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In an April 2016 interview with Jeffrey Goldberg for The Atlantic, President Barack Obama outlined his views on US Middle East policy in brutally frank terms. His obvious impatience with Middle Eastern affairs and his unconcealed disdain for regional partners - "freeloaders" is how he described them - aroused much criticism in the US and across the Middle East, where he was already viewed with considerable contempt by several Arab states, as well as Israel, for his Iran and Syria policies. One of Obama's less barbed and more sensible comments also proved controversial. He was criticised for saying that "our friends as well as ... the Iranians ... need to find an effective way to share the neighbourhood." His
Flights at Dubai's international airport, one of the world's busiest, were briefly disrupted on Sunday due to “suspected drone activity,” officials said. Two arriving flights had to be diverted, it said, while media reports said the planes had landed at a smaller airport in the neighboring emirate of Sharjah. “Dubai Airports can confirm that flight arrivals were briefly disrupted at Dubai International from 12:36 (0836 GMT) to 12:51 (0851 GMT) UAE local time this afternoon due to suspected drone activity,” a spokesperson said in a statement Sunday. Flights at the airport have been disrupted several times in recent years by recreational drones, with the last incident occurring in February.
A man filmed repeatedly hitting his infant daughter in Saudi Arabia has been arrested after the footage went viral on social media. Police in Riyadh said he was identified as a Palestinian resident of the country, aged in his forties. “He was arrested in Riyadh and his four children were provided with the necessary care in coordination with the concerned authorities,” the police statement added. The video, which went viral on Saturday, showed a man repeatedly slapping his daughter for being unable to stand on her own.
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Iran has "assured" FIFA that women will be able to attend a World Cup qualifying match in Tehran next month, according to Gianni Infantino, the president of football's global governing body. A female Iranian fan died this month after setting herself on fire to protest against her arrest for attending a game. "We need to have women attending - we need to push for that with respect but in a strong and forceful way and we cannot wait any more," Infantino told a FIFA conference on women's football on Sunday. "We have been assured that, as of the next international game of Iran, women will be allowed to enter football stadiums," he said. "This is something very important, it is 40 years that this
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Ten Syrian refugees posing as a men's volleyball team have been arrested at the airport of Greece's capital after attempting to travel to a European country. Police said in a statement on Sunday the refugees were dressed in identical athletic uniforms and carried the same sports bags, as well as two volleyballs. They were reportedly hoping to make it to Zurich in Switzerland, but were questioned and later arrested after police at Athens' Eleftherios Venizelos airport determined that they did not belong to a sports club, according to the statement. Police said they had entered Greece without legal documents and were found out carrying Ukrainian passports that had been reported stolen or lost.
- Egypt Independent
GENEVA (Reuters) - Two dozen mainly European countries voiced concern on Monday at alleged torture, unlawful detentions and unfair trials of critics, including women activists and journalists, in Saudi Arabia. It was the second joint statement criticizing the kingdom read out at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in six months, following the first censure of Saudi Arabia at the forum in March. It urged Saudi authorities to establish the truth about the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Istanbul consulate last October and ensure that the perpetrators are held to account. Fifteen European Union members, including Britain and Germany, were among the signatories, as well as Canada, New
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New York, United States - The 35th annual Muslim Day Parade marched down New York's Madison Avenue on Sunday afternoon, with a strong focus on Kashmir and Muslim unity. Organisers estimated that nearly 3,000 people attended the parade, which celebrated Muslim Americans of different heritage. "The Muslim Day Parade's goal has been to celebrate all the accomplishments, highlight the achievements, show the vibrant cultures and the diversity that is embellished in our religion," Farris Fayyaz, chairman of the parade, told Al Jazeera. "I love it; even the clothing like a hat, when I see an Arabian hat or an African hat, it's a lot of differences, but I love it." "I was born right after 9/11 so growing