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Footage of scantily clad circus entertainers performing in Saudi Arabia during the Eid al-Fitr holiday has sparked controversy in the ultra conservative kingdom.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsular has slammed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for hosting a WWE wrestling match in Jeddah.

Betraying Morocco, Saudis back Trump for World Cup 2026

Anthony Harwood

Betraying Morocco, Saudis back Trump for World Cup 2026

Comment: Saudi Arabia's support for the US-led bid for the 2026 World Cup over that of its Arab neighbour, Morocco, tells of new and broken alliances, writes Anthony Harwood.

Saudi officials apologise for 'indecent' images at pro-<em>wrestling</em> show

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Saudi officials apologise for 'indecent' images at pro-wrestling show

Saudi sports officials have apologised after images of scantily clad women appeared on big screens during a pro-wrestling event held in ...

WWE gets political in Saudi as Iran gets bashed

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WWE gets political in Saudi as Iran gets bashed

Saudis took to social media platform after a wrestler waves an Iranian flag at WWE fight in the kingdom, which many felt lacked in taste.

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Saudi women attend pro-wrestling event for first time

Saudi Arabia has allowed women to attend a WWE pro-wrestling show in Saudi Arabia for the first time, as the country's crown prince leads a modernisation drive.

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First mixed-gender concert in Saudi Arabia performed by woman

The Egyptian Opera House, which performed in Riyadh on Wednesday, comprised of 45 male and female musicians and singers.

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WWE slammed for excluding women wrestlers in Saudi Arabia

Women wrestlers will not feature in shows in Saudi Arabia, a move criticised by fans who say WWE "chose money" over their stars.

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Erdogan, Trump discuss Syria crisis in phone call

The talks come after Trump warned Russia over its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying US missiles "will be coming" in response ...

Saudi Arabia signs ten-year deal with pro-<em>wrestling</em> giant WWE

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Saudi Arabia signs ten-year deal with pro-wrestling giant WWE

Saudi Arabia announced that it has signed a ten-year contract with the WWE to hold professional wrestling shows in the kingdom in the ...

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Iranian wrestler banned for throwing match

Wrestling's international body has banned an Iranian athlete and his coach after the wrestler deliberately lost a match at a competition.

#YouMustLose: Iranian wrestler loses match to avoid playing Israel

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#YouMustLose: Iranian wrestler loses match to avoid playing Israel

Coaches reportedly told the Iranian wrestler minutes before the end of his match 'to lose' in order to avoid playing Israel in the next round.

Hizballah's hubris reined in by an unpredictable Saudi regime

Mona Alami

Hizballah's hubris reined in by an unpredictable Saudi regime

Comment: Hizballah has enjoyed increased leverage in Lebanese and regional politics, but the prospect of a destabilised Lebanon means it must ...

Jordanian wrestler becomes first Arab woman to join WWE

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Jordanian wrestler becomes first Arab woman to join WWE

Jordanian TV presenter Shadia Bseiso has become the first Arab woman from the Middle East to sign with World Wrestling Entertainment.

Egypt condemns North Korea's nuclear test, warns of threats

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Egypt condemns North Korea's nuclear test, warns of threats

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry expressed worries that the escalating activity could unleash a nuclear arms race in the region.

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Iran slams footballers for playing against Israeli team

Iran's football federation has condemned two Iranian players for participating in a match on Friday against an Israeli team, with the move eliciting both praise and criticism in Iran.

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Syria, Iran, and North Korea overshadow Trump-Putin first handshake

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin shook hands as they met for the first time Friday at a G20 summit marred by protests and rifts between America ...

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Wary of US, Iran 'reroutes land-corridor to Mediterranean'

The build up of US forces in Kurdish controlled areas of north east Syria has forced Tehran to change course in order to secure a long-term ...

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Egyptian kebab-shop wrestler sparks debate after winning for Bulgaria

Rejected by Egypt's wrestling federation, a young grappler and kebab shop worker has made a controversial comeback while representing a ...

Alone in the <em>wrestling</em> ring: Reactions to Abbas-Trump meeting

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Alone in the wrestling ring: Reactions to Abbas-Trump meeting

The Palestinian press reacted with a mix of scepticism and muted praise after President Mahmoud Abbas' meeting with US President Donald Trump on ...

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Rapping the Arab Spring: Meeting El-Rass, Tripoli's underground hero

Meet the rapper whose music was forged in the crucible of the Arab Spring - even though he hates the term.

Rapping the Arab Spring: Meeting El-Rass, Tripoli's undergound hero

Karim Traboulsi

Rapping the Arab Spring: Meeting El-Rass, Tripoli's undergound hero

Meet the rapper whose music was forged in the crucible of the Arab Spring - even though he hates the term.

Iran beats US in <em>wrestling</em> cup final

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Iran beats US in wrestling cup final

As the US and Iran wrangle over sanctions and missile tests, their athletes grappled in the ring on Friday in wrestling's Freestyle World Cup ...

Iran sporting chief wrestles for US world cup visas

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Iran sporting chief wrestles for US world cup visas

Rasoul Khadem has written to Iran's Minister for Sport, arguing that Iran should 'show its good will' and give the US team visas to attend the ...

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