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The Saudi king’s new heir is a close friend to the US  

By ANGUS MCDOWALL Saudi Arabia’s Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, a close friend of the United States and a scourge of Islamist militants, will be the country’s first king from the third generation of its ruling dynasty. King Salman on Wednesday appointed the U.S. favorite and veteran security …

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman just sacked his younger brother and appointed his nephew as his new heir

  Saudi King Salman appointed Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef as his new heir on Wednesday and made his son, Defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman, second-in-line to succeed in a dramatic reshuffle in the world’s top oil exporter. By making Mohammed bin Nayef, 55, crown prince, and Mohammed bin Salman, who is thought …

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Saudi king names new heir to throne in government shakeup

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on April 29 named his powerful interior minister as heir in a major shakeup that also saw the world’s longest-serving foreign minister replaced. A royal decree removed Crown Prince Moqren bin Abdul Aziz bin Saud as next in line to the throne and replaced …

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Iran allegedly behind nationwide power outage

An article published in U.S.-based newspaper, The New York Observer, claims the recent massive power outage in Turkey that happened on March 31 was caused by Iran. The article claims: “The blackout in Turkey was caused by a cyber hack that originated in Iran.” Continuing the claims by …

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Improving political and trade ties between Turkey and Kuwait reflected in warm reception

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan signed an agreement to improve bilateral political and commercial ties and further develop consultations on regional developments during yesterday’s visit to Kuwait. During the visit, the president also invited local investors to Turkey and explained the government initiatives implemented to make the country a …

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It was a mistake for US to topple Saddam Hussein, says Sen. Rand Paul

Republican presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul said on Monday it was a big “mistake” that U.S. ousted former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in 2003, according to the weekly New York Observer. Rand Paul said U.S.’s move to topple Saddam Hussein might have made Iran “twice as strong as …

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Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula: An exceptional franchise…The jihadists gain ground in Yemen

IT HAS been a rough decade for al-Qaeda. America and its regional allies assassinated its top leaders from Yemen to Iraq, and made it harder for the group’s branches to communicate with the central leadership. In 2011 America killed Osama bin Laden, its chief. Since Islamic State (IS) …

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Saudi Arabia and Yemen: Stop-start…What can the kingdom do next?

BY WADING into the war in Yemen, Saudi Arabia may well have made matters worse. Tension with its regional rival, Iran, has deepened. Saudi aircraft are said to have killed up to 400 civilians and destroyed scores of buildings. So most Yemenis—and Arabs across the region—sighed with relief …

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