Iraq acknowledges abuses committed against civilians in Mosul campaign

:: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s office said on Thursday a unit of the security forces committed “abuses” against civilians during the offensive to oust ISIS insurgents from the More »

UAE Minister: Qatar must end politicization of Hajj after King Salman initiative

:: The UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar al-Gargash, said on Thursday that Qatar’s politicization of Hajj must come to an end following the initiative taken by More »

Iran reform leader Mehdi Karroubi on hunger strike over 6-year house arrest

:: Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, under house arrest for the past six years, was hospitalized Thursday after going on hunger strike a day earlier to demand a trial More »

Who is Abdullah Al Thani, descendant of ruling family which built modern Qatar?

:: Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali bin Abdullah Al Thani is the second son of the late Emir Ali bin Abdullah Al Thani, the grandson of the Emir of Qatar, More »

De Mistura: October will be ‘decisive’ in Syrian crisis

:: The United Nations hopes for a “serious negotiation” between the government and a still-to-be-formed unified Syrian opposition in October or November, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said More »


Daily Archives: February 12, 2017

Why weren’t Saudis banned from entering America?

Turki AlDakhil

By : Turki Al-dakhil The US travel ban has led enemies and rivals to ask why the Saudis were not included on the list of the seven countries which Donald Trump banned their citizens from entering the

A new American strategy in the Middle East

Raghida Dergham

By : Raghida Dergham The reversal of the policies of US former President Barack Obama, which had acquiesced too much of Iran’s nuclear, regional and internal priorities, has begun in earnest. The Trump administration has initiated a

Jenadriyah festival showcases best of Arab heritage, culture

Mshari Al Thaydi

By : Mshari Al Thaydi The Jenadriyah festival is being held in the Saudi capital Riyadh for the 31st time. It is now more than a quarter of a century-old, loaded with interesting politics, culture and heritage.

British PM expresses her dismay in meeting with Netanyahu

Yossi Mekelberg

By : Yossi Mekelberg The Israeli Prime Minister arrived last week to meet his British counterpart Theresa May with a clear agenda of addressing certain issues, while making the utmost effort to sweep any discussion of Jewish

Trump ‘backs Japan 100%’ after N. Korea missile

US President Donald Trump said late on Saturday that the United States stands fully behind Japan in the aftermath of North Korea’s latest missile launch. “I just want everybody to understand, and fully know, that the United

Lebanese Islamist group under fire for commemorating Iranian revolution

Lebanese party Al-Jamaa al-Islamiya has come under fire after participating in Thursday’s ceremony commemorating the Iranian revolution at the Iranian embassy in Beirut. The group was criticized because it has attended the event although it had voiced

Tehran claims holding eight foreigners planning attacks

Iranian security forces have arrested eight Sunnis suspected of planning attacks to disrupt celebrations for Iran’s revolution in the past week, Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said on Saturday. Alavi said the eight were “Takfiri” foreigners, some of

Terror suspects held in Jeddah, Madinah

More than 10 terror suspects were arrested in simultaneous security raids in Jeddah and Madinah on Saturday morning, Sabq online news reported. Several weapons, including guns and knives, were seized from them. The security agencies conducted raids

Iraqi Airways plane evacuated in Jeddah after wheel fire

Hundreds of passengers were evacuated safely from an Iraqi Airways plane on Saturday after a wheel caught fire on landing at King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah. Emergency crews evacuated 356 passengers “in record time without

Asylum seekers fleeing US brave snow, extreme cold

Farhan Ahmed hoped to find refuge in the US after fleeing death threats in Somalia, but fear over a US crackdown on immigration sent him on another perilous journey — to Canada. The 36-year-old was among nearly

Power outages bring Iranian city of Ahwaz to a halt

Recurrent electricity cuts in the predominantly Arab region of Iran’s Khuzestan has paralyzed life in its capital city of Ahwaz. Despite producing 35 percent of the country’s water and electric energy, the oil and gas-rich province has

UN chief to hold talks with top Saudi officials today

As part of his Middle East tour, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres arrived in Riyadh on Saturday to hold talks with top Saudi officials, including King Salman, on key regional and international issues. This is the first visit

Rockets hit Iraq’s Green Zone after deadly protest

At least seven people were killed during protests in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone area that houses most of Iraq’s key institutions and main embassies. Governor of Baghdad city confirmed at least five of those in the

Myanmar jade mine landslide kills 9: Official

A landslide in northern Myanmar’s jade mining region has killed 9 people, a local official said Saturday, the latest fatal incident to strike the shadowy billion-dollar industry. The men were believed to be searching for jade in

Turkey confirms constitutional referendum on April 16

Turkey’s election board officially confirmed Saturday that a referendum on constitutional changes that would expand President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers will take place on April 16. High Election Board head Sadi Guven said in a televised speech

ISIS fighter is first Australian stripped of citizenship

Australian ISIS fighter Khaled Sharrouf has become the country’s first dual nationality individual to be stripped of Australian citizenship under anti-terrorism laws, the Australian newspaper said on Saturday. Australia, a staunch ally of the United States and

Saudi Arabia to use air balloon to monitor borders

Saudi Arabia has completed its first test launch of an air balloon designed to aid armed forces in monitoring the kingdom’s borders. The launch was carried out by the Prince Sultan Advanced Technical Research Institute. The balloon

Test for Prime Minister Modi as India’s biggest state votes

Voting got underway on Saturday in India’s most populous state Uttar Pradesh in a contest seen as a key test for Narendra Modi halfway into his first term as prime minister. Uttar Pradesh is home to over

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