Erdogan says Turkey will lay siege to Syria’s Afrin in coming days

:: Turkey will lay siege to Afrin in northern Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday a month after Ankara launched an offensive against Kurdish militia in the region. “In the More »

Abbas to seek wider peace process in rare UN speech

:: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will call for an alternative to US-mediated negotiations with Israel during a rare address to the United Nations Security Council, Palestinian officials said Monday. Addressing the council More »

Russian FM Lavrov warns US on Syria: ‘Dont play with fire’

:: Russia’s foreign minister on Monday warned the United States against “playing with fire” in Syria. Sergey Lavrov cautioned US officials to reduce provocations, saying the United States’ actions there have fractured More »

Iran’s Zarif says Israel’s “myth of invincibility” has crumbled

:: Iran’s Foreign Minister said on Sunday the shooting down of an Israeli jet after it bombed an Iranian site in Syria had shattered Israel’s “so-called invincibility”, reacting to a critical speech More »

Saudi Arabia backs new UN move to condemn Iran

:: Saudi Arabia on Sunday welcomed a draft United Nations resolution offered by Britain, the United States and France that would condemn Iran for failing to stop its ballistic missiles from falling More »


Daily Archives: February 10, 2017

Fire at French nuclear plant takes reactor off grid, ‘no associated risk’

A fire caused an explosion at EDF’s Flamanville nuclear power plant in northern France on Thursday, leading the utility to take a reactor offline, but there was no associated nuclear risk, EDF and a local government official said on Thursday.

US appeals court upholds suspension of Trump travel ban

A US federal appeals court on Thursday unanimously upheld a temporary suspension of President Donald Trump’s order that restricted travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruling came in a challenge to Trump’s order filed

Saudi King Salman receives phone call from US secretary of state

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz has received a phone call from the United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. King Salman began the conversation by congratulating Tillerson who in turn applauded Saudi Arabia’s efforts in promoting stability across the

US may sanction Iran over Yemen, Hezbollah and Iraq

The new United States administration, under President Donald Trump, is believed to be exerting pressure for imposition of new sanctions against Iran in response to their activities in the Middle East and fueling instability in the region. The administration is

Egypt FM: Relations with Saudi Arabia ‘deeply rooted’

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry stressed that relations with Saudi Arabia are strong and “deeply rooted”, denying claims of tensed ties between Cairo and Riyadh. Shoukry said both countries are able to carry on with positive relations, as he spoke

Netanyahu orders reprimand of Belgian envoy over meeting with rights groups

Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday ordered the reprimanding of the Belgian Ambassador over a meeting between Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel with representatives of two Israeli rights groups. Israeli Channel Ten reported that Michel had met with representatives of

United Nations preparing invitations to Syria peace talks

UN envoy Staffan de Mistura will send invitations to Syria peace talks in the coming days, the UN spokesman said Wednesday – seemingly allowing the opposition to bypass a deadline to agree on its negotiators. De Mistura had warned the

US tech giants lead legal brief against Trump travel ban

More than 100 companies, including most of high-tech’s biggest names, joined a legal brief opposing President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban, arguing that it would give companies strong incentives to move jobs outside the United States. The companies – including

Saudi Anti-Corruption Commission asked to create database on cases

A Shoura Council member called on the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) to create a database on cases of corruption in the Kingdom. Shoura Council members on Wednesday listened to a report presented by the Committee on Human Rights and Regulatory

Fierce fighting 20km from ISIS bastion in Syria

Fierce fighting took place on Wednesday between militants and US-backed Syrian rebels just 20 kilometers from the ISIS’s self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa, an AFP reporter saw. On Saturday, the rebels – a coalition of fighters known as the Syrian Democratic

Sessions confirmed as US attorney general

Jeff Sessions

The US Senate confirmed Jeff Sessions as attorney general Wednesday, despite vitriolic debate over his civil rights record and whether he can serve as the nation’s top law enforcement officer independent from President Donald Trump. Lawmakers greenlighted Senator Sessions as

Yemen keeps counter-terrorism operations with US despite raid

Yemen said on Wednesday it had not suspended counter-terrorism operations with the US government, despite controversy over a US commando raid on al-Qaeda militants in which several civilians were also killed. The raid in al-Bayda province, approved by new US

Iraqi Hezbollah leader killed

The secretary of Iraqi Shiite militia Kataib Hezbollah (Hezbollah Brigades) has been killed according to Iraqi security source. Bassem al-Mousawi died of wounds at a hospital in central Basra after attackers boarding a pickup truck shot at his vehicle, seriously

British MPs approve bill to start Brexit

British MPs overwhelmingly backed a bill on Wednesday empowering Prime Minister Theresa May to start negotiations on leaving the European Union, bringing Brexit a significant step closer. Members of the House of Commons voted by 494 votes to 122 for

Egyptian Louvre attack suspect ‘acted alone’

A 29-year-old Egyptian arrested after a machete attack at the Louvre in Paris last week has said he acted on his own and was not under orders from ISIS, a source close to the probe said Wednesday. Police have confirmed

Made-in-China large passenger plane targets 2017 debut

China’s first homegrown big passenger plane will make its maiden voyage in the first half of this year, state media said Monday, as the country seeks to challenge foreign giants Airbus and Boeing. The C919 narrow-body jet is expected to

Iran commutes death sentences of six juvenile offenders

Iran has commuted death sentences against six juvenile offenders following UN criticism it was executing people who had committed crimes as children at “an unprecedented rate,” a report said Thursday. Prosecutors asked the judiciary to reconsider 10 cases, the Shahrvand

Canada witnesses population jump due to immigrants

Thanks to a large influx of immigrants, Canada had the largest population growth of all Group of Seven countries over the past five years, government statistics showed Wednesday. The first data available from last year’s census shows that Canada now

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