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Saudi Arabia reshuffles cabinet with eye on culture

Saudi Arabia announced another cabinet reshuffle on Saturday with a heavy focus on culture and religion, as the kingdom undergoes a major image overhaul.

Al-Qaeda warns Saudi crown prince over ‘sin’

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has warned Saudi Arabia’s reformist Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over his “sinful projects”, in a bulletin released Friday.

UAE pledges $500m in humanitarian aid to Yemen amid air campaign

The United Arab Emirates has pledged 500 million dollars (1.84 billion dirhams) to support a UN humanitarian scheme for Yemen, official WAM news agency reported on Wednesday.

Louvre to probe Qatar map distortion at UAE franchise

The Louvre Museum in Paris has launched an official investigation into the distortion of the Gulf map at its Abu Dhabi franchise, Qatar's National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) said.

Over 5.5m displaced across Horn of Africa by end 2017 – UN

UN says 5.5 million people were displaced across the Horn of Africa by the end of December 2017, including around 4.1 million internally displaced and 1.4 million living in the region as refugees and asylum seekers.

Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile fired by Yemeni rebels

Saudi Arabia’s air force intercepted on Friday a ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Iran-allied rebels towards the southern region of Najran, Saudi-owned broadcaster Al Arabiya reported.

Policeman killed in rare Oman stabbing

A policeman was stabbed to death Saturday in a rare attack in Oman’s capital Muscat, authorities said, with his assailant described as “mentally ill”.

Yemen: Saudi-led alliance accuses UN official of bias

A Saudi-led air alliance fighting rebels in Yemen has accused a UN humanitarian official of bias in favour of Houthi rebels, Saudi-owned television. Al Arabiya, said Friday.

Saudi-led airstrikes kill 12 prisoners in Yemeni capital – rebels

No fewer than 12 prisoners were killed, on Wednesday, amid airstrikes by a Saudi-led alliance in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, an official in the rebel-controlled Health Ministry said.

Qatar’s emir to attend Gulf summit – foreign minister

Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani will attend a key summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Kuwait this week, according to Qatar's foreign minister.

US urges UN action after Saudi blames Iran over missile

The United States has called on the United Nations to act against Iran after Saudi Arabia, a Washington ally, accused Tehran of "direct military aggression" through the Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Qaeda suspects hit Yemen security in twin suicide attacks

Suspected Al-Qaeda militants staged twin suicide bombings and took hostages Sunday in Aden, officials said, striking at the heart of the Yemeni government after suffering a string of setbacks.

US strike kills dozens ISIS members – Pentagon

U.S. forces killed dozens of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS’) members in a strike on two ISIS training camps on Monday in Al Bayda Governorate, Yemen, Pentagon has said.

Saudi coalition attacks kill many children in Yemen – UN

The Saudi Arabia-led military coalition was responsible for an "unacceptably high" number of child deaths and injuries in Yemen last year, according to a draft United Nations report.

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Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez sent off in defeat to Japan

Japan got their World Cup campaign off to the perfect start with a 2-1 win over Colombia, who suffered the tournament's first red card after only three minutes.