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Nawaz, King Salman vow to strengthen ties in diverse fields (Daily Balochistan Express (Pakistan))

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Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif and King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Wednesday emphasized the importance of PakistanSaudi relations and vowed to strengthen them further in various fields. The two leaders held extensive talks covering bilateral relations, and regional and international issues here at the King’s Palace in the Saudi capital. Prime Minister Nawaz
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Rare gesture: Royal reception for PM in Riyadh (The Express Tribune (Pakistan))

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vg Leaving aside protocol norms and as a special gesture, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud turned up along with his entire cabinet at the King Khalid International Airport to receive Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who arrived in the oil-rich kingdom on a three-day official visit on Wednesday.Also present at the airport were Crown
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PM, Saudi King vow to strengthen relations (Dawn (Pakistan))

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud emphasised on Wednesday the importance of PakistanSaudi relations and vowed to strengthen them in various fields. The two leaders held extensive talks at the King’s Palace, covering bilateral relations, and regional and international issues. The prime minister, who arrived here in the afternoon on
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Changing relations (Al-Ahram Weekly (Egypt))

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King Salman with Erdogan In fewer than 15 months, the late Saudi monarch, King Abdullah, visited Turkey twice, signalling the close ties between the two countries.The first visit was in August 2006, when he was greeted by then Turkish president Ahmet Necdet Sezer. It was the first official trip by a Saudi monarch to Turkey
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Dreams of a united Arab defence (Al-Ahram Weekly (Egypt))

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Al-Sisi during a meeting with King Salman President Al-Sisi’s succinct and unequivocal answers to three questions put to him by the London-based Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper on the eve of his visit to Saudi Arabia last week delineate Egypt’s ambition to create an Arab antiterrorist force.The first question concerned how to combat the terrorist Islamic State
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Opinion: Ban Ki-moon and King Salman (Asharq Al-Awsat)

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said recently that Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz has managed to achieve in the first 10 days of his reign what no ruler could possibly achieve during their first 100. But for all their good intentions, Ban’s remarks include a small structural inaccuracy. In the West
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Saudi Arabia's top diplomat urges allies to face IS 'on the ground' (The Express Tribune (Pakistan))

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Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister on Thursday urged the US-led coalition conducting air strikes against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq to wage a ground war against the militants. The kingdom, part of that coalition, stresses the need to provide the military means needed to face this challenge on the ground,” Prince Saud al-Faisal
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Hezbollah: The International Community’s Sole Concern (Al-Akhbar (Lebanon))

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A Lebanese woman waves Hezbollah’s flag in Dahiyeh, Beirut’s southern suburb, on February 16, 2015. Al-AkhbarHaitham Moussawi. With an array of crises sweeping the Middle East, the “global community” is no longer taking much interest in Lebanon. Only Hezbollah continues to draw international attention, due to its expanding role in the region. Lebanon has been
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Nizam-e-Salat to be implemented in Islamabad Azan, prayers at same time (Pakistan Observer)

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In a meeting presided over by Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Yousuf, scholars and imams have decided to implement NizameSalat in Islamabad and nearby areas. According to the act, all mosques of Islamabad will sound Azan and hold prayers at the same time. During this time, all markets will remain closed for business. Federal
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Liquefied Petroleum Gas Market is Expected to Reach $288.7 Billion by 2019, at a CAGR of 4.0% from 2014 to 2019 (PR Newswire)

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FORT WORTH, Texas, March 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Global Liquefied Petroleum Gas Market was valued at $236.8 billion in 2014 and is estimated to grow to $288.7 billion by 2019, at a CAGR of 4.0% from 2014 to 2019. Browse through the TOC of global liquefied petroleum gas market for an in-depth analysis of
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A Wasted Opportunity To Lead In The Middle East (Investor's Business Daily)

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Leadership: The U.S. is cutting intelligence to Israel, denying drones to Jordan, freezing military aid to Egypt and annoying Saudi Arabia. Yet these are the boots on the ground in the war against IS. What a waste. A dispassionate observer might just ask which side the U.S. is on in the global war on Islamic
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Saudi economic forum opens new horizons for young people (Al-Shorfa)

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The Jazan economic forum highlighted the importance of young investors, who are expected to have a strong influence on the kingdom’s economic future. [Sultan al-Barei/Al-Shorfa] Young investors took center stage at a recent Saudi economic forum. The event, held February 25th and 26th in Jazan under the theme “Investment Partnerships”, gave participants a chance to
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Three-day visit: Nawaz heads to Saudi Arabia today (The Express Tribune (Pakistan))

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vg Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be embarking on a three-day trip today to Saudi Arabia on the invitation of King Salman bin Abulaziz al Saud.The PM will be accompanied by a high-level delegation that would include Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign
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Riyadh to press Nawaz for more troops to fight IS threat: report (The Express Tribune (Pakistan))

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As Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif departed on Wednesday on a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia, reports suggest that Riyadh is set to press the premier to boost the number of Pakistani troops in the Kingdom to fight militants, including the Islamic State. However, as per a report published in Gulf News, Islamabad is cautious about
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Saudi diplomat says was treated “inhumanely” by Al-Qaeda captors (Asharq Al-Awsat)

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Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat—The Saudi diplomat recently freed from captivity in Yemen revealed on Tuesday he was treated badly by his Al-Qaeda captors. Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat Saudi Deputy Consul Abdullah Al-Khalidi said he was “guiltlessly” kidnapped by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in front of his residence in the Mansourah neighborhood of the southern
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Southwest Sees Higher Q1 Fuel Costs As Crude Rises (Investor's Business Daily)

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 View Enlarged Image Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) said Wednesday that it expects fuel costs to be higher than previously expected in the first quarter as oil prices get ready for a possible rebound. The budget carrier now sees fuel costs of $2 per gallon, 10 cents higher than its January estimate. In Q4, Southwest said it paid $2.62
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GIS Raises Alarm Over Influx of Girls to the Gulf States (allAfrica.com)

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The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has raised red flag over the influx of Ghanaian ladies to the Gulf States for non-existing jobs. A statement issued in Accra yesterday by the Service, said for the past five months, over 2,000 young Ghanaian women have travelled to the Gulf States, where most of them resort to prostitution.
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IN BRIEF (Page 12) (China Daily)

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Russia Reward offered for Nemtsov clues The Russian Investigative Committee has offered a reward of about $50,000 for information on the recent murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov. “Operational units involved in the investigation are willing to pay a reward of 3 million rubles ($48,900) for the information valuable for the investigation,” an online statement
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Gaza fears isolation as Hamas labelled terrorists (China Daily)

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Gaza residents said on Sunday they fear growing isolation and more hardship after an Egyptian court declared the territory’s ruling militant Hamas group a terrorist organization on Saturday. Some blamed Hamas while others said Egypt is being unreasonable. Hamas called for protests against the Egyptian government and issued angry statements but did not offer a
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GIS Raises Alarm Over Influx Of Girls To The Gulf States (Ghanaian Chronicle)

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The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has raised red flag over the influx of Ghanaian ladies to the Gulf States for nonexisting jobs. A statement issued in Accra yesterday by the Service, said for the past five months, over 2,000 young Ghanaian women have travelled to the Gulf States, where most of them resort to prostitution.
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Cement Market for Residential, Commercial, Infrastructure and Other Applications (Including Bricks) – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2014 – 2020 (PR Newswire)

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LONDON, March 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Demand for cement in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is primarily driven by growth in construction activities in the region. The cement market in the Kingdom is mainly dominated by the central and western regions. This report by Transparency Market Research analyzes, estimates and forecasts the demand for cement
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Saudi Blogger Who Insulted Islam Faces Death: Family (Newsweek)

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Badawi’s family says they have information suggesting a Saudi judge will retry the controversial blogger on charges of apostasy.Edgard Garrido/Reuters Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam, may now face the death penalty, his family says. In a statement published on Facebook, Badawi’s family says they’ve “received
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Saudi Arabia tries to keep the Islamic State from recruiting its youth (GlobalPost)

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Editor’s note: This story is the first in a continuing series produced by The GroundTruth Project on government responses to the rise of the Islamic State. It is produced with support from the Henry Luce Foundation. RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — A professor at the religiously conservative Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University recently asked a
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Jamaatu Salam gives over 15,000 copies of Quran to institutions, others (Daily Observer (Gambia))

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Jamatu Salam, a charity and nonprofit making organisation based in The Gambia, recently distributed over 15, 000 copies of the Quran to various beneficiaries across the length and breadth of the country. The humanitarian organization, with support from individuals and groups of people based in Dubai, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, over the years has been
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Attempts to damage Saudi–Egypt ties will fail: Egyptian ambassador (Asharq Al-Awsat)

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Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat—”Malicious” attempts aimed at damaging Saudi–Egyptian ties are doomed to fail, Egypt’s ambassador to the Kingdom said, as the leaders of the two Arab states met in Riyadh on Sunday. Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat, ambassador Afifi Abdel Wahab said: “Regardless if there were factions maliciously seeking to roil relations between Egypt and Saudi
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Sindhi singer Sadiq Faqir (Daily Times (Pakistan))

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Sir: It is heartbreaking and deeply shocking to write an obituary of warmhearted, doting and devoted friend and . I cannot find words to pay tributes to the distinguished musician, who died succumbing to fatal injuries following a car crash in Saudi Arabia, where he went to perform umrah. He would never die in the
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Energy News Roundup: California Drought, Saudi Oil Policy & Wisconsin Renewables Slash (Breaking Energy)

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Farmers in California are facing another water crisis with the federal government confirming it won’t send any of its reservoir water to the Central Valley. “Many farmers had been bracing for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s announcement as California’s drought enters its fourth year. Some farms are exempt from complete cuts under California’s antiquated water
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Sissi in Saudi Arabia for talks with new king (The Times of Israel)

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi arrived Sunday to Saudi Arabia for his first bilateral policy meeting with the country’s new king ahead of a conference aimed at shoring up financial support from wealthy Gulf states for Egypt’s battered economy. A Saudi official told The Associated Press the two leaders also would
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Saudi Yet to Appoint New Envoy, 7 Months After Rajeh's Recall (allAfrica.com)

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is yet to appoint an ambassador to Nigeria seven months after recalling Ambassador Fouad Rajeh under controversial circumstances. THISDAY gathered that Rajeh and other top officials of the Saudi embassy in Nigeria were recalled after reportedly assaulting a policeman guarding the official residence of the then Inspector General of Police,
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Proper trainings for female jobseekers abroad stressed (The Financial Express (Bangladesh))

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Speakers at a seminar on Saturday stressed the need for proper trainings of female overseas jobseekers to protect them from exploitation. They also emphasised ensuring security measures before sending them to foreign job destinations. The speakers made the observations at the Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA)’s 3rd monthly forum meeting on ‘Safe Women
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Fashion retailer allots P500 million for expansion (Philippine Star)

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MANILA, Philippines – Filipino fashion retailer Golden ABC Inc., the company behind brands such as Penshoppe and Oxygen, is ramping up its store expansion locally with a P500- million spending program for this year. Golden ABC is also beefing up its presence abroad, with plans to penetrate new markets in Asia, chief executive officer Bernie
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Folk singer Sadiq Fakeer dies in KSA road accident (The Nation (Pakistan))

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Sufi folk singer Sadiq Fakeer breathed his last on Thursday evening after succumbing to fatal injuries following a car crash in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The folk singer, who might not be wellknown in the mainstream music arena, was nonetheless a notable fixture on the folk music scene. Poet Dr Aakash Ansari said he was
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Pall of gloom over Thar on Sadiq Faqir's death (Dawn (Pakistan))

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A pall of gloom hung over Tharparkar district where a local holiday was observed on Friday to mourn the death of folkcummystic singer Sadiq Faqir, who died in a road accident in Makkah on Thursday. Faqir, 50, alongwith his family had proceeded to Saudi Arabia for Umrah on Feb 24. He was killed while his
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Foreigners sign MoUs for buying Pak products at Expo 2015 (The Nation (Pakistan))

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Foreign delegates participating in the Expo Pakistan 2015 have shown interest in the Pakistani products and number of MoUs signed here on Friday. The signing ceremony was attended by SM Muneer, Chief Executive and Ms. Rabiya Javeri Agha, Secretary TDAP. An MoU has been signed between a Moroccan company, M/s Materials Agricolas Automobiles and Industries
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Domestic consumers being given top priority in gas supply: Jam Kamal (Daily Balochistan Express (Pakistan))

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Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Resources Jam Kamal said on Friday that domestic consumers were being given top priority in the supply of gas. “Gas is supplied to different categories of consumers in line with the priority order mentioned in Natural Gas Allocation and Management Policy 2005 and its subsequent amendments,” he told
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In snub to rebels, UAE embassy opts to stick close to Yemen president (dpa German Press Agency)

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Cairo (dpa) – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) embassy in Yemen will move to the southern city of Aden, an official news agency reported, a show of support for the country’s president, who fled the capital, Sana’a, recently after a month of house arrest at the hands of Houthi rebels. The move is yet another
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PHL-hosted Shell Eco-Marathon Asia 2015 attracts 127 student teams and 127 cars vying for honors (Philippines News Agency)

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Shell EcoMarathon Asia 2015 opened its second Philippinehosted festivities with color and high energy under sunny skies right at the other side of the Rizal (Luneta) Park on Friday by welcoming over 120 teams from 17 countries, including newcomers Australia, Bangladesh, Oman and Saudi Arabia. The first crucial morning hours saw tiny cars that looked
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Osama Bin Laden aide convicted over 1998 Nairobi, Dar bomb attacks (Daily Monitor (Uganda))

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NEW YORKA New York jury on Thursday convicted Osama bin Laden aide, Saudi exile Khalid al-Fawwaz, over the 1998 Al-Qaeda bombings of US embassies in East Africa which killed 224 people.Prosecutors described 52-year-old Fawwaz as one of bin Laden’s most trusted lieutenants who conspired with Al-Qaeda across three continents for nearly a decade.The verdict followed
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Why Saudi Arabia Is on the Defensive (Newsweek)

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The new king faces demands for more free speech and democracy.Mohamed Alhwaity/Reuters Open Society fellow Madawi al-Rasheed reflects on recent events in Saudi Arabia. King Salman took power in Saudi Arabia on January 23. What is your impression of his attitude toward human rights and reform? Al-Rasheed: King Salman, who served as governor of Riyadh
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Middle East & Africa Internal Neurostimulation/Neuromodulation Market is Expected to Reach $6.1 Million by 2019, at a CAGR of 17.9% from 2014 to 2019 (PR Newswire)

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FORT WORTH, Texas, February 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Medtronic, Inc. (U.S.), St. Jude Medical, Inc. (U.S.), and Boston Scientific, Inc. (U.S) are the leaders in the Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and Turkish neuromodulation market and is expected to lead the market during the period of 2014 to 2019. Founded in 1949, Medtronic, Inc. is the
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Bahrain Shias sentenced to death over police killing (Al Jazeera)

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Supreme criminal court hands down sentences to three men accused of killing policemen in anti-government protests. A Bahraini court has sentenced three Shia Muslims to death and jailed seven others for life after convicting them of killing three policemen in the Sunni-ruled Gulf state last year, prosecutors said. The supreme criminal court also stripped eight
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ISIL, CIA, Mossad, Quds Force, etc (Al Jazeera)

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The rise of ISIL gave a whole new momentum to US, Iranian interventionism in the Middle East. Four years ago, when the Arab Spring blossomed, the US, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the al-Qaeda network that dominated the Middle East during the previous decade were forced into retreat and retrenchment. US President Barack Obama took the
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Saudi Arabia Beheads Drug Smuggler in 33rd Execution of 2015 (Al-Akhbar (Lebanon))

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Saudi Arabia beheaded a Pakistani convicted of heroin trafficking on Thursday, bringing to 33 the number of death sentences carried out so far in the first two months of the year. Authorities executed Hafiz Wifaq Rasoul Shah in the Muslim holy city of Medina, an interior ministry statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency
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Sindhi singer Sadiq Faqir dies in road accident in Saudi Arabia (Pakistan Today)

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Renowned Sindhi singer Sadiq Faqir died in a road accident in Saudi Arabia, where he went to perform Umrah, on Thursday. He was 48. According to family sources, his wife, four children and cousins were injured in the accident. Faqir held a postgraduate in Sindhi literature and had several Sindhi music albums to his credit.
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Transitions: Sindhi singer Sadiq Faqir dies in road accident in Saudi Arabia (The Express Tribune (Pakistan))

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Renowned Sindhi singer Sadiq Faqir died in a road accident in Saudi Arabia, where he went to perform Umrah, on Thursday. He was 48. According to family sources, his wife, four children and cousins were injured in the accident. Faqir held a postgraduate in Sindhi literature and had several Sindhi music albums to his credit.
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'Anyone Disparaging Nigeria's Economic Progress is Living in Denial' (allAfrica.com)

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Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on New Media, Reno Omokri, has faulted claims by the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, that Nigeria’s economy is not in good shape. Omokri, took to micro-blogging site-Twitter to debunk the allegation of Gen. Buhari who addressed the Chatham House, London, Thursday. “Facts
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Sirajul Haq returns home – Press Release issued by Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan (Pakistan News Releases)

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February 26, 2015 (PPI-OT) Following is the text of press release issued by Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan Quote Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Sirajul Haq, on Thursday, returned home from Saudi Arabia after a weeklong visit here. Earlier, addressing the Pakistani community in Jeddah before his departure for Islamabad, Sirajul Haq urged them to support the JI
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Exit from a tangled web (Al-Ahram Weekly (Egypt))

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Adel A strongly worded statement issued last week by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) criticising Cairo’s allegations that Qatar supports terrorist organisations was bad news for Egypt.The Manama-based GCC, of which Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar are members, later toned down its criticism and confirmed its support for
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United States consulate band performs at National Association of Performing Arts' tenth anniversary – Press Release issued by Consulate General of the United States of America (Pakistan Press International)

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February 26, 2015 (PPI-OT) Following is the text of press release issued by Consulate General of the United States of America Quote The audience at Karachi’s National Association of Performing Arts (NAPA) got a special treat: U.S. Consulate Karachi sponsored Mary McBride Band performing beloved Americana musical favourites. On a return visit to Karachi, Mary
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The Fatal Flaws In Obama's Strategy For Dealing With Iran (Investor's Business Daily)

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Charles Krauthammer The news from the nuclear talks with Iran was already troubling. Iran was being granted the “right to enrich.” It would be allowed to retain and spin thousands of centrifuges. It could continue construction of the Arak plutonium reactor. Yet so thoroughly was Iran stonewalling International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors that just last
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Air Traffic Control Equipment Market by Product Type (Communication, Navigation, and Surveillance), by Geography (North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Africa), and by Country – Forecast Analysis to 2014 – 2020 (PR Newswire)

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LONDON, Feb. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Air Traffic Control (ATC) equipment market forecast report offers a complete analysis of the market across the forecast period of six years from 2014-2020. It provides an analysis of factors driving the market, restraining the market growth, opportunities, and challenges faced by the industry.The report also provides the
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Saudi Arabia Beheads 32nd Person of 2015 (Al-Akhbar (Lebanon))

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Saudi Arabia beheaded a Jordanian Wednesday for drug smuggling, bringing to 32 the number of death sentences carried out so far in the first two months of the year. Omar Mohammed Abdul Muti al-Rubai was executed in northwestern Jawf region after his confession and conviction for trying to smuggle a large amount of amphetamines, the
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United Tech's Sikorsky Sees Robust Mid east Demand (Investor's Business Daily)

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 View Enlarged Image United Technologies’ (NYSE:UTX) Sikorsky Aircraft unit expects to sell as many helicopters to the Middle East in the next several years as it has delivered to the region to date. The maker of the Black Hawk and commercial helicopters expects to sell 400 helicopters over the next five to 10 years, with the Middle
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United States' consulate Mary Mcbride Band wows music lovers at Pakistan American Cultural Center – Press Release issued by Consulate General of the United States of America (Pakistan Press International)

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February 25, 2015 (PPI-OT) Following is the text of press release issued by Consulate General of the United States of America Quote The Mary McBride Band wowed more than 200 music lovers at the Pakistan American Cultural Center (PACC) with an alluring medley of Americana favourites. Mary McBride and her band are in Karachi for
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PIA liabilities touch Rs288bn; paying Rs3.2bn in debt-servicing (Dawn (Pakistan))

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Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is paying Rs3.2 billion annually in debtservicing and its total liabilities stand at Rs288bn, the Secretary Aviation Division informed the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday. During the scrutiny of audit paragraphs on the accounts of the Aviation Division, Mohammad Ali Gardezi told the PAC that national flag carrier has 26
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An Economy In Turmoil (PM News (Nigeria))

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The recent analysis by Bloomberg, an international business medium, that crude oil price could fall to as low as between $10 to $20 per barrel and that countries should prepare for this doom, calls to question the state of the Nigerian economy and the competence of those handling it because of their failure to avert
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Iran's Nuclear Programme (The Nation (Pakistan))

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As the deadline of March 31st approaches closer, negotiators from Iran and socalled P5+1 countries (US, UK, France, Russia, China and Germany) make desperate attempts to bridge gaps and reach a nuclear deal. US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif are also attending the ongoing session in Geneva. Western negotiators
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PIA paying Rs2b loan, Rs1b interest per month (The Nation (Pakistan))

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The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday was informed that that the national flag carrier Pakistan International Airline (PIA) is paying Rs2 billion loans and Rs1 billion interest per month because PIA is in debt of Rs161 billion. The PAC met with Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah in the
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PAC directs PIA to streamline accounts, submit report (The Balochistan Times (Pakistan))

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The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) here on Tuesday directed Pakistan International Airline Corporation (PIAC) to streamline its accounts and submit a detailed report regarding new business plans. The Committee met here on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Syed Khursheed Shah to examine the appropriation of Accounts for year 200910 and Audit reports for 201011. Secretary
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World Airport Airside Services Industry (PR Newswire)

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NEW YORK, Feb. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Airport Airside Services in US$ Million by the following Service Types – Ramp Handling, and Other Airport Airside Services. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Latin America, and Africa. Annual estimates and
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