Tag: Saudi Arabia

Follow the Emiratis’ Lead, Out of Yemen

The conflict in Yemen is unwinnable, dangerous for the region and remarkably cruel. So the drawdown of troops by the United Arab Emirates, the biggest outside ground force backing the Saudi-led intervention that has turned a civil war into a humanitarian disaster, should be an example for everyone else involved. Given global revulsion with the […]

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American Woman Loses Custody Battle for Daughter in Saudi Arabia

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Bethany Vierra didn’t think she was asking for much. First, she wanted a divorce from a husband whom she described as abusive. Then she wanted to secure custody of her 4-year-old daughter, Zeina. Then she wanted a court order to receive child support from her ex-husband, a businessman. But as an American […]

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U.A.E. Pulls Most Forces From Yemen in Blow to Saudi War Effort

For four years, the United Arab Emirates have been the military linchpin of the Saudi-led war in Yemen, providing weapons, money and thousands of ground troops to a campaign to drive out Yemen’s Houthi rebels. Emirati forces led almost every major advance the coalition made. Now they have decided they can go no further. The […]

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The Iran Crisis: How We Got There and What’s Next

The International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed Monday that Iran had resumed enriching uranium to higher levels than permitted under a 2015 accord with the United States and other world powers. The step inches Tehran closer to having the capacity to build a nuclear bomb. President Trump’s administration has vowed to prevent Iran from developing such […]

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Maximum Diplomacy Can Prevent War With Iran

On Sunday, Iran announced that it had breached the limit on uranium enrichment — fissile purity of 3.67 percent required for electricity generation — detailed in the 2015 nuclear deal with the United States and other international powers. It has threatened to go further. President Hassan Rouhani had said on Wednesday that Iran would enrich […]

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In Sudan, a Secret Meeting and Public Rage Propelled a Power-Sharing Deal

A month ago Sudan’s pro-democracy movement was battered and in disarray. Protesters were in hiding after paramilitary troops rampaged through the main protest area, looting, raping and shooting dead scores of people. The internet had been shut down. Bodies were being dredged from the Nile. Then this week the protest leaders and their military foes […]

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Bill Goldberg Wants To ‘Erase The Feeling’ Of His Match With The Undertaker In Saudi Arabia

WWE Network Nearly a month removed from WWE Super Showdown in Jeddah [redacted], most fans’ memories of the show revolve around one moment: wrestling legends Bill Goldberg and The Undertaker taking turns concussing and almost killing each other in a match so bad it caused multiple post-match collapses and necessitated a formal apology. You can […]

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OPEC and Russia Seek to Support the Price of Oil

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries doesn’t stir as much fear in oil markets it once did, but it still has the power the shake up oil prices. On Monday, officials from OPEC and other oil producers including Russia will begin two days of meetings in Vienna. The producers are all but certain to […]

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Saudi Arabia Is Running Out of Friends

LONDON — Last week was especially bad for the monarchy of Saudi Arabia. On Wednesday, a United Nations expert released a report calling for an investigation into the role of Mohammed bin Salman, crown prince of Saudi Arabia, in the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The next day in Washington, the Senate voted to […]

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Saudi Arabia Granted Women the Right to Drive. A Year on, It’s Still Complicated.

Saudi Arabia granted women the right to drive one year ago, a historic move that cracked open a window to new freedoms for women who have long lived under repressive laws. The measure was enacted by the country’s de facto leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who also eased other restrictions on women, leading some […]

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Trump Shrugs Off Killing of Khashoggi by Saudi Agents, Saying Saudi Arabia Is an Important Trading Partner

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Sunday shrugged off the brutal dismembering of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, just days after a United Nations report described how a team of Saudi assassins called Mr. Khashoggi a “sacrificial animal” before his murder. The U.N. report urged an F.B.I. investigation into the slaying. But in an interview […]

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Britain to Suspend Issuing Arms Licenses to Saudi Arabia

LONDON — Britain will temporarily suspend the approval of any new licenses to sell arms to Saudi Arabia, the government said on Thursday, after a court ruled that ministers had acted unlawfully in allowing the sale of weapons when there was a clear possibility they might be used in violation of international humanitarian law in […]

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Senate Blocks Trump Administration’s Arms Sales to Gulf Nations in Bipartisan Rebuke

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted to block the sale of billions of dollars of munitions to Saudi Arabia on Thursday, in a sharp and bipartisan rebuke of the Trump administration’s attempt to circumvent Congress to allow the exports by declaring an emergency over Iran. In the first of a series of three back-to-back votes, Republicans […]

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Jamal Khashoggi Was My Fiancé. His Killers Are Roaming Free.

In May, I was invited to travel to Washington, D.C., to attend some hearings at Congress. I had imagined the city in the words of my fiancé, Jamal Khashoggi. My visit left me with the troubling feeling that his memory was fading in the city he evoked so lovingly . When I met Jamal in […]

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Khashoggi Killing Inquiry Should Look Into Saudi Prince’s Role, U.N. Expert Says

GENEVA — Saudi Arabia is responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in its Istanbul consulate last year, and there is “credible evidence” justifying an investigation into the role of the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, a United Nations expert said in a report released on Wednesday. The expert, Agnes Callamard, also said that […]

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U.N. Report Calls for Investigation of Saudi Crown Prince in Khashoggi Killing

GENEVA — Saudi Arabia is responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in its Istanbul consulate last year, and there is “credible evidence” justifying an investigation into the role of the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, a United Nations expert said in a report released on Wednesday. The expert, Agnes Callamard, also said that […]

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A New Trump Battleground: Defining Human Rights

After the horrors of World War II, the United States led in adopting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, recognizing the “inherent dignity” and “equal and inalienable rights” of all people to life and liberty. For three-quarters of a century it has stood for the protection of human rights by the rule of […]

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Saudi Youth Sentenced to Prison Instead of Death, Rights Group Says

BEIRUT, Lebanon — A Saudi teenager who faced possible execution for acts he was accused of committing as a child has been handed a 12-year prison sentence instead, a human rights group that has been monitoring his case said on Sunday. Last year the Saudi public prosecutor’s office sought a death sentence for Murtaja Qureiris, […]

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Sudan’s Uncertain Path to Democracy

When a dictator falls to popular wrath, it is often the case that his cabal lies low until the field is clear again. It may be the generals or the secret police or the family; they will renounce their fallen leader to appease the protesters, but as soon as it is feasible they reimpose authoritarian […]

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