Iran threatens to retaliate after Dutch expel two diplomats

:: Iran protested on Sunday against the Netherlands’ expulsion of two of its diplomats and threatened to retaliate for the “unfriendly and destructive move”. A spokesman for the Dutch intelligence service AIVD More »

Saudi Arabia says ready to pump more oil to balance market

:: Saudi Arabia has said it is ready to use its spare production capacity in order to help balance the global oil market, according to a Cabinet statement released on Tuesday. The More »

Turkey issues decree transferring powers to president

:: Turkey issued a decree on Wednesday transferring some powers to the president, in line with its move to an executive presidential system resulting from last month’s presidential and parliamentary elections. The More »

Iran’s Khamenei calls on securing ‘businesses’ amid economic protests

:: Iran’s supreme leader is urging the country’s judiciary to take measures to secure people’s “businesses and lives” amid economic protests that have struck the capital, Tehran. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said during More »

Saudi King, Crown Prince congratulate President Erdogan on re-election

:: Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday congratulated to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the occasion of his re-election for a new term. “On More »


Daily Archives: February 25, 2017

Is Russia pushing Tehran to negotiate with the GCC?

Manuel Almeida

By : Manuel Almeida Last week’s visit of Hassan Rouhani to Muscat to meet with Sultan Qaboos of Oman could seem like a fairly ordinary affair, despite being the president of Iran’s first visit to a member of the Gulf

‘Islam’ looms large in the French presidential elections

Talmiz Ahmad

By : Talmiz Ahmad On February 20, Marine Le Pen, the presidential candidate of the far-right National Front, paid a two-day visit to Lebanon. In Beirut, Le Pen had formal meetings with Lebanese political leaders, but her principal engagement was

For Palestinians, any solution is a solution

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman al-Rashed A little hope was reignited lately because US President Donald Trump decided to assign his son-in-law Jared Kushner to manage the Palestinian-Israeli struggle file. However, so far, it resembles a mirage for the thirsty. There will

The price of empire

Shashi Tharoor

By : Shashi Tharoor Indians tend not to dwell on the country’s colonial past. Whether through national strength or civilizational weakness, India has long refused to hold any grudge against Britain for 200 years of imperial enslavement, plunder and exploitation.

New York state unveils $25 mln grant to combat anti-Semitism, hate

New York state took fresh steps Thursday to combat a spike in anti-Semitism and hate crimes, promising a $25 million grant to boost security and a $5,000 reward for information leading to arrests and convictions. Governor Andrew Cuomo made the

ISIS kills 15 Iraqi security guards near the Jordanian border

Iraqi officials stated that 15 security guards were killed when ISIS militants attacked a border post near Trebil on the Jordanian border Friday. A border guard officer said ISIS launched the attack with explosives-laden vehicles and suicide bombers. Iraqi security

One question at UN Syria talks: What does Russia want?

The first UN-led Syria peace talks in almost a year are in danger of getting lost in procedure, as officials obsess about who will meet whom, but behind the scenes diplomats say it’s largely up to Russia to call the

Ankara: Nearly 50,000 Syrians have returned home

Tens of thousands of Syrians have returned home from Turkey since the start of Ankara’s military operation inside the country, Turkey’s foreign minister said Friday. “Nearly 50,000 Syrians have returned to this area from Turkey since the Euphrates Shield operation

3 dead in Gaza-Egypt smuggling tunnel

Palestinian authorities say three workers have died after inhaling toxic gas in a smuggling tunnel beneath Gaza’s border with Egypt. The Interior Ministry says the three were working to repair the tunnel a day after the Egyptian military blew it

ISIS militants surrender before Iraqi military in west Mosul

Scores of ISIS militants have surrendered to Iraqi forces, according to Iraqi security sources, as cleansing operations continue west of Mosul, following the capture of the airport in Iraq’s second largest city. Lt. General Raed Shakir Jawdat, Commander of federal

Houthi rocket kills several civilians in Marib restaurant

Several Yemeni civilians were killed and injured in Marib after a rocket fired by Houthi militias struck a restaurant near a mosque in the center of the city, local sources reported. It is still unsure the exact number of people

Suicide bomber kills five at gate of Yemen army base

A suicide bomber killed five people and wounded three on Friday when he blew up his vehicle at the gate of a Yemeni army base, security sources said. The bomber struck Najda Camp in the Abyan provincial capital of Zinjibar

UAE Armed Forces announces martyrdom of soldier in Yemen

The General Command of the UAE Armed Forces has announced the martyrdom of soldier Khalid Ali Gharib Al-Beloushi when he was on duty with the Arab Coalition’s Operation Restoring Hope in Yemen. The General Command of the UAE Armed Forces

Iraqi PM orders air force strike against ISIS inside Syria

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abbadi said on Friday (Feb 24) he had given orders to the Iraqi air force to strike ISIS in positions inside Syria in retaliation to recent bomb attacks in Baghdad. “We are determined to chase terrorism

ISIS car bomb kills more than 50 in northwest Syria

An ISIS car bomb killed more than 50 people on Friday in a Syrian village held by rebels, a war monitor said, a day after the extremist group was driven from its last stronghold in the area. The blast in

Jordanian F16 pilot survives crash in Saudi’s Najran

A Jordanian F16 fighter jet commander survived a crash that occurred on Friday in Saudi Arabia’s Najran, a military source from the Jordanian armed forces reported. The source reported that the pilot, Adnan Naim Abdulaziz Nabbas, was flying the jet

Syria government negotiator to study UN paper

The chief government negotiator at Syria peace talks in Geneva said on Friday he had received a paper from UN mediator Staffan de Mistura and would now study it, but a first meeting had covered nothing but the format of

Indian engineer shot dead by American saying ‘get out of my country’

Srinivas Kuchibhotla

A Kansas man was charged on Thursday with fatally shooting an Indian man and wounding another Indian man and an American in a bar, as federal authorities investigated the incident as a possible hate crime. Adam Purinton, 51, was charged

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