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PICTORIAL: Newly-accredited envoys present credentials to President Museveni

PICTORIAL: Five newly-accredited envoys to Uganda presented credentials to President Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday at State House, Entebbe. This after related welcome ceremonies. Sara Hradecky, the new High Commissioner of Canada. “We urge Canada to join us in our efforts to support refugees,” said Museveni. Maria Erla Marelsdottir of Iceland. “Uganda hopes to …

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Trump backs Saudi-led efforts to isolate Qatar

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | AFP |  US President Donald Trump threw his weight behind efforts to isolate Qatar on Tuesday, backing Saudi Arabia and its allies after they cut ties with Doha over claims it supports extremism. In a surprise move against a key US ally, Trump suggested Qatar — …

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Trump urges Muslim leaders to confront extremism

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | AFP |  US President Donald Trump on Sunday urged Islamic leaders to take a stand against violence done in the name of religion, describing the struggle against extremism as a “battle between good and evil”. In a highly anticipated speech in Saudi Arabia, Trump lashed out …

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Saudi raises $9 bn in first global Islamic bond issue

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | AFP |  Saudi Arabia raised $9 billion in its first global Islamic bond issue, the government announced on Thursday, a move analysts say could ease pressure on foreign reserves. The sale of Islamic bonds, known as sukuks, comes after the kingdom in October turned to the …

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Britain apologises after egg thrown at Saudi general

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | AFP | Britain has apologised after an egg was thrown at a Saudi military official during a visit to London, Saudi state media said Sunday. An anti-war activist last week attempted a citizen’s arrest of General Ahmed Assiri, spokesman for the Saudi-led Gulf coalition fighting rebels in …

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VIDEO: Uganda to lift ban on maid exports to Saudi Arabia

VIDEO: Government plans to lift the ban recently slapped on the exportation of domestic workers to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The ban followed consistent complaints of gross human rights violations from Ugandans who sought employment in the major oil producing Kingdom. The plans were revealed by the Minister of …

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Hajj pilgrims to get e-bracelets for safety

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | AFP | Muslim pilgrims joining this year’s hajj in Saudi Arabia will have to wear an electronic safety bracelet, newspapers reported Friday, after more than 2,000 died in a stampede last year. The high-tech safety measure will help authorities provide care “and identify people”, the Arab …

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Saudi unveils plan to live without oil by 2020

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | AFP | Saudi Arabia said Monday it would create the world’s largest wealth fund and sell shares in state energy giant Aramco as it unveiled a vast plan to transform its oil-dependent economy. The announcement of the long-term reform programme, dubbed “Saudi Vision 2030”, marks the …

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US transfers nine Yemenis from Guantanamo to Saudi Arabia

Washington, United States | AFP | Nine Yemeni inmates have been transferred from Guantanamo Bay to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said on Saturday, bringing the controversial military prison’s remaining population down to 80. It is the largest transfer from the facility since 10 Yemenis were sent to Oman in January …

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