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Saudi King Salman says determined to confront corruption


RIYADH Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz said on Wednesday his government was determined to confront corruption with "justice and decisiveness", signalling continued support for a crackdown on sleaze involving mass arrests of top Saudis including royals. | Video

Muslim leaders call on world to recognise East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital

ISTANBUL Muslim leaders condemned U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday and called on the world to respond by recognising East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine. | Video

World, Israel, Top News 13 Dec 2017

OIC draft declaration says Trump's Jerusalem move marks U.S. withdrawal from peace process

ISTANBUL A draft declaration prepared for a summit of Muslim leaders on Wednesday said they considered Washington's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as a sign of U.S. withdrawal from its role as a sponsor of Middle East peace.

World, Israel 13 Dec 2017

Pakistan orders George Soros foundation, other aid groups to close

ISLAMABAD Pakistan has told at least 10 foreign-funded aid groups to close, an umbrella agency said on Wednesday, including a charity founded by hedge fund billionaire and philanthropist George Soros, the group said.

Top News, World, South Asia 13 Dec 2017

Insight: Backed by Putin, Russian military pushes into foreign policy

MOSCOW From Damascus to Doha, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has been showing up in unexpected places, a sign of the military's growing influence under Vladimir Putin.

World, Top News, Yemen, Syria 13 Dec 2017

Iran urges Muslim nations to defend Palestinians after Trump move

ISTANBUL Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday all Muslim nations should work together to defend the rights of Palestinians following Donald Trump's decision last week to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

13 Dec 2017

UAE, Saudi working on digital currency for cross-border deals

ABU DHABI The United Arab Emirates is working with Saudi Arabia's central bank to issue a digital currency that would be accepted in cross-border transactions between the two countries, UAE central bank governor Mubarak Rashed al-Mansouri said on Wednesday.

Budget 2017, Business, Tech 13 Dec 2017

Saudi Aramco seeks IPO bookrunners, global coordinators - sources

LONDON/DUBAI State oil giant Saudi Aramco is seeking proposals from bankers before the end of the year for roles of bookrunners and global coordinators for its initial public offering (IPO) planned for 2018, two sources close to the matter said.

Budget 2017, Business 13 Dec 2017

At least 39 Yemenis dead in Saudi-led raid on police camp in Sanaa: official

DUBAI Saudi-led coalition aircraft struck a military police camp in the Houthi-controlled Yemeni capital Sanaa on Wednesday, killing at least 39 people and wounding 90 more, including some prisoners, an official and witnesses said.

Pakistani court summons police in case of missing peace activist

LAHORE, Pakistan A Pakistani court on Wednesday summoned a police officer investigating the case of a missing peace activist who is believed to have been kidnapped by unidentified men this month.

World, South Asia, Top News 13 Dec 2017

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