But the plan to identify and bar gay foreigners is a serious concern in Gulf countries, where homosexuality is punishable by prison time, or even death.
Blasphemy and other religious-defamation laws in Pakistan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and even Russia put people behind bars and on death row. As the UN General Assembly begins, these countries must be put under intense pressure to conform to global human rights standards.
Bashar al-Assad once envisioned Syria as a future hub of oil transport in the region – a 'four seas strategy' to connect the region's major oil players to European markets. After two and a half years of civil war, that plan appears all but lost.
The US is becoming less dependent on Arab oil, Salhani writes, making it less of an issue when it comes to decisions about Syria and the Middle East.
New 8-page study says local initiatives and national political will are key to dealing with radical jihad in northern Nigeria.
Russia and other allies have urged Syrian President Bashar Assad to cooperate with the U.N.'s investigations into the use of chemical agents. On Saturday, Syrian media reported the alleged use of chemical weapons by rebel groups. Rebels accused government forces of an alleged gas attack that killed more than 130 people Wednesday.