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Rape-accused Tariq Ramadan faces US charges as ‘Muslim victim comes forward’

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Rape-accused Muslim academic Tariq Ramadan could now face charges in the United States after American attorney Rabia Chaudry said she had referred an alleged victim to a federal prosecutor this week. Ramadan is currently being held in a French prison since February 2 on charges that he raped two women in Paris and Lyon. Chaudry confirmed to Al Arabiya English that she had referred “a Muslim victim” to the prosecutor, declining to comment on the matter further or explaining exactly ...

EXCLUSIVE: The nuclear future of the Middle East

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

The middle east is going nuclear. The UAE will be launching its first reactors by the end of this year while Egypt and Kuwait are both in discussions to build their own. Saudi Arabia is looking to build 16 reactors in the kingdom and will also be signing contracts soon. According to the director general of the UAE’s Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), Christer Viktorsson, there are 440 nuclear reactors operating around the world in 30 countries. Currently Egypt is planning to ...

EXCLUSIVE: Meet the Saudi engineer who survived 7 Shiite terrorist attacks

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

It’s been almost a year since the assassination attempt against Saudi engineer and former member of the Qatif municipal council, Nabih al-Barahim. Al Arabiya.net sat with Barahim who narrated his experience with terrorism and how he was targeted seven times by terrorists. Barahim, who is still recovering after he was shot last March, said that he was targeted by Shiite extremists after he was tasked by the authorities to work on a developmental project which entailed demolishing old ...

VIDEO: Isobel Abulhoul on books, technology, Arab authors & literature festival

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

“What has been so incredible for me is how many world class speakers are also writers and these are the movers and shakers of government policy, of trips to Mars, you name it, they are here”. This is how Isobel Abulhoul, the CEO and Trustee of Emirates Literature Foundation and Festival Director, described the World Government Summit in Dubai last week, speaking exclusively to Al Arabiya English. As the Emirates Festival of Literature is just round the corner, she understandably got ...

The list that says a lot about ‘suspicious suicides’ in Iran

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Desperate times call for desperate measures, they say. Suspicious suicides in Iran’s prisons are recently gaining attention inside the country and abroad, resulting in a wave of criticism targeting Tehran’s rulers. For those unfamiliar with the sensitive topic of Iran’s suicides that mushroom at desperate times for the clerical regime, a short look at the history behind this concept is necessary. Furthermore, interesting is how Tehran kills an individual to destroy any evidence ...

Crimes against children thrive in India as predators remain on the prowl

Monday, 19 February 2018

Sex offenders like pedophiles and pornographers are on the prowl in India where crimes against children have multiplied fourfold in the past two years, leaving parents in a cold sweat. With 43 percent of the population aged below 18 years, the country is now home to the largest number of sexually-abused children in the world with as many as 106,958 cases of attacks on little angels recorded in police books in 2016 alone – a 13.6 percent increase over the previous year. Unregistered ...

VIDEO: Saudi reforms important for region and Islamic world, says Maurice Levy

Monday, 19 February 2018

When I ran into Maurice Levy, Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Publicis Group, at the World Government Summit in Dubai last week, I reminded him that I had interviewed him almost 10 years ago at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland. More importantly, he seemed to recall the encounter, or at least pretended to do so. When I asked him whether he has time for a quick interview, he readily agreed. “I know Al Arabiya, let’s do it,” he said. The conversation began with ...

When humble hummus caused panic across Britain

Monday, 19 February 2018

An Arab delicacy in the United Kingdom has been hit hard by insufficient rains thousands of miles away showing what a global village the world has become.Panic-buying of the humble hummus, a Middle-Eastern specialty which has become a staple part of the British diet, has been triggered by a rapid rise in the price of the delicious dip. The price of hummus has soared by almost 30 percent in the last one year due to a shortage in the supply of chickpeas, the main ingredient for the spread.Several ...

WATCH: War of words heats up between Turkish FM and Arab League chief

Monday, 19 February 2018

Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit this week became embroiled in a heated exchange regarding Turkey’s operations in Syria. Cavusoglu on Sunday told a panel at the Munich Security Conference that Ankara is using its “legitimate right of self-defense” in its intervention against Kurdish militia groups in northwestern Syria. Aboul-Gheit had earlier decried the presence of so many foreign forces in the country, including ...

‘Where have the young men gone?’ Single Syrian women search for soulmates

Monday, 19 February 2018

Syrian student Nour wistfully examines her bare ring finger, then scans fellow classmates around her at Damascus University. Amid the sea of women, there’s no eligible single man in sight. At 30, Nour says she is eager to get married — but Syria’s protracted conflict means potential suitors have emigrated, joined the army or lost their lives. “I hope a wedding ring will decorate this finger someday,” says Nour, who asked to use a pseudonym to speak freely. ...

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