Asia Observer

Saudi clerics declare Isis terrorism a heinous crime under sharia law

Fatwa by Sunni scholars, some of whom share the anti-Shia sectarianism of Isis, follows Riyadh's crackdown on jihadis. Report by Ian Black, Middle East editor, The Guardian

Picture - The Saudi grand mufti and head of the council, Sheikh Abdul-Aziz Al al-Sheikh. He said terrorists merited

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Sorcerer threatens police with unleashing ‘jinn’

JEDDAH A 44-year-old Egyptian man threatened Saudi police trying to arrest him for sorcery to unleash ‘jinn’ against them. But despite his arrest, he did not carry out his threat. 

Police in Makkah seized the unnamed sorcerer after reports that he used magic to contro

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Egypt’s coup deadly for Arab democracy

Tawakkul Karman, who shared a Nobel peace prize for her pro-democracy campaigning in Yemen, has said she views the Egyptian army’s overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi as a death knell for Arab democratic movements.

The removal of Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected leader, on

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Jeddah’s Al-Balad streets lack Ramadan spirit

By Fadia Jiffry

The streets of Al-Balad, usually quite festive during the holy month of Ramadan, are subdued this year, say shoppers.

There is an absence of the usual lights, lanterns and street food that has been a feature at the start of Ramadan over the years

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MERS claims another life in KSA

RIYADH Another person died of the SARS-like coronavirus MERS and two new cases were registered yesterday, as international experts said countries should standardize their approach to treating the disease. 

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