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UAE, Saudi Arabia to Join U.S.-Led Economic Peace Workshop in Bahrain

TEL AVIV – The UAE and Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced that they will attend the U.S.-led economic workshop in Bahrain next month in what is being billed as a precursor to President Donald Trump’s so-called “deal of the century” for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Saudi prince lands in UAE on first foreign tour since Khashoggi murder

Turkish Pro-Erdogan Editor: Saudis and UAE Are ‘Hitmen of the Crusaders’ Hired to Kill Iran

Pundit Ibrahim Karagul of Turkey’s Yeni Safak, whose column titles are often longer than entire editorials penned by more sedate writers, delivered a lively presentation of the Turkish ruling party’s view of the Iran crisis with his Friday broadside: “U.S. Won’t Attack Iran, It Will Start a New Arab-Persian War. Two Crown Princes, Two Countries: They Became Hitmen of the Crusaders. But the Big Trap Is Set Against Saudi Arabia.”

The Associated Press

Saudi Oil Tankers Damaged by Sabotage Attacks Near Strait of Hormuz

Saudi Arabia announced on Monday that two of its oil tankers suffered “significant damage” from sabotage attacks off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) near the Strait of Hormuz. The attacks reportedly also damaged two ships from other nations, one of them registered to Norway.

The Associated Press

Saudi Arabia Wants to Capture Iran’s Oil Business

A source in the Persian Gulf region “familiar with Saudi plans” told Bloomberg News on Wednesday that Saudi Arabia has received “moderate requests from customers for shipments next month, including from former buyers of Iran’s oil.”

The Associated Press

Yemen: Houthis Vow to Launch Missiles at Saudi Arabia, UAE if Truce Falls Apart

Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen will not hesitate to fire missiles that can reach Riyadh, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi if the fragile ceasefire now in place in the country’s main port city of Hodeidah fails to prevent violence from escalating further, the leader of the Shiite rebels warned on Monday.

The Associated Press

Runaway Saudi Sisters Plead for Help on Social Media

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Two Saudi sisters appealed for help Wednesday from the former Soviet republic of Georgia after fleeing their country, in the latest case of runaways from the ultra-conservative kingdom using social media to seek asylum.

Saudi Shiite women react during a protest on January 8, 2016 in the eastern coastal city of Qatif against the execution of prominent Shiite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr by Saudi authorities earlier in the week. Nimr was a driving force of the protests that broke out in 2011 in the …

Amnesty International: China Again Leads World in Executions

Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday published the 2018 edition of its annual report on the death penalty. The report found a 31 percent decrease in executions compared to 2017, “the lowest number of executions that Amnesty International has recorded in the past decade.”

WENZHOU, CHINA: CHINA OUT Chinese police show of a group of hardcore convicts at a sentencing rally in the east Chinese city of Wenzhou 07 April 2004, where 11 prisoners were later executed for various crimes. Amnesty International has called for a moratorium on the death penalty in China, saying …

Report: France Blocks E.U. from Condemning Libyan Warlord’s Invasion of Tripoli

France, which owns oil assets in Libya, reportedly sidelined a European Union statement this week calling on the Paris and Moscow-backed Libyan strongman Gen. Khalifa Haftar to halt his eastern army’s offensive against forces loyal to the North African country’s internationally recognized government in Tripoli.

Libya strongman says victory near against Derna jihadists

U.S. Military Pulls Out of Libya as Russia- and France-Backed Warlord Invades Capital

The U.S. military over the weekend announced that it had “temporarily” withdrawn a small contingent of American troops from Libya “due to increased unrest” in Tripoli fueled by ongoing battles between pro-internationally recognized government forces and an army loyal to a renegade warlord backed by Russia, France, and neighboring Egypt, among other countries.

Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the military leader of the so-called Libyan National Army and Libyas parallel parliament based in the eastern city of Tobruk, is greeted upon his arrival at Al-Kharouba airport south of the town of al-Marj, about 80 km east of the Mediterranean port city of Benghazi on December …

Saudi Arabia Detains Women’s Rights Activists Including 2 U.S. Citizens

Authorities in Saudi Arabia launched a crackdown on supporters of two American, one of them pregnant, and nine other local women activists who drew the ire of the Sunni kingdom for fighting for their right to drive and to end the country’s male guardianship system, several news outlets reported Friday.

Saudi women walk outside a shopping mall in Riyadh on June 22, 2012. Saudi female activists have cancelled their plan to brave a driving ban, settling instead for petitioning King Abdullah to allow them to get behind the wheel, members of their group said. AFP PHOTO/FAYEZ NURELDINE (Photo credit should …