UN urges Iran to stop juvenile executions

By Middle East Affairs The United Nations called on Iran on Friday to stop its executions of convicts who committed their crimes when they were younger than 18, Reuters reports. Three people were executed in January for murders committed at 15 or 16, which U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad

Saudi Arabia to allocate $1.5 billion for Iraq reconstruction, trade

KUWAIT CITY: Saudi Arabia allocated $1.5 billion for the reconstruction of Iraq as foreign donors pledged billions of dollars at a conference in Kuwait on Wednesday. The pledge from Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir included a $1 billion loan through the Saudi Fund for Development and $500 million in export credit. Kuwait said it

Syria rejects U.N.-led idea to alter constitution

The Syrian government rejected the United Nation's efforts Tuesday to form a committee to rewrite Syria's constitution, according to Reuters. The idea for the committee was the result of a peace congress last month between Syrian groups. At a press conference in Damascus, assistant to the Syrian Foreign Minister Ayman Soussan said