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World Sep 24To protect Afghan girls, U.N. panel urges conditions on aid
Since taking control over the country last month, the Taliban have restricted older girls' access to secondary school and have named an all-male Cabinet with no women.
World Sep 21WATCH: Iran’s president, criticizing U.S., likens sanctions to ‘war’
President Ebrahim Raisi addressed the United Nations leaders' meeting remotely from Iran, and he packed a full slate of direct criticism of the United States into his first U.N. address as head of state.
World Jul 18Virus transforms hajj in Mecca and future of the pilgrimage
The pared down hajj of this year and last due to the COVID-19 outbreak not only impacts the ability of people outside Saudi Arabia to fulfill the Islamic obligation but also the billions of dollars annually that Saudi Arabia draws…
World Jan 05Gulf Arab leaders sign declaration to ease rift with Qatar
Saudi Arabia also said it was restoring full diplomatic relations with Qatar, although it was not clear how soon the step would be followed by the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt.
World Jan 05Qatar ruler lands in Saudi Arabia for summit to end blockade
Qatar's ruling emir arrived in Saudi Arabia and was greeted with an embrace by its crown prince on Tuesday, following an announcement that the kingdom would end its yearslong embargo on the tiny Gulf Arab state.
World Jan 04Saudi Arabia to lift Qatar embargo, opening air and land borders
Kuwait's foreign ministry said Saudi Arabia will open its air and land borders with Qatar, in the first steps toward ending a diplomatic crisis that has deeply divided regional U.S. allies since 2017.
World Nov 22Trump slams global climate agreement Biden intends to rejoin
President Donald Trump railed against the Paris climate accord on Sunday, telling world leaders at a virtual summit that the agreement was designed to cripple the U.S. economy, not save the planet.
Health Nov 21G-20 summit opens as leaders urge united response to virus
The Group of 20 summit began on Saturday with appeals by the world’s most powerful leaders to collectively chart a way forward as the coronavirus pandemic overshadows this year’s gathering, transforming it from in-person meetings to a virtual gathering of…
World Oct 14G-20 suspends poor nations’ debt payments for 6 more months
The Group of 20 nations, representing the world’s biggest economies, say they have agreed to extend the suspension of debt payments by an additional six months to support the most vulnerable countries in their fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
World Sep 23WATCH: Saudi king’s rare address to U.N. showcases monarch in charge
His speech marks only the second time in more than six decades that a sitting monarch from the kingdom addresses the gathering.