• social media Sep 29, 2019

    Saudi State Media Say King's Bodyguard Shot in ‘Dispute'

    A prominent bodyguard to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman was shot and killed in what authorities described as a personal dispute, state TV reported Sunday, offering few details on an incident that shocked the kingdom. Tributes poured in across social media for Maj. Gen. Abdulaziz al-Fagham, with many including images of the bodyguard at work. One included him bending down to...

  • King Aug 11, 2019

    Muslims Mark Eid and Final Days of Hajj in Saudi Arabia

    Around 2.5 million pilgrims took part in a symbolic stoning of the devil on Saturday, marking the final days of the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia and the start of the Eid al-Adha celebrations for Muslims around the world. To mark the completion of the hajj, male pilgrims shave their hair and women trim theirs to represent a spiritual renewal...

  • Middle East Apr 6, 2019

    Khashoggi ‘Blood Money': Reported Payments in Saudi Writer's Death Raise Questions

    Reports that the family of Saudi Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi could receive millions of dollars after his murder in the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate focus attention on a specific aspect of Islamic law: “blood money” payments. The Post reported Tuesday that Khashoggi’s two sons and two daughters had already each been given homes and monthly payments of $10,000 or more....

  • President Nov 2, 2018

    Turkey: Highest Level of Saudi Govt Ordered Writer's Slaying

    The order to kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi came from the highest level of the Saudi government, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday, adding that the international community had the responsibility to “reveal the puppet masters” behind the slaying. In an op-ed in The Washington Post, Erdogan said he did not believe that Saudi King Salman had ordered the...

  • Donald Trump Jul 1, 2018

    Trump Claims Saudi Arabia Will Boost Oil Production

    President Donald Trump said Saturday that he had received assurances from King Salman of Saudi Arabia that the kingdom will increase oil production, “maybe up to 2,000,000 barrels” in response to turmoil in Iran and Venezuela. Saudi Arabia acknowledged the call took place, but mentioned no production targets. Trump wrote on Twitter that he had asked the king in a...

  • facebook Feb 3, 2018

    Palestinian-American Brings #MeToo Campaign to West Bank

    A young Palestinian-American is the driving force behind a nascent #MeToo movement in this patriarchal corner of the world, selling T-shirts, hoodies and denim jackets with the slogan “Not Your Habibti (darling)” as a retort for catcalls and writing down women’s complaints from her perch in a West Bank square. Yasmeen Mjalli wants to encourage Palestinian society to confront sexual...

  • Donald Trump Dec 20, 2017

    Saudis Intercept Yemen Rebel Missile Targeting Royal Palace

    The Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Shiite rebels said it intercepted a missile fired over southern Riyadh on Tuesday, which the rebels said was targeting a “top leadership” meeting at the royal palace in the kingdom’s capital. It was the second time in as many months that a rebel projectile had reached as far inside the kingdom as Riyadh. The Yemeni...

  • Donald Trump Nov 13, 2017

    Trump Buddies Up to Duterte, Doesn't Highlight Human Rights

    Winding down his visit to Asia, President Donald Trump repeatedly praised Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, called him by his first name, shared a joke with him about the media and even complimented Manila’s weather. What he did not do Monday was what many of his predecessors made a point of doing while abroad: publicly highlight human rights abuses. Duterte has...

  • Donald Trump Jul 19, 2017

    Saudi Enrolled at Western Michigan University Faces ‘Imminent Beheading,' Human Rights Group Says

    A Saudi man who was arrested before flying to the United States to begin college in Michigan now faces “imminent beheading” for attending anti-government protests, officials say.

  • Donald Trump Jul 18, 2017

    Saudi Girl Seen in Miniskirt, Crop Top Sparks Social Media Debate Over Freedom of Dress

    A young Saudi woman sparked a sensation online over the weekend by posting a video of herself in a miniskirt and crop top walking around in public, with some Saudis calling for her arrest and others rushing to her defense. State-linked news websites reported on Monday that officials in the deeply conservative Muslim country are looking into taking possible action...

  • Donald Trump May 4, 2017

    Saudi King's New Order Loosens Guardianship Rules on Women

    Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has issued a directive to government offices that allows women greater access to government services without the consent of a male relative. Women’s rights activists say the memo, which has been circulating in government offices this week, codifies the rights of Saudi women to access a job, higher education or medical procedures, for example, without a...

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