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US, allies conduct 24 strikes against Islamic State: US military WASHINGTON: The United States and its allies targeted Islamic State militants in Iraq with 17 strikes on Friday and seven in Syria, the U.S. military said on Saturday.Four of the strikes in Iraq were near Kirkuk, hitting two Islamic State tactical units, an excavator and three bridges used by the militant group.In Syria, four strikes were near Mar'a, hitting an Islamic State fighting position and vehicle.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Yemen suicide bomber targets Aden police chief ADEN: A suicide bomber targeted the police chief of Yemen's second city Aden on Thursday in the latest attack against senior officials in the base of the Saudi-backed government, a security official said.The bombing came after loyalist forces backed by a Saudi-led military coalition seized the key southeastern port city of Mukalla and the nearby airport and oil facilities from Al-Qaeda, ending a year-long occupation by the militants.General Shallal Shayae escaped unharmed from the attack ...

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Iraqi PM attends parliament as protesters demand cabinet reshuffle vote BAGHDAD: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi attended a heavily scrutinised parliament session on Tuesday after tens of thousands of protesters took over part of central Baghdad demanding a vote on a cabinet reshuffle to fight corruption.Most of the demonstrators at the gates of the heavily fortified Green Zone housing parliament and foreign embassies were supporters of powerful Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who has pressured Abadi to follow through on months-old reform proposals.The largely peaceful ...

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Umrah Visas Can Now Be Converted To Tourist Visas Saudi Arabia has initiated a ‘Post-Umrah Program’, under which the Umrah performing pilgrims would be allowed to convert their visas into tourist visas.According to Saudi Gazette, Prince Sultan Bin Salman, President of Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), launched the program, as a move to increase tourism in the kingdom.The program is a part “The Kingdom is Muslims’ Destination” initiative, proposed by the commission several years ago.As per a press statement released by ...

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Saudi society will decide if women can drive: prince RIYADH: Saudi society, not the government, will determine whether women will be allowed to drive cars, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Monday.He was speaking to reporters after the unveiling of a vast plan, known as Saudi Vision 2030, to transform the oil-dependent economy.Mohammed was asked whether one of the plan's goals, to increase women's participation in the workforce from 22 percent to 30 percent, could lead to their right to drive."So far ...

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Saudi Arabia seeks major boost to its defence industry RIYADH: Saudi Arabia, one of the world's biggest military spenders, seeks a major boost to its small local defence industry under a wide-ranging plan unveiled Monday to transform the oil-dependent economy.Currently only two percent of the kingdom's defence spending is within its borders, but this will rise to "30 percent to 50 percent to endow the country with a new industry", Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said, unveiling the Vision 2030 plan.Saudi Arabia has ...

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Young Saudi prince holds power beyond his years RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's hard-charging Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman holds unusual power for a man of just 30, so much so that diplomats have nicknamed him "Mr Everything".The main public figure behind Monday's unveiling of a vast plan to restructure the kingdom's oil-dependent economy, the son of King Salman has risen to among Saudi Arabia's most influential figures since being named second-in-line to the throne last year.Prince Mohammed, seen as the standard-bearer for a ...