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Two confirmed dead in Saudi government building suicide bombing

A suicide bombing inside a southern Saudi Arabian government building has left at least two confirmed dead, both of whom are believed to Al Qaeda linked militants.
In the Media by Greta McClain

Op-Ed: ISIS hits lines of least resistance, taking oil and water assets

Baghdad - ISIS has overrun a Syrian oilfield, dispersing rebel fighters in the area without much opposition. This move occurred while ISIS was supposedly under heavy attack from Iraqi forces north of Baghdad, and realigned Al Qaeda allies to ISIS.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 5 comments

Muslims mark start of Ramadan as deadly conflicts rage

Jeddah - Muslims began observing the holy fasting month of Ramadan on Sunday with Islamic leaders again concerned about entrenched conflicts as jihadists issued threats from Indonesia to Somalia.Ramadan is sacred for the world's estimated 1.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

Syrian rebels could aid fight against Iraq militants: Kerry

Jeddah - Syrian rebels can help weaken jihadists fighting in Iraq, US Secretary of State John Kerry said as Washington unveiled plans to boost Syria's opposition with $500 million in arms and training.
In the Media by Jo Biddle (AFP) - 1 comment

Kerry in Syria opposition talks as U.S. moves to arm rebels

Jeddah - The U.S. top diplomat headed for talks with the Syrian opposition and its key backer Saudi Arabia Friday after the White House asked lawmakers for $500 million to train and equip vetted rebels.
In the Media by AFP

Op-Ed: Everybody's new party game — Redrawing the map of the Middle East

Sydney - “Iraq” is the product of mapmakers and the post-World War One carve-up of the old Ottoman Empire by France and Britain, causing endless conflict. Now they’re doing it again, with the whole Middle East.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 3 comments

Iraq requests U.S. air strikes on jihadists: FM

Jeddah - Iraq has asked the United States to conduct air strikes against jihadist-led Sunni militants who have seized key cities and large swathes of the country, Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said Wednesday.
In the Media by AFP

MERS-camel link is not so clear cut

A widely reported connection between a man who died from MERS and a camel that he owned might not be so. There is a possibility that laboratory contamination occurred.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Another MERS-camel link

Researchers in Saudi Arabia have detected, isolated, and sequenced Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) from a camel that matched the virus derived from the animal’s owner.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Pilgrims pour into Saudi undeterred by MERS fears

Mecca - Muslim pilgrims from around the world are pouring into the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, undeterred by the spread of the MERS virus which has killed 284 people in the kingdom.
In the Media by Abdel Hadi AL-HABTOOR (AFP)

Op-Ed: Watch 'Honor Diaries' film and support girls and women

So-called Honor Killings, often supported by Islamist Sharia Law, allow men to get away with murder. No minimum age for girls to marry allow men to abuse children. Culture and religion are no excuse for abuse. Watch the film "Honor Diaries."
In the Media by Lonna Lisa Williams - 2 comments

Two of Saudi King's daughters claim they are denied food

Jeddah - Two daughters of Saudi king Abdullah, Princess Sahar 42 and Jawaher 38 claim that they are imprisoned in the royal compound in Jeddah since they spoke out against poverty and the plight of women in Saudi Arabia.
In the Media by Ken Hanly

Saudi Arabia arrests professors over Muslim Brotherhood links

Saudi Arabia has arrested nine university professors who are alleged to have connections with the Muslim Brotherhood, which is banned in that kingdom.
In the Media by Paul Iddon - 2 comments

Op-Ed: The darkest season: A ‘Christian Winter’ in the Middle East

New York - Originally lauded as a progressive alternative to tyranny in the Middle East, the Arab Spring has been a season of persecution for Christians. As persecution reaches pandemic proportions, the very survival of Christianity in the region is in question.
In the Media by Shawn Kay - 4 comments

Op-Ed: Kissing camels in defiance of MERS warnings: How stupid is that?

Saudi Arabia is in the middle of an MERS outbreak that has infected over 519 people to date and claimed 157 lives. So what in the world is going on with the pictures and videos being posted on the web showing people kissing and hugging their camels?
In the Media by Karen Graham - 5 comments

Saudi blogger sentenced to 10 years and 1,000 lashes

Jeddah - Saudi rights activist and blogger Raif Badawi has been sentenced in a Saudi court to a decade in prison and 1,000 lashes for "insulting Islam".
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 6 comments

Saudi woman killed 'defying driving ban'

Riyadh - A Saudi woman was killed in a car crash in the capital Thursday as she defied the kingdom's long-standing ban on female driving, local media reported.
In the Media by AFP

Saudi dismantles Qaeda-linked 'terror' group

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia said Tuesday it has dismantled an emerging Al-Qaeda-linked group tied to extremist organisations in Yemen and Syria, arresting scores of alleged militants in a renewed crackdown on jihadists.
In the Media by Assad Abboud (AFP)

First U.S. case of deadly MERS virus confirmed - CDC

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is working to educate and not alarm the public amid the first confirmed case of MERS in the United States.
In the Media by Eliana Robinson - 2 comments

New MERS-Camel link

Scientists have affirmed that MERS-CoV is common in camels living near areas where most of the documented human infections have occurred.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments
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