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Kerry in Saudi Arabia for talks on Syria, Libya, Yemen Sunday, May 15th, 2016

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, (AP): U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Sunday with Saudi Arabia's King Salman for talks on the conflicts in Syria, Libya and Yemen ahead of larger meetings on those crises in Europe this week. Kerry was also scheduled to meet Saudi Arabia's crown prince, deputy crown..

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UAE embassy begins operation in Nepal Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

KATHMANDU: Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, arrived Kathmandu on Tuesday by special aircraft to inaugurate the embassy of UAE. The UAE foreign minister arrived here upon invitation of Deputy..

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Iran media: Moderates win more than 30 more parliament seats Saturday, April 30th, 2016

TEHRAN, (AP): Iran’s moderate-reformist bloc secured more than 30 additional seats in parliamentary runoff elections, according to a Saturday report on state TV. The bloc, which supports President Hassan Rouhani and a nuclear deal the country reached with world powers last summer, will have to..

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At Mideast tourism forum in Dubai, a surprising name: Trump Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

DUBAI, (AP): Tucked away behind stands at a Mideast tourism conference is a surprising name: Trump. Trump Hotels, the brand bearing the last name of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, has a stand at the Arabian Travel Market exhibition being held in Dubai, United Arab..

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Obama says political progress needed before more Iraq aid Thursday, April 21st, 2016

RIYADH, (AP): President Barack Obama said Thursday that the US and its Gulf partners should wait to see whether Iraq can resolve its political crisis before committing more financial aid, arguing that the paralysis is impeding US-led efforts to defeat the Islamic State group and reconstruct the..

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Obama arrives in Saudi Arabia for talks with Gulf allies Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, (AP): President Barack Obama landed in Riyadh on Wednesday to meet with Saudi King Salman and other Persian Gulf allies. The visit comes against the backdrop of increasingly strained relations with the Saudis, who remain deeply opposed to his outreach to Iran and skeptical..

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Nepali migrant worker missing in Saudi Arabia Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Saudi Arabia: A Nepali migrant worker has been missing in Saudi Arabia for more than two years, it has been revealed. Bishnu Bahadur Rana, 35, of Mangaltar – 4 of Khotang arrived for through Overseas Manpower Company Ltd three years ago, and was working at Nesma Holding Company in Jubail, Saudi..

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Oman says US man detained in rebel-held Yemeni capital freed Saturday, April 9th, 2016

DUBAI, (AP): A US man held captive in Yemen’s rebel-controlled capital has been released after Omani negotiators interceded on his behalf, authorities said, becoming the latest American freed through the sultanate’s quiet diplomacy. In a statement posted online late Friday, Oman’s Foreign..

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87 Nepalese left high and dry in Saudi Arabia Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Saudi Arabia: A total of 87 Nepali workers in Saudi Arabia are left high and dry as they were not given work and facility as per the agreement. They, who arrived here four months ago through Kupandole-based ACE Employment Bureau Pvt. Ltd, have been without work. Victims said that the employer..

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4 US Senators meet Saudi King Salman ahead of Obama visit Monday, March 21st, 2016

RIYADH, (AP): Saudi Arabia’s official news agency says King Salman has met with a US Congressional delegation ahead of President Barack Obama’s scheduled visit next month. The Saudi Press Agency says the delegation was led by ranking Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Ben Cardin, D-MD,..

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Nepali woman migrant rescued from Saudi Arabia Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Saudi Arabia: A Nepali woman migrant worker, who had been confined to her employer’s house in Saudi Arabia for the past seven years, has been rescued. Man Maya Gurung, 30, of Sundarpur in Morang, who landed in Saudi Arabia as a domestic help illegally, was rescued at an initiation of the..

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Stranded Nepali migrant workers implore for help Sunday, March 13th, 2016

By Bharat Pradhan, Dammam (Saudi Arabia): Complaints have been pouring in over the Nepali Embassy's apparent lack of concern towards the deteriorating plight of migrant Nepali workers stranded in Saudi Arabia. The Embassy's doors have been repeatedly knocked by the victims seeking to be saved from..

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Theme parks rise in Dubai amid shifting sands of tourism Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

DUBAI, (AP): Sweating and hopeful, the performers lined up once more and received instructions mirroring the aspirations of the soon-to-open massive amusement parks they hoped to join: dance three-eighths Bollywood with a stiff shot of hip hop and a touch of whimsy. And one more thing: “Does..

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Middle East e-commerce portal Souq.com gets Dh1b plus in funding Monday, February 29th, 2016

DUBAI: E-commerce marketplace Souq.com has secured funding in excess of Dh1 billion — the largest such for an e-tailing portal in the region to date. The investment will go towards supporting “future growth, strengthen e-commerce in the region and empower more businesses to grow online through..

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Death by Video: Morrison Combats Refugees By Film Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

Caught in the backwater of the world’s existence, Australia struggles for relevance in various ways. It might show itself a leader in creating a sovereign fund (too..