Barzani: Referendum first step for Kurds to express their will

:: Iraqi Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has held a press conference in Erbil and told reporters that the scheduled referendum on independence on Monday would go ahead as planned. “We ask More »

Bangladesh says reports about plot to kill PM are ‘baseless’

:: The office of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikha Hasina on Sunday denied as “completely baseless” some media reports of a plot by her bodyguards to kill her last month. However a senior More »

Trump: ‘Not much’ of a nuclear deal after Iran tests missile

:: Iran’s test launch of new medium-range missile calls into question a landmark nuclear deal with the United States and other world powers, President Donald Trump said Saturday, while also accusing the More »

North Korea says Trump insult ensures attack on US mainland

:: North Korea’s foreign minister told world leaders Saturday that US President Donald Trump’s insult calling leader Kim Jong Un “rocket man” makes “our rocket’s visit to the entire US mainland inevitable More »

Saudi FM: We demand Qatar abide by Riyadh agreement promises

:: Speaking at the United Nations 72nd General Assembly in New York, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister reiterated the Anti-Terror Quartet’s demands that Qatar abide by the Riyadh agreements it had made, including More »


Daily Archives: February 24, 2017

Putin says wants to stabilize Syria’s ‘legitimate’ power

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Moscow’s goal in Syria was to “stabilize the legitimate authority” and strike a “decisive blow” against terrorism. “We have no plans to interfere in Syria’s internal affairs,” he told a group of naval

German suspected of planning violent act against state detained

German prosecutors said on Thursday that a 26-year-old German man suspected of preparing an act of violent subversion against the state had been detained. Prosecutors said the suspect, who is believed to be part of Salafist group, was suspected of

Blast in Pakistan’s Lahore kills at least five

A blast at a market in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore killed at least five people on Thursday and wounded 21, a rescue official Reuters. The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear. Security forces cordoned off the area

Zika hasn’t gone away but some travelers are shrugging

Zika hasn’t gone away, but as the mosquito-borne virus has faded from the headlines, travelers seem less concerned about it than they were last year. “We had a big downturn in honeymoon business last year,” said Hans Pfister, who owns

Four killed as Indian Kashmir militants ambush army convoy

A woman and three soldiers were killed Thursday when militants ambushed an army convoy in Indian Kashmir, police said. The soldiers were returning from a search operation when the militants attacked their convoy, injuring six, three of whom later died.

Tunisia parliament adopts anti-corruption law

Tunisia’s parliament on Wednesday approved a law to fight widespread corruption that has plagued the North African country’s economy since the 2011 revolution. One hundred and forty-five lawmakers out of 217 voted to pass the 36-article law, which criminalizes any

130 bodies found in Syria mass graves

The bodies of some 130 fighters shot execution-style or beheaded by rival extremists have been found in mass graves in northwestern Syria, a monitoring group and rebel sources said Thursday. The grim discovery comes nearly a week after clashes in

King Salman welcomes Somali president

King Salman

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi met King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace on Thursday after he arrived here on his first foreign trip since his election to the top office on Feb 8. During the meeting, the two leaders discussed aspects of

Interrogating Saddam: What he said on Kuwait and what angered him the most

CIA officer John Nixon sums up his role in Iraq during the US occupation. His first mission was to gather as much information as possible about Saddam Hussein, and then sent to Baghdad to help search for him. When the

Syria’s warring sides meet at UN talks for first time in three years

Opposing sides in the Syrian war came face-to-face in UN peace talks for the first time in three years on Thursday, to hear UN mediator Staffan de Mistura implore them to find a way out of the almost six-year-old conflict.

Grand mufti: Dialogue needed to demonstrate truth of Islam

Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al-Asheikh

The grand mufti of Saudi Arabia has stressed the need for further dialogue to show the truth of Islam and its usefulness for mankind, according to Asharq Al-Awsat. Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al-Asheikh noted that the current conditions indicate

Sheikh Mohammed orders stunt drivers to clean Dubai streets

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has ordered drivers who performed dangerous car stunts in City Walk, Dubai, last week, to clean streets in Dubai. They have to

Iraqi security forces storm Mosul airport, military base

US-backed Iraqi security forces closing in on the ISIS-held western half of Mosul stormed the city’s airport and a nearby military base on Thursday, state television said. Counter-terrorism service (CTS) troops and elite interior ministry units known as Rapid Response

Stormy cold wave to hit Riyadh, Eastern Province over the weekend

Following a week of floods and heavy rainstorm that hit parts of Saudi Arabia, a new cold windy wave and thunderstorms are expected to strike Riyadh and the Eastern Province over the weekend. Hussein Al-Qahtani, official spokesman of the Presidency

Refugee council staff detained by Houthis for distributing aid released in Yemeni

Seven people detained in a Houthi-held part of Yemen for using recycled boxes originating in Saudi Arabia to distribute aid have been released, the Norwegian Refugee Council said on Thursday. “We are greatly relieved by the release of our staff

Yemen army regains control of town north of Mokha

Sources confirmed to Al Arabiya that the Yemeni army has regained control of the town of Yakhtul north of Mokha. Furthermore, the Yemeni National Army troops also dominated the mountains east of Mokha on Wednesday at dawn, after fierce battles

UN aid convoy looted in Syria as supplies remain blocked

A convoy bringing aid to a besieged area in Syria was seized by gunmen who looted the supplies and roughed up the drivers just days before peace talks, a top UN official said Wednesday. Only three convoys have reached rebel-held

Billionaire fined and jailed in Saudi Arabia

A Saudi court of Appeals on Tuesday approved a six-year jail term and a fine of $800,000 on a billionaire for money laundering. A source said the Court of Appeals approved the sentence issued by the Penal Court a month

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