Daily Archives: February 9, 2017

Trump to approve weapons packages to Saudi Arabia

US President Donald Trump’s administration is set to green-light a major weapons packages for Saudi Arabia, US officials and congressional sources told the Washington Times on Tuesday. “A $300 million precision-guided missile technology package for Riyadh and a multibillion-dollar F-16

Former prime minister Farmajo wins Somalia’s presidential vote

Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, a US-educated former prime minister, was sworn in as Somalia’s new president on Wednesday after lawmakers gave him an unassailable lead in the second round of an election in Mogadishu’s secure airport compound. Celebratory gunfire erupted across

Erdogan reiterates discontent with Turkish interest rate policy

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan reiterated his discontent with the country’s interest rate policy on Tuesday, saying it was a means of exploitation and calling on the country’s banks to “be reasonable.” “I am not happy with our country’s interest rate

More than 52,000 flee South Sudan fighting in one month

More than 52,000 South Sudanese fled to Uganda in January alone as continued fighting risks creating a situation of mass atrocities, the UN’s special adviser on genocide prevention said Tuesday. The displaced, primarily from towns south of the capital Juba

Unclarity surrounds Sanaa position over US role in Yemen

Khaled Hussein Al-Yemany

While some news agencies reported that Sanaa suspended any counterterrorism operations in Yemen with the US government, subsequent reports suggested that it did not, as evident from a statement issued by Yemen’s UN ambassador. For its part, News Agency tried

Madinah governor launches planting of date palms to help orphans

Prince Faisal bin Salman

Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman launched a program on Tuesday to plant 100,000 palm trees in his region to help orphans. Prince Faisal is the chairman of the board of directors of the Takaful Welfare Society for Orphan Care

Saudi minister tours Beirut’s Downtown, meets PM Saad Hariri

Thamer al-Sabhan

Saudi Arabia’s Arab Gulf Affairs Minister Thamer al-Sabhan toured Beirut’s Downtown on Tuesday where he met with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, former PM Tammam Salam and a number of ministers and MPs who were on their way to attend

Saudi FM says Turkey ties are ‘strategic’

Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir on Wednesday said Riyadh’s ties with Turkey are strategically binding. Jubeir was speaking in a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu. Syrian rebels and Turkish special forces have together made important progress

Kuwait welcomes Iran’s readiness for dialogue with Gulf

Kuwait has welcomed Iran’s willingness for dialogue with its Gulf Arab neighbors, saying any talks are likely to help resolve civil wars in Syria and Yemen, according to Kuwaiti state news agency KUNA. Kuwaiti Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled al-Jarallah, responding

E-link between general, appeal courts ordered

Walid Al-Samaani

Minister of Justice Walid Al-Samaani has ordered the electronic link between the criminal and family affairs and appeal courts on an experimental basis, according to a ministry statement. The step is meant to shorten times of cases, and speed up

Yemen seeks ‘reassessment’ of deadly US raid

Yemen’s foreign minister says it has asked for a “reassessment” of a US raid last month that killed several women and children, but denies reports that his government has requested a suspension of American ground operations. Abdul-Malik al-Mekhlafi said Wednesday

South Sudan president to seek election in 2018

South Sudan’s president will seek election next year, a spokesman said Wednesday, in what will be the first vote on Salva Kiir’s leadership since the turbulent country won independence. The president “is a uniting factor. If he leaves power now,

Turkish army, Syrian rebels escalate assault on ISIS-held city

Syrian rebel forces supported by Turkish armed forces have seized control of strategically important hills around the ISIS-controlled town of al-Bab, Turkey’s military said on Wednesday. It said in a statement that 58 ISIS militants were killed in air strikes,

Erdogan, Trump to act together on ISIS in Syria

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and US President Donald Trump agreed in a phone call overnight to act jointly against ISIS in the Syrian towns of al-Bab and Raqqa, both controlled by the militants, Turkish presidency sources said on Wednesday. The

Yemeni army and resistance gain control of Al-Mokha

Yemeni national forces and popular resistance have captured the city of Al-Mokha from the hands of Houthi militiamen, the Arab coalition leadership in Yemen confirmed. With the intensive support of coalition fighters and Apache helicopters, Yemeni resistance forces managed to

Syria rejects Amnesty’s report of mass hangings as ‘untrue’

Syria’s justice ministry on Wednesday rejected an Amnesty International report of mass hangings of as many as 13,000 people in a prison near Damascus, calling the allegations “totally untrue” and part of a smear campaign. The ministry’s statement, published by

India to remove cash withdrawal limits

Limits on cash withdrawals will be removed entirely from March 13, India’s central bank said Wednesday, as it left interest rates on hold for the second time since a ban on high-value rupee notes. The Reserve Bank of India capped

Shoura panel calls for effective transport system

A Shoura Council panel on Tuesday has called on the Ministry of Transport to set up an effective transport system to link projects of the Ministry of Housing with all types of transportation of nearby urban areas. Shoura Council as

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