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Big Lines From Trump's Saudi Speech

He takes a more moderate tone toward Islam

(Newser) - President Trump addressed the Muslim world on Sunday, taking a more moderate tone than he did as a presidential candidate, when he declared that "Islam hates us," reports the New York Times . On Sunday, in his speech in Saudi Arabia to Muslim leaders from around the world, he... More »

No Headscarf for Melania, Ivanka Despite Trump Tweet

'They were insulted. We have enuf enemies'

(Newser) - Neither Melania nor Ivanka Trump wore a headscarf after arriving in Saudi Arabia for President Trump's first trip abroad, the BBC reports. In fact, none of the women in the president's entourage wore one. It turns out that while sharia law requires Saudi women to wear a headscarf,... More »

Trump Arrives in Saudi Arabia

King Salman gives him nation's highest civilian honor

(Newser) - President Trump, in the first stop of his maiden trip abroad, received a regal welcome Saturday in Saudi Arabia, feted by the wealthy kingdom as he aims to forge strong alliances to combat terrorism while pushing past the multiple controversies threatening to engulf his administration. Trump arrived in Riyadh after... More »

Trump's Foreign Trip Is Unlike That of Any Past President

Will visit 'homelands and holy sites of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths'

(Newser) - "No president has ever visited the homelands and holy sites of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths all on one trip," says National Security Adviser HR McMaster—and President Trump's critics say there are probably good reasons why. Trump departs Friday for an ambitious first foreign trip... More »

Toby Keith Will Join Trump in Saudi Arabia

The musician will be playing a men-only concert in the capital

(Newser) - American country singer Toby Keith, known for songs such as "Whiskey Girl" and "Beer For My Horses," is scheduled to perform in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, this weekend in an event that coincides with President Trump's first overseas visit, the AP reports. Saudi entertainment website Lammt,... More »

Saudis Tell Dad He Can't Call Daughter 'Ivanka'

'I pleaded with them to accept the name,' he says

(Newser) - "Ivanka" is not an acceptable baby name in Saudi Arabia, a father was told after trying to give his newborn daughter the same name as President Trump's first daughter. "The civil status department informed me that the name could not be approved because it was foreign,"... More »

Where Trump Is Headed on First Foreign Trip

Stops will include Israel, Vatican, Saudi Arabia

(Newser) - President Trump is taking his first foreign trip since his inauguration later this month, and his stops will include Israel, Saudi Arabia, as well as a trip to the Vatican in which he'll meet Pope Francis, Politico reports. Trump becomes the first Oval Office occupant since Jimmy Carter to... More »

Powerful Saudi Prince Grants Rare Interview

He says there's no room for dialogue with Iran

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince said Tuesday in a rare and wide-ranging interview that there is no space for dialogue with rival Iran due to its Shiite ambitions "to control the Islamic world." The interview, which aired on multiple Saudi TV channels, offered a glimpse into how... More »

Embassy: London Attacker Worked in Saudi Arabia

It's not clear when Masood became radicalized

(Newser) - The man who killed four people outside Britain's Parliament was in Saudi Arabia three times and taught English there, the country's UK embassy says. The embassy says Khalid Masood taught English in Saudi Arabia from November 2005 to November 2006 and again from April 2008 to April 2009.... More »

9/11 Lawsuit Filed Against 'Duplicitous' Saudis

Complaint represents families, estates of 800 or so victims

(Newser) - A lawsuit representing the families and estates of about 800 victims of 9/11 has been filed in Manhattan federal court, with the Saudi Arabian government in its sights, WPIX and NBC News report. Of the 19 plane hijackers that day, 15 were Saudi nationals, and three of those reportedly had... More »

Saudi King Said to Have Packed 506 Tons of Luggage

For first trip to Indonesia since 1970

(Newser) - What exactly is a transportable electric elevator? Ask Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdul Aziz: He reportedly packed two of them among the 506 tons of cargo he is said to have taken with him Wednesday on a nine-day trip to Indonesia, the first time since 1970 a Saudi... More »

Wisconsin Charges Man With Murder of Saudi Student

Case shocked UW-Stout community

(Newser) - After more than two months, a man has been charged in a killing that shook the University of Wisconsin-Stout community. Cullen Osborn, a 27-year-old from Minneapolis, has been charged with felony murder and battery in the beating death of Saudi student Hussain Saeed Alnahdi , the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reports. The... More »

This Outfit Got a Saudi Woman Imprisoned

Malak al-Shehri was arrested for 'violations of general morals'

(Newser) - A 20-something women in Saudi Arabia is in prison and facing death threats after going out for breakfast with friends without wearing her hijab and abaya, International Business Times reports. According to the Guardian , Malak al-Shehri announced her plan on Twitter a few days in advance, later posting a photo... More »

Strangers Find, Help Cleaner Seen Gazing at Gold

Nazer al-Islam Abdul Karim is 'very thankful' for his new gifts

(Newser) - Nazer al-Islam Abdul Karim was looking through a shop window at a jewelry display in Saudi Arabia when he saw "a flash." Days later, he's swimming in gifts. An unknown individual had snapped a photo of Abdul Karim, a cleaner in Riyadh, and posted it to Instagram... More »

The World's 10 Richest Countries

The US just makes the list

(Newser) - While some countries are rich in culture and history, others are actually rich. 24/7 Wall St. has compiled a list of the world's 25 wealthiest countries based on gross national income, which it says is a "more useful measure of national wealth" than gross domestic product. The site... More »

Are American Weapons Being Used to Kill Civilians in Yemen?

Saudi-led coalition appears to be using weapons bought from US

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia is using American-made weapons in a destructive campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen, the New York Times reports. The remains of US-made, laser-guided bombs have been found in the wreckage of multiple deadly airstrikes—including an attack on a funeral last month, which killed 140 people. A Saudi-led... More »

Wisconsin Community Offers $20K to Find Killer of Saudi Student

Hussain Saeed Alnahdi, 24, beaten to death Sunday

(Newser) - The community of Menomonie, Wisconsin, is reeling after a Saudi exchange student was beaten to death outside a local pizza restaurant , NBC News reports. Hussain Saeed Alnahdi, 24, was an exchange student studying business at University of Wisconsin-Stout. On Sunday at around 2am, he was attacked by an unknown assailant,... More »

Saudi Student at University of Wisconsin Fatally Beaten

Cops aren't sure why he was attacked

(Newser) - The University of Wisconsin-Stout has been shaken by the killing of a student from Saudi Arabia in a possible hate crime. Police say Hussain Saeed Alnahdi, 24, was attacked and beaten at around 2am Sunday near a pizza restaurant in downtown Menomonie by an attacker described only as a white... More »

Saudi Arabia Just Executed a Prince

Prince Turki fatally shot a friend in 2012

(Newser) - Being a royal won't save your life in Saudi Arabia if you're convicted of murder. Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabir, who fatally shot a friend in a "group quarrel" at a desert camp in December 2012, was executed in Riyadh on Tuesday, state media reports, per CNN... More »

US Warns Saudis After Deadly Strike in Yemen

American aid 'not a blank check'

(Newser) - US officials are threatening to cut off aid after a deadly airstrike linked to Saudi Arabia killed 140 and wounded more than 500 at a funeral in Yemen's capital city of Sanaa. The airstrike on Saturday targeted the funeral of a Yemeni official's father, Reuters reports. According to... More »

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