Saudi Arabia is using Canada to send a message, analysts say

Montreal, Canada - Saudi Arabia's decision to expel Canada's ambassador, recall thousands of students studying in the North American country, and suspend future trade with Ottawa took many off guard this week. Saudi authorities pointed to a series of tweets, in which Canada's foreign affairs ministry called for the release of jailed Saudi human rights activists, as…

Argentina’s senate rejects abortion bill

Argentina's Senate rejected a bill that would have legalised elective abortion for pregnancies of up to 14 weeks. Thirty-eight senators voted against the controversial legislation on Thursday following a debate that lasted more than 15 hours. There were 31 votes in favour - falling short of the 35-vote majority needed for bills to pass -…

Iran vows to continue oil exports despite Trump’s threats

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has vowed that Iran will stand firm against threats by the United States over oil shipments, after Washington reimposed economic sanctions on the Islamic republic. Speaking to state broadcaster IRINN on Wednesday, Rouhani said: "If the Americans want to keep this simplistic and impossible idea in their minds, they should also know its consequences." "They can't…

Turkey probing visit of Saudi officers the day Khashoggi vanished

At least 15 Saudi officials arrived in Turkey's Istanbul city the day journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate and later disappeared, sources have told Al Jazeera. "The Saudi officials flew into Istanbul on two different flights on Tuesday," Al Jazeera's Jamal Elshayyal said on Saturday, adding that there is no clarity on whether they were security or…

How much can Donald Trump shield Mohammed bin Salman?

US President Donald Trump has admitted that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may. or may not, have known about the plan to murder journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The CIA says Prince Mohammed, also known as MBS, ordered the killing. But Trump contradicted the intelligence agency, saying that it was not a definitive determination before saying "it would be…

Colombia false positive scandal: Families demand ‘greater truth’

Bogota - Carmenza Gomez was planning a surprise Christmas dinner in the winter of 2008 to celebrate having her eight children back together under one roof in their home in an impoverished suburb in Bogota, the capital of Colombia. That summer, the family had finally been reunited after years apart due to the sons' military…

Sun, sea and single-sex beaches: Turkey’s halal tourism boom

Istanbul, Turkey - When Mohamed al-Sanee and his wife were planning their summer holiday, they looked for a destination that could accommodate their lifestyle and dietary needs. After trawling through hotel comparison sites, the young Muslim couple decided on an all-too-familiar destination for Arabs from the Gulf. "Turkey was the first and last choice. It…

It’s time to speak about the economic cost of sexual assault

I recently did a straw poll of the women in my life and realised that I know more survivors of sexual assault than I do mothers. The national statistics are staggering - according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, "one in three women … in the US have experienced some form of contact sexual…

‘I used to talk about politics on Facebook, but now it’s scary’

Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Samoeurth Seavmeng sits at a conference table wearing black horn-rimmed glasses. Meng - as she's known online and to friends - glances at her smartphone and begins to speak to 10 other young Cambodians gathered at Politikoffee, a weekly forum held in a leafy diplomatic enclave of the capital Phnom Penh. "It's…

Australia police say Melbourne attacker was known to authorities

Australian police said on Saturday a man who fatally stabbed a person and injured two others in central Melbourne "held radicalised views" that prompted him to carry out the attack. The perpetrator, Hassain Khalif Shire Ali, 30, had his passport canceled in 2015 after it was learned he planned to travel to Syria, police said.…

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