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King Salman receives call from US president, Trump sending Pompeo to Saudi Arabia

  • King Salman and Donald Trump discussed ongoing Saudi-Turkish cooperation during the consulate investigation in Istanbul
  • Pompeo will then visit Turkey after his trip to the Kingdom
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Saudi Arabia is world’s energy ‘shock absorber’ says minister Al-Falih

  • Al-Falih told an energy event in India that it was time this balancing role was respected and acknowledged by the international community.
  • He added that the Kingdom wanted to continue playing the global balancing role that it currently plays.
By Arab News ·

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Arab allies and Middle East organizations voice support, solidarity with Saudi Arabia

  • Arab world affirms their full solidarity with Saudi Arabia
  • The statements, issued by each country’s official news agency, came following accusations against the Kingdom in the case of the missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi
By Arab News ·

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Lebanon rejects Syrian conditions on its trucks' transit through Nassib border crossing

  • The only contact existing with the Syrian side is on the return of displaced persons and is taking place with the Russian side: source
  • The Lebanese leader Michel Aoun had praised the agreement reached between the Jordanian and Syrian authorities to open the Nassib border crossing
By NAJIA HOUSSARI ·

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Kanye West meets Uganda’s president, gifts pair of sneakers

  • Museveni said he and the American rapper held “fruitful discussions”
  • Uganda’s presidency released photos of a hoodie-wearing West meeting Museveni at the State House and exchanging gifts
By AP ·

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Saudi energy minister compares electric vehicle ‘hype’ to peak oil misconceptions

  • Khalid Al-Falih on Monday questioned what he described as the “hype” of the electric vehicle market
  • Compared it to past misconceptions around the theory of peak oil
By Arab News ·

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‘Pride of Palestine’ Abdul Kareem Al-Selwady ready to kick and punch his way into record books at Brave 18 in Bahrain

  • 23-year-old set to make history as he battles it out with Lucas Martins for the Brave lightweight belt.
  • Fight to take place in Bahrain on Nov.16.
By Gary Meenaghan ·

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Nepal blocks 25,000 websites in pornography crackdown

  • The government issued new criminal and civil codes this year that include regulations against the use, broadcast and publication of pornography
  • Media rights groups have expressed concern at the blanket ban of website
By AP ·

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Hawking’s final book offers brief answers to big questions

  • Hawking was forever being asked the same things and started work on “Brief Answers to the Big Questions” last year before he died
  • “He was regularly asked a set of questions,” his daughter Lucy Hawking said
By AFP ·