The alleged former bodyguard of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden has been found collecting welfare checks from the German government, according to local media, because he cannot be deported — even though he was refused asylum status. A report in the German tabloid Bild said the man, named only as “Sami A” to protect his privacy, cannot be deported to his native Tunisia because he is at risk of torture there. He has lived in Bochum, Germany,…"Bin Laden’s Security Guard Living in Germany as a Refugee"
PARIS/BAGHDAD — The United Arab Emirates will finance a $50.4 million project to rebuild Mosul’s Grand al-Nuri Mosque, famous for its eight-century-old leaning minaret, that was blown up by Islamic State militants last year, the United Nations said Monday. Reconstruction and restoration of the mosque and al-Hadba minaret will be in partnership with the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO, Iraq’s culture ministry and the International Center for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural…"UAE to Fund $50.4M Project to Rebuild Mosul’s Grand Al-Nuri Mosque"
RIYADH (Reuters) – Dozens of Saudi families flocked to the movies on Friday for the first time in almost 40 years after the lifting of a ban on a form of entertainment once deemed corrupting and un-Islamic. Tickets for the American superhero movie “Black Panther” went on sale online at midnight for 75 riyals ($20) and sold out within minutes. Excited cinemagoers posed for selfies in the foyer and stood in line for popcorn. “It’s…"SAUDIS FLOCK TO ‘BLACK PANTHER’ AS FIRST PUBLIC CINEMA PREMIERES"
WASHINGTON — The White House says President Donald Trump remains determined to pull out U.S. troops deployed in Syria, a message that comes after French President Emmanuel Macron said he convinced Trump to keep U.S. forces there. “The U.S. mission has not changed — the president has been clear that he wants U.S. forces to come home as quickly as possible,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement late Sunday. She…"WH: TRUMP WANTS US FORCES OUT OF SYRIA AS SOON AS POSSIBLE"
WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed of the United Arab Emirates agreed Friday to push for unity among Gulf nations, the White House said, amid a bitter standoff between Qatar and other U.S. allies in the region. The two leaders agreed in a telephone call that members of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council “can and should do more to increase coordination with each other and with…"Trump, UAE Leader Push for Unity in Gulf Amid Standoff"
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump discussed the threat posed by Iran with the emir of Qatar on Tuesday and also stressed the importance of resolving the rift among Gulf nations, the White House said. “The leaders discussed Iran’s increasingly reckless behavior in the region and the threat it poses to regional stability,” the White House said in a statement. Trump emphasized to the emir “that it is critical to end the Gulf dispute,”…"Trump discusses Iran threat with Qatar emir: White House"