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Congrats you won, here’s your Kalashnikov

Congrats you won, here’s your Kalashnikov

According to NewsYemen.net, Al-Qaeda has been awarding machine guns and automatic rifles to winners of a religious competition held during the holy month of Ramadan. The contest was publicised in Yemen’s southern provinces of Ibb, Ad-Dali and al-Bayda and prizes included Russian-made Kalashnikov rifles, Chinese machine guns, Austrian Glock pistols, as well as motorcycles and […]

Oman sues Newspaper for suggesting Gulf State is sympathetic to Gays

Oman sues Newspaper for suggesting Gulf State is sympathetic to Gays

The government of Oman is suing the editor of the English language weekly The Week, for publishing an article that suggests that Oman is a safe haven for gays and is more tolerant than other Arab nations. The article titled “The Outsiders” traced the story of a young gay man in the country and briefly […]

EU Visa restrictions may be lifted on UAE citizens

EU Visa restrictions may be lifted on UAE citizens

Citizens of the UAE may be the first Arabs allowed free tourist entry into the EU. The European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs has recently put forth a  recommendation that visa requirements to enter the EU for nationals of the UAE should be lifted. “There is no risk of illegal immigration. […]

Bahrain political talks start again after 2 month break

Bahrain political talks start again after 2 month break

Political talks between Shiite group Al-Wefaq and the current Bahraini government have restarted after a 2 month lull.  The aim of the talks is to allow for political reform in the Shiite-majority, Sunni-rule state. Bahraini authorities in 2011 crushed mass pro-democracy demonstrations in the capital with the help of Saudi-led troops but protests have since […]

Suicide Bomber sealed off in Dubai Government Offices

Suicide Bomber sealed off in Dubai Government Offices

Authorities in Dubai have sealed off the emirate’s Public Prosecution office after a woman, accompanied by a child, threatened to detonate a bomb, according to media reports. The female, believed to be from Uzbekistan and in her late 30s, reportedly entered the premises at about 13:00 local time with a six-year old.  She was demanding […]