A Twice-Divorced Saudi Mother Of 6 Reinterprets Islamic Law Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA, (AP): When Souad al-Shammary posted a series of tweets about the thick beards worn by Saudi clerics, she never imagined she would land in jail. She put up images of several men with beards: An Orthodox Jew, a hipster, a communist, an Ottoman Caliph, a Sikh, and a Muslim. She..

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Israel suspends ties with UNESCO Friday, October 14th, 2016

Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett announced today that Israel is suspending all of its joint activities with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) after the organisation adopted a resolution that disregards the connection between Judaism and Al-Aqsa..

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Russia: Mending Turkey ties ‘not a matter of few days’ Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

ANKARA: It would take more than a few days to mend Russia’s relations with Ankara, the Kremlin said on Tuesday after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan expressed regret over the downing of a Russian military plane last year. Russian President Vladimir Putin had said an apology from Erdogan was the..

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Boeing says it signs historic sales agreement with Iran Air Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, (AP): Boeing Co. said Tuesday it signed an agreement with Iran Air "expressing the airline's intent" to buy its aircraft, setting up the biggest business deal between the Islamic Republic and America since the 1979 U.S. Embassy takeover in Tehran — if it goes..

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Israel to withhold bodies of Palestinians Thursday, June 9th, 2016

TEL AVIV: Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Thursday ordered the bodies of Palestinians killed by security forces not be returned for burial, as Israel clamped down after a deadly shooting in Tel Aviv. A spokesman for Lieberman confirmed the order, his first major decision related to the..

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Gulf Economic Slowdown Sees Foreign Workers Trapped by Debts Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

By JON GAMBRELL, DOHA, Qatar, (AP): The economic slowdown gripping countries across the Persian Gulf can be seen in layoffs, slowed construction projects and government cutbacks. For the millions of foreign workers drawn by brighter job prospects, it can have a far-darker side if they find..

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EgyptAir crash: Perfect security elusive at Paris airport Saturday, May 21st, 2016

PARIS, (AP): Explosives in the form of paper, or concealed in a medicine-sized bottle and looking like salt. Tiny electric detonators. Security agents at the main airport in Paris are trained to detect all manner of increasingly sophisticated devices that could doom a flight. But the chilling..

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Kerry in Saudi Arabia for talks on Syria, Libya, Yemen Sunday, May 15th, 2016

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, (AP): U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Sunday with Saudi Arabia's King Salman for talks on the conflicts in Syria, Libya and Yemen ahead of larger meetings on those crises in Europe this week. Kerry was also scheduled to meet Saudi Arabia's crown prince, deputy crown..

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UAE embassy begins operation in Nepal Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

KATHMANDU: Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, arrived Kathmandu on Tuesday by special aircraft to inaugurate the embassy of UAE. The UAE foreign minister arrived here upon invitation of Deputy..

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Iran media: Moderates win more than 30 more parliament seats Saturday, April 30th, 2016

TEHRAN, (AP): Iran’s moderate-reformist bloc secured more than 30 additional seats in parliamentary runoff elections, according to a Saturday report on state TV. The bloc, which supports President Hassan Rouhani and a nuclear deal the country reached with world powers last summer, will have to..

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At Mideast tourism forum in Dubai, a surprising name: Trump Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

DUBAI, (AP): Tucked away behind stands at a Mideast tourism conference is a surprising name: Trump. Trump Hotels, the brand bearing the last name of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, has a stand at the Arabian Travel Market exhibition being held in Dubai, United Arab..

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Obama says political progress needed before more Iraq aid Thursday, April 21st, 2016

RIYADH, (AP): President Barack Obama said Thursday that the US and its Gulf partners should wait to see whether Iraq can resolve its political crisis before committing more financial aid, arguing that the paralysis is impeding US-led efforts to defeat the Islamic State group and reconstruct the..

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Obama arrives in Saudi Arabia for talks with Gulf allies Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, (AP): President Barack Obama landed in Riyadh on Wednesday to meet with Saudi King Salman and other Persian Gulf allies. The visit comes against the backdrop of increasingly strained relations with the Saudis, who remain deeply opposed to his outreach to Iran and skeptical..

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Nepali migrant worker missing in Saudi Arabia Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Saudi Arabia: A Nepali migrant worker has been missing in Saudi Arabia for more than two years, it has been revealed. Bishnu Bahadur Rana, 35, of Mangaltar – 4 of Khotang arrived for through Overseas Manpower Company Ltd three years ago, and was working at Nesma Holding Company in Jubail, Saudi..

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