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Saudi royal arrested over videos purportedly showing abuse

An image from a video posted online on July 19, 2017, allegedly showing low-ranking Saudi royal Prince Saudi bin Abdulaziz bin Musaed bin Saud bin Abdulaziz physically abusing multiple people, shows a man with a head wound being forced out of a building at gunpoint. YouTube DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A Saudi prince has been arrested after a video emerged online purporting to show him abusing someone and pointing a rifle at another. King Salman ordered the arrest and interrogation of the prince on Wednesday, a day after short…

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Qatar Criticizes ‘Face-Saving’ Move by Arab Antagonists in Gulf Crisis

They amounted to an ultimatum that Qatar close the popular Qatari-owned news network Al Jazeera, drastically downgrade relations with Iran, close a Turkish military base, sever contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood and other groups deemed to incite extremism and terrorism, and undergo monthly monitoring to ensure compliance. Qatar, which has denied accusations that it encourages terrorism and instability, described the demands as a cynical guise by its Saudi-led quartet of adversaries to subvert Qatari sovereignty. The more generic set of six principles that have since been articulated by the four…

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Saudis release woman in viral miniskirt video without charge

Last Updated Jul 19, 2017 11:25 AM EDT DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia announced Wednesday that a woman who was detained after wearing a miniskirt in a video that went viral has been released without charge. Police in Saudi Arabia had arrested the young woman for wearing “immodest clothes” after an outcry from people who say she flagrantly violated the kingdom’s conservative Islamic dress code. The young Saudi woman drew attention over the weekend when the video was shared online of her walking in a historic village north…

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Countries That Broke Ties With Qatar Indicate Some Flexibility on Demands

“Our aim is to reach a diplomatic solution,” Saudi Arabia’s United Nations ambassador, Abdullah bin Yahya Almouallimi, said of the feud with the Qataris, adding that he hoped “they will come around.” Mr. Almouallimi and his fellow diplomats said the four countries were no longer talking about specific demands Qatar must satisfy, including shuttering the Qatari-owned Al Jazeera news network, closing a Turkish military base, downgrading ties with Iran and outlawing the Muslim Brotherhood organization and other groups they regard as fomenters of terrorism. Those demands were among a list…

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Wife of Princeton graduate student held in Iran speaks out

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The wife of a Princeton graduate student sentenced to 10 years behind bars in Iran called on authorities there to release him Tuesday, saying the Chinese-American man has been “unjustly imprisoned.” Xiyue Wang was arrested nearly a year ago but his confinement only became known Sunday when Iran’s judiciary announced his sentence, accusing him of “infiltrating” the country and sending confidential material abroad. The 36-year-old, described by Iranian authorities as holding Chinese and American citizenship, was in Iran doing research for his doctorate in late…

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UAE says report that it was behind Qatari cyber hack is “false”

The ambassador to UAE pronounced a news report asserting that UAE was responsible for hacking Qatari government sites “false.” “The UAE had no role whatsoever in the alleged hacking described in the article,” Ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba’s statement said. “What is true is Qatar’s behavior. Funding, supporting, and enabling extremists from the Taliban to Hamas and Qadafi. Inciting violence, encouraging radicalization, and undermining the stability of its neighbors.” According the Washington Post, U.S. intelligence officials concluded United Arab Emirates arranged the cyber attack of Qatar’s state-run news and social media sites,…

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Government Ethics Chief Urges Major Changes on His Way Out

A White House official dismissed the criticism, saying on Sunday that Mr. Shaub was simply promoting himself and had failed to do his job properly. Continue reading the main story “Mr. Schaub’s penchant for raising concerns on matters well outside his scope with the media before ever raising them with the White House — which happens to be his actual day job — is rather telling,” Lindsay E. Walters, a White House spokeswoman, said in a statement that misspelled Mr. Shaub’s name. “The truth is, Mr. Schaub is not interested…

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