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Saudi: Suicide bombers blow themselves up in Jeddah

By: Tom Finn Source: Reuters via MuslimVillage DOHA (Reuters) – Two suspected militants blew themselves up following a confrontation with security forces in Saudi Arabia’s second city of Jeddah on Saturday, Saudi media reported. Saudi security forces surrounded a house in Jeddah and exchanged fire with the men, who blew themselves up,, a  website affiliated with the monarchy’s interior ministry, said. UAE-based Sky News Arabia also reported the incident and ran a video of an explosion in Jeddah’s eastern Al-Harazat district. The Saudi interior ministry had no immediate comment. ISIS has carried out a series of bombings and shootings in Saudi Arabia since...

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Dangerous extremes: Liberals and hard-liners clash in Pakistan

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL Hard-line religious protesters threw stones at a rally called to support five missing Pakistani activists on January 19 and demanded that the government file blasphemy charges against the missing men. The liberal activists and bloggers, who had criticized political influence in the military and spoke up for religious minorities in Pakistan, all disappeared earlier this month. Shortly after their disappearances, blasphemy allegations started to proliferate on social media and in complaints to the police. Convictions for blasphemy carry a death sentence in Pakistan. As supporters of the activists called for their release at a rally in Karachi, about 100 members of a...

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Trump sworn in as 45th US President

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL Donald Trump was sworn in as president of the United States on January 20, pledging to put “America first” at all times but also to strengthen existing alliances, forge new ones, and let the country “shine as an example for everyone to follow.” In a brief inaugural address after taking the oath of office while thousands protested against him on the streets of Washington, some violently, Trump promised a “great national effort to rebuild our country” for all its people. But he lashed out at opponents and the political establishment by charging that the elite in Washington has prospered at the expense of ordinary citizens, and...

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