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Saudi king distressed by overpraise, orders writer to be suspended

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz has ordered an over-enthusiastic columnist to be suspended from his job after he equated him with God, Saudi media reported on Sunday. King Salman has frequently been lauded by columnists in local media, in traditional deference to authority, since the 81-year-old assumed office in …

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AU chair calls for ‘dialogue’ in Gulf crisis

African Union chairperson Alpha Conde on Sunday put himself forward as a mediator in the crisis between Qatar and other Gulf countries, urging dialogue after several African nations also recalled their ambassadors to Doha. Conde, who is president of Guinea which has close ties to Saudi Arabia, said in a …

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Saudi Arabia bans Barcelona jerseys with possible £120,000 fine and 15-year prison sentence

Wearing a Barcelona shirt in Saudi Arabia could land you with a fine of up to £120,000 and a 15-year prison sentence, due to the club’s continued ties with Qatar Airways. Tensions in the Gulf region have seen countries such as Saudi Arabia boycott Qatari entities – and their measures …

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14 protesters face execution in Saudi

Saudi Arabia plans to execute 14 citizens, all Shiites, after a “grossly unfair trial” linked to political protests, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia, which has one of the highest rates of executions in the world, has witnessed protests and clashes with police in …

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Qatar Airways suspends all flights to Saudi Arabia

Qatar Airways said Monday it had suspended all flights to Saudi Arabia as a major diplomatic crisis escalated in the Gulf region. The move by the Doha-based carrier came just hours after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Doha over accusations it supports …

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Panic as Explosion Rocks Saudi Arabia’s Shia City

The predominantly Shia city of Qatif in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, has been hit with an explosion after a car bomb went up in flames in the area. There were initial reports of casualties. According France Presse, the blast took place on Thursday, Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya television reported, without giving any details …

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