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Saudi Arabia Tightens Security Measures for Hajj Pilgrimage


RIYADH – Saudi Arabia has tightened its security measures for this year’s Hajj pilgrimage and has prevented citizens and residents from entering Makkah without a necessary permit, Asharq ul Awsat said Monday. The Ministry of the Interior called on Saudi citizens and residents in the Kingdom to abide by the …

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US Syria Envoy in Turkey for Talks


ANKARA – The US special envoy for Syria is in Turkey for talks with Turkish officials over Syria, counter-terrorism and security, the US State Department said Sunday. James Jeffrey, who also serves as the US special envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh, will have meetings on Monday and …

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Pakistan Presents Progress Report on Anti-Poverty Development Plans to UN


UNITED NATIONS – Pakistan on Tuesday presented its progress report and future plans on meeting the globally agreed and nationally adopted anti-poverty Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), saying that the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan was committed to accelerating human development in the country, APP reported Wednesday. The progress report …

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China-Malaysia Industrial Funds Forum Held in China


NANNING – The third China-Malaysia Industrial Funds Forum was held Tuesday in the city of Qinzhou, southern China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Xinhua reported Wednesday. The forum attracted nearly 200 guests from banks, securities companies, governments and other institutions at home and abroad to discuss the implementation of the Belt …

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Russia Says S-400 Delivery to Turkey ‘on Track’


MOSCOW – The delivery of the S-400 surface-to-air missile to Turkey is progressing on schedule, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. “The delivery is right on schedule. It is not possible for me to disclose more detail,” he said, according to Habertürk. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday discussed the …

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US Approves Potential $ 2.2 Billion Arms Sale to Taiwan


WASHINGTON – The US State Department has approved the potential sale to Taiwan of $ 2.2 billion worth of weapons, including Abrams tanks and Stinger missiles, the Pentagon said on Monday. The announcement is likely to provoke anger in Beijing, which regards Taiwan as a part of its territory and …

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