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Israeli PM avoided Saudi airspace because of Houthi missiles

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he was deterred from flying to the United Arab Emirates through Saudi Arabian airspace last week because of the threat of missile fire from Iranian proxies in YemenByThe Associated PressMarch 14, 2021, 9:53 AM• 2 min readJERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was deterred from flying to the United Arab Emirates through Saudi Arabian airspace last week because of the threat of missile fire from Iranian proxies in Yemen.Netanyahu, whose comments came Saturday, had called off a visit to the Emirates last week over a spat with neighboring Jordan, which had temporarily closed its airspace to the Israeli prime minister's flight.But rather than bypass Jordanian airspace and take a more southerly route across Saudi skies, Netan...
Saudi Arabia says crown prince had ‘successful’ surgery

Saudi Arabia says crown prince had ‘successful’ surgery

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Saudi Arabia's royal court says Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman underwent a “successful surgery” for appendicitis on Wednesday, and left the hospital soon after the operationByThe Associated PressFebruary 24, 2021, 9:39 PM• 1 min readDUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman underwent a “successful surgery” for appendicitis on Wednesday, the royal court said, and he left the hospital soon after the operation.The 35-year-old prince had surgery at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in the Saudi capital of Riyadh in the morning, according to the royal court. The official statement described the operation as laparoscopic, meaning that no large incision was made.Late Wednesday, Saudi state-run media published footage of the crown prince, surrounded by an entourage ...
Saudi women’s rights activist freed after 1,000 days in prison on ‘spurious’ charges

Saudi women’s rights activist freed after 1,000 days in prison on ‘spurious’ charges

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Prominent Saudi women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul has been released from prison after spending more than 1,000 days behind bars.Her sister Lina posted the news on Twitter with a screenshot of a smiling Loujian speaking to her via video call but warned that while she was out of jail she was still not fully "free". She said: "Loujain is at home, but she is not free."The fight is not over. I am not fully happy without the release of all political prisoners." Another sister, Alia, posted the caption: "This is the best day of my life. Loujain is in our parent's home." ...
Evidence of potential war crime by Saudi coalition in Yemen

Evidence of potential war crime by Saudi coalition in Yemen

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A Sky News investigation has discovered evidence of a recent potential war crime in northern Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition, which is backed by the US and Britain.There's already growing controversy over why Britain is still supporting a campaign which has led to the country being declared the world's biggest humanitarian disaster. The Sky team travelled hundreds of kilometres along dry riverbeds and through rocky, inhospitable terrain and winding mountain paths to reach the remote village of Washah near the Yemeni-Saudi border. Once there, we were led by foot up narrow hill trails to the site of an airstrike on a family home. We were the first outsiders to reach the site - and the first independent journalists to examine the area and talk to multiple eyewitnesses as well as survivors of...
UK can be ‘Saudi Arabia of wind power’ – PM

UK can be ‘Saudi Arabia of wind power’ – PM

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he wants to make a "big bet" on renewables, turning the UK into the "Saudi Arabia" of wind power.Speaking via video link to a climate roundtable discussion at the UN in New York, Mr Johnson said the country held "extraordinary potential for wind".He said the UK should embrace a range of new technologies to achieve its goal of net zero emissions by 2050.The UK holds the presidency of the UN climate conference, known as the COP.But because of the coronavirus crisis, the annual gathering will not take place this year. It has instead been postponed until November 2021.The Prime Minister said the UK had an ambitious agenda for the meeting and called on other countries to be "similarly ambitious". He praised the recent pledge b...