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The flower men traditionally wear garlands of herbs and flowers. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)
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They live in the Habala Mountains that straddle Saudi Arabia's southern border with Yemen but take orders from neither government, instead living their lives under the dictates of tribal law.
While U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was attending King Abdullah's funeral in Saudi Arabia, a massive snowstorm hit his hometown of Boston. (AFP/File)
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was fined $50 for failing to shovel the snow outside his Boston home while he was in Saudi Arabia for King Abdullah's funeral.

January 30, 2015

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi was sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam. (AFP/File)
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Saudi blogger Raif Badawi's second round of 50 lashes was postponed for the third week in a row. He is sentenced to 1,000 lashes, delivered in sets of 50 each Friday.
Ten days later, this guy realizes his bouncing baby boy is, in fact, a girl. (Shutterstock)
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The father alleges that the hospital informed him that his wife had given birth to a baby boy but 10 days later they changed their story and told him it was a girl.

January 29, 2015

A Las Vegas court sentenced the 25-year-old Saudi Air Force sergeant to 35 years in prison. (Shutterstock)
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A Saudi Air Force sergeant stationed in Texas was convicted of raping a 13-year-old boy at a Las Vegas casino hotel.
Fatima Naoot criticized the slaughter of sheep and goats during Eid al-Adha in a Facebook post. (Shutterstock)
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Egyptian poet Fatima Naoot could face a three-year jail term for "contempt of Islam", after she criticized slaughtering animals for Eid al-Adha.
The skull is proof that modern man set up shop in Middle East before colonizing the European continent. (Shutterstock)
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Unearthing the skull was a major scientific triumph, as it is the oldest discovered human remain outside of Africa.
Cheech and Chong need not apply for Saudi visas - the duo's brand of stoner humor would go up in smoke in the kingdom. (Wikimedia Commons)
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Cheech and Chong need not apply for Saudi visas - the duo's brand of stoner humor would go up in smoke in the kingdom.

January 28, 2015

The owner of the agency, as well as two doctors, have been arrested for charges of child trafficking and forging birth certificates. (Shutterstock)
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The illegal adoption agency convinced immigrants to put their children up for adoption in order to obtain assistance in travelling back to their home countries.
Junko Ishido, mother of Kenji Goto, a Japanese journalist being held by Islamist militants (2nd R), bows to journalists at the end of her press conference at the house of councilors office building in Tokyo on January 28 2015. (AFP/Toshifum)
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Junko Ishido, the mother of the Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, begged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to save her son's life.
Ali Farzat is a renowned Syrian political cartoonist. He has published more than 15,000 caricatures between Syrian, Arab and international newspapers. (Image: The Independent/Ali Ferzat)
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Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat drew stark attention to the plight of 3.7 million Syrian refugees as he accused Britain of lacking “the warmth of morals and humanity” by allowing just 90 refugees from the conflict region to come to Britain.
US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) speaks with Saudi's newly appointed King Salman (2R) as US President Barack Obama (2L) and First Lady Michelle Obama (L) listen on at Erga Palace in Riyadh on January 27, 2015. Obama landed in Saudi Arabia with his wife First Lady Michelle Obama to shore up ties with King Salman and offer condolences after the death of his predecessor Abdullah. (AFP/Saul Loeb)
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Twitter users criticized Michelle Obama for not wearing a headscarf while offering her condolences after the death of the late King Abdullah.

January 27, 2015

It remains contested whether the sexual acts were consensual or not. (Shutterstock)
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A mechanic accused his coworker of forcing him to have sex with him.
Egyptian Yasmine Mahmoud, a 31-year-old executive secretary, rides her bicycle in Cairo. (AFP/Mohamed El-Shahed)
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Yasmine Mahmoud cuts a defiant figure as she weaves her bicycle through the chaotic streets of Cairo, a place where few women dare to pedal.
This Lebanese girl tossed herself from a balcony for her boyfriend, but was it worth the broken bones? (AFP/File)
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A Lebanese teen jumped off a three-story balcony to see her boyfriend after her parents forbade her from seeing him.