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Detained Saudi princes offered freedom deals

Saudi authorities are negotiating settlements with princes and businessmen held over allegations of corruption, offering deals for the detainees to pay for their freedom. The Saudi government is looking to appropriate as much as 70% of …

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 Around 12,000 homes destroyed by Iran earthquake

About 12,000 houses were destroyed by  earthquake in western Iran, the head of Relief and Rescue Organization of the Red Crescent Society Morteza Salimi said. The head of Cultural Heritage, Handcrafts and Tourism …

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Riyad denies death of Saudi prince

A Saudi prince who was thought to have been killed in a firefight while resisting arrest as part of the kingdom's anti-corruption purge is 'alive and well', according to the government.   "There is no truth …

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Saudi Arabia to allow women into sports stadiums

Women in Saudi Arabia will finally be able to watch sporting events in all-male stadium from next year, the country’s General Sports Authority said. The planned law change comes as part of Saudi's reforms to give females more …

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 Gym for women opened in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabian princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan, president of the Community Sports Union, has opened the newest Studio 5 gym in Jeddah, which is based on electronic registration and scheduling sport sessions. The …

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US and Turkey mutually suspend visa services

The United States and Turkey have suspended all non-immigrant visa services for travel between the two countries, after last week's arrest of a US consulate employee in Istanbul. "Recent events have forced the United States …

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Public events banned in Turkish province

Public events are banned in Turkey’s eastern Van province, the Van governorate said in a message Aug. 31, Trend reports. According to the message, it is forbidden to hold any public events in the province from September 1 for …

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Almost 1000 public workers dismissed in Turkey

The Turkish government officially fired 928 public workers suspected of having links with terrorist organizations and groups seen as a threat by the National Security Council (MGK). The two new comprehensive decrees published in the …

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Erdogan says worst is over for Turkish economy

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed that “the worst is over” for the Turkish economy, hailing the improving figures in various parts of the economy from exports to domestic consumption. …

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Bayterek to be reopened by June 10

The major overhaul of the main symbol of Astana, Bayterek monument, is under completion. The builders plan to complete finishing works before the beginning of Expo 2017, Kazinform reported with reference to the press-service of the Astana …

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Erdogan: Turkish language must be preserved

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Turkish citizens to use their language with care, especially when it comes to naming places such as sports centers. "While our language has its own richness, naming …

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