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Nasser Al-Haqbani
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on : Wednesday, 4 Mar, 2015

Saudi diplomat says was treated “inhumanely” by Al-Qaeda captors

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 city of Aden. “I was treated inhumanely by my AQAP captors,” he said. Khalidi, who was seized by AQAP in Marc...

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Nasser Al-Haqbani
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on : Wednesday, 4 Mar, 2015

Enhanced British military presence in region will benefit Gulf: British defense minister

Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat—Plans to strengthen Britain’s military presence in Bahrain will benefit the entire Gulf region, British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said on Tuesday during a visit to the Saudi capital Riyadh. Fallon, who was in Riyadh as part of a region-wide visit, said plans to expand facilities at the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) Mina Salman Port will help Britain and its Gulf allies deal more swiftly with regional security threats. The base is used to support British...

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Arafat Madabish
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on : Wednesday, 4 Mar, 2015

Yemen: Houthis, Saleh oppose Hadi’s call to hold talks in Riyadh

Sana’a, Asharq Al-Awsat—The rebel Houthi movement and Yemen’s ruling General People’s Congress (GPC) party turned down on Tuesday a proposal by embattled Yemeni Preside...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Wednesday, 4 Mar, 2015

After Netanyahu warnings, US, Iran resume talks

Montreux, Reuters—The US and Iranian foreign ministers began a third day of talks over Iran's nuclear program on Wednesday, just hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin N...

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Majid Al-Amir
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on : Tuesday, 3 Mar, 2015

Jordan Brotherhood leadership “illegitimate”: former Supreme Guide

Amman, Asharq Al-Awsat—A former head of Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood slammed the organization's current leadership as “illegitimate and illegal,” after the Jordanian gov...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Tuesday, 3 Mar, 2015

Kingdom, Turkey look to patch up strained relationship

Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat—Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Monday, as...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Tuesday, 3 Mar, 2015

Iraqi forces try to seal off ISIS around Tikrit

Baghdad, Reuters—Thousands of Iraqi soldiers and Shi'ite militiamen sought to seal off Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters in Tikrit and nearby towns on Tuesday, ...

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Arafat Madabish
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on : Monday, 2 Mar, 2015

Yemen: Hadi slams “putschist” Houthis, Saleh, Iran

Sana’a, Asharq Al-Awsat—Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi on Sunday accused the Shi’ite Houthi movement, former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh, and Iran of con...

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Majid Al-Amir
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on : Monday, 2 Mar, 2015

Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood to split from Egypt parent: sources

Amman, Asharq Al-Awsat—The Jordanian government is to re-designate the Muslim Brotherhood’s branch in the Hashemite Kingdom a Jordanian group, independent from its parent o...

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Fatah Al-Rahman Youssef
on : Monday, 2 Mar, 2015

Attempts to damage Saudi–Egypt ties will fail: Egyptian ambassador

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 t...

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