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The Islamic State's Saudi Chess Match. Ex-Israeli PM Ehud Olmert sentenced in bribery case. He was also fined $25,700. Police said Olmert received the money from 1993 through 2006, during his tenure as Jerusalem's mayor and while holding ministerial positions under former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. He took over as prime minister in 2006 after a stroke incapacitated Sharon. The new sentence is in addition to the six years in prison Olmert is already facing for taking bribes related to a controversial Jerusalem housing project -- also while he was mayor.

Olmert was mayor of Jerusalem from 1993 to 2003. He served as prime minister from 2006 to 2009. Cash-filled envelopes The latest case involves American businessman Morris Talansky. Talansky told prosecutors he donated or loaned thousands of dollars to Olmert for political reasons, but they also appeared to pay for luxury expenses. "I only know that he loved expensive cigars. Talansky provided colorful testimony, describing how he would go to hotels and give cash-filled envelopes to Olmert. Holyland case. Grandludo ✏️ on Twitter: "Ce n'est pas un immigré mais l'ex-trésorier du micro-parti de #LePen qui est condamné pour 100k€ de fraudes sociales. Le Cambodge a un problème avec la Saint-Valentin. Le gouvernement ne veut pas que les jeunes croient que la fête consiste à offrir des fleurs à une fille pour qu'elle «perde sa virginité». Les associations de lutte contre le sida observent quant à elles une augmentation des contaminations à cette période.

Le gouvernement du Cambodge a appelé les enseignants du pays à donner un cours intensif sur la Saint-Valentin, comme le rapporte The Cambodia Daily. Phnom Penh estime que la jeunesse cambodgienne a une vision déformée de la fête et, chaque année, tente d’enrayer le phénomène. Le ministre de l’Education, Hang Chuon Naron, explique: «Les étudiants cambodgiens pensent que la Saint-Valentin est le "jour des amoureux" et ils achètent des fleurs dans le but de convaincre les filles à leur abandonner leur virginité. [...] Une vision de la Saint-Valentin occidentale un peu biaisée, puisque la fête est largement considérée comme étant celle des amoureux. Le ministre Hang Chuon Naron a ajouté: Partagez cet article. L'Arabie saoudite quitte le Yémen, au bord de la crise humanitaire - Moyen-Orient. L'Arabie saoudite a rejoint vendredi les pays occidentaux qui ont choisi d'évacuer leur personnel diplomatique du Yémen par mesure de sécurité.

Une décision motivée par la prise du pouvoir par la rébellion houthiste. Selon le propre aveu du secrétaire général des Nations unies, Ban Ki-moon, le pays est au bord de l'effondrement. Pour la population, la situation; notamment sécuritaire, se dégrade de jour en jour. La crainte d'une crise alimentaire et humanitaire qui se profile. Riyad a suspendu toutes les activités de son ambassade à Sanaa et évacué son personnel. Les miliciens chiites Houthis soutenus par l'Iran, qui tiennent la capitale depuis septembre, ont pris le pouvoir la semaine dernière. La crainte d'une crise humanitaire Toutefois, la situation est tellement volatile que le secrétaire général des Nations unies a déclaré craindre de voir le Yémen s'enfoncer dans la guerre civile.

Pour l'Unicef aussi, la situation fait craindre une crise humanitaire. Chronologie et chiffres clés. Ellen Laipson | Saudi King Abdullah's Real Legacy. When the recently deceased Saudi king, Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, was crown prince, Western capitals worried that, when he eventually assumed the throne, Abdullah would be focused on internal Arab identity issues and would be less friendly or flexible when it came to outside powers’ priorities, such as regional security. His legacy will turn out to be more textured than any could have imagined. It is certainly true that Abdullah cared less than his predecessor, King Fahd, about pleasing the West, and that he was more driven by ambitions to ensure a stable and prosperous future for the Kingdom.

He did not always agree with his security partners about how to handle the various sources of regional instability. He took strong positions on the Arab-Israeli dispute that, in hindsight, look pretty good. His deep-seated antipathy for the Shia world worked to the West’s disadvantage in the case of Iraq, but in others, as in the case of Iran, worked tactically. To continue reading, please log in.

Make no mistake: Michelle Obama just made a bold political statement in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman greeted President Obama as he arrived with first lady Michelle Obama in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. The president cut short a trip to India to pay his respects after the death of King Abdullah. (Reuters) Like other first ladies, Michelle Obama's clothes have been scrutinized endlessly for what type of messages they convey. And she gets high marks for her "fashion diplomacy," as she engages with foreign leaders at home and abroad.

Her choice to go with a suit rather than a dress for the first time at this year's State of the Union address "was a glimpse of the self-aware, tough-minded, straight-talking lawyer who took a brief hiatus from the public eye," according to Robin Givhan. So it is with Obama's attire in Saudi Arabia — a country with a very strict dress code for Saudi women, who can't drive and who exist under a system of male guardianship. Obama's choice is not without precedent. Photo by Greta Van Susteren Updated at 11:03 a.m. Saudi Arabia beheads Burmese female child killer. رائف بدوي (@raif_badawi) | Twitter... Zaid Benjamin sur Twitter : "UPDATED: 31 suicide bombers in #Iraq in 45 days 46% of them are Saudis. Over 50 tons of explosives used. La fièvre du «selfie» a envahi La Mecque - Moyen-Orient. La mode de l'autoportrait numérique (selfie en anglais) n’épargne pas le grand pèlerinage à La Mecque...

Si des religieux saoudiens s’en offusquent, d’autres trouvent la pratique bien inoffensive. Un « vent de modernité » souffle sur l’un des plus grands rassemblements annuels musulmans au monde. Avec notre correspondante à Riyad, Clarence Rodriguez Fiers, ils sont fiers de se prendre en photo avec leur smartphone et d’immortaliser leur séjour à La Mecque avec, en arrière-plan, la Kaaba ou la Grande Mosquée. Nombreux sont ceux qui considèrent comme Khaled, que « le téléphone c’est ringard ». Attitude touristique Si des religieux adeptes du wahhabisme d’un islam rigoriste dénoncent la mode et fustigent une attitude touristique, d’autres imams plus modérés à l’instar du cheikh ali Basfar estiment que se prendre en photo n’est pas incompatible avec les préceptes de l’islam.

Apparemment entre prier et se photographier certains fidèles n’hésitent plus. Saudi Arabia declares all atheists are terrorists in new law to crack down on political dissidents - Middle East - World. Saudi Arabia has introduced a series of new laws which define atheists as terrorists, according to a report from Human Rights Watch. In a string of royal decrees and an overarching new piece of legislation to deal with terrorism generally, the Saudi King Abdullah has clamped down on all forms of political dissent and protests that could "harm public order".

The new laws have largely been brought in to combat the growing number of Saudis travelling to take part in the civil war in Syria, who have previously returned with newfound training and ideas about overthrowing the monarchy. To that end, King Abdullah issued Royal Decree 44, which criminalises "participating in hostilities outside the kingdom" with prison sentences of between three and 20 years, Human Rights Watch said.

Yet last month further regulations were issued by the Saudi interior ministry, identifying a broad list of groups which the government considers to be terrorist organisations - including the Muslim Brotherhood. Les Saoudiens interdits d’expédition vers Mars. Mars est interdit aux Saoudiens, décrète l’érudit religieux Cheikh Ali Al Hekmi (NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center) Saviez-vous qu’aller sur Mars est interdit [haram], ou péché ? L’érudit religieux saoudien Cheikh Ali Al Hekmi a déclaré au journal Al Hayat qu’une expédition vers la planète rouge dépasserait les limites de l’être humain, dont la vie ne doit pas être gaspillée.

La fatwa (ou décret religieux) a été émise à la suite de l’annonce aux Pays-Bas par le projet Mars One de l’organisation d’un voyage sans retour vers cette planète, dans l’espoir d’y créer la première colonie humaine. D’après le journal Al Hayat, six des 477 Saoudiens candidats au voyage (d’une vie) ont été acceptés pour la mission. Sur Twitter, les Saoudiens s’en sont pris au ridicule de certaines fatwas produites par la monarchie absolue, sous le hashtag arabe qu’on peut traduire par « Participer au vol vers Mars est Haram ». @mthaail blague : « Quand ? Et pousse la plaisanterie : Mars ou les femmes au volant ? Etats-Unis: une princesse saoudienne arrêtée pour esclavagisme moderne - Etats-Unis / Arabie Saoudite. À première vue, le scénario est classique. Une jeune migrante à faibles ressources se voit proposer un travail très loin de chez elle. Un contrat idéal avec un salaire idéal, en apparence. À son arrivée, l'employeur lui enlève son passeport et commence le cauchemar : horaires et cadences de travail abusifs, conditions de vie indignes et rémunération minable font le quotidien de l'employée domestique devenue esclave.

Mais, dans ce cas de travail forcé, le scénario se déroule en Californie et l'employeur n'est autre que la princesse Meshael Alayban, l'une des six épouses de Abdulrahman ben Nasser ben Abdelaziz al-Saoud, neveu du roi Abdallah d'Arabie Saoudite. Tout a commencé il y a un an, lorsque la victime accepte de travailler dans la palais de la princesse, qui lui promet un salaire alléchant de 1 600 dollars par mois et deux jours de repos hebdomadaire. Quatres autres domestiques découvertes sans passeport Une fois ses papiers en règle, son passeport lui est à nouveau saisi. Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money' - Middle East - World.

Fayhan al-Ghamdi had been accused of killing his daughter Lama, who suffered multiple injuries including a crushed skull, broken back, broken ribs, a broken left arm and extensive bruising and burns. Social workers say she had also been repeatedly raped and burnt. Fayhan al-Ghamdi admitted using a cane and cables to inflict the injuries after doubting his five-year-old daughter’s virginity and taking her to a doctor, according to the campaign group Women to Drive.

Rather than getting the death penalty or receiving a long prison sentence for the crime, Fayhan al-Ghamdi served only a few months in jail before a judge ruled the prosecution could only seek ‘blood money’. Albawaba News reported the judge as saying: "Blood money and the time the defendant had served in prison since Lama's death suffices as punishment. " Fayhan al-Ghamdi, who regularly appears on television in Saudi Arabia, is said to have agreed to pay £31,000 to Lama’s mother. A Maid's Execution in Saudi Arabia. On Wednesday, the Saudi Arabian government beheaded Rizana Nafeek, a Sri Lankan woman who had worked as a maid in the kingdom, holding her responsible for the death of the four-month-old baby of her employer. Nafeek—the daughter of an impoverished wood-cutter from a village in Trincomalee, in northern Sri Lanka—was a seventeen-year-old in the second week of her job as a maid in the Saudi town of Dawadmi when the child died in her care on May 22, 2005.

She said that she had been bottle-feeding him when he choked. Her employer, Naif Al-Otaibi, accused her of strangling the child after an argument with his wife and took her to a local police station, where she was arrested. Nafeek was tried in the Dawadmi High Court without legal representation. The main evidence against Nafeek was a “confession” she had signed in the police station. Although their remittances lift their societies from stark poverty, a foreign maid steps into a world of abuse, overwork, and suspicion. “Why not?” The photos Saudi Arabia doesn't want seen – and proof Islam's most holy relics are being demolished in Mecca - Middle East - World. Photographs obtained by The Independent reveal how workers with drills and mechanical diggers have started demolishing some Ottoman and Abbasid sections on the eastern side of the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca. The building, which is also known as the Grand Mosque, is the holiest site in Islam because it contains the Kaaba – the point to which all Muslims face when praying.

The columns are the last remaining sections of the mosque which date back more than a few hundred years and form the inner perimeter on the outskirts of the white marble floor surrounding the Kaaba. The new photos, taken over the last few weeks, have caused alarm among archaeologists and come as Prince Charles – a long-term supporter of preserving architectural heritage – flew into Saudi Arabia yesterday for a visit with the Duchess of Cornwall. Photos taken by activists in Saudi Arabia showing the destruction of the Grand Mosque But such a transformation has come at a cost. However key sites are still at risk.

Arabie Saoudite : 300 coups de fouet pour avoir encouragé une femme à se convertir au christianisme - Arabie Saoudite. Avec notre correspondante à Ryad, Clarence Rodriguez L’affaire vient d’être jugée au tribunal d’al-Khobar, dans l’est du royaume. Le verdict est sans concession pour les deux protagonistes, un Libanais d’une quarantaine d’années et un Saoudien. Ils ont tout deux écopé de six et deux ans de prison ferme, et de 300 et 200 coups de fouet. Leur crime ? L'apostasie passible de peine de mort La jeune femme dont l’identité n’a pas été révélée était cependant apparue l’été dernier sur une vidéo en déclarant s’être convertie au christianisme, une honte pour sa famille. L’histoire semble à peine croyable.