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Yes, the city of Mina has 100,000 air-conditioned tents. They are empty much of the year. More info: Mina is a small city located inside a low lying valley in the province of Makkh, in western Saudi Arabia, about 8 km to the east of the Holy city of Mecca. Inside the 20 square km valley, tents cover every open space, as far as the eye can see, neatly ...


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This question has two claims: Saudi Arabia refuses to accept any Syrian refugees. Saudi Arabia announced it'll build 200 mosques for Syrian refugees in Germany. Claim 1: Saudi Arabia refuses to accept any Syrian refugees. According to a report by Amnesty International, a non-governmental organization focused on human rights with over 7 million members, ...


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Claim: Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh, issued a fatwā permitting man to chop up and eat wife in event of extreme hunger. Status: False It's reported that the claim first appeared on a satire news website. The fatwā is not found on the Sheikh's website. The official press agency of the Saudi Arabia government quotes the Sheikh's denying it is true. ...


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No, Saudi Arabia has not announced plans for a women-only city. The Guardian article only says that all the workers in the cities will be women. Not all the residents. And that's based on a misreading of the original press-release, which makes it clear that there will be opportunities for female and male entrepreneurs, female and male employees, and female ...


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Update: As of this week (written on September 1st, 2013), Domestic Abuse has officially been outlawed in Saudi Arabia. Huffington post: In a historic move, Saudi Arabia banned domestic abuse this week, outlawing any form of abuse at home or in the workplace. The Council of Ministers' approval of the law Monday marks the first time the country has ...


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At some point in time other liquids besides oil began being added to crude oil output by the reporting agencies. These are primarily natural gas liquids, and can also be ethanol and maybe a few other liquified gases. Surprisingly, they also include the amount that input volumes increase during refinery processing, known as refinery processing gains. If ...


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There is at least one very public case. Mohammed al-Fallatta had been sentenced to six months and 300 lashes after repeatedly hitting TV presenter Rania al-Baz's head against the floor. It is quite difficult to find information on this topic. The sources I have found that confirm or deny that you may or may not beat your wife are less than respectable. ...


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The graphic was made by the Middle East Eye, which explains the "MEE" in the lower corner. The entire article seems pretty sound, but I've worked hard to find other sources to verify its information. ISIS The information on ISIS came from a penal code published by ISIS on December 16th, 2014. I like the Independent's article, which has pictures, a good ...


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Yes, if you accept as correct the recent English translation of the Quran. However, one has to keep in mind that translation of 1500 years old Arabic into English is not clear-cut (as outlined by dave) and thus the answer greatly depends on that assumption and the question here. Even though it seems that the basic laws of Saudi Arabia are unclear about that....


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This supposed fatwa relates to Sheik Abdul-Aziz Ibn Baaz, but the 1993 date is much too recent, and it is a false accusation of being a fatwa. There is an official statement from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, portal of the General Presidency of Scholarly Research and Ifta', about this issue: (the following is "Fatwas of Ibn Baz" part 27, pages 469-471; ...


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There are multiple different break-even prices that people usually quote. The fiscal break-even is the oil price at which the fiscal balance is zero. The external break-even is the oil price at which the current account balance is zero. Both prices can be very different from what it costs Saudi Arabia to pump oil from the ground. A good dicussion of the ...


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No, while it was widely reported, the Saudi government has denied it. Many sources such as the Washington Post, Daily mail, Direct matin, Gulf News, Le Monde, Le Figaro or Al HUffington Post (Maghreb) reported that, Thursday March 13th 2014, the Saudi Ministry of Interior published a list of 51 names that were declared as "non compliant with the country ...


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No he was not. Berkman Buzz reports (via Islawmix):1 You have most probably heard by now that three Emirati men were allegedly thrown out of a cultural Janadriyah Festival by the Saudi religious police (pl. mutawaeen) for “being too handsome.” Most reports, however, have claimed the three men were actually deported from the Kingdom, itself, for their ‘...


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In this case A husband was sentenced 10 days in prison and 30 lashes just for slapping his wife. The wife is allowed to be present to see his husband go through the punishments. Manama: A man in Saudi Arabia charged with slapping his wife was sentenced to 10 days in prison and 30 lashes. The court in Al Qateef in the Eastern Province said that the wife ...


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Saudi Arabia has not, yet, deposited money to pay for troop presence. Vox Article quotes a Pentagon spokesperson: Consistent with the president’s guidance to increase partner burden-sharing, the Department of Defense has engaged Saudi Arabia on contributing to US activities that support regional security and dissuade hostility and aggression. The Saudi ...


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Here's an article (Arabic) from the Saudi edition of Al Hayat newspaper. Here's the relevant part translated: "Al Hayat" has learned that the officials in the Emirates pavilion in the National Culture and Folklore Festival "Al Janadiriyah" have removed three young men who were participants in folkloric bands, in fear that they might mesmerize the ...


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