Saudi Arabia

Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Federal law enforcement is taking action against former Twitter workers who allegedly spied for Saudi Arabia. The Justice Department has charged Ali Alzabarah (the one whose activities first surfaced) and Ahmad Abouammo with using their combined access to monitor Twitter accounts on behalf of the Saudi government. […]

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Mark Esperanto? Trump Misnames His Defense Secretary in Tweet

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — President Trump shared an update on Sunday from his defense secretary that outlined “minor skirmishes” between Turkish and Kurdish fighters in northern Syria as American troops make their way out of the area. It might have passed by with little notice in the rushing current of Mr. Trump’s […]

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Twitter bans thousands of state-backed accounts spreading misinformation

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links ALASTAIR PIKE via Getty Images Twitter has suspended thousands of accounts linked with state-backed misinformation campaigns. In a transparency report shared today, Twitter says it removed 4,248 accounts from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), 273 accounts from the UAE and Egypt, 1,019 accounts based in Ecuador, 265 accounts from Spain […]

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Trump’s Challenge: Can His Word on Iran Be Trusted?

NYT > U.S. > Politics For a president with a loose relationship with the facts and poisonous relationships with allies, the attack on the Saudi oil fields poses a challenge: how to prove the administration’s case that Iran was behind the strike and rally the world to respond. President Trump must now confront that problem […]

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Trump’s Deference to Saudis in Setting Terms for How U.S. Should Respond to Attacks Touches a Nerve

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — After oil installations were blown up in Saudi Arabia over the weekend, President Trump declared that the United States was “locked and loaded,” a phrase that seemed to suggest he was ready to strike back. But then he promised to wait for Saudi Arabia to tell him “under […]

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Trump Shrugs Off Killing of Khashoggi by Saudi Agents, Saying Saudi Arabia Is an Important Trading Partner

NYT > Politics WASHINGTON — President Trump on Sunday shrugged off the brutal dismembering of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, just days after a United Nations report described how a team of Saudi assassins called Mr. Khashoggi a “sacrificial animal” before his murder. The U.N. report urged an F.B.I. investigation into the slaying. But […]

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Senate Blocks Trump Administration’s Arms Sales to Gulf Nations in Bipartisan Rebuke

NYT > Politics WASHINGTON — The Senate voted to block the sale of billions of dollars of munitions to Saudi Arabia on Thursday, in a sharp and bipartisan rebuke of the Trump administration’s attempt to circumvent Congress to allow the exports by declaring an emergency over Iran. In the first of a series of three […]

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Senators Look to Force 22 Votes Blocking Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

NYT > Politics WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators will try to force nearly two dozen votes rebuking the Trump administration’s decision to declare a national emergency to circumvent Congress and sell billions of dollars of munitions to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The legislation, led by Senator Robert Menendez of New […]

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Twitter bots pushed ‘Russiagate hoax’ following the Mueller report

Engadget RSS Feed Gabby Jones/Bloomberg via Getty Images As much as Twitter has done to keep bots from manipulating users, it still has work to do. NBC News and disinformation campaign researcher Clint Watts have learned that a network of over 5,000 Trump-supporting Twitter bots echoed an attack on the alleged “Russiagate hoax” following the […]

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Uber lets female drivers only drive other women in Saudi Arabia

Engadget RSS Feed Uber Uber has launched a feature in Saudi Arabia that lets female drivers select a preference for female-only riders. What began as a pilot program in September — after feedback showed that 74 percent of Saudi women Uber drivers were only interested in driving women — is now officially rolling out in […]

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