Friday 27 March 2015


Women in Saudi Arabia to vote and run in elections

Source: BBC

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.


Soldiers Open Fire At Vehicle Near Bethlehem, Father And His Daughter Injured

By Alaa Ashkar - IMEMC & Agencies

Israeli soldiers opened fire Saturday morning at a Palestinian vehicle on Tiqua road south east of Bethlehem leading the vehicle to flip over injuring the driver and his daughter.




Mecca for the rich: Islam's holiest site 'turning into Vegas'

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.


Libyan oil flows, foreign workers wait

Source : Reuters | Brega / 23 Sept 2011

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.


'Faster than light' particles threaten Einstein

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.”


E.U. announces new sanctions against Syria as Turkey seizes arms shipment

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.


Russia believes U.S., Israel behind Iran worm attack: official

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.


US sold bunker-busting bombs to Israel: report

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.


New evidence of anti-Islam bias underscores deep challenges for FBI’s reform pledge

By Spencer Ackerman | / 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.”


Third US soldier pleads guilty to being part of Afghan 'Kill Team'

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.


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