Saudi Arabia

Andrea Germanos, staff writer
A day after finalizing an " unconscionable " $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, President Donald Trump on Sunday gave a speech in Riyadh to leaders of dozens of Muslim-majority countries—a "vast congress of dictators and cut-throat autocrats," as one analyst put it —in which he called on them to "drive out the terrorists and extremists" and...
Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani easily won his bid for a second term in Friday'...
Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Cholera patients line the halls of Yemen's few medical facilities, less than 45 percent of which are fully functional after two years of war. (Photo: Mohammed Hamoud/IRIN News)
President Donald Trump will arrive in Saudi Arabia on Friday bearing a major...


The same day a Saudi official marched in Paris for free speech, his country - the one that persecutes/jails writers/activists and considers women drivers terrorists - dragged jailed blogger Raif Badawi into the public square and flogged him 50 times for "insulting Islam," the first of 20 scheduled floggings. Tuesday he marked his 31st birthday. Friday, despite global outrage, he will likely be lashed again. From one of his last posts: "Let us all live under the roof of human civilization.”