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ISIS fighter executes own mother in Syria for ‘apostasy,’ rights groups say

An ISIS fighter has executed his own mother before a public audience, an expat Syrian rights group said. The 20-year-old killed his mother in the Syrian city of Raqqa, ISIS’ de facto capital, as hundreds looked on near the post office where she worked, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. ISIS had accused her of apostasy after her son ...

How to ease Iran-Saudi Arabia crisis

execution of Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia at the weekend has triggered a predictable diplomatic crisis. Iran immediately condemned the move, the Saudi Embassy in Tehran was attacked by angry demonstrators, and Saudi Arabia then severed diplomatic ties with the country. On Monday, Bahrain, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates followed suit. Yet despite the war of ...

Egypt hotel attack: One attacker killed, other wounded

Two men with knives attacked at least three guests and threatened others at a hotel in the Egyptian coastal city of Hurghada, the country’s Ministry of Interior said Friday. Security forces stationed at the hotel confronted the men as they tried to escape, killing one and seriously wounding the other, according to the ministry’s Facebook page. Previous reporting indicated the ...

Kuwait Airways scraps London-New York flight after dispute over Israeli passengers

Did Kuwait Airways just scrap an entire flight service to avoid carrying Israeli passengers? The airline has this week pulled its connection between New York’s JFK airport and London Heathrow after U.S. authorities threatened legal action over alleged discrimination. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in September warned the Kuwaiti carrier that it had “unlawfully discriminated” against a passenger using ...

Libyan Rivals Sign Disputed Unity Government Deal

Rival Libyan politicians signed Thursday a deal on a unity government despite opposition on both sides, in what the United Nations described as a “first step” towards ending the crisis. World powers have urged the warring factions to break a political deadlock that has allowed jihadists and people-smugglers to flourish since the fall of strongman Moammar Gadhafi in 2011. A ...

Hizbullah Questions ‘Motives’ of Saudi-led Coalition, Says PM’s Stance ‘Not Binding’

Hizbullah on Thursday expressed “deep doubts” about “the motives and objectives” that pushed Saudi Arabia to announce the formation of “an Islamic anti-terror military coalition.” “This announcement was a response by Saudi Arabia and other countries to a U.S. decision seeking to provide forces from certain regimes in the Arab and Islamic worlds … as an alternative to sending U.S. ...

Kuwait busts ISIS support cell led by Lebanon man

Kuwaiti security authorities have busted an international cell led by a Lebanese man that was sending air defense systems and funds to ISIS, the interior ministry said Thursday. The cell’s chief, identified as Osama Mohammad Khayat, confessed that he raised funds and provided logistical support for the group, which has carried out deadly attacks in Lebanon and France in the ...

Abbas warns of intifada risk after clashes

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned Tuesday of the risk of a new intifada after clashes last week at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and with tensions rising as Jews and Muslims celebrate major religious holidays. Abbas’ comments after meeting French President Francois Hollande in Paris came with peace efforts at a standstill for more than a year and a recent poll ...

28 Dead, 75 Hurt in IS Suicide Blasts at Yemen

The Islamic State group claimed twin bombings of a Shiite mosque that killed at least 28 people and wounded 75 in the Yemeni capital Wednesday. The Sunni extremist group, which has claimed similar bombings in the past, said a man named Qusai al-Sanaani blew himself inside the mosque and that a bomb-laden vehicle parked nearby subsequently exploded. The attack was ...

Legislation bolsters the battle against intolerance

Last weekend, I had a lengthy discussion with a foreign diplomat about the UAE’s policy of religious tolerance. Part of it focused on an incident reported to her by another diplomat which indicated that, despite the Government’s clear policy, there is much that needs to be done to prevent the dissemination of views that promote religious hatred and intolerance. The ...

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