Saudi Arabia issues first driving licences to women

Saudi Arabia has started issuing driving licences to women for the first time in decades, according to state media. Saudi authorities said 10 women had been given licences at the General Department of Traffic in the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Monday. The women previously held licences from overseas, including the UK, Canada and Lebanon, […]

New Zealand to slaughter 150,000 cows to eliminate a bacteria

New Zealand plans to slaughter about 150,000 cows as it tries to eradicate a strain of disease-causing bacteria from the national herd. Politicians and industry leaders announced the ambitious plan on Monday, saying it will cost $NZ886 million ($813 million) and, if successful, it will be the first time an infected country has eliminated Mycoplasma […]

Egyptians rage against Sergio Ramos after Salah’s injury

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah was injured in an altercation on the pitch with Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos on Saturday in football’s Champions League final, unleashing a wave of anger among Egyptian fans. With less than three weeks to go until the start of the 2018 football World Cup, Mohamed Salah, the beloved star of the […]

26 Syria regime forces, 9 Russian fighters killed in Islamic State attack, monitor

Beirut, Lebanon –  At least 26 Syrian regime forces and nine Russian fighters were killed in an Islamic State group attack earlier this week in Syria’s eastern desert, a monitor said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the jihadists had targeted a group of Syrian and allied Russian fighters near the town of Mayadeen in Deir […]

Unions slam Trump’s action: “This is more than union busting – it’s democracy busting”

President Donald Trump on Friday signed a series of executive orders that could make it easier to fire federal government employees, potentially undermining the unions that represent them. The three executive orders Trump issued would reduce the timeframe for firing poor performers, curtail the amount of paid time federal employees can receive for union work and […]

Morocco: Rabat suspends twin city plan with Guatemala over Jerusalem move

Rabat has shelved plans to for a twin city partnership with Guatemala City in protest against Guatemala’s transfer of its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the Moroccan capital’s deputy mayor said on Saturday. “Following Guatemala’s decision to establish an embassy in Al Quds (Jerusalem), Rabat’s city council unanimously decided to suspend the examination […]