent the Syrian army from defeating insurgents in the"...

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