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Motorsport, rock bands, tourists … welcome to the new Saudi Arabia

  • Three-day event at Ad Diriyah reaches spectacular climax in an unprecedented spirit of openness
By HUSSAM AL MAYMAN - NOOR NUGALI - Rawan Radwan - HALA TASHKANDI ·

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US-led coalition destroys Syrian mosque used as Daesh command center

  • Daesh lost nearly all the territory it once held in Syria last year in separate offensives by the US-backed SDF on the one hand, and the Russian-backed Syrian army on the other
By Reuters ·

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Yemeni army expels Houthis militia from Awaja district in Hajjah province

  • The progress was made following a covert military operation launched by the army with support from the Arab coalition
  • Dozens of militants were killed and wounded during the clashes as the Yemeni army recovered weapons and ammunition from the Houthis
By Arab News ·

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Sign language and Braille Qur’ans to help pilgrims at Two Holy Mosques

  • Copies of the Qur’an in Braille along with other religious booklets are available, as are on-site specialists to help pilgrims during prayer times and guide them through the mosque sites
By Tareq Althaqfi ·

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Pakistan army chief confirms death sentence for 15 militants

  • Pakistan lifted a moratorium on the death penalty after a 2014 militant attack on an army-run school in Peshawar that killed more than 150 people
  • The fourth anniversary of the attack is being observed Sunday
By AP ·

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Israel’s tech sector faces challenge from shortage of workers

  • The sector accounts for about 45 percent of Israel’s exports
  • Arabs account for only 3 percent of tech workers but this is expected to change soon as 18 percent of all computer science students today are Arab
By Reuters ·

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Egypt, South Africa bid to be replacement African Cup host

  • The executive committee will now decide who is awarded the tournament at a meeting in Dakar, Senegal on Jan. 9
  • Cameroon was stripped of hosting rights last month because of delays with its preparations and a violent separatist movement
By AP ·

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Nicaragua police raid opposition paper, end rights groups’ permits

  • Confidencial’s front door was sealed with tape following the raid. Police seized work equipment and documents
By AFP ·

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Worth the sting: Cuba’s scorpion pain remedy

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  • In Cuba, where tens of thousands of patients have been treated with Vidatox, each vial costs under a dollar
  • The scorpions are caught in the wild as Labiofam workers believe their venom — which is not dangerous — is not as potent when raised in captivity
By Reuters ·