Palestinian faction Fatah: No state in Gaza, and no state without Gaza

:: Hamas senior official Izzat al-Risheq said on Friday that the movement offered its vision on the ceasefire deal and reconciliation, after the Palestinian factions ended their consultations in Cairo. He added More »

Tearful Imran Khan takes oath as new prime minister of Pakistan

:: Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan was sworn in at a ceremony on Saturday, officially taking over the reins of power in the nuclear-armed country after his party’s victory in a More »

Saudi Arabia says ‘nothing to mediate’ in Canada dispute

:: Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday there is no room for mediation in the kingdom’s escalating diplomatic dispute with Canada, and that Ottawa knew what it needed to do to “fix its More »

Saudi-Canada diplomatic row will not affect oil supplies, says energy minister

:: Saudi Arabia’s petroleum supplies to countries around the world will not be affected by the ongoing diplomatic dispute between Canada and the Kingdom, Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said on Thursday. Al-Falih More »

Saudi Cabinet reaffirms rejection of Canadian interference in Kingdom’s internal affairs

:: The Saudi Cabinet has reaffirmed its “absolute rejection” of the Canadian government’s stance in the diplomatic row between the two countries. Saudi Arabia ordered the Canadian ambassador to leave the Kingdom More »

 

Former UN chief, Nobel peace laureate Kofi Annan aged 80 dies in Swiss hospital

:: Former United Nations Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan has died at the age of 80, his foundation said on Saturday. Annan, a Ghanaian national, died in hospital in Bern, Switzerland, in the early hours of Saturday,

Large-scale military operation in Yemen’s Bayda backed by Arab coalition

:: The Yemeni national army launched a large-scale military operation Saturday morning in the Qania and Fadha axes in al-Bayda governorate in central Yemen, backed by the Arab coalition’s air forces, according to local sources. The Yemeni forces succeeded in

Saudi king, crown prince send condolences to India after deadly flooding

:: Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have sent cables of condolences to Indian President Ram Nath Kovind following the floods in Kerala that have resulted in hundreds of deaths. “We have learned the news

Iraq’s al-Fayad of ‘Popular Mobilization’ potential candidate to succeed Abadi

:: Special sources close to the process of forming the Iraqi government, revealed that the name of Faleh al-Fayad, head of the National Security, who is also chairman of Popular Mobilization Forces, as a candidate to lead the new Iraqi

Palestinian faction Fatah: No state in Gaza, and no state without Gaza

:: Hamas senior official Izzat al-Risheq said on Friday that the movement offered its vision on the ceasefire deal and reconciliation, after the Palestinian factions ended their consultations in Cairo. He added that Hamas listened to the ideas and observations

Saudi Arabia contributes $100 mln to Global Coalition fighting ISIS

:: Saudi Arabia has contributed $100 million to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, more specifically supporting stabilization projects in areas liberated from the terrorist group in northeast Syria. This is the largest contribution to the coalition to date for

Rating agencies S&P, Moody’s cut Turkey’s credit rating deeper into junk

:: Rating agencies Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s late on Friday downgraded Turkey’s sovereign debt rating following the plunge of the country’s currency. Standard & Poor’s said on it had cut Turkey’s sovereign credit rating deeper into “junk” territory, citing

Tearful Imran Khan takes oath as new prime minister of Pakistan

:: Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan was sworn in at a ceremony on Saturday, officially taking over the reins of power in the nuclear-armed country after his party’s victory in a July 25 general election. Khan, 65, saw his

Saudi Arabia prepares hundreds of mosques for Eid Al-Adha prayer

:: Nearly 470 mosques have been prepared for the Eid Al-Adha prayer, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Daawah and Guidance in Madinah announced Sheikh Fahad bin Sulaiman al-Tuwaijri, Director-General of the ministry in Madinah, said that 469 mosques and

UN chief proposes options to protect Palestinians

:: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday presented four options aimed at boosting the protection of Palestinians in Israeli-occupied territories, from sending UN rights monitors and unarmed observers to deploying a military or police force under UN mandate. The proposals

Palestinian toddler, mother killed in Israeli strikes in Gaza

:: A Palestinian toddler and her mother were killed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza early Thursday, officials in the strip said, as Israel hit a series of sites in retaliation for dozens of rockets. Enas Khammash, 23, and her

Iraq’s pro-Iranian militias threaten to break Iran’s blockade

:: Following the United States’ sanctions going into effect against the Islamic Republic on Tuesday, Iraq’s pro-Iranian militias threatened to break Iran’s blockade at all cost. In a statement, Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada, an Iraqi Shiite militia, said that work is

Israel strikes Gaza after rockets fired from Palestinian enclave

:: Israel launched air strikes on Gaza late Wednesday after dozens of rockets were fired from the enclave into its territory, with injuries reported on both sides. Earlier, Al Arabiya news channel correspondent reported that more than 50 rockets and

Houthi commander, militiamen killed in Yemen’s Hodeidah

:: A top Houthi commander and several militiamen were killed in a battle in the city of Hodeidah during clashes with the Yemeni army in the al-Duraihmi governorate. A military source said that the commander was Mansour al-Soudi, also known

Experts point to Ottawa’s diplomatic blunders under Chrystia Freeland

:: Foreign policy analysts anticipate additional Saudi sanctions against Canada, in addition to freezing of trade relations between the two countries. This means suspending scholarships for Saudi nationals in Canada, where more than 15,000 Saudis are pursuing university degrees in

Saudi Arabia says ‘nothing to mediate’ in Canada dispute

:: Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday there is no room for mediation in the kingdom’s escalating diplomatic dispute with Canada, and that Ottawa knew what it needed to do to “fix its big mistake”. “There is nothing to mediate. A

Saudi-Canada diplomatic row will not affect oil supplies, says energy minister

:: Saudi Arabia’s petroleum supplies to countries around the world will not be affected by the ongoing diplomatic dispute between Canada and the Kingdom, Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said on Thursday. Al-Falih reaffirmed the policy that the Kingdom’s petroleum supplies

Amid Iran’s crisis, parliament impeaches Rouhani-allied labor minister

:: The Iranian parliament on Wednesday, impeached labor minister Ali Rabiei, a close ally of president Hassan Rouhani, after months of mounting anger over the government’s handling of an economic crisis which has deepened with the reimposition of US sanctions.

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