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World Oct 25Facebook’s language gaps allow terrorist content and hate speech to thrive
Internal company documents show the problems are far more systemic than just a few innocent mistakes, and that Facebook has understood the depth of these failings for years while doing little about it.
World Jun 30Iran oil workers strike for better wages as economy strains under sanctions
Thousands of workers in Iran's vast oil industry have gone on strike over the past week to press demands for better wages and conditions at oil facilities.
World Jun 23U.S. takes down Iran-linked news sites, alleges disinformation
American authorities have seized a range of Iran's state-linked news websites they accuse of spreading "disinformation." The takedowns come as world powers scramble to resurrect Tehran's tattered 2015 nuclear deal.
World Jun 21Iran’s president-elect says he won’t meet Biden
Iran's president-elect said he would not meet with Biden or negotiate over Tehran's ballistic missile program and its support of regional militias.
World Mar 21Oil giant Saudi Aramco sees 2020 profits drop to $49 billion
Saudi Arabia’s state-backed oil giant Aramco says its profits nearly halved in 2020 to $49 billion. Sunday's announcement of the big drop came as the coronavirus pandemic roiled global energy markets.
World Feb 09Arab spacecraft enters orbit around Mars in historic flight
A spacecraft from the United Arab Emirates swung into orbit around Mars on Tuesday in a triumph for the Arab world's first interplanetary mission.
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 07UAE announces relaxing of Islamic laws for personal freedoms
The broadening of personal freedoms reflects the changing profile of a country that has sought to bill itself as a Westernized destination for tourists, fortune-seekers and businesses despite its Islamic legal code that has previously triggered court cases against foreigners…
Health Mar 18Ravaged by war, Middle Eastern countries face a new scourge
Long-running wars and conflicts across the Middle East have wrecked potential defenses against coronavirus outbreaks, leaving millions vulnerable in Yemen, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, the Gaza Strip and elsewhere.