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Saudi Policeman Killed in Raid, IS Flags Found

Saudi security forces found Islamic State group flags during a raid on Friday in which an officer was shot dead, the interior ministry said.

The killing came with the Gulf region on alert against attacks by IS, which has been blamed for killing other Saudi policemen and has claimed three deadly mosque bombings in the kingdom and Kuwait.

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Gulf Ministers Vow United Stand against IS Mosque Bombings

Interior ministers of the Gulf states Friday vowed to take a united stand against a string of deadly bombings targeting Shiite mosques claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group.

Holding an emergency meeting in Kuwait, the scene of the latest suicide attack that killed 26 people last Friday, the ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states stressed the attacks are a threat to the stability of the region.

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Saudi Prince Alwaleed Pledges Entire $32 Bn Fortune to Charity

Saudi tycoon Prince Alwaleed bin Talal on Wednesday promised his entire $32 billion (28.8 billion euro) fortune to charitable projects in coming years, in one of the biggest ever such pledges.

The pledge is "maybe... the first such big announcement" of its kind in the region, and is modeled on a charity established by Microsoft founder Bill Gates in the United States, the prince told reporters.

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HRW: Saudi Strikes Hit Homes, Markets in Yemen

Saudi-led coalition air strikes on a rebel stronghold in Yemen have destroyed houses, markets and a school, killing dozens of people in what could amount to war crimes, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

The U.S.-based rights group said it had investigated the attacks on the northern city of Saada and found that at least 59 people had died in a month, from April 6 to May 11, including 14 women and 35 children.

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Ban Urges Probe of Saudi Strikes on U.N. Compound in Yemen

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called for a full investigation after Saudi coalition air strikes hit a U.N. compound in Yemen.

A guard was injured when the office of the U.N. Development Program in the southern city of Aden was hit on Sunday, causing serious damage, said U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq.

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U.N. Pushes Saudi Coalition to Allow Ships into Yemen

Commercial cargo ships carrying food, fuel and other vital supplies must be allowed to reach ports in Yemen which is threatened by famine, the U.N. Security Council said Thursday.

The Saudi-led coalition battling Shiite Huthi rebels in Yemen has imposed maritime controls that U.N. diplomats have described as a blockade preventing imports from reaching Yemen.

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Three Saudi Soldiers, One Emirati Killed on Yemen Border

Three Saudi soldiers and an Emirati have been killed on Saudi Arabia's border with Yemen, where Riyadh is a leading a bombing campaign against Iran-backed rebels, state media said Thursday.

Two Saudi troops were killed at sunset Wednesday when a rocket landed in the Jizan region, the Saudi-led coalition said in a statement carried by the SPA state news agency.

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U.N. Appeals for Yemen Ceasefire as Famine Looms

The U.N. envoy for Yemen on Wednesday urged warring sides to agree to a ceasefire as fighting pushed the poor Arab country closer to famine and deeper into humanitarian crisis.

Mauritanian diplomat Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said a ceasefire was a priority after reporting to the Security Council on his failed peace talks in Geneva last week.

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Saudi Says Lebanon Arms Deal with France Not Blocked

France's $3 billion Saudi-funded deal to provide military supplies to Lebanon has not been canceled, the Saudi foreign minister said Wednesday, despite the delays.

"There is an agreement... there is no blockage. Everything is proceeding normally," said Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir during a visit to Paris. 

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France to Study Building Nuclear Reactors in Saudi Arabia

France said Wednesday it would look into building two nuclear reactors in Saudi Arabia as part of a multi-billion-euro package of deals, days before the deadline of nuclear talks with the kingdom's rival, Iran.

A feasibility study will be carried out to build two European Pressurized Reactors in Saudi Arabia, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced after a meeting with Saudi Defense Minister Prince Mohamed bin Salman in Paris.

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