Tens of thousands rally in Indonesia in support of Palestine

:: Tens of thousands of Indonesians protested Sunday against the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the latest show of support for the Palestinians in the country with the world’s More »

Staffan de Mistura urges Putin to press for Syria elections

:: The United Nations peace envoy for Syria called Wednesday on Russian President Vladimir Putin to “have the courage” to convince his ally in Damascus to hold new elections in the war-ravaged More »

US envoy Nikki Haley to present ‘irrefutable evidence’ on Iran

:: US Ambassador Nikki Haley will present “irrefutable evidence” that Iran has tried to cover up violations of international obligations, the US mission said Wednesday. Haley will hold a press conference in More »

Saudi Arabia pledges 100 million Euros to fight extremism in Africa

:: Saudi Arabia announced support in the amount of 100 million Euros for the launch of a new joint force to combat terrorism in the Sahel countries. Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign More »

King Salman orders $19 billion stimulus for Saudi Arabia’s private sector

:: King Salman on Thursday issued a decree allocating 72 billion Saudi riyals of stimulus funds to support the Saudi private sector. The package aims to boost the role of the private More »


Daily Archives: February 4, 2017

Donald Trump and the road to presidential humility

Pierre Ghanem

By : Pierre Ghanem In recent days, Trump supporters have had reason to cheer his early executive actions that have been in line with his campaign promises. He announced his Supreme Court pick, he announced a new military strategy to

Return of an international armed conflict over Iraq

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman al-Rashed The new US President Donald Trump criticized his predecessor Barack Obama several times. He said that Obama has left Iraq an easy target for the Iranians, squandering $3 trillion efforts deployed by the US to build

US sanctions strike Iran’s missiles, Guards

The US Treasury Department on Friday issued sanctions against organizations and individuals aiding Iran’s ballistic missile program, as well as for acting for or on behalf of, or providing support to, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force (IRGC-QF). The statement

Trump administration blocking some Muslims from re-entering US

The American Civil Liberties Union accused the Trump administration in a lawsuit filed on Thursday of violating the religious freedom of some nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries who have been barred from entering the United States. The ACLU filed the

Yemen: al-Qaeda spreads again in three towns of Abyan province

A Yemeni official and tribal sources said that fighters of al-Qaeda fighters have taken control again in three towns in the Abyan province south of the country. The security official said that the withdrawal of the security forces from these

Saudi heritage showcased at Janadriya fest wows dignitaries

The 31st edition of the two-week Janadriya festival, which opened Wednesday, has impressed foreign guests and diplomats attending the opening ceremony. Bahraini King Hamad, who attended the inaugural function of the national festival for heritage and culture along with King

Iranian turned away by Trump travel ban back in US

An Iranian man denied entry into the United States following President Donald Trump’s travel ban was back in Los Angeles — the first person allowed to return to the country under a judge’s ruling. Ali Vayeghan, who for 12 years

Jubeir demands international reaction to address Iran’s interference in region

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir appealed on Thursday during a meeting in New York with António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, for the international community to address Iran’s interference in the affairs of other countries in the region, especially

US sends Navy destroyer to Yemen

The United States has placed a Navy destroyer off the coast of Yemen to protect waterways from Houthi militia aligned with Iran, two US officials said on Friday, amid heightened tension between Washington and Tehran. The USS Cole arrived in

Warplanes kill 12 fighters in Syria’s Idlib

Air strikes killed at least 12 extremist rebel fighters in Idlib province in northwestern Syria on Friday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Unidentified warplanes struck positions for the hardline extremist Jund al-Aqsa group southeast of Idlib city, near

Iran to impose legal restrictions on some US entities, individuals

Iran denounced on Friday as illegal new sanctions imposed on it by the United States and said it would impose legal restrictions on American individuals and entities helping “regional terrorist groups,” state TV quoted a Foreign Ministry statement as saying.

US announces new Iran-related sanctions

The United States on Friday sanctioned 13 individuals and 12 entities under US Iran sanctions authority, days after the White House had put Iran “on notice” over a ballistic missile test and other activities. In a statement on its website,

Trump: Iran is ‘playing with fire’

US President Donald Trump on Friday accused Iran of “playing with fire” after the Islamic republic dismissed his warnings over its latest missile test as unfounded and provocative. In a series of early morning tweets, Trump wrote: “Iran is playing

UN sees Mosul assault driving out 250,000 civilians

A renewed assault on ISIS militants in the Iraqi city of Mosul could force 250,000 civilians to flee, if they can find a way out, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said on Friday. Such an exodus would be on top

US: New Israeli settlements ‘may not be helpful’

The White House said Thursday that building new Israeli settlements or expanding existing ones “may not be helpful” in securing Middle East peace. “While we don’t believe the existence of settlements is an impediment to peace, the construction of new

Syrian woman files terror charges against Assad in Spanish court

A group of international lawyers representing a Syrian woman have filed a criminal complaint against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in the National Spanish court, accusing him of terrorism against civilians. According to a press statement issued by the office of

Trump discusses Syria safe zones with Jordan king

US President Donald Trump discussed with Jordan’s King Abdullah the possibility of establishing safe zones in Syria, the White House said on Thursday. Trump met with King Abdullah briefly in Washington on Thursday morning, the White House said in a

Soldier shoots knife attacker near Louvre in Paris: police

A soldier shot and seriously injured a man who tried to attack him with a knife on Friday near the Louvre museum in Paris, sources say. The individual cried out “Allahu Akbar” and police believe he wanted to carry out

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