Raqqa residents ordered to flee, then remain by ISIS

(CNN)Civilians in Raqqa faced uncertainty Sunday after ISIS ordered the evacuation of the Syrian city, and then rescinded the command. Residents began to flee the city and take to higher ground after ISIS issued a statement warning of the expected collapse of the Euphrates Dam, according to local activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently … Read more

Crowds flock to Saudi Arabia’s first Comic Con

(CNN)Dressed all in black with her face exposed, Fatima Mohammed Hussein has come to Saudi Arabia’s first Comic Con event dressed as Bat Girl. “The minute I stepped in, I couldn’t believe this is happening here,” she told CNN. “It’s a big move for Saudi to have something like that.” Hussein was one of the … Read more

Iraq starts operation to drive ISIS out of west Mosul

(CNN)Iraq has launched an operation to regain control of western Mosul from ISIS militants, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Sunday. The Prime Minister described the operation, which comes after Iraq recaptured eastern Mosul, a “new dawn” in the liberation of Mosul. He urged Iraqi organizations to provide humanitarian services and support to the liberated area. … Read more

In the age of YouTube, what’s the point in Saudi Arabia’s cinema ban?

(CNN)This week marked the end of another period of prolonged excitement about the possibility of re-opening cinemas in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which have been banned since the 1980s. My hopes in this area have been crushed countless times before. But my optimism had been reignited by the recent establishment of the General Entertainment … Read more

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