Ivanka Trump lauded close US allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, for embarking on “significant reforms” to advance women's rights, while speaking at a gathering of women entrepreneurs and regional leaders in Dubai. Trump congratulated Saudi Arabia for recent changes in the law that allow women to travel abroad and obtain a passport without the permission of a male relative. In 2018, a ban on women driving cars was lifted.
Lebanon's state-owned carrier Middle East Airlines (MEA) will only accept cash payment in US dollars from Monday, the National News Agency reported, as the country grapples with a foreign currency liquidity crisis. The decision reported late on Saturday and confirmed to Reuters by an MEA source on Sunday drew criticism including from the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) whose leader, former foreign minister Gebran Bassil, called the move illegal. Last Update: Sunday, 16 February 2020 KSA 15:33 - GMT 12:33
Italy. A pro-Assad group, known as Fronte Europeo per la Siria, said on Wednesday that they had put up the posters as part of a campaign to honor Soleimani's killing, Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reported. Fronte Europeo per la Siria is the Italian branch of the European Solidarity Front for Syria.
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MUNICH (Reuters) - Iran and Saudi Arabia appeared no closer to bridging their differences on Saturday with both sides sticking to their positions and regional facilitator Oman seeing no breakthrough before US elections in November. Tensions in the Gulf region stepped up after the killing in early January of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani by the United States in Iraq. European and Arab states have since scrambled to avert a full-fledged conflict between the two sides. Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud both attended the Munich Security Conference on Saturday and took part in a session on defusing tensions in the
Saudi Arabia's Vice Minister of Defense Khalid bin Salman said on Sunday the late Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri had been assassinated by Iranian militias. Friday marked 15 years since Hariri was killed in an explosion in Lebanon's capital Beirut.
A plane passenger filmed a man repeatedly pushing her reclined seat with his fist. Who's wrong here?
(CNN) - The flight was supposed to last less than two hours, quick and painless. Instead, it turned into what one passenger described as a painful assault -- and a lightning rod for what constitutes proper airline etiquette. Wendi Williams, who describes herself as a teacher in Virginia Beach, tweeted about the experience on an American Airlines flight in January. In footage she shared on Twitter, which has been shared widely and viewed hundreds of thousands of times online, the man seated behind her repeatedly pushed the back of her seat with his fist. She says before she started filming, he was actually forcefully punching her seat. The man's actions -- and Williams' decision to recline the
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It has been described as the most severe attack on media freedom in the Philippines. President Rodrigo Duterte has filed a Supreme Court petition to shut down ABS-CBN, the country's largest television network, accusing it of committing "highly abusive practices". Duterte has repeatedly pledged to stop the network's operations and has threatened other media outlets. In a protest on Friday, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines accused the Duterte government of trying to silence media critics. So will freedom of speech survive in one of Asia's largest democracies? Presenter: Folly Bah Thibault Guests: Harry Roque - Former spokesman for Duterte and lawyer Richard Heydarian - Political