Category Archives: Middle East

Day of upsets at Badminton Super Series Finals

World champions Chen Long & Carolina Marin were both beaten in the semi-finals on a remarkable day in Dubai Saturday which ended with the certitude that there would be five…

Sophisticated IS recruitment methods lured Jordanian woman

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A Jordanian woman who came close to joining the Islamic State group described a sophisticated 14-month recruitment process by the extremists that she said landed her…

Saudi women cast votes in election for first time ever

Saudi Arabia held its first ever election open to both female voters & candidates on Saturday, in a tentative step towards easing restrictions on women. Saudi citizens, including thousands of…

Trapped in Greece by EU refugee rules, migrants desperate to get out

Guylo is a musician, looking for a place of peace to play his guitar. Fares wants to study. Mohammad is waiting for news of his wife & child after becoming…

Saudi holds first ever election open to women

Covered from head to toe & driven by male guardians, Saudi women voted Saturday for the first time, in a tentative step towards easing sex discrimination in the ultra-conservative Islamic…

Al-Nusra Front leader condemns Saudi's Syria talks

The leader of the al-Qaeda linked rebel group fighting in Syria denounced efforts in Saudi Arabia to unify Syrian opposition groups saying those involved in talks were committing "treason". In…

Syria opposition deal under fire ahead of US-Russia meet

Syria's Al-Qaeda affiliate rejected Saturday the outcome of an opposition summit that agreed to negotiate with President Bashar al-Assad, & Russia denounced the gathering in Saudi Arabia as unrepresentative. The…

UN documents human rights situation in Kunduz province

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan released a report documenting human rights abuses in the northern city of Kunduz during the three days when it…

Egypt lawyer challenges law that says writers can be jailed

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian lawyer has challenged the constitutionality of a law that allows writers to be sent to jail for violating public morals. Nasser Amin made the motion…

Blasts near hospital in Syria's Homs city kill 16

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Twin explosions in a government-controlled neighbourhood of Syria's Homs city killed at least 16 people & wounded scores more on Saturday, a group monitoring the war &…