Category: Middle East

Young or old, Saudi women live under male relatives’ control

Young or old, Saudi women live under male relatives’ control

First she’s in the hands of her father, then she moves to her husband. Often, she ends up under the power of her son. From childhood through adulthood into old age, every Saudi woman passes from the control of one legal guardian to another, a male relative whose decisions or whims can determine the course of her life. Under Saudi […]

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Polls open in Iran’s presidential election – state TV

Polls open in Iran’s presidential election – state TV

Iranians began voting on Friday in a presidential election, state television reported, after a bitterly-fought campaign between President Hassan Rouhani and hardline challenger Ebrahim Raisi. “Everyone should vote in this important election … vote at early hours,” Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said after casting his vote.

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Iran’s re-engagement with the world at stake in Friday presidential vote

Iran’s re-engagement with the world at stake in Friday presidential vote

Iranians vote for president on Friday in a contest likely to determine whether Tehran’s re-engagement with the world stalls or quickens, although whatever the outcome no change is expected to its revolutionary system of conservative clerical rule. Seeking a second term, pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani, 68, remains the narrow favorite, but hardline rivals have hammered him over his failure to […]

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Top Bahrain activist denied bail: rights group

Top Bahrain activist denied bail: rights group

A leading Bahraini human rights activist was denied bail on Tuesday on charges of spreading false news, a pro-opposition rights group reported. The Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy added that Nabeel Rajab’s health is deteriorating after he underwent an operation last month for bleeding ulcers. “Rajab is charged with ‘spreading false news’ and faces three years for telling news […]

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U.S. to extend Iran sanctions relief: U.S. officials

U.S. to extend Iran sanctions relief: U.S. officials

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, who slammed the Iran nuclear deal as a candidate, on Wednesday will extend sanctions relief for Iran that was called for under the 2015 pact, two U.S. officials told Reuters. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the administration would formally announce it was renewing sanctions waivers that were granted to […]

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Islamic State mining Mosul to stop families fleeing as Iraqi forces advance

Islamic State mining Mosul to stop families fleeing as Iraqi forces advance

Islamic State militants are planting bombs near front doors in Mosul to prevent civilians leaving, a federal police commander and witnesses said on Wednesday, as Iraqi forces make their final push against the jihadists after seven months of fighting. Trapped in a shrinking area of the city, the militants are increasingly using the several hundred thousand civilians under their control […]

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Car bomb hits camp for displaced Syrians near Jordan border – monitor

Car bomb hits camp for displaced Syrians near Jordan border – monitor

A car bomb exploded in Syria’s sprawling Rukban refugee camp near the border with Jordan on Wednesday, two rebel sources and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The blast came two days after a double car bomb attack at the same site. Islamic State claimed responsibility for Monday’s assault which killed at least six people.

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Khamenei ally says useless for U.S. to threaten Iran over missile test: Fars

Khamenei ally says useless for U.S. to threaten Iran over missile test: Fars

A top adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday Iran will not yield to “useless” U.S. threats from “an inexperienced person” over its ballistic missile program. U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, said on Wednesday the United States was putting Iran on notice over its “destabilizing activity” after it test-fired a ballistic missile. Trump […]

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Israel wraps up illegal outpost evacuation, promises new settlement

Israel wraps up illegal outpost evacuation, promises new settlement

Israeli police dragged nationalist youths out of a barricaded synagogue on Thursday, completing the forced evacuation of an illegal outpost in the West Bank even as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to build evicted families a new settlement. Some 100 youngsters protesting against the removal of some 300 settlers from Amona, an outpost built without Israeli government authorization, kicked at […]

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Iraq faces challenge of educating Mosul’s displaced children

Iraq faces challenge of educating Mosul’s displaced children

Yousef, 14, pushes a wheelbarrow through a sprawling camp in Iraq running errands for pennies, the only source of income for his family of 11. On a good day, he makes 2,000 dinars ($1.70) but if business is slow he scrambles to find leftover bread and food to sell to sheep owners in the crowded Khazer camp, near Mosul, home […]

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