Iran nuclear chief warns US over support for Saudi Arabia

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Ali Akbar Salehi, who helped negotiate 2015 deal, says US risks upsetting balance of power in Middle East The head of Irans atomic energy organisation, one of the architects of Writing in the Guardian, Ali Akbar Salehi said lavish arms purchases by regional actors a reference to the Saudi purchase of $100bn of US arms […]

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Saudi crown prince’s ascendancy gives hope of reform but it may be premature

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Talk of social change is in the air in Riyadh after King Salman announces Mohammed bin Salman as heir to Saudi throne On the streets of Riyadh, in its shopping malls and public spaces, Saudi Arabias religious police had long been a foreboding presence. They could reach into private lives at will, with powers that […]

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Qatar: FBI says Russian hackers ‘planted fake news story’ that led to crisis report

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Bureau experts visited Doha in May to analyse alleged cyber breach in which hackers placed story with state news agency, CNN reports US intelligence officials believe Russian hackers planted a false news story that prompted Saudi Arabia and several allies to the US broadcaster said. Saudi Arabia then cited the false report as part of […]

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Theresa May urged not to suppress report into funding of jihadi groups

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Jeremy Corbyn and Tim Farron tell PM not to block inquiry thought to focus on Saudi Arabia, a major buyer of British weapons Jeremy Corbyn and Tim Farron have challenged Theresa May over a long-delayed inquiry into foreign funding and support of jihadi groups in the UK, after the Home Office suggested the investigation may […]

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‘One orb to rule them all’: image of Trump and glowing globe perplexes internet

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Photo taken at opening of anti-extremism centre draws comparisons to Hydra, the villainous comic book organisation bent on world domination A startling photograph of Donald Trump, the Egyptian president and Saudi king placing their hands on a glowing orb at a summit in Riyadh has prompted comparisons between the US president and villains from comic […]

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Saudi Arabia plans warm welcome for Trump in effort to strengthen US ties

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Riyadh believes Trump will prove a more natural ally after eight years of strained ties with Obama and is hopeful of signing massive weapons deal Saudi Arabia has prepared a spectacular if wary welcome for the first stop in his first foreign trip in office sends a powerful message underlining Saudi Arabias clout after eight […]

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Saudi Arabia owes billions to private firms after collapse in oil revenues

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Finance minister admits that thousands of mainly construction workers from overseas have gone without pay for months Saudi Arabia has admiited that it owes billions of dollars to private firms and foreign workers after oil revenues collapsed, the kingdoms new finance minister said. The arrears have left tens of thousands of foreign workers, chiefly in […]

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