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Saudi king approves US military deployment


MNA International Desk: Saudi Arabia’s king and crown prince have approved the deployment of additional US troops and equipment, after an attack last month on the kingdom’s oil facilities, state news agency SPA reported on Saturday. The United States announced a deployment of about 3,000 troops to the Gulf state, including fighter squadrons, an air expeditionary wing and air defence personnel, amid heightened tensions with Saudi’s arch-rival Iran. President Donald Trump said the Saudis had agreed to pay for the deployment. The SPA report said only that it came in the context of “historic relations and (a) well-established partnership” between ...

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Saudi King invites Hasina to attend OIC summit


MNA Editorial Desk: Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has invited Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to attend the 14th Islamic Summit of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to be held at Makkah at the end of Ramadan. Acting Saudi Ambassador in Dhaka Amer Omer Salem Omar on Thursday morning handed over an invitation letter to this end to the Prime Minister at her official residence Ganobhaban here, said PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim. The Prime Minister accepted the invitation and assured her presence in the summit, reports UNB. At the meeting, the envoy said the Saudi King cordially invited ...

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2 Saudi oil tankers came under attack off UAE coast


MNA International Desk: Saudi Arabia on Monday said that two of its tankers were targeted in a “sabotage attack” off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. Quoting energy minister Khalid Al-Falih, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reports the two tankers were targeted off the coast of Fujairah. Al-Falih explained that one tanker was en route to the kingdom to be loaded with Saudi crude oil to send to the United States to supply Saudi Aramco customers. “Fortunately, the attack didn’t lead to any casualties or oil spill; however, it caused significant damage to the structures of the two vessels,” Al-Falih ...

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US Senate votes to end supporting Saudi-led Yemen war


MNA International Desk: The US Republican-led Senate has approved a bill to end US support for the Saudi Arabian-led coalition war in Yemen. The bipartisan vote was 54 to 46, and is a rebuke to US President Donald Trump’s support of Saudi Arabia and its leader despite recent tensions. Trump has vowed to veto the resolution should it pass through the Democrat-led House, reports BBC. The war in Yemen started in 2015 and has left thousands of Yemenis dead and millions more starving. The US sells weapons used by the Saudis and its military provides logistical and intelligence support to ...

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US senators criticizes Saudi crown prince for going rogue

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MNA International Desk: Retired General John Abizaid, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be ambassador to Saudi Arabia, defended the US-Saudi relationship on Wednesday as lawmakers accused the kingdom of a litany of misdeeds and criticised its crown prince as going “full gangster.” Senators at Abizaid’s confirmation hearing including Trump’s fellow Republicans as well as Democrats condemned the kingdom’s conduct in the civil war in Yemen, heavy-handed diplomacy and rights abuses. Among those were the torturing of women’s activists and a US citizen and the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Abizaid called for accountability for the murder of Khashoggi, a ...

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Saudi to deport 250 more Rohingyas to Bangladesh


MNA Editorial Desk: Saudi Arabia is planning to deport 250 Rohingya men to Bangladesh. This will be the second forced deportation by Riyadh this year, an activist group has told Al Jazeera. Activists group is fearing that the deported Rohingyas could be jailed upon arrival in Bangladesh. Earlier on January 7, Riyadh sent 13 Rohingya men to Dhaka. Saudi Arabia is home to almost 300,000 Rohingya, according to Nay San Lwin, campaign coordinator for the Free Rohingya Coalition, who urged authorities to stop the deportations, adding that the men faced imprisonment in Bangladesh upon their arrival. “Majority of these Rohingya ...

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Canada hires guard for Saudi teen’s safety


MNA International Desk: Amid threats to the safety of Saudi teenager Rahaf Mohammed, who was granted asylum in Canada, the Toronto agency helping her has hired a security guard to ensure “she is never alone” as she starts a normal life, its executive director said on Tuesday. Mohammed, 18, made international headlines after she barricaded herself in an airport hotel room in Thailand’s capital Bangkok to avoid being sent home to her family due to fears of being harmed or killed. The family denies any abuse. The teen has received multiple threats online that have made her fear for her ...

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Saudi teenager Rahaf got asylum in Canada

MNA International Desk: Canada has granted asylum to an 18-year-old Saudi woman, Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, who fled her family saying she feared for her life and Thai officials confirmed that the teen was en route to Toronto. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday said the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had asked Canada to take in Rahaf, reports Reuters. The teen grabbed international attention this week after she barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport hotel room in Thailand to resist being sent home to her family, which denies any abuse. “Canada is a country that understands how ...

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UN refers Saudi teen to Australia for refuge


MNA International Desk: The United Nations has asked Australia to consider refugee resettlement for an 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled to Thailand saying she feared her family would kill her, the Australian government said on Wednesday. The teenager, Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, arrived in Bangkok on the weekend appealing for asylum. Australia said it would consider resettling her if the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) deemed her a refugee. “The UNHCR has referred Ms Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun to Australia for consideration for refugee resettlement,” Australia’s Department of Homeland Security said in an email. The department said it would consider the ...

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Saudi kicks off investment summit


MNA Business Desk: Saudi Arabia hosts an investment event Tuesday despite pulling out of several country’s officials from attending the conference over death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But Turkey’s threat to reveal the “naked truth” over critic Jamal Khashoggi’s murder is hanging over the gathering, reported news agency. The three-day Future Investment Initiative (FII) was meant to project the historically insular petro-state as a lucrative business destination as it seeks to diversify and set the stage for new ventures and multi-billion dollar contracts. But the summit, nicknamed “Davos in the desert”, has been overshadowed by growing global outrage over the ...

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PM holds meeting with Saudi Crown Prince

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MNA National Desk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina held a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince, deputy premier and defense minister Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz in Riyadh on Wednesday evening, reported news agency. “The meeting took place at the Royal Palace in Arga,” foreign secretary Md Shahidul Haque told newsmen after the meeting. They discussed issues related to bilateral interests, he said. Earlier, the prime minister had an audience with Saudi King and Custodian of Two Holy Mosques Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at Royal Palace in Arga in the afternoon.

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‘Guilty until proven innocent’: Trump defends Saudi in disappearance of Khashoggi


MNA International Desk: Donald Trump has defended Saudi Arabia against mounting international condemnation of the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, warning against a rush to judgment as his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, headed to Turkey to meet President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The US president in an interview with the Associated Press, compared the case of Khashoggi – whom Turkish officials say was murdered in the Saudis’ Istanbul consulate – to allegations of sexual assault levelled against the supreme court justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing. “I think we have to find out what happened first,” Trump said. “Here ...

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Saudis launch multi-billion dollar resort


MNA Entertainment Desk: Saudi King Salman and crown prince Mohammed bin Salman attended the ground-breaking ceremony on Saturday of a vast entertainment resort that is at the heart of an ambitious strategy to open the economy and ease social restrictions. Qiddiya, about an hour’s drive from Riyadh, is being built on a 334 sq km (8,400-acre) site, making it 2-1/2 times the size of Disney World, reported news agency. It will include a Six Flags theme park, water parks, motor sports, cultural events, and vacation homes. A spokesman said Qiddiya expects to attract 1.5 million visitors annually when the first ...

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Saudi Arabia tries to comfort the investors


MNA Business Desk: Saudi is freeing its billionaire detainees. Now it has to woo investors. Saudi Arabia tries to comfort the investors. Saudi Arabia is winding down a spectacular crackdown into alleged corruption after agreeing to release one of its highest profile suspects and recovering billions of dollars in cash and much more in real estate. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a billionaire global investor with stakes in Citigroup (C), Twitter (TWTR) and Apple (AAPL), was released on Saturday. The conditions of his freedom are unclear, and the country’s ministry of information said it would not comment on his situation. In ...

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Saudi women allowed driving


MNA International Desk: Saudi King Salman on Tuesday ordered that women be allowed to drive cars, ending a conservative tradition seen by rights activists as an emblem of the Islamic kingdom’s repression of women. The kingdom has been widely criticized for being the only country in the world that bans women from driving, despite gradual improvement on some women’s issues in recent years and ambitious government targets to increase their public role, especially in the workforce. Despite trying to cultivate a more modern image in recent years, the driving ban had been a longstanding stain on Saudi Arabia’s international image. ...

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Saudi approved all pilgrims’ visa applications


MNA Exclusive Desk: The Saudi authorities have approved all pending applications of intending Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrims paving ways for them to perform the holy Islamic ritual, a Bangladesh foreign ministry statement said in Dhaka on Tuesday. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs would like to inform that 118,924 pilgrims’ visas have been approved by Saudi authorities as of 14 August 2017,” the statement read. “The Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Dhaka has informed that there is no pending application with them.” It also added. It is “closely working” with the Saudi authorities in this regard. Some 1,27,198 pilgrims from Bangladesh are ...

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Six Bangladeshis killed in Saudi road crash


MNA Exclusive Desk: Six Bangladeshi workers, including two siblings, were killed in a road accident in Saudi Arabia on Thursday night. Five of the deceased were identified as Ershad Bepari, 25, his younger brother Humayun Bepari, 20, sons of Ohed Ali Bepari, hailing from Daraper Dangi, Miraz Mondol, 26, son of Saher Mondol of Shamsu Mondol Bazar and Kobbat Khan, 25, son of Osman Khan of Matubbar Para in Goalanda upazial of Rajbari district, and Idris Dewan, 30, son of Haran Dewan, of Zahiruddin Matubbar Dangi in Faridpur Sadar upazila. The six Bangladeshis along with five Saudi citizens were returning ...

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About 1.27 lakh people will perform hajj this year

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MNA National Desk: A total of 1,27,798 people are allowed to perform hajj this year under public and private management, Religious Affairs Minister Principal Matiur Rahman said on Tuesday. “As per the bi-lateral hajj agreement 2017, around 10,000 persons in public and 1,17,198 persons are allowed to perform hajj in private arrangement during the current hajj season,” the minister said. In addition to this, 1162 private agencies are also received approval for administering the hajj programme during this year. Meanwhile, the bilateral hajj agreement already has been completed between the government of Bangladesh and the Royal Saudi government. However, the ...

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Saudi, Bahrain, Egypt and UAE cut diplomatic ties with Qatar

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MNA International Desk: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates announced on Monday they were severing diplomatic ties with Qatar, as they accused the Gulf state of supporting terrorism. Saudi news agency SPA said Riyadh cut diplomatic ties and closed borders with its neighbour to ‘protect its national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism’. A Saudi official cited by SPA said the country decided to ‘sever diplomatic and consular ties with Qatar, and to close all land, sea and aviation ports’. The ‘decisive’ measure was due to the ‘gross violations committed by authorities in Qatar over ...

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Saudi waived off visa fees for first time pilgrims


MNA National Desk: The government of Saudi Arabia has waived off all visa fees and fully paid for by the government for all first-time pilgrims coming for either Hajj or Umra. The freshly introduced fee structure includes a single-entry visa that will cost tourists 2,000 Saudi Riyals ($533), applicable to all visitors, except first time pilgrims. The Saudi Council of Ministers chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef announced the revised visa fees on Monday. The changes come into effect on Oct 2.  Residents will have to pay $53 for exit and re-entry visa fees for a single trip for ...

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Four Bangladeshis died in Saudi factory fire


MNA National Desk: Four Bangladeshi workers died in a fire that broke out at a furniture factory at Manfuha in Riyadh city of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday. The dead identified as Samiul Islam alias Saddam, 30-year-old, son of Syed Ali of Khajura Sreepurpara village, Jamal Hossain Molla, 45-year-old, son of Gafur Mollah, Asim, 27-year-old, son of Ajer Ali of Janardanbati village, and Amirul Islam, son of Sekandar Ali of Bhatopara village in Naldanga upazila of Natore district. Mostafa Kamal, officer in charge of Naldanga Police Station, said the fire broke out at the factory around 5:00pm and leaved the workers ...

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Saudi lifted ban on recruiting workers


MNA Editorial Desk: Saudi Arabia has officially lifted a six-year ban on recruiting workers from Bangladesh. The decision will benefit all classes of workers comprising skilled, unskilled and professionals such as doctors, nurses, teachers, farm and construction workers, Golam Moshi, Dhaka’s envoy to the kingdom, told to news agency. Organizations for recruitment from Bangladesh was reopened after talks between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at Jeddah in June, he said. However, the embargo did not put on to female domestic labors who make up for 60,000 of the 1.3 million Bangladeshis working in the ...

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Saudi gave free pass to bomb schools and hospitals in Yemen


MNA International Desk: According to reports, Saudi gave free pass to bomb schools and hospitals in Yemen. On Thursday last week, the UN secretary general listed Saudi Arabia responsible for killing children, bombing hospitals and schools. This places Saudi Arabia and the coalition it leads in the dubious company of ISIS, the Taliban, al-Shabaab and the Lord’s Resistance Army in the blacklist of organizations violating children’s rights in a conflict area. Saudi Arabia had been removed them from the list on Monday, erasing much of the UN’s credibility when it comes to defending human rights. This unexpected improvement is hard ...

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Saudi Crown Prince greeted Sheikh Hasina


MNA National Desk: Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz greeted Sheikh Hasina when the Biman Bangladesh Airlines aircraft carrying the prime minister and her backup touched down at the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah on Friday. A vigorously turned-out contingent of the Saudi Arabian armed forces displayed a guard-of-honor when the Bangladesh leader got down from the aircraft.The crown prince took her to a dinner in her honor at King Faysal Palace from the airport. Earlier, she leftward Dhaka for the five-day visit at the request of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud around 4:15pm. This ...

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Commerce minister urged Saudi to invest


MNA Business Desk: Tofail Ahmed, state commerce minister, has urged Saudi entrepreneurs to invest in Bangladesh. He referred to sectors such as skilled manpower, readymade garments (RMG), pharmaceutical and agriculture for further increasing trade and investment relations between the two friendly countries, reports the BSS. He made the call while addressing a meeting with director general of Saudi Export Program (SEP) Ahmed M Al-Ghannam, who is also chairman of Saudi Bangladesh Industrial and Agricultural Investment Company (SABINCO), in Riyadh on Monday, said a press release in Dhaka. The minister said both the countries will get more benefits by forming a ...

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