Thursday 18 December 2014
Women in Saudi Arabia are to be given the right to vote and run in future municipal elections, King Abdullah has announced. He said they would also have the right to be appointed to the consultative Shura Council.
The move was welcomed by activists who have called for greater rights for women in the kingdom, which enforces a strict version of Sunni Islamic law.
The changes will occur after municipal polls on Thursday, the king said.
By Alaa Ashkar - IMEMC & Agencies
Source : Jeremy Taylor | The Independent/UK | Saturday, 24 September 2011
Behind closed doors – in places where the religious police cannot listen in – residents of Mecca are beginning to refer to their city as Las Vegas, and the moniker is not a compliment.
Over the past 10 years the holiest site in Islam has undergone a huge transformation, one that has divided opinion among Muslims all over the world.
Scribbled in blue marker in Arabic on the walls of Brega oil terminal is a message meant to cheer returning workers: “Qaddafi is gone and the place has been checked.”
Oil production has restarted in some Libyan fields including Sarir in the east, but the near-deserted Sirte Oil headquarters to the east of Muammar Qaddafi’s hometown is testament to the damage the conflict has done to the country’s main industry.
By Robert Evans | Reuters | Geneva / 23 Sept 2011
Sub-atomic particles apparently traveling faster than light could force a major rethink of theories about how the cosmos works and even allow dreams of time travel and extra dimensions, scientists said on Friday.
Jeff Forshaw, a professor of particle physics at Britain’s Manchester University, said the results, if confirmed, would mean it would be possible in theory “to send information into the past.”
Source : Al Arabiya | New York / 23 Sept 2011
New sanctions against Syria come into effect on Saturday as Turkey says it has intercepted an arms shipment at sea destined for the protest-wracked country after another day of deadly demonstrations.
Source : AFP | Moscow | 23 Sept 2011
Russia believes Israel and the United States were responsible for unleashing the malicious Stuxnet computer worm on Iran's nuclear program last year, a top official said Friday.
“We are seeing attempts of cyberspace being used by some states to act against others ̶ of it being used for political-military purposes,” said the foreign ministry's emerging challenges and threats department chief Ilya Rogachyov.
Source : AFP | Washington / 23 Sept 2011
President Barack Obama secretly authorized the sale of 55 powerful bunker-busting bombs to Israel, Newsweek magazine reported Friday.
Israel first asked to buy deep-penetrating GBU-28 bombs in 2005, but were rebuffed by then-president George W. Bush. At the time the Pentagon had frozen joint US-Israeli defense projects, fearful that Israel was transferring advanced military technology to China, Newsweek said.
By Spencer Ackerman | Wired.com / September 23, 2011
Following months of denials, the FBI is now promising a “comprehensive review of all training and reference materials” after Danger Room revealed a series of Bureau presentations that tarred average Muslims as “radical” and “violent.”
By Andrew Winner : AFP | Washington / 23 Sept 2011
A third member of an alleged rogue US army unit in Afghanistan pleaded guilty in a plea deal over shock killings of local civilians that embarrassed the US army.
Private First Class Andrew Holmes was accused of being a member of a five-person "kill team" implicated in the slaying of three Afghans while stationed in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province in January 2010.