SANAA/DUBAI (Reuters) – An advance into Yemen’s Sunni Muslim heartland by Shi’ite Houthi fighters has galvanised support for al Qaeda among some Sunnis, deepening the religious hue of the country’s many conflicts, with potential consequences well beyond its borders.
Yemen’s tribal, regional and political divisions were widened by the rapid fall of the capital Sanaa to Houthi fighters on Sept. 21 after weeks of protests against the government and its decision to cut fuel subsidies.
RIYADH/DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi security forces on Tuesday shot dead two suspected members of an armed group that killed at least eight people in an overnight attack on Shi’ite Muslims marking an important religious anniversary, the Interior Ministry reported.
Two security officers also died and two were wounded in the gunbattle in the town of Buraida, north of the capital Riyadh, in which the two suspected militants were killed, the official Saudi Press Agency said, citing an Interior Ministry statement.
SHARJAH United Arab Emirates (Reuters) – The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said on Wednesday he had asked the European Union to grant legal entry to more Syrian refugees who are risking their lives trying to reach Europe illegally by sea.
Thousands of migrants, including many Syrians fleeing a three-year civil war, have drowned while crossing the Mediterranean on rickety boats operated by human traffickers.
DUBAI (Reuters) – The Kuwaiti government has threatened to revoke the citizenship of people suspected of trying to “undermine the stability” of the oil-rich monarchy, local media reported on Tuesday.
The warning is part of an “iron fist” policy adopted by the cabinet on Monday night, following protests earlier this month over the arrest of a prominent opposition politician.
DUBAI (Reuters) –
Two suspected al Qaeda militants blew themselves up on Saturday after being trapped inside a government building in southern Saudi Arabia, the Interior Ministry said, following an attack on a border post with Yemen that also killed four security men.
An Interior Ministry spokesman said the pair were part of a group of six al Qaeda militants who attacked the Wadia border post on Friday from Yemen. Three of the militants were killed on Friday and a fourth was captured after being injured.
DUBAI, May 29 (Reuters) – Sudan turned down an Iranian offer
to set up air defences on its Red Sea coast after a 2012 air
strike Khartoum blamed on Israel, fearing they would upset
Iran’s regional rival Saudi Arabia, Sudan’s foreign minister was
quoted as saying on Thursday.
In an interview with the Saudi-owned al-Hayat newspaper that
seemed aimed at improving frosty ties with Riyadh, Ali Karti
played down Khartoum’s links to Iran and to the Muslim
Brotherhood, which is outlawed in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti, the top religious authority in the birthplace of Islam, has condemned Nigeria’s Boko Haram as a group “set up to smear the image of Islam” and condemned its kidnapping of over 200 schoolgirls.
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.
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.
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”.