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Saudi banks freeze accounts of suspects detained in probe


– Saudi Arabian banks have begun freezing the accounts of suspects ensnared in an anti-corruption probe, banking and business sources told Reuters on Monday. Dozens of people including royals, ministers and businessmen have been detained in an investigation by a new anti-corruption body headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. …

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Of hidden wealth: The Arabs leaked in Paradise


– As a part of ICIJ’s latest investigation, offshore companies of Arab monarchs have also emerged in the Paradise Papers. While the Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz has also been named in the Paradise Papers, his role in Luxembourg Company is not yet clear. Muhammad Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, …

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China’s military ordered to pledge total loyalty to Xi


China’s military has been ordered to pledge absolute loyalty to President Xi Jinping while a paramilitary police force now literally sings his praises, further cementing his place as the country’s most powerful leader in decades. The world’s largest armed forces should be “absolutely loyal, honest and reliable to Xi”, said …

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Trump warns time for ‘patience’ on N. Korea is over


The time for “strategic patience” with North Korea is over, US President Donald Trump warned Monday, after winning Japan’s backing for his policy of considering all options to rein in the rogue state. Trump described the North’s nuclear programme as “a threat to the civilised world and international peace and …

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In pictures: Texas church massacre


A gunman with an assault rifle stormed a church in rural Texas on Sunday, killing at least 26 worshippers and wounding 20 others in a rampage to be notched into a litany of mass shootings that have plagued the United States in recent years. The gunman responsible for the massacre …

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Morocco: Architect fights concrete with tradition


An unexpected gust of cool air greets visitors to the new archives centre in Tiznit in the mountains of southern Morocco, even without air-conditioning despite extreme heat outside its walls. That is thanks to the ancestral building methods used by Salima Naji, a French-educated Moroccan architect who specialises in construction …

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