Iranian security forces arrest a woman for eating at restaurant in public without her hijab, family says

CNN  —  Iranian security forces arrested a woman after a photo of her and another woman eating at a Tehran restaurant without their head scarves was widely circulated online, her family said Friday. The photo emerged Wednesday showing the two women having breakfast at a cafe that, like most coffeehouses in Iran, is traditionally patronized … Read more

Kabul, Afghanistan: At least 23 dead after suicide bomb blast at Kaaj educational center

Kabul, Afghanistan CNN  —  A suicide bomb attack on an education center in Kabul has killed at least 23 people, most of whom are believed to be young women, in the latest sign of the deteriorating security situation in the Afghan capital. The explosion took place on Friday at the Kaaj education center, in a … Read more

Why Iranian women are cutting their hair

Editor’s Note: A version of this story first appeared in CNN’s Meanwhile in the Middle East newsletter, a three-times-a-week look inside the region’s biggest stories. Sign up here. Abu Dhabi, UAE CNN  —  A weeping Iranian woman is seen kneeling by her dead brother’s coffin as she slashes through her hair with a pair of … Read more

Economy flights from Moscow to Dubai hitting $5,000 as Russians flee

The airline industry has been hamstrung by a perfect storm of challenges over recent weeks, from labor shortages and supply disruptions to rising fuel prices. Sopa Images | Lightrocket | Getty Images DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — One-way economy flights from Moscow to Dubai are going for as much as $5,000 and many have completely … Read more

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman named PM | Mohammed bin Salman News

MBS is already de facto ruler of the kingdom, but the appointment formalises his role as head of government. Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been named the kingdom’s prime minister in a cabinet reshuffle ordered by King Salman, according to a royal decree published by the official Saudi Press Agency on Tuesday. … Read more

What you need to know about Iran’s raging protests

Editor’s Note: A version of this story first appeared in CNN’s Meanwhile in the Middle East newsletter, a three-times-a-week look inside the region’s biggest stories. Sign up here. Abu Dhabi, UAE CNN  —  Protests continued across Iran on Sunday despite government crackdown and state media reports claiming that demonstrators have put an end to their … Read more

Influential Muslim religious leader Yusuf al-Qaradawi dies | News

Qatar-based Egyptian scholar Qaradawi, who was in his nineties, was well-known across the Muslim world. Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, one of the Sunni Muslim world’s most influential religious scholars, has died. Al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian who was based in Qatar, was the chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, and also a spiritual leader for the … Read more

TotalEnergies invests $1.5bn in Qatar gas expansion project | Energy News

TotalEnergies becomes the first foreign investor in Qatar’s North Field South gas project as Europe scrambles to find new energy sources. France’s TotalEnergies has signed a new investment deal in Qatar’s natural gas production expansion as Europe scrambles to find new energy sources to replace Russian supplies. Speaking alongside TotalEnergies chief executive Patrick Pouyanne on … Read more

Saudi Arabia’s triumphant week reclaims the West’s embrace

NEW YORK (AP) — Saudi Arabia appears to be leaving behind the stream of negative coverage that the killing of Jamal Khashoggi elicited since 2018. The kingdom is once again being enthusiastically welcomed back into polite and powerful society, and it is no longer as frowned upon to seek Saudi investments or accept their favor. … Read more

Elon Musk greenlit to activate Starlink internet for Iranians | Protests News

Legal guidance by the American government on expanding internet services to Iranians was changed despite US sanctions on the country. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has been given the green light by the United States government to activate the satellite internet service Starlink to help Iranians protesting against the death of a woman in police custody. … Read more