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Saudi crown prince ‘approved’ Khashoggi murder, US report says

A US intelligence report has found that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the murder of exiled journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. The declassified report released by the Biden administration says the prince approved a plan to either capture or kill the US-based Saudi exile. It is the first time America has publicly named the crown prince, who denies ordering the death. Khashoggi was murdered while visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. He had been known for his criticism of the Saudi authorities. – – “We assess that Saudi…

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Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo completes Saudi move

– – Former Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo, whose loan spell at Manchester United ended recently, has completed a move to Saudi Arabian Pro League club Al Shabab. The 31-year-old has left Chinese outfit Shanghai Shenhua after agreeing a two-and-a-half-year deal with the six-time Saudi champions. Ighalo has already taken to social media to say his goodbyes to his parent club after Shenhua gave him permission to speak to the Saudi Arabian side. “It’s sorted and everything is finalised, it should be announced late on Thursday or Friday,” one of the player’s…

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Nigeria repatriates hundreds of stranded citizens from Saudi Arabia

– – Nigeria on Thursday repatriated nearly 400 of its citizens stranded by the Covid-19 pandemic for months in Saudi Arabia, flying them back to the capital, Abuja, an aviation ministry official said. The Nigerians were economic migrants stuck in Saudi Arabia after being caught up in the Covid-19 restrictions and needed assistance returning home. The repatriation came after one group made a video that circulated on social media showing them in squalid conditions and calling for help. “Many of you travelled expecting to return at a particular time but COVID-19…

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23 Nigerian drug traffickers on death row in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia officials say at least 23 Nigerians convicted of drug trafficking offences are facing the death penalty. The announcement by Saudi Arabia has now gained traction despite being made couple of months ago. It is coming at a time almost 80 Nigerians were arrested by Federal Bureau of investigation (FBI) officials in the U.S.A for internet fraud. In a statement the Saudi officials said the suspects were arrested between 2016 and 2017 at the King Abdul-Aziz International Airport, Jeddah. Some of them were also arrested at the Prince Muhammad…

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Sudan’s Omar Bashir got millions from Saudi Arabia

The source of Sudan’s ousted president Omar al-Bashir finances have been revealed during the start of his trial. On Monday prosecutors revealed that Mr. Bashir acknowledged receiving millions of dollars from Saudi Arabia. He is facing a corruption trial months after he was toppled in a coup carried out by the military. In court Bashir dressed in white attire listened to proceedings without commenting. He was seen through a metal cage. That was his first appearance in a Khartoum courtroom for his trial. Bashir has been charged with illicit possession…

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Joshua, Ruiz rematch to take place in Saudi Arabia

Nigerian-born British boxer, Anthony Joshua will fight heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr in a rematch in Saudi Arabia. Promoters of the bout made the announcement on Friday with the fight set for December 7. The fight will take place in Diriyah, a UNESCO World Heritage site of Al-Turaif, located on the outskirts of the capital Riyadh. The fight, dubbed ‘Clash on the Dunes’, will see Joshua hoping to win back the IBF, WBA and WBO titles he lost to Ruiz Jr. He lost those titles in New York in June…

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Ebola crisis: Saudi Arabia bans pilgrims from DR Congo

The current Ebola outbreak has forced Saudi Arabia to suspend the granting of visas to pilgrims from the Democratic Republic of Congo. That means pilgrims from the central African country cannot undertake the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, DR Congo’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. The ministry said the decision was however reached on the back of the World Health Organization’s decision to declare the Ebola outbreak in DR Congo a public health emergency of international concern. The statement said “The granting of arrivals visas for people entering…

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Shia Insurrection In Saudi Arabia; The Battle For Awamiya

By Thomas C. Mountain Since May, 2017 an ongoing insurgency has been raging in the Shia heartland town of Awamiya in eastern Saudi Arabia and its only thanks to the BBC being allowed to enter the area and film the destruction that the world can see how the House of Saud’s war against the Shia population of Yemeni has now expanded to include the Shia population of eastern Saudi Arabia. The BBC World report shown on Wednesday, August 16, seemed to have come from Syria, with al-Zara, the ancient Shia capital…

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