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Amnesty International found that at least once a week between 2011 and 2015, groups of up to 50 people at the Saydnaya prison near Damascus were taken out of their prison cells for arbitrary trials, beaten, then hanged Amnesty International found that at least once a week between 2011 and …

Saudi Arabia Executes Seven People in One Day

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia on Tuesday executed seven death row inmates, who had been convicted of murder and drug trafficking, state media reported.

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Date Set for Saudi Arabia to Lift Ban on Women Drivers

Saudi women, start your engines. The General Department of Traffic Director General Mohammed al-Bassami said on Tuesday that female drivers will be allowed the freedom of the road in the deeply conservative kingdom from June 24.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, shown here in March, is visiting the White House on April 3

Egypt Islamist Party Backs Sisi Re-Election Bid

CAIRO – Egypt’s ultra-conservative Islamist Al-Nour party has decided to support President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in his bid to be re-elected in March, the party said on Sunday.

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Saudi Arabia Executes Six for Drug Trafficking, Homicide

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Six people convicted of drug trafficking and homicide were executed in Saudi Arabia on Monday, the government said, the highest number of executions in a single day this year.

Saudi women walk out of a shopping mall as they wait for their driver to pick them up in Riyadh 14 June 2005. Saudi women hope to follow in the footsteps of counterparts in neighboring Kuwait, where women were granted full political rights and a woman minister was appointed. Saudi …

Saudi Institute Reverses Decision Allowing Women to Wear Pants

Management at the World Technology Institute for Women reportedly reversed its decision after first temporarily allowing its female students to wear pants on condition that the girls donate two Saudi Riyals ($.50) to a charity that helps young girls in need.

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Iran Official Calls for Sterilization of Sex Workers

Female sex workers and homeless drug addicts in Tehran should be “convinced” to undergo sterilization to prevent social problems, a deputy provincial governor in the Iranian capital said on Sunday.

Iranian Ameneh Bahrami poses on March 5, 2009 in Barcelona holding a photograph of herself before she was blinded by a man who threw acid in her face. In 2008 an Iranian court ruled that the man -- identified only as Majid -- a spurned suitor who poured a bucket …

Eye for an Eye for Iran Man who Blinded Toddler

Iran blinded a man on Tuesday after convicting him of throwing chemicals in face of a four-year-old girl and depriving her of sight, a judicial official was quoted as saying.

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Social Media Reacts to Saudi Parliament’s Rejection of Bill on Women Drivers

Saudi Arabia’s parliament on Monday struck down a bill to allow women to drive. The Shura Council, the kingdom’s legislative body voted against a proposal to instruct the Labor and Interior Ministries to look into the matter, 65 to 62. In order to gain approval, the bill had to secure 76 votes.