Middle east

Saudi Arabia seizes more than $100bn in settlements

Those arrested as part of the ‘anti-corruption purge’ were held collectively in Riyadh’s Ritz-Carton hotel [Reuters] Saudi Arabia’s Attorney General Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb said that the kingdom has seized more than $100bn in anti-corruption settlements. The amount – SAR400bn ($106.7bn) – represented various types of assets, including real estate, commercial entities, cash and more,…

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Jordan allows one-off aid drop to Rukban border camp

The makeshift Rukban camp is home to at least 55,000 refugees [File: AP] Authorities in Jordan have allowed a one-off delivery of UN humanitarian aid to tens of thousands of displaced persons from Syria along the two countries’ border, according to Jordanian state media. The remote Rukban refugee camp, which is home to at…

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US exploiting Iran protest to sink nuclear deal : Russia

Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia accused the US of using Iran’s protests for its own agenda [Mary Altaffer/APThe United States is exploiting the protests in Iran in order to derail the landmark nuclear deal with the Middle East country, Russia’s ambassador to the UN alleged. The comments late on Friday came after the…

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Happy New Year? By Bashir Lucas Samson Lukman

When we refuse to partake in pagan festivals, we get labelled, called names and they see us as repugnant. I think that these festivals would one day become a thing of the past if people begin to reason for themselves not acting like programmed robots.   What crime have I…

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Trump's Jerusalem move: 'A blunder with consequences'

Live NEWS / MAHMOUD ABBAS Trump’s Jerusalem move: ‘A blunder with consequences’ by William Roberts 6 hours ago Tens of thousands have protested against the US decision in different countries [Majdi Mohammed/AP Photo] Washington, DC – President Donald Trump’s decision to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem is a blunder driven by domestic…

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