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Al-Qaeda militants drove out government forces from a weapons depot in Mukalla Friday, one day after seizing a major airport.  (AFP/File)
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Al-Qaeda militants drove out government forces from a weapons depot in Mukalla Friday, one day after seizing a major airport.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif called for end to airstrikes and formation of a unity government. (AFP/File)
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Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif called for end to airstrikes and formation of a unity government.

April 17, 2015

Despite the hurdles they face, the majority of working women in the region are quite ambitious.
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Around 75 per cent of working women in the GCC say that they are not treated equally in their workplaces, which hampers their prospects to advance in their careers as quickly as men.
It is the second time this week that an Indonesian domestic worker has been executed. (AFP/File)
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Saudi Arabia has beheaded an Indonesian female domestic worker, just two days after executing another woman from the Southeast Asian country.

April 16, 2015

Saudi Arabia announced last July that it would permit direct foreign purchases of shares in the first half of 2015 (image: on file).
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Saudi Arabia will open its $532 billion stock market to direct foreign investment on June 15.
Saud al-Faisal said the country's judiciary would invest the case. (AFP)
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Saudi Arabia has said two Saudi officers responsible for the sexual abuse of two teenage Iranian girls at Jeddah airport would receive the maximum penalty.
Ali Abdullah Saleh served as Yemen's President from 1990 to 2012. (AFP/File)
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Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh has allegedly requested safe passage out of the country for him and his family.
According to the UN, about 16 million people lack access to safe water sources in Yemen, while nearly five million are now facing an emergency situation. (AFP/File)
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As ground fighting intensifies and Saudi-led airstrikes rain down on areas across Yemen, the UN warns withering food supplies are leaving some 10 million civilians in need.
In resource-scarce Yemen, the Saudi campaign's blockade on airspace and sea ports and strained significantly the flow of foodstuffs and medical supplies from entering the country, further escalating international concern for the humanitarian crisis unfolding amid the fighting. (AFP/File)
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In escalating tension between the rival nations, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made a fresh call for Saudi to 'halt immediately' its air campaign against Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen.

April 15, 2015

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi receives congratulations from Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz after becoming president. (AFP/File)
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Egypt is set to take part in a major strategic maneuver with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries, a presidential statement said Tuesday.
OPEC agreed to maintain production at its meeting last November in spite of pressure to curb output and stabilise sliding prices,
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Last week, Naimi said the kingdom stood ready to “improve” prices but only if other producers outside OPEC joined the effort.

April 14, 2015

Shar Al-Shahri, director general of the expropriation department, said owners must present their title deeds and other documents for getting compensation.
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Saudi government is set to expropriate more than 749 properties around the country at a cost of SR466.4 million ($124 million) for future infrastructure projects.
Coalition fighter jets pounded areas across Yemen Tuesday as the Saudi-led military campaign in the country entered its 20th day. (AFP/File)
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Now over two weeks old, the Saudi-led coalition targeted areas across Yemen Tuesday as ground fighting intensified in the war-torn country.
Haifaa Al Mansour's, director of the Saudi film "Wadjda." (Image: Facebook)
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Saudi filmmakers celebrated the the second government-approved film festival in Saudi Arabia.
Yemeni supporters of the southern seperatist movement drive a tank in the city of Aden on April 13, 2015. Humanitarian groups have struggled to deliver aid and said the situation in Aden was deteriorating rapidly. (AFP/Saleh Al-Obeidi)
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The United Nations Security Council will vote on a draft resolution which proposes imposing an arms arms embargo on Yemen’s Houthi leaders and urge the movement to withdraw from the territories under its control.
These programs included the implementation of 18 training programs for age groups of 10-24 years, covering more than 50 cities in 25 educational regions.
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Boeing and Injaz Saudi Arabia signs a strategic partnerships agreement with more than SR500,000 to sponsor 20 schools within "Safeer Initiative".

April 13, 2015

Avellino stadium
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An Italian businesswoman visiting the Kingdom is eyeing Saudi investors to participate in the reconstruction of a football stadium at a cost of 45 million euros in the Italian city of Avellino.
Khaled Bahah previously served as Yemen's Prime Minister before being appointed to Vice President. (AFP/File)
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Former Prime Minsiter Khaled Bahah was sworn in as Vice President of Yemen on Monday in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh.
An armed Shiite Houthi rebel walks above debris on April 12, 2015 at the compound of Sanaa's al-Yarmuk football club which was reportedly hit by an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition the previous day in the Yemeni capital's northern al-Rawda district. (AFP/File)
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The UN Chief, Ban Ki-moon, urged rival parties in Yemen to resume peace talks as the death toll continues to grow.

April 12, 2015

The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are equipped with an incredibly vivid, bright and fast front and rear camera.
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The much-awaited Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have finally arrived in Saudi Arabia.
A Yemeni Shiite man holds up a picture of the Abd al-Malik al-Houthi during a demonstration. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
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Hacker's fraudulently announced the death of a top Houthi leader over Iranian state media. No individual or group has claimed the attack.
The insurgency of the Taliban and the US war in Afghanistan have created years of instability that’s difficult to track. In times when interest in sex dipped down, there also tended to be casualties in NATO forces. Maybe most of those with Internet access in the country were also foreign troops.
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Sex is a universal interest. But when revolutions begin, priorities change.
Smoke rises above the military academy in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on April 11, 2015, following an alleged air strike by the Saudi-led alliance on Shiite Houthi rebels camps. (AFP/File)
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The Saudi Arabia-led coalition claimed to have launched upwards of 1,200 airstrikes against the Houthi rebels and supporters of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh since March 25th, 2015.
Members of the Saudi border guard and army's (APC) armoured personnel carrier patrol the Saudi-Yemeni border. (Image: AFP/FAYEZ NURELDINE)
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Three Saudi soldiers have been killed and two others injured during clashes near the Yemeni border, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
Omair explained that the ratio of Saudi women assuming senior administrative positions has increased from 19 percent in 2004 to 24 percent in 2014.
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The Family Business Forum 2015, being held at the Jeddah Hilton, enjoys a strategic partnership with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
The kingdom that exports 7.0 million barrels per day on average will see oil revenues fall by 35 percent to $171.8 billion in 2015,
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The Saudi budget deficit will be more than twice its own forecast, a leading research firm has said, forcing the kingdom into the debt market for the first time in more than a decade.

April 11, 2015

Hundreds of teenage Iranians gathered to protest a sexual abuse case of two Iranian teenagers by Saudi airport authorities outside the Saudi embassy in Tehran, where days earlier another protest broke out over Saudi's air campaign in Yemen.  (AFP/File)
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Hundreds of Iranians rallied around the Saudi Arabian embassy in Tehran Saturday to protest a recent case of alleged sexual abuse by Saudi officers of Iranian pilgrims at the Jeddah airport.
The Saudi Press Agency did not give a reason for his sacking. (AFP/File)
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Saudi Arabia's health minister has been sacked by King Salman, AFP has reported.

April 10, 2015

The International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) and the United Nations Children's Fund delivered medical aid to Yemen. Image used for illustrative purposes. (
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Two planes delivered the first planeloads medical aid to Yemen on Friday. The UN appealed for at least a few hours of 'humanitarian pause' each day, to allow for the regular delivery of additional aid.
Pakistan's parliament voted to remain neutral in the Yemen conflict, denying Saudi Arabia's request for military support. (AFP/File, Aamir Qureshi)
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As the airstrikes enter a third week, Pakistan has voted to remain neutral in the conflict, following a call from Saudi Arabia to contribute military assistance.

April 9, 2015

Locals inspect the rubble after a Saudi-led airstrike on Sanaa, March 26.  (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
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The freelance journalist, Raymond Lidal, was detained while filming Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemeni capital Sanaa.
Smoke rises from the Faj Attan Hill area in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on April 7, 2015, following an alleged air strike by the Saudi-led alliance on Shiite Houthi rebels camps. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
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Nearly 450 people have been killed since Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes in Yemen last month.
Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrives in Riyadh. (AFP/File)
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One soldier was killed and three others wounded Wednesday in a live-fire military exercise.
The Iranians on board were travelling to the Kingdom to perform Umrah. (AFP/File)
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A Iranian airplane carrying 260 Iranian pilgrims was denied entry into Saudi airspace for allegedly failing to obtain the necessary permissions.
Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen started in March. (AFP)
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A Saudi-led coalition has carried out fresh raids in Yemen, reportedly targeting the headquarters of a presidential guard loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

April 8, 2015

Opening the Saudi stock market to foreign investments aimed at enhancing transparency
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Prince Fahd bin Muqrin bin Abdulaziz has explained that opening the Saudi stock market to foreign investments was aimed at enhancing transparency, quality and efficiency in the market.
Female DJs are now much more in demand in Saudi Arabia. (Image:
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Saudi weddings are incomplete without a DJ and many Saudi women are trying to carve out a career in this male-dominated industry.
A file photo of Saudi policemen. (AFP/File)
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Two policemen were shot dead early Wednesday morning while patrolling the streets of Riyadh.
Pakistan has so far not accepted calls from Riyadh to contribute planes, ships and weapons to the Gulf country's ongoing military operation in Yemen, pushing instead for a diplomatic solution. (AFP/File)
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Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said he hoped for a diplomatic solution in Yemen in a special parliamentary debate Tuesday, pushing for the planned peace talks to follow through.
Several aid agencies have issued similar warnings in recent weeks, saying civilians face entrapment and bombardment on all sides of the port city as fighting between rebels and pro-government militias intensifies. (AFP/File)
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International aid organization Medicines Sans Frontières (MSF) said the humanitarian situation in Yemen's port city of Aden was in quick decline, with doctors unable to reach hospitals to tend to an increasing number of critically wounded civilians.

April 7, 2015

Yemenis unload boxes of aid, supplied by a Kuwaiti medical organization at al-Sadaqa hospital. (AFP/File)
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The first flight carrying medical personnel from the Red Cross landed in Sanaa on Tuesday.
The Red Cross reported a blockade of medical supplies by the Saudi-led airstrike campaign Saturday, which they said was further deepening the crisis for civilians trapped between Yemen's warring factions. (AFP/File)
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Amid a two week old Saudi bombing campaign and an ever-deepening conflict on the ground, the World Health Organization said Yemen's crisis has left at least 540 civilians dead and another 1,700 wounded in less than a month.
Smoke and flames rise allegedly from Shiite Houthi rebels camps located on Faj Attan Hill (L) and Aser mountain (R) following an airstrike by the Saudi-led alliance on April 6, 2015 in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
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Saudi airstrikes in the southwestern Yemeni province of Ibb have killed at least six students.
As electronic commerce changes relationships, Saudi Arabia hopes to increase employment as well as create new markets. (Image: Shutterstock)
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Addressing unemployment in the GCC must take into consideration the rapid shift towards digital interaction. Saudi Arabia considers the opportunities for women and youth that electronic commerce provides.
The lucrative contract will last for five years to meet the needs of locals and tourists to the second holiest city of Islam. (Image: Wikipedia)
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In a deal worth SAR375 million, French firm Louis Berger will be tasked with developing Madinah's extensive transport plans for metro, bus, road networks and support facilities.
Companies with more than 50 Saudi workers now have to train 12 percent of their total work force. (Image: file photo)
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Labor Minister Adel Fakeih announced 38 amendments to the country’s labor legislation recently including more training for Saudi workers, longer fixed-term contracts, and greater inspection powers for ministry officials.
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (
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Saudi Arabia's government announced on Monday that it welcomes the interim deal between Iran and the P5+1 world powers over Tehran's nuclear program.

April 6, 2015

“Coalition forces are doing their utmost to take the appropriate measures regarding these command centers set up by the Houthi militias inside residential areas," said Saudi Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Ahmed Asiri. (AFP/File)
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Militias belonging to the Iran-backed Shi’ite Houthi movement are deliberately setting up military command centers in civilian areas, Saudi Arabia’s Defense Ministry said on Sunday.
Shiite Houthi rebels gather in the Crater district of the the southern Yemeni port city of Aden on April 5, 2015. (AFP/Saleh Al-Obeidi)
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The Shiite Houthis claimed to have taken control of Mualla district in southern Aden.
Growth in Saudi Arabia’s nonoil private sector accelerated to a six-month high in March, a survey of businesses shows.
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Growth in Saudi Arabia’s non-oil private sector accelerated to a six-month high in March, a survey of businesses shows.
Houthi militants in Aden. The group claimed control over Aden's Mualla district Sunday following clashes.  (AFP/File)
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Militants gained control of the area in Yemen's Aden province Sunday after clashes that left homes destroyed, according to locals.

April 5, 2015

Experts warn that even a 2020 completion, two years past the projected deadline, is likely to be overly optimistic. (Image: Pixabay)
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Challenging plan to link the GCC by rail is beset by delays in nearly all six member states, as the 2018 deadline for completion nears.

April 4, 2015

Nagar Valley, Pakistan: Is this what you had in mind? Nagar Valley is a popular tourist destination for those looking to enjoy beautiful scenery while hiking in the mountains.
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The Arab Spring isn't just revolutions and uprisings… These 11 slides showcase the Middle East’s surprisingly lush spring.