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American Airlines flight grounded due to 'Al-Quida' Wi-Fi Network

Los Angeles - An American Airways flight has been grounded after one passenger searched for a free Wi-Fi network, only to discover one called “Al-Quida Free Terror Nettwork [sic]."

Op-Ed: New Saudi legislation classifies atheists as terrorists

Riyad - Human Rights Watch reports that the kingdom of Saudi Arabia has introduced new legislation to deal with terrorism that includes as terrorists not just members of the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Islamic State but atheists.

Op-Ed: A bun fight — the mud of the Middle East

Several years ago I attended a gentleman’s evening with buffet and drink offered in copious amounts. As the drink flowed and noise levels were building up, the atmosphere became a little volatile. Then it all kicked off and became very riotous.

Two million Muslim pilgrims ending annual hajj

Mena - Two million Muslim pilgrims begin leaving the holy city of Mecca on Monday, concluding the annual hajj during which Saudi leaders lashed out at Islamic extremism.

Ebola fears being downplayed as annual pilgrimage of Hajj begins

Mecca - Almost two million Muslims from around the world converged on Mecca yesterday as they began their five-day Islamic Hajj pilgrimage, one of the five pillars of Islam. The Saudi government assured the public the kingdom is Ebola-free.

Tears, prayers as 2 million Muslims mark peak of hajj

- Tears flowed and prayers filled the air as the annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage by almost two million believers from around the world reached its zenith Friday on a vast Saudi plain.

Op-Ed: Islamic State — The 'wrong' kind of brutality

San Francisco - As the United States and five Arab nations — none of them democracies, most of them repressive dictatorships — begin bombing Islamic State targets in Syria, President Barack Obama has begun boasting on the "broad coalition" he's enlisted in the fight.

Rockefellers pledge huge divestment from fossil fuels

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, which made billions of dollars from oil investments, is to divest in fossil fuels and switch its investment program to clean energy.

Op-Ed: ISIL calls for attacks on Coalition citizens ‘in any manner’

Sydney - In a continuation of previous messages, the “Islamic State” has called for Muslims to attack Americans, Europeans, Canadians and Australians. The threat refers to “disbelievers” from nations engaged in military action against ISIL.

Op-Ed: The anatomy of perpetual deception in a post-9/11 world

After all we've been through since 9/11 — after fighting a prefabricated enemy created by Washington — Americans still haven't learned a thing. Another illegal war predicated on deception will only make things worse.

Arab League countries to provide airstrike against ISIS

Cairo - Following a meeting between Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby and US Secretary of State John Kerry, US State Department officials confirmed several Arab nations have agreed to conduct airstrikes against ISIS forces in Iraq.

Arabs back anti-IS move as Syria warns on 'attacks'

Jeddah - Arab nations rallied behind US President Barack Obama's call to expand operations against jihadists in Iraq and Syria, as Damascus warned it would consider any action on its territory as an attack.

Arabs back anti-IS move as Syria warns on 'attacks'

Jeddah - Arab nations rallied Thursday behind US President Barack Obama's call to expand operations against jihadists in Iraq and Syria, as Damascus warned it would consider any action on its territory as an attack.

Husband and wife die of thirst in Arabia's vast Empty Quarter

Losing your way in one of the world's most inhospitable regions can have fatal consequences, as one couple from Qatar discovered.

Rate of MERS transmission is 'very low'

Bonn - MERS coronavirus has caused several disease outbreaks of severe pneumonia across the Middle East. Worried about the ease of transmission, a research group concluded that the rate of human transmission is low.

Saudi arrests 88 in 'anti-terrorism' drive

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia has arrested 88 suspected extremists, more than half of them ex-Qaeda detainees who had previously been released, the interior ministry announced on Tuesday.

Gulf monarchies say ready to help counter jihadists

Jeddah - Gulf Arab monarchies said Saturday they were ready to help counter advances by jihadists in Syria and Iraq, after the US called for a global coalition to fight the militants.

Four brothers beheaded for smuggling marijuana into Saudi Arabia

Riyad - Two sets of brothers were beheaded using swords in the city of Jajran in southwestern Saudi Arabia on Monday August 18th after being convicted of smuggling marijuana into the country according to the Saudi Interior Ministry.

Saudi top cleric blasts Qaeda, IS as 'enemy No 1' of Islam

Riyadh - Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh on Tuesday blasted Al-Qaeda and Islamic State jihadists as "enemy number one" of Islam, in a statement issued in Riyadh."The ideas of extremism, radicalism and terrorism...

Saudi gives Lebanon army $1 bn: ex-PM Saad Hariri

Jeddah - Saudi Arabia has provided Lebanon's army, battling jihadists on the Syrian border, with one billion dollars to strengthen security, former Lebanese premier Saad Hariri told reporters in Jeddah on Wednesday.
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