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 14, 2017

Trump’s lifeline to oil producers?

Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady

By : Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady While President Trump seems to be making the headlines for the wrong reasons concerning rather blunt speaking telephone calls with foreign heads of state and the shambolic introduction of his US entry executive orders

Who pays the price for Iran’s intransigence?

Ahmed Ayash

By : Ahmed Ayash Iran resorting to the “Death to America” slogan again – in what is considered by Fars news agency as rebuttal to the US threat of a “military attack” – demonstrates sign of things to come in

‘Tenet medal’ for Saudi Arabia, the conqueror of terrorism

Turki AlDakhil

By : Turki Aldakhil Is it so difficult to understand why Saudis were not banned from entering the United States? Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz al-Saud recently received a medal, named after George Tenet from the CIA,

Steve Jobs and me

Hussein Shobokshi

By : Hussein Shobokshi It’s been 10 years since Apple Inc. and its then president Steve Jobs launched the first iPhone. No one knew what this smartphone device would do when Steve Jobs first invented it. The innovation turned out

Trump national security aide Flynn resigns over Russian contacts

Michael Flynn

President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned late on Monday under scrutiny over whether he discussed the possibility of lifting US sanctions on Russia before Trump took office. Flynn submitted his resignation hours after Trump said through a

Trudeau visits Trump amid clash over refugee ban

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Donald Trump will participate in a roundtable discussion about women in the work force Monday, an early sign of cooperation as Trudeau seeks to have good relations so Canada is not targeted

Syrian opposition to boycott Astana over Russian ‘breaches’

Syrian opposition official said that the opposition delegation will not attend the talks in Kazakhstan this week due to Russia not committing to what was agreed upon at the previous meeting. A second opposition official said that the “the Syrian

Why has India’s ‘first digital village’ project shut down?

Despite the ever-growing chorus for Digital India, the country’s “first minority cyber village project” has died a quiet death. Interestingly, this has happened barely 150km from the national capital of New Delhi. According to a news report, with the shutdown

Iraq hits ISIS commanders, Al-Baghdadi fate unclear: Statement

The Iraqi air force has targeted a meeting of commanders from the ISIS group that its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may have been attending, a statement said on Monday. It was not clear in the statement sent by the Joint

Turkey’s Erdogan arrives in Saudi Arabia, meets King Salman

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived for talks in Saudi Arabia on Monday and met with King Salman to further strengthen ties as part of a Gulf tour. The two Sunni powers have become increasingly close over the past year,

Syrian govt forces used chemical weapons in Aleppo

Syrian government forces used chemical weapons in opposition-controlled parts of Aleppo during battles to retake the city late last year, Human Rights Watch said in a report published on Monday. The findings add to mounting evidence of the use of

Lebanon’s Aoun urges Egypt to launch “Arab salvation initiative” on Syria

Lebanese President Michel Aoun has urged Egypt to launch an “Arab salvation initiative” especially for the crisis in Syria. In a joint news conference on 13 January, during Aoun’s visit to Egypt, the Lebanese leader said: “There are great hopes

Turkey’s Erdogan says aims safe zone in Syria after Raqqa operation

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday Turkey aimed to create a safe zone in Syria, extending its military operations to the towns of Manbij and Raqqa after driving ISIS from al-Bab, if it acts together with the US-led coalition. In

Erdogan: King Salman was first leader to contact me after coup attempt

President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has said that Saudi Arabia’s King Salman was the first first leader to contact him after coup attempt in his country and assured him of solidarity with Turkey. Erdogan also said that terrorism is changing

90% of cotton ‘Made in Egypt’ is fake, Cotton Association says

Egypt’s most famous export, the silky soft cotton prized by makers of luxury bedding and clothing, has become so scarce as production has fallen that most supplies sold under its brand name last year were fake. But a surge in

Tesla Motors launch regional office in Dubai

Tesla Motors for electric cars designs and manufacturing has launched its Dubai office on Monday. During a meeting between the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Tesla CEO and founder, Elon Musk, expressed his delight at being in

Trump’s sons guests of honor at Dubai branded golf course opening

US President Donald Trump’s sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump are expected to visit Dubai this week to open a Trump-branded golf complex. Trump’s sons will be the guests of honor for the opening of the Trump International Golf

Arab coalition strikes Houthi targets in Mokha and Hejjah

The National Yemeni army launched an attack targeting the rebels in Taiz, through which it managed to restore al-Kadha and neighboring villages. Moreover, 6 insurgents were killed in fierce battles that broke out in al-Zahra and the neighborhoods surrounding the

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