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May 9, 2014
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Saudi Liberals website founder sentenced to 10 years in jail and 1,000 lashes

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(Saudi students attend a computer class at King Saud University in
Riyadh October 30, 2002. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji)

A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced the editor of an Internet forum he founded to discuss the role of religion in the conservative Islamic kingdom to 10 years in jail and 1,000 lashes, Saudi media reported on Wednesday.

May 8, 2014
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Islamic officials condemn kidnapping of Nigerian schoolgirls

DUBAI (Reuters) – Islamic scholars and human rights officials of the world’s largest Muslim organization on Thursday denounced the mass kidnapping of Nigerian schoolgirls by the militant group Boko Haram as “a gross misinterpretation of Islam”.

The statements from a research institute and human rights committee of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) echoed denunciations of the radical Islamist group by religious leaders and officials in Nigeria and several Muslim countries.

Apr 15, 2014

Concerned for stability, Saudi Arabia tightens curbs on dissent

DUBAI/RIYADH, April 15 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia, rattled by
regional turmoil that has destabilised the Middle East, is
intensifying a crackdown on domestic dissent, raising fears that
a more open space for public debate that emerged in recent years
is under threat.

Sunni Islamists, Shi’ite Muslims, liberal reformers,
atheists and human rights advocates have all been targeted
through a series of arrests and new laws in what one activist
has described as an “undeclared state of emergency”.

Mar 23, 2014

Foreign policy rifts beset Arabs ahead of summit

DUBAI/KUWAIT, March 23 (Reuters) – Rifts over foreign policy
will likely make it harder for Arab leaders meeting at a summit
this week to forge a common stand on regional challenges,
including what many of them see as a threat from Iranian-U.S.
rapprochement.

And while the Arab League meeting may agree more
humanitarian action in response to Syria’s war, any communique
calling for the removal of President Bashar al-Assad will not
reflect divergent views behind the scenes about the Syrian
leader’s handling of the conflict.

Mar 23, 2014

After popular protests, Oman starts to pursue graft

MUSCAT (Reuters) – Young Omanis who took to the streets in 2011 to demand jobs and better economic prospects failed to trigger the mass protests that transformed other parts of the Arab world in their own Gulf state.

But they may have had an impact all the same, as authorities are making a start on a task that, even if coincidentally, meets one of the protesters’ key demands – fighting corruption.

Mar 23, 2014

Rifts beset Arabs ahead of summit amid worries about Iran

DUBAI/KUWAIT, March 23 (Reuters) – Rifts over foreign policy
will likely make it harder for Arab leaders meeting at a summit
this week to forge a common stand on regional challenges,
including what many of them see as a threat from Iranian-U.S.
rapprochement.

And while the Arab League meeting may agree more
humanitarian action in response to Syria’s war, any communique
calling for the removal of President Bashar al-Assad will not
reflect divergent views behind the scenes about the Syrian
leader’s handling of the conflict.

Mar 13, 2014

Artist of lost painting that came to symbolise Palestinian struggle unveils new version

DUBAI (Reuters) – A newly painted version of a picture that for Palestinians has come to symbolise their struggle for statehood has been unveiled in Dubai many years after the original was believed to have been destroyed in a U.S. air strike on Libya.

“Jamal Al-Mahamel” (Camel of Burdens), a 1973 painting depicting an elderly porter struggling to balance Jerusalem on his back, is seen as a representation of the Palestinian aspiration to establish a state with Arab East Jerusalem, which Israel captured in the 1967 war, as its capital.

Dec 23, 2013

Analysis: Domestic concerns drive Oman’s newly assertive foreign policy

MUSCAT (Reuters) – Traditionally reticent Oman has become unusually assertive in opposing a Saudi plan for Gulf Arab states to close ranks against Iran, worried that a wider regional confrontation might threaten its own stability.

Oman’s willingness to incur the displeasure of Saudi Arabia, its most powerful neighbor, reflects both the proximity of Iran and vulnerabilities of its domestic political, economic and religious makeup.

Dec 23, 2013

Domestic concerns drive Oman’s newly assertive foreign policy

MUSCAT, Dec 23 (Reuters) – Traditionally reticent Oman has
become unusually assertive in opposing a Saudi plan for Gulf
Arab states to close ranks against Iran, worried that a wider
regional confrontation might threaten its own stability.

Oman’s willingness to incur the displeasure of Saudi Arabia,
its most powerful neighbour, reflects both the proximity of Iran
and vulnerabilities of its domestic political, economic and
religious makeup.

Dec 16, 2013

BP signs $16 billion tight gas project deal in Oman

MUSCAT/DUBAI (Reuters) – BP (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has signed 30-year deals to develop Oman’s Khazzan tight gas project at an estimated investment of $16 billion, that will help the Omani economy to keep growing and bolster flagging gas exports.

The Khazzan gas project, which aims to extract around one billion cubic feet (bcf) per day of gas from deep under central Oman, is a showcase for BP’s tight gas extraction technology and output will go towards meeting Oman’s growing energy needs.