scandals in the East

Iranian President's cellphone was tapped

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's mobile phone was tapped, the head of a military unit charged with combatting sabotage, Gen. Gholam Reza Jalali said without providing details on who was behind it or …

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France supports  criticism of Saudi Arabia

France condemns the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul and wants an in-depth investigation of the case, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Saturday, Reuters reports.  …

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Saudi consul general leaves Istanbul

Saudi Arabia's top diplomat in Istanbul Mohammed al-Otaibi has reportedly left Turkey, hours after it was announced his official residence would be searched in connection with a journalist's disappearance. …

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Riyad Haddad: Damascus never used chemical weapons

After a series of unjustified allegations that Syria reportedly kept chemical weapons, Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad said that the state eliminated all of its chemical arsenal in 2013. "Firstly, Syria …

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 Netanyahu: no early elections planned in Israel

Israel’s coalition government remained stable, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, adding that it would continue to govern despite police recommendations he be indicted for bribery. "I …

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Turkey against 'privileged partnership' with EU

Turkey will not accept a "privileged partnership" with the EU, the country's EU Minister Omer Celik has said, Anadolu Agency reports. "If we are offered a privileged partnership, we will not even consider it, and …

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11 Saudi princes arrested for protesting at ruling palace

Saudi police have arrested 11 princes for protesting at the ruling palace in Riyadh and refusing to leave, sources confirmed to Sabq local online news on Saturday, Xinxua reports. The princes protested over the decision of the Saudi …

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 Turkey halts visa services for American citizens

Turkey cancelled all visa services for Americans at its diplomatic missions in the US in a tit-for-tat move after Washington made a similar announcement earlier in the day. "Recent events have forced the Turkish Government to …

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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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Trump and Saudi king discuss dispute with Qatar

U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Wednesday and urged “all the parties in the Qatar dispute” to find a diplomatic resolution to end a crisis that has …

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Arab states to allow Qatar use emergency air corridors

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain will allow Qatari planes to use air corridors in emergencies, the Saudi state news agency SPA said, citing a statement from the Saudi aviation authority. "Nine corridors …

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