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Runaway Saudi Sisters Plead for Help on Social Media

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Two Saudi sisters appealed for help Wednesday from the former Soviet republic of Georgia after fleeing their country, in the latest case of runaways from the ultra-conservative kingdom using social media to seek asylum.

Saudi Shiite women react during a protest on January 8, 2016 in the eastern coastal city of Qatif against the execution of prominent Shiite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr by Saudi authorities earlier in the week. Nimr was a driving force of the protests that broke out in 2011 in the …

Amnesty International: China Again Leads World in Executions

Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday published the 2018 edition of its annual report on the death penalty. The report found a 31 percent decrease in executions compared to 2017, “the lowest number of executions that Amnesty International has recorded in the past decade.”

WENZHOU, CHINA: CHINA OUT Chinese police show of a group of hardcore convicts at a sentencing rally in the east Chinese city of Wenzhou 07 April 2004, where 11 prisoners were later executed for various crimes. Amnesty International has called for a moratorium on the death penalty in China, saying …

Report: France Blocks E.U. from Condemning Libyan Warlord’s Invasion of Tripoli

France, which owns oil assets in Libya, reportedly sidelined a European Union statement this week calling on the Paris and Moscow-backed Libyan strongman Gen. Khalifa Haftar to halt his eastern army’s offensive against forces loyal to the North African country’s internationally recognized government in Tripoli.

Libya strongman says victory near against Derna jihadists

U.S. Military Pulls Out of Libya as Russia- and France-Backed Warlord Invades Capital

The U.S. military over the weekend announced that it had “temporarily” withdrawn a small contingent of American troops from Libya “due to increased unrest” in Tripoli fueled by ongoing battles between pro-internationally recognized government forces and an army loyal to a renegade warlord backed by Russia, France, and neighboring Egypt, among other countries.

Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the military leader of the so-called Libyan National Army and Libyas parallel parliament based in the eastern city of Tobruk, is greeted upon his arrival at Al-Kharouba airport south of the town of al-Marj, about 80 km east of the Mediterranean port city of Benghazi on December …

Saudi Arabia Detains Women’s Rights Activists Including 2 U.S. Citizens

Authorities in Saudi Arabia launched a crackdown on supporters of two American, one of them pregnant, and nine other local women activists who drew the ire of the Sunni kingdom for fighting for their right to drive and to end the country’s male guardianship system, several news outlets reported Friday.

Saudi women walk outside a shopping mall in Riyadh on June 22, 2012. Saudi female activists have cancelled their plan to brave a driving ban, settling instead for petitioning King Abdullah to allow them to get behind the wheel, members of their group said. AFP PHOTO/FAYEZ NURELDINE (Photo credit should …

CENTCOM: U.S. Launches First 2019 Airstrikes Against Al-Qaeda in Yemen

The U.S. military this week revealed that it had conducted eight airstrike operations against the resurgent al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) based in Yemen, which is considered one of the international terrorist group’s wings most intent on attacking the American homeland.

UN pushes 'de-escalation' in key port, besieged city at Yemen talks

Libyan Strongman Haftar Promises ‘Resolution to Current Crisis’ as Troops Advance on Tripoli

Libyan strongman General Khalifa Haftar said on Sunday that Libya’s seven-year political crisis would soon be resolved with a single government in charge of the entire country. His so-called Libyan National Army (LNA) is advancing toward Tripoli, suggesting Haftar intends to either replace the late Moammar Qaddafi as a dictator or secure himself a position of great importance in a national unity government.

West Libya in strongman's sights after conquering east

Exclusive– Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna Calls for Bipartisan Coalition to Work with Trump on Ending Foreign Wars: ‘I Think We’re All on the Same Team’ As Americans

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), a progressive Democrat who is the co-chairman of the 2020 Democrat presidential campaign for Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview that he hopes a bipartisan coalition comes together to work with President Donald Trump to end a number of wars and U.S. military conflicts worldwide.

Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, on a reintroduction of a resolution to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Also pictured is Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., left, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, right. (AP Photo/Andrew …

Google Removes Gay ‘Conversion Therapy’ App Following Outcry

Google has removed an app from the Google Play store which encouraged gay people to go through “conversion therapy,” following complaints from LGBT groups. Google still hasn’t removed an app which allows users to report “heresy” to Indonesia’s strict Muslim government, however, nor has the company removed a Saudi Arabian app which allows men to track women and limit their movement.

Google gay pride (Niv Singer / Flickr / CC / Cropped)

Three Saudi Women’s Rights Activists Temporarily Released

Three Saudi women were granted temporary release from prison on Thursday, nearly a year after they and other women’s rights activists were detained by security forces who report to the kingdom’s powerful crown prince.

Saudi women board a taxi in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, May 24, 2011. A Saudi woman was arrested for a second time for driving her car in what women's activists said Monday was a move by the rulers of the ultraconservative kingdom to suppress an Internet campaign encouraging women to …

Libyan Strongman Haftar Visits Saudi King Salman in Riyadh

Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar, who has conquered well over half the country despite the international community formally recognizing an entirely different government as legitimate, was a guest of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz in Riyadh on Wednesday. Details of their conversation are scarce, but Haftar’s first visit to Saudi Arabia seems like a significant event.

Libyan strongman Haftar a reluctant key player in crisis talks

Syria, Iran, Turkey Vow to Fight Trump Proclamation on Golan Heights

Syria’s state-run media published photos of citizens marching in the streets on Tuesday to protest U.S. President Donald Trump’s proclamation recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. The Syrian regime’s patrons in Iran denounced the decision, while the increasingly Islamist government of Turkey vowed to fight the U.S. and Israel at the United Nations.

Hezbollah chief urges 'resistance' over US Golan move

Eve of 4th Yemen War Anniversary: Peace Remains Elusive

A truce deal between the Saudi Arabia-led Sunni coalition and the Iran-allied Shiite Houthi rebels in the Yemeni port city of Hodeida – considered a lifeline for millions of people at risk of starvation in the world’s worst humanitarian crisis – remains elusive as the war reaches its fourth anniversary on Tuesday.

Clashes erupt in Yemen's Hodeida in truce violation: official

Saudi Women on Trial After Contact with Foreign Media

Beirut — Saudi women held in detention for nearly a year have been charged following contact with foreign media and activists, Human Rights Watch said Thursday, after they went on trial for undermining national security.

Saudi activist and campaigner Aziza al-Yousef checks her mobile phone during an interview in the capital Riyadh, on September 27, 2016. Thousands of Saudis have signed a petition urging an end to the guardianship system giving men control over the work, study, marriage and travel of female relatives, activists said. …