Abe targets N. Korea after storming to ‘super-majority’ vote win

:: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stormed to a landslide “super-majority” in snap Japanese elections, near complete projections showed Monday, with the hard-line nationalist immediately pledging to “deal firmly” with North Korea. Abe’s More »

Saudi King Salman, Tillerson discuss regional developments in Riyadh

:: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman in the Yamama Palace on Sunday and discussed recent regional developments, bilateral relations and means of cooperation between the More »

Russian president: King Salman’s visit to Moscow a great honor

:: Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Saudi King Salman’s visit to Moscow was a great honor for Russia, and described it as a “historical event” because it was the first visit More »

Yemen PM: Iranian ship seized near the coast of Socotra

:: The Yemeni government announced on Saturday that it had seized an Iranian ship carrying 19 sailors off the coast of the Socotra archipelago, east of the country. “The Iranian ship was More »

Saudi’s Al-Falih says global oil market improving, stabilizing

:: The global oil market is improving and stabilizing, Saudi Oil Minister Khalid Al-Falih said in Baghdad on Saturday. In a speech at the opening of the Baghdad International Exhibition, Al-Falih praised More »


Daily Archives: February 8, 2017

Spicer to Iran: ‘There’s a new president in town’

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday dismissed the US decision to put Iran “on notice” over its missile tests and called President Donald Trump the “real face” of American corruption. In his first speech since Trump’s inauguration, Iran’s supreme leader called

Le Pen might copy Trump but ‘France is not the US’

On February 1, Nigel Farage addressed the European Parliament to defend and promote the American immigration ban. With a Donald Trump pin adorning his lapel, the former UKIP leader – and soon to be Fox News anchor – used the

Florida man jailed for 30 years for mosque fire

A Florida man pleaded no contest and was sentenced on Monday to 30 years in prison for setting fire last year to the mosque where Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen once worshipped, court officials said. Joseph Schreiber, 32, caused more

‘No new countries added to Trump’s travel ban list’

Homeland Security chief John Kelly told a congressional panel on Tuesday he should have delayed US President Donald Trump’s travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries and on all refugees so he could brief Congress on the executive order.

Netanyahu kept waiting on British premier’s doorstep

An awkward 20 seconds seemed to last for much longer on Tuesday, as Israel’s Prime Minister was kept waiting on the doorstep of his UK counterpart. Benjamin Netanyahu is in London for pressing talks with Theresa May — but there

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince meets with head of Ulemas’ Council of Pakistan

Saudi’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, received the head of Ulemas’ Council of Pakistan Hafiz Mohammed Tahir Al-Ashrafi on Tuesday. During the meeting, they discussed close relations binding the two countries. The meeting was attended by the

Trump says media ‘doesn’t want to report’ extremist attacks

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President Donald Trump is accusing the media of deliberately minimizing coverage of the threat posed by the Daesh group, saying news outlets “have their reasons” for not reporting what he described as a “genocide” underway at the hands of the

Iran feeling US policy shift after Obama

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, known to lead a regime based on a mantra of “Death to America,” has been cautiously silent ever since US President Donald Trump took the helm in the White House. With a recent medium-range ballistic

Canadian woman found guilty of hiding six baby burials

A Canadian woman was found guilty Monday of intentionally hiding in a storage locker the remains of six babies to whom she gave birth. The 42-year-old Winnipeg woman refused to submit to a DNA test, but investigating police performed one

Syria’s Assad views Trump as ‘promising’ on ISIS

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said US President Donald Trump prioritizing the fight against militants led by ISIS was promising although it was too early to expect any practical steps, state news agency SANA reported on Tuesday. The Kremlin, Assad’s most

At least 20 dead in bomb blast outside Afghan Supreme Court

At least 20 people were killed on Tuesday in a bomb blast outside the Supreme Court in the center of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, government officials said, in what appeared to be the latest in a series of attacks on the

Louvre attack suspect speaks to investigators

The Egyptian suspect in the attack on soldiers outside the Louvre museum in Paris has begun speaking to investigators and confirmed his identity, a source in the inquiry said Tuesday. The man, who was shot after wielding two machetes and

UK Speaker: Trump shouldn’t be allowed to address Parliament

The Speaker of Britain’s House of Commons said Monday that he strongly opposes letting US President Donald Trump address Parliament during a state visit to the UK Speaker John Bercow’s unusual public intervention makes it unlikely Trump will be given

Air strikes hit Syria’s rebel-held Idlib city, 15 dead

At least 15 people died in air strikes on the rebel-held Syrian city of Idlib on Tuesday, in some of the heaviest raids there in months, residents and a rescue worker said. Around eight attacks by what were believed to

Khamenei tells Trump ‘no enemy can paralyze’ Iran

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei dismissed US President Donald Trump’s warning to Tehran to stop its missile tests, and called on Iranians to respond to Trump’s “threats” on Friday’s anniversary of the 1979 revolution. “No enemy can paralyze the

Turkey condemns ‘unacceptable’ Israeli settlement law

Turkey on Tuesday condemned a new Israeli law legalizing dozens of Jewish settlements built on private Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, as a senior government minister was visiting Tel Aviv in the first such trip in seven years.

No visa needed for Saudi citizens traveling to Belarus

The Republic of Belarus has issued a presidential decree to exempt citizens of 80 countries, including Saudi Arabia from the entry visa requirements, the Saudi Press agency reported on Tuesday. This was announced by the Director General of the General

Iraq’s Basra oil export terminal to stop loading for 24 hours

Iraq’s main oil export terminal, off the southern city of Basra, will stop loading operations for 24 hours, starting midnight Tuesday, because of work to install a new pipeline feeding the facility, two sources at the state-run South Oil Company

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