News & Politics

We scoop up the latest news buzzing all over the world – from breaking stories to behind-the-scenes analysis, above-the-fold headlines to offbeat news, we’ve got you covered in the region and beyond.

Why It’s Not Okay for Saudi Arabia to Exempt Women from Traffic Violation Penalties

Why It’s Not Okay for Saudi Arabia to Exempt Women from Traffic Violation Penalties

By Fadila Khaled

Following the royal decree that was issued by King Salman bin Abdulaziz this past September that will allow Saudi women to drive, something else has risen to light. According to Khaleej Times, Saudi Arabia is looking at exempting women from some of the traffic violation penalties.     As far as we know, Al Arabiya reported […]

Saudi Crown Prince Meets Lebanon’s Maronite Patriarch

Saudi Crown Prince Meets Lebanon’s Maronite Patriarch

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held talks, in Riyadh, with Lebanon’s Maronite Christian Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rai, last Tuesday 14th of November. Al-Rai also met with Saudi King Salman on the second day of his first visit to Saudi Arabia.     In a similar manner, he also held talks with Saad Al-Hariri, who announced […]

9 Beautiful Pictures of Lebanese People Celebrating Their 74th Independence Day

9 Beautiful Pictures of Lebanese People Celebrating Their 74th Independence Day

After 23 years of the French mandate, Lebanon finally gained its independence on the 22nd of November 1943! The mandate system was expected to differ from colonialism, with the governing country acting as a trustee — until the inhabitants are able to stand on their own. At that particular point, the mandate would have been terminated […]

This Man Was Buried Alive in Sand in the UAE

This Man Was Buried Alive in Sand in the UAE

Tragedy struck the UAE when a construction worker lost his life after a large pile of sand buried him alive at Ras El Khaimah.     The incident took place at work site where three Asian men were working, according to Khaleej Times.   Brigadier Mohammed Abdullah Al Zaabi, Director of the RAK Civil Defense […]

At Least 3 People Died in Saudi Arabia Flash Floods

At Least 3 People Died in Saudi Arabia Flash Floods

The article has been updated to include details about the three deceased Saudis.

  It has been reported that Mecca, Saudi Arabia has been hit by massive floods. To ensure the safety of students, schools and universities have been suspended on Tuesday — a tweet by Mecca’s General Director of Education announced on Monday.   General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection warned of extreme weather conditions in […]

This Emirate Took Black Friday Discounts to a Whole New Level

This Emirate Took Black Friday Discounts to a Whole New Level

Starting November 25 until January 4, anyone with any traffic violations in this emirate is eligible for a 50% discount on their fines — just in time for Black Friday weekend. The Year of Giving in the UAE will soon come to an end, but for the next few weeks, one emirate is doing its […]

Egypt Was Just Named the Best Arab Country with International Image

Egypt Was Just Named the Best Arab Country with International Image

By Reem Tolba

  Who knew that Egypt would have the best international image of all Arab countries? Om El Donia just managed to top Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, according to the Nation Brands Index (NBI) survey.   It was reported by Deutsche Welle that Egypt ranked the survey as the 40th best-international-image country […]

Saudi Arabia to Reopen Some of Yemen’s Sea and Airports After International Outrage

Saudi Arabia to Reopen Some of Yemen’s Sea and Airports After International Outrage

By Reem Tolba

  Almost two weeks ago, Yemen’s Shiites rebels, known as Houthis, fired four ballistic missiles that were intercepted near Riyadh’s global airport. In response to that, the Saudi-led coalition closed down Yemen’s land, sea and airports a week ago. This blockade was deemed hysterical to Yemenis as it hindered the UN aid to the state. […]

Another Sporting Event That Is Only for Women Just Took Place in Saudi Arabia

Another Sporting Event That Is Only for Women Just Took Place in Saudi Arabia

By Reem Tolba

  After having the country’s first basketball tournament for women, the same thing just happened in Saudi Arabia — only this time, it was a football tournament.   The tournament was held on the 15th of November in a private school in Jeddah. Six teams took the field, on the condition of having an all-female […]

Polish Far-Right Demonstrators Carried Signs Saying ‘Pray for Islamic Holocaust’

Polish Far-Right Demonstrators Carried Signs Saying ‘Pray for Islamic Holocaust’

By Reem Tolba

  Last Saturday, tens of thousands of far-right demonstrators marched through Warsaw to mark Poland’s Independence Day. About 60,000 people carried signs that expressed their fascist tendencies, with some saying “Pure Poland, White Poland,” “Pray For Islamic Holocaust” and “Refugees Get Out!” on them.   It has been reported to be one of the biggest gatherings […]