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    US presence cause of insecurity

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 11:51pm on July 22, 2020

    Iran’s supreme leader told Iraq’s visiting premier on Tuesday that Tehran will not interfere in Baghdad’s relations with Washington, but warned that the US presence...

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    Ailing Saudi king chairs cabinet from hospital office

    Agence France-Presse. Riyadh | Updated at 01:21pm on July 22, 2020

    Ailing Saudi King Salman chaired a virtual cabinet meeting from a hospital office late Tuesday, a day after he was admitted due to gall bladder...

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    Joy, heartache: Pilgrims in Saudi vie for downsized hajj

    Agence France-Presse. Riyadh | Updated at 10:46am on July 22, 2020

    A Jordanian couple in Saudi Arabia burst into tears of joy to be among the chosen ones for next week's scaled-down hajj pilgrimage, but countless...

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    Saudi Arabia announces July 31 as first day of Eid-ul Azha

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 09:40am on July 21, 2020

    Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has announced that Friday, July 31, will be the first day of Eid-ul Azha, reports Gulf News. The announcement follows confirmation...

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    Saudi king admitted to hospital

    Agence France-Presse . Riyadh | Updated at 10:05pm on July 20, 2020

    Saudi Arabia’s 84-year-old ruler King Salman was admitted to hospital in Riyadh Monday for gall bladder inflammation, the royal court said, prompting the postponement of...

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    First Arab space mission to Mars launched from Japan

    Agence France-Presse . Tokyo | Updated at 09:52pm on July 20, 2020

    The first Arab space mission to Mars, an unmanned probe dubbed ‘Hope’, blasted off from Japan on Monday, in a bid to reveal more about...

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    Syrians vote for new assembly amid war, economic turmoil

    Agence France-Presse . Damascus | Updated at 11:29pm on July 19, 2020

    Syrians voted Sunday for a new parliament as the Damascus government grapples with international sanctions and a crumbling economy after retaking large parts of the...

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    Kuwait's emir hospitalised, crown prince takes charge

    Agence France-Presse. Kuwait City | Updated at 10:26am on July 19, 2020

    Kuwait's crown prince stepped in as partial ruler on Saturday after the hospitalisation of the 91-year-old emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, state news agency KUNA...

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    35m Iranians face virus infection: Rouhani

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 11:01pm on July 18, 2020

    President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday that 35 million Iranians may contract the coronavirus, as the country still did not have herd immunity although a quarter...

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    UN says Iran must quash death sentences against protesters

    Agence France-Presse . Geneva | Updated at 11:34pm on July 17, 2020

    A group of UN rights experts called Thursday on Iran to overturn death sentences imposed on three people for participating in protests, after they were...