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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 »

Saudi Teen Arrested Over Video Chats With US Girl

The dark side of viral fame

(Newser) - When a teenager in Saudi Arabia began chatting up an American woman online, he first found fame and then notoriety before he was arrested over concerns that his clumsy cyber flirtation violated the kingdom's conservative norms, reports AP . The teenager, known only by his online name of 'Abu... More »

9/11 Widow Sues Saudi Arabia

The first after Congress opened way for such suits, more to follow

(Newser) - When Navy Cmdr. Patrick Dunn died in the attack at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, he left behind a wife who would give birth to their daughter seven months later. Now, 15 years after his death, CNN reports that Dunn's widow, Stephanie DeSimone, is suing the kingdom of... More »

Obama Just Suffered First Override of His Presidency

Families of 9/11 victims can sue Saudi Arabia

(Newser) - Congress has rejected a veto by President Obama for the first time in his presidency. The House voted 348-77 Wednesday to override his veto and to allow the families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for the kingdom's alleged backing of the attackers, reports AP . The Senate... More »

Saudi Women Move to Dump Male Guardians

More than 14K women have signed petition so far

(Newser) - In Saudi Arabia, women are hamstrung from doing certain tasks many of us take for granted—including marrying and vacationing abroad—without permission from their male guardians. Now, more than 14,000 Saudi women are trying to change that with a petition to the government that they hope will put... More »

Obama Vetoes Bill That Would Let 9/11 Victims Sue Saudi Arabia

Possible override by Congress looms

(Newser) - President Obama has vetoed a bill that would have allowed the families of 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia, the AP reports. The move sets Obama up for a possible first veto override by Congress. Both chambers passed the bill by voice vote. The House sent Obama... More »

Obama Will Veto 9/11 Saudi Lawsuits Bill

White House says it could harm US interests

(Newser) - President Obama has used his veto 11 times without being overridden, but he may not be so lucky with No. 12. The White House says Obama plans to veto a bill that would allow 9/11 survivors and families to sue Saudi Arabia for damages, Reuters reports. The bill passed the... More »

House Passes 9/11 Bill to Let Victims' Families Sue Saudis

But veto is possible from Obama, who fears law could backfire

(Newser) - Approval of a bipartisan bill that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia puts Congress on a collision course with President Obama on the eve of the 15th anniversary of the attacks. Per the AP , the House passed the legislation Friday by voice... More »

Microsoft: Sorry for Really Bad Bing Translation

'Daesh' translated to 'Saudi Arabia,' which is definitely not correct

(Newser) - Whoops: Microsoft has apologized after its Bing translator mistakenly translated "Daesh," the Arabic name for ISIS, into "Saudi Arabia" in English. Social media users in Saudi Arabia angrily pointed out the error, the Guardian reports, and it quickly went viral. "As an employee of [Microsoft], I... More »

Woman 'Caged' by Dad Scores Legal Win in Britain

But it might not mean much, because Amina Al-Jeffery is now in Saudi Arabia

(Newser) - A British judge says a woman who claims to have been effectively imprisoned by her father in Saudi Arabia must be allowed to return to the UK—though he said there's "little or nothing" the High Court can do to ensure that happens. A judge on Wednesday ruled... More »

Saudi Arabia Doubles the Women It's Sending to Rio

That would be to 4 female athletes, but it's only sending 11

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia will send four women to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, doubling its female participation after two women competed for the first time at the 2012 London Games. Hosam al-Qurashi, executive director of the Saudi Olympic Committee, told the AP on Sunday that two of the women will participate... More »

Woman, 21: Dad Keeps Me Locked Up Because I 'Kissed a Guy'

Lawyers are asking British court to order her removed from Saudi Arabia

(Newser) - A 21-year-old Welsh woman says that, because she "kissed a guy," her father shaved her head and locked her up, putting metal bars on her bedroom door and preventing her from using the phone and internet—or even the bathroom, instead forcing her to urinate in a cup.... More »

10 Nations With Highest Percentage of Immigrants

In Saudi Arabia, a third of residents were born elsewhere

(Newser) - The US is a nation of immigrants, but it's not the nation of immigrants. In Priceonomics ' rankings of the most populous countries by percentage of foreign-born residents (it excluded the Vatican, for example, which otherwise would've ranked first), America sits at No. 5. The top 10: More »

Saudis Renew Fatwa Against Pokemon

'Un-Islamic' game not welcome in kingdom

(Newser) - It didn't take a Pikachu poking his head up at the Kaaba for Saudi religious authorities to denounce Pokemon. The country's top religious authority has renewed a 2001 ban on the "un-Islamic" game, though it made no mention of the Pokemon Go augmented-reality game currently conquering the... More »

Secret Chapter of 9/11 Inquiry Finally Released

'The 28 pages'

(Newser) - The government is releasing a once-classified chapter of a congressional report about the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, that questions whether Saudi nationals who were in contact with the hijackers after they arrived in the US knew what they were planning. Later investigations found no evidence that the Saudi government... More »

ISIS Developing Scary New 'Signature'

'Wolf packs' emerge even as group suffers military setbacks

(Newser) - The Islamic State is gloating after a series of attacks claimed in its name, including those in Bangladesh , Iraq , Turkey , and Saudi Arabia . Some related coverage:
  • As ISIS suffers military setbacks within its self-declared borders, it seems to be shifting toward more guerrilla-type operations. USA Today takes a look.
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Suicide Bomber Attacks One of Islam's Holiest Sites

Medina among 3 cities hit

(Newser) - Yet more high-profile terror attacks: Suicide bombers struck three cities in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, including in Medina near one of the holiest sites in Islam. In the latter incident, the explosion took place outside the mosque where the Prophet Muhammad is buried, reports AP . Several cars caught fire, and... More »

Suicide Attacker Strikes Near US Consulate in Saudi City

Consular staff unharmed in Jiddah attack

(Newser) - A suicide bomber carried out an attack early Monday near a US diplomatic site in the western Saudi city of Jiddah, according to the Interior Ministry. The ministry said in a statement the attacker detonated his suicide vest when security guards approached him near the parking lot of a hospital.... More »

A Child-Killer List Is Roiling the UN

Saudis accused of threatening to yank funds

(Newser) - Big controversy is afoot at the UN over an annual report that lists armed groups responsible for killing children. When it came out last week, the report included the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen among the guilty parties. On Monday, however, the UN backtracked and removed the coalition from the... More »

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