Day: June 13, 2014

Haramain train trial run in 6 months

Testing of the first line of the multibillion-riyal high-speed Haramain railway system will start in six months, according to local media on Friday. The testing will take place on the line between Madinah and King Abdullah Economic City in Rabigh. Khalid Al-Suwaiket, president of the Saudi Railways Organization (SRO), said: […]

What is Shariah law?

The al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) announced Friday that a Shariah-based system of governance will be imposed in Mosul and other cities and towns in Iraq that have been overtaken by militants. It is already forbidden in Iraq to enact legislation that is antithetical to Islam, but the imposition of Shariah […]

Iraq in paralysis after Sunni militants’ blitz

STORY SUMMARY The Shiite-led government of Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki remained in paralysis Friday, unable to form a coherent response after al-Qaida-inspired militants blitzed and captured entire chunks of the nation’s Sunni heartland this week, including major cities, towns, military and police bases as Iraqi forces melted away or […]