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Among the historical precedents set by Thursday’s announcement of a tentative basis for a nuclear deal with Iran, government-run television stations in the country broadcast President Barack Obama’s address from the White House in full.
Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, the Yemen-based branch of the jihadi organization, has released a report detailing its attacks for the first three months of 1436, the current year in the Islamic calendar.
Gen. Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has announced a “research and essay competition” at the National Defense University to honor Saudi Arabia’s recently-deceased King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.
Mere hours after President Barack Obama promised to veto any new congressional sanctions on Iran, Speaker of the House John Boehner struck back, saying Wednesday he would invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress.
A small Congressional body is gearing up to address the needs of the Middle East’s Christians and other religious minorities, who continue to suffer at the hands of ISIS and other persecutors. Thousands have left their homes and are struggling to survive the winter in flimsy tents, and many in Congress are pushing for America to do more.
Saudi Arabia will begin punishing Raif Badawi Friday, a blogger and activist convicted of “insulting Islam.” His punishment includes 1,000 lashes, 10 years in prison and a million-riyal fine, equivalent to over $250,000.
Though its government recently attracted headlines for spending a week trying to extinguish an oil tanker fire, Libya continues to struggle through a years-long civil war between rival forces competing for legitimacy.
The committee overseeing the federal government’s “Twitter war” against terrorist propaganda admitted on Thursday that despite nearly $1.3 billion dollars in annual programming, it cannot measure the success of those efforts.