Saudi Arabia Ranks Third in the World in Military Spending

Rabat- Saudi Arabia has become the world's third leading country in terms of military spending, according to a report published by the Wall Street Journal. Weapon purchases by the oil-rich monarchies of the Arab Gulf grew significantly in 2014 in light of the military threats in the region, including the threat posed by the terrorist organization the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as ISIS or ISIL, and c ...

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Saudi Cleric Rejects Earth’s Rotation, Becomes Internet Laughing Stock

Rabat - Saudi Cleric has become an overnight internet laughing stock after he claimed that the Sun revolves around the Earth and not the other way around, rejecting in the process a centuries-old scientific fact that the Sun is stationary while planet Earth and other planets rotate around it. A video recently posted on YouTube shows the Saudi cleric, Sheikh Bandar al-Khaibari, answering a student question o ...

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Bahrain Closes News Channel Owned by Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal

Rabat - Bahrain announced the closure of a new pan-Arab news channel owned by Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal less than ten days after its launch. "It has been decided to halt the activities of Alarab, the channel not having received the necessary permits," a statement from the Bahrain Information Affairs Authority said on Monday. Launched on February 1, the Alarab News Channel was on air for on ...

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Saudi Royals Behind 9/11 Terrorist Attacks: Former Al-Qaeda Operative

By Kristina Fried Rabat - A former member of Al-Qaeda has formally accused a number of Saudi Princes of being behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of almost 3,000 people. Members of Saudi Arabia’s royal family are being sued by the families of the victims of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center by Al-Qaeda in 2001 for their supposed involvement with the terrorist organizati ...

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UAE Suspends Airstrikes Against Islamic State Following Pilot Capture

Rabat - U.S. officials said that the United Arab Emirates, a key member of the US-led coalition against the so-called the Islamic State (IS), has suspended its attacks following the downing of a Jordanian F16 warplane and the capture of its pilot in December, who was later burned alive. "I can confirm that UAE suspended airstrikes shortly after the Jordanian pilot's went down," an official told the news age ...

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New Fatwa Prohibits Building Snowman in Saudi Arabia

Agadir - Following the recent snowfall in the north of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Mohammad Saleh Al Munajid formally prohibits building snowman, describing it as idols worship. “Who said building a snowman is an innocent activity”? Said Mohammad Saleh Al-Munajid, one of the most influential sheikhs of Saudi Arabia,who has just issued a Fatwa prohibiting the hobby of snowman building. At IslamQA.info, where the Sh ...

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Saudi Arabia: Draft Law Obliges Television Anchors to Wear Traditional Abaya

Rabat - Saudi Arabia's Shura Council is moving forward to consider new amendments to its audiovisual law , which would force female television anchors on Saudi-funded channels to wear an abaya and scarf. Multiple reports said that Noura Al-Odwan, a female member of the council, convinced the Saudi Culture and Media Affairs committee to take the initiative to present the controversial amendments to lawmakers ...

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Saudi Scholar Under Fire For Saying Women Not Required to Wear Veil

Rabat - A Saudi scholar came under fire over the weekend after he stated on a television program on the Saudi MBC channel on Saturday that women are not required to wear the veil in Islam. To make his point, he appeared with his wife, who did not wear a veil. Echoing a series of tweets he has been posting on his Twitter account over the past couple of weeks, the controversial Saudi scholar and former head o ...

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UAE police Arrest suspect in American woman killing

The UAE police arrested the main suspect in the stabbing to death of an American woman in an Abu Dhabi mall, the Interior Ministry announced on Thursday. In a statement posted on the ministry's Twitter account, Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed, deputy prime minister and minister of interior, announced: “The face-covered suspect is now in police custody.” “With God’s grace & exceptional follow-up by UAE ...

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Parliament Approves Military Cooperation Between Morocco and UAE

Rabat- The House of Representatives Committee of Foreign Affairs approved on Monday a law supporting military cooperation between Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. The law allows the Moroccan government to provide military, security, and logistical support to the United Arab Emirates to help them fight terrorism. This agreement, which aims at enhancing cooperation in the military, security, and defense ...

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Al Walid Bin Talal to buy Olympique Marseille?

Rabat - New rumors suggest that Ligue 1 leaders Olympique Marseille could be bought by Saudi multi-billionaire Al Walid Bin Talal, the world's 35th richest man. According to French sports Magazine L'Equipe on Monday, OM can be bought for around 100 to 150 million euros. These initial estimates will undoubtedly pose no problem to potential buyer Prince Al Walid Bin Talal who is estimated to be worth $26 bill ...

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Saudi Arabia: Road Accident Kills Two Moroccans, Injures Three

Riyadh - Two Moroccans died and three others were wounded, two seriously, in a traffic accident that took place on Wednesday near Al Hufuf in the Al Ahsa province (east of Saudi Arabia), a source from the Moroccan consulate said. The Moroccan consulate service are closely following the hospitalization of the wounded in coordination with the concerned Saudi authorities, it added. ...

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