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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Morocco Condemns Terrorist Act in Saudi Province of Al Ahsa

Rabat - Morocco vigorously condemned the terrorist act that targeted on Monday evening the province of Al Ahsa, east of Saudi Arabia, and claimed the lives of many innocent victims and injured many, in addition to the death of a security agent and the injury of two others while on duty. The Kingdom of Morocco expresses its vigorous condemnation of this horrible criminal act which is meant to sow discord and ...

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Morocco’s Support to UAE in Counter-Terrorism, Part of Solidarity with Brotherly Country: FM

Rabat - Morocco’s active support to the United Arab Emirates’ fight against terrorism, in line with royal instructions, is a solidarity initiative towards a brother country, said on Wednesday Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Salaheddine Mezouar. "Morocco was itself listed as a target country by terrorist organizations. Its domestic vigilance plan as well as its solidarity-based action t ...

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2 Million Muslims Flock to Arafat on ‘Day of Arafat’

Rabat - More than two million prospective Hadjis who poured out of the Muslim holy city of Mecca to begin the annual Hajj, have flocked Arafat for the Waqfa Prayer. Mount Arafat is a granite hill in east of Mecca. It is also known as the Mount of Mercy (Jabal ar-Rahmah). The hill is the place where the Islamic prophet Muhammad stood and delivered the Farewell Sermon to the Muslims who had accompanied him fo ...

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Saudi Arabia calls for the isolation of Assad

Rabat - Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal called on the international community to take 'practical steps to weaken the Syrian regime' while reaffirming the need for the political isolation of Bashar al Assad, Arab News reported. Speaking at the meeting of the UN General Assembly on Thursday, Prince Saud said that Saudi Arabia would take action against the terrorist groups ISIS and Al Qae ...

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Saudi Pilots Threatened on Twitter After Successful Raids on ISIS

Marrakech - Saudi pilots who carried out air strikes on jihadists in Syria received online death threats Wednesday after their photos were published, according to AFP. Among the pilots is a son of the crown prince, according to the Saudi Press Agency which released the photographs of the eight airmen. One of the pilots involved in the raids is a son of Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz himself, according t ...

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Meeting Heralds Possible Thaw in Iranian Saudi Relations

Marrakech - The Foreign Ministers of Iran and Saudi Arabia met on Monday in New York. It was the first such meeting of the two great Islamic powers since the election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in 2013. An article by Iran’s official press agency IRNA reviewed by the UK Guardian newspaper quoted  Mohamed Javed Zarif as saying: “Both my Saudi counterpart and I believe that this meeting will be the fi ...

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Robert Satloff’s 10 Key Changes in the Middle East

Marrakech - Robert Satloff, director of the Washington Institute, recently wrote that Israel remains a key ally of leading Gulf countries and that the Middle East continues to be the major focus of American Foreign Policy, despite President Obama’s attempt to move towards the Asia Pacific earlier this year. In his article, Satloff identifies ten changes that are influencing the situation in the Middle East. ...

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