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Despite furor over Jerusalem move, Saudis seen on board with U.S. peace efforts

Despite furor over Jerusalem move, Saudis seen on board with U.S. peace effortsBy Samia Nakhoul, Stephen Kalin and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT/RIYADH/AMMAN (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia pulled no punches when it condemned President Donald Trump’s move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Trump reversed decades of U.S. policy on Wednesday with his announcement and instructions to begin the process of moving the embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, despite warnings that it would drive the wedge between Israel and the Palestinians deeper.



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US Air Force official: Missile targeting Saudis was Iranian

US Air Force official: Missile targeting Saudis was IranianIran manufactured the ballistic missile fired by Yemen's Shiite rebels toward the Saudi capital and remnants of it bore "Iranian markings," the top U.S. Air Force official in the Mideast said Friday, backing the kingdom's earlier allegations.



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Qatar accuses Saudis of hampering Qatari hajj pilgrims

Qatar accuses Saudis of hampering Qatari hajj pilgrimsThe Qatari authorities have accused Saudi Arabia of jeopardising the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca of Qatari pilgrims by refusing to guarantee their safety. Saudi Arabia and its allies have been boycotting Qatar since June 5, accusing it of backing extremist groups and of ties to Shiite Iran, in the region’s worst diplomatic crisis in years. On July 20, Riyadh said that Qataris wanting to perform this year’s hajj would be allowed to enter the kingdom for the pilgrimage, but imposed certain restrictions.



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Saudis release woman in viral miniskirt video without charge

Saudis release woman in viral miniskirt video without chargeDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia announced Wednesday that a woman who was detained after wearing a miniskirt in a video that went viral has been released without charge.



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Saudis stand tough as top Gulf diplomats in Washington for Qatar talks

Saudis stand tough as top Gulf diplomats in Washington for Qatar talksThree top Gulf diplomats were in Washington Tuesday as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to help resolve the stubborn Qatar crisis. With a one-week Saudi deadline looming for Qatar to meet its tough demands, Tillerson had talks with Qatar Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani.



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Iran leaders accuse US, Saudis of supporting Tehran attacks

Iran leaders accuse US, Saudis of supporting Tehran attacksTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian leaders on Friday accused the United States and Saudi Arabia of supporting the Islamic State-claimed dual attacks that killed 17 people in Tehran this week, as thousands of Iranians attended a funeral ceremony for the victims.



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The Latest: Trump gets royal treatment from Saudis.

The Latest: Trump gets royal treatment from Saudis.RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) —



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Saudis eye Iran and ignore Trump's temperament as red carpet rolled out

Saudis eye Iran and ignore Trump's temperament as red carpet rolled outSaudi Arabia has used the Trump visit to amplify his wide-reaching reform program. Saudi Arabia has prepared a spectacular – if wary – welcome for Donald Trump, ignoring mounting concerns about his temperament and insisting that his visit on Saturday will reconfirm the Kingdom’s status as a regional force. Gleeful officials say the US president’s decision to make Riyadh the first stop in his first foreign trip in office sends a powerful message underlining Saudi Arabia’s clout after eight years of strained bilateral ties under Barack Obama.



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