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Prominent Saudi cleric has become the butt of jokes after failing to say anything about Jerusalem, instead addressing trivial matters like the permissibility of wiping socks before prayer

Saudis have flooded social media to celebrate the government's decision to lift a decades-old ban on cinemas in the conservative kingdom.

<em>Saudi</em> <em>Arabia</em>: A flourishing film scene but no cinemas

Noor el-Terk and Paul McLoughlin

Saudi Arabia: A flourishing film scene but no cinemas

Saudi filmmakers have fought legal restrictions and taboos surrounding cinema to produce some of the most exciting movies in the region. None, however, could be screened at home.

Cairo, Moscow sign contract for Egypt's first nuclear plant

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Cairo, Moscow sign contract for Egypt's first nuclear plant

Moscow and Cairo signed a final contract on Monday that will see energy hungry Egypt light up with its first nuclear power plant.

Pipeline to peril: Nepalese girls trafficked to Gulf

Pramod Acharya

Pipeline to peril: Nepalese girls trafficked to Gulf

Traffickers are exploiting a legal loophole to avoid serious punishment, even when they are caught. Pramod Acharya investigates.

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Saudi Arabia's top ten reforms pushed this year

Riyadh has announced that from next year cinemas will be allowed in the kingdom, the latest reform designed to attract investors and appease Saudi youth stifled by ultra-conservative restrictions.

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Saudi Arabia lifts ban on cinemas

Cinemas will be licensed in Saudi Arabia from 2018, as the kingdom witnesses the latest reforms designed to appeal to the ...

The New Arab & agencies

US will counter Iran in post-war Iraq: diplomat

The United States' ambassador in Iraq says the defeat of IS will allow Iraq to reassert its sovereignty after three years of war.

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Guterres calls for end to 'stupid war' in Yemen

The UN Secretary-General has called for increased pressure on Saudi Arabia to end the conflict in Yemen.

Iraq holds military parade to celebrate 'victory' over IS

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Iraq holds military parade to celebrate 'victory' over IS

The Iraqi military has held a celebration to celebrate the end of the campaign against IS, while others warn the fight is not yet over.

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FIFA commends Qatar for transferring Gulf Cup to Kuwait

FIFA has commended Qatar for agreeing to move the 2017 Gulf Cup to Kuwait following a last-minute decision by football's governing body to lift ...

UN says Yemen's Houthi missiles have 'common origin'

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UN says Yemen's Houthi missiles have 'common origin'

Missiles fired by Houthi rebels in Yemen towards Saudi Arabia have a 'common origin' says the UN, but refused to confirm ...

Lebanon slams Iraq militia visit to Israel ceasefire line

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Lebanon slams Iraq militia visit to Israel ceasefire line

A visit by an Iraqi Shia militia leader to Lebanon's ceasefire line with Israel was criticised by Lebanon's prime minister on Saturday, who said ...

Yemen rebels 'bury Saleh in closed funeral'

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Yemen rebels 'bury Saleh in closed funeral'

Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was killed by his former rebel allies this week, was buried at his home village outside Sanaa ...

End of the <em>Saudi</em> <em>Arabia</em>-UAE Leonardo da Vinci mystery?

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End of the Saudi Arabia-UAE Leonardo da Vinci mystery?

Abu Dhabi has purchased a Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece, which the UAE and Saudi Arabia will hope end rumours Mohammed bin ...

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Saudi Arabia orders 'limited media coverage' of Jerusalem move

Saudi Arabia has ordered media outlets in the kingdom not to focus 'too much attention' on Washington's controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, sources have said.

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Signs of US-Saudi rift after rare Washington criticism

US State Department chief Rex Tillerson has offered some mild, but rare, criticism of Saudi Arabia's foreign policy which has been ...

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Saudi anti-terror authority argues 'no death penalty for apostates'

A Saudi anti-terror agency has argued that people who leave Islam should not be punished by death, sparking rumours the kingdom would ...

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Saudi coalition airstrikes 'kill dozens' in northern Yemen

Saudi-led coalition airstrikes killed more than 23 civilians in the country's north on Friday, Yemeni officials said, as the kingdom ...

Russia looks to sell Arctic gas to <em>Saudi</em> <em>Arabia</em>

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Russia looks to sell Arctic gas to Saudi Arabia

Russia is seeking new buyers for its Arctic gas supplies, with Saudi Arabia a potential market for Moscow's newly exploited ...

Diana Alghoul

Londoners protest outside US embassy in solidarity with Jerusalem

London was not the first city to protest in solidarity with Jerusalem, and it won't be the last. Trump's announcement has fuelled the passion ...

Abe's Japan entices GCC with military hardware

Naveed Ahmad

Abe's Japan entices GCC with military hardware

Comment: As Saudi Arabia and Iran's regional tension continues to build, the Gulf's appetite for western, Chinese and Japanese ...

On the perils of an empty State Department

Sam Fouad

On the perils of an empty State Department

Comment: The US State Department is one of the most understaffed and dysfunctional in modern history, writes Sam Fouad.

Sisi yet to denounce Trump Jerusalem move

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Sisi yet to denounce Trump Jerusalem move

The Egyptian president's failure to condemn Trump's Jerusalem move raises questions over his international allegiances.

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