An estimated 40 percent of school age children from Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Sudan are not in school, according to UNICEF. Close to 9,000 schools have either been destroyed in fighting, turned into shelters for displaced people or been commandeered by fighters.
Press reports say only 70 Saudi women are standing in municipal elections in December, and as few as one in twenty have registered to vote. Activists say a driving ban is among the hurdles facing women.
Ahmad Mughassil, a Saudi member of Hezbollah, was reportedly detained in Beirut and handed over to authorities in Saudi Arabia, but details remain fuzzy. A US court indictment named him as the architect of the 1996 Khobar Towers attack.
A recent arson attack on a Palestinian village spurred a crackdown by authorities on what they call a small group of 'Jewish terrorists' among settler communities. Right-wing anger at government concessions to Palestinians appears to be growing.
Longstanding grievances erupted after the government closed its main landfill Aug. 17, offering Beirut no alternative site. Mountains of garbage piled up on the streets, prompting a grassroots protest movement calling itself "You Stink."