June 25, 2019

The journey to nowhere: Little hope for Saudi women since driving ban was lifted

JeanUrsula/iStock(BEIRUT) -- In June 2018, the future seemed a little brighter for Saudi Arabian women. Home to one of the most repressive societies on earth, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was finally taking steps to lift the ban that had prevented women from driving. At last, women would be free from the need to rely on males for their basic ability to move around. A staunchly conservative and religiously orthodox country, Saudi Arabia embraces and enforces a strict, all-encompassing version of ..
June 25, 2019

Trump announces new sanctions on Iran, including on supreme leader

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump on Monday announced new "hard-hitting" sanctions on Iran, including on the country's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Trump signed an executive order imposing additional sanctions on Iran late Monday morning, as he promised to do on Friday after pulling back on a military strike against Iran for the shooting down of a U.S. military drone. The president said the order, which also targets other senior leaders of Iran&#039..
June 24, 2019

Trump dismisses Khashoggi investigation, Pompeo doesn’t raise it in Saudi meeting

Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The murder of Washington Post Jamal Khashoggi did not come up in Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's meeting with the Saudi king on Monday, according to a senior State Department official. It's the latest sign that the Trump administration has dropped the issue and tried to move past the brutal killing for the sake of what it says is a critical economic and security partnership. President Donald Trump was dismissive on Friday of Khashoggi, the Sa..
June 24, 2019

Air Canada investigating after passenger left asleep on empty plane

Jetlinerimages/iStock(TORONTO) -- A sleeping passenger was left on board an Air Canada flight earlier this month hours after the plane had landed and the crew disembarked. Tiffani O'Brien, of Ontario, Canada, said she fell asleep in an empty row of seats on her short flight home from Quebec City to Toronto. She awoke hours later around midnight still strapped to her seat and all alone on a cold, dark plane. "It was completely pitch black," O'Brien said in an interview Monday with CTV N..