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 28, 2017

Can General McMaster master his destiny?

Hisham Melhem

By : Hisham Melhem By appointing Lt. General H.R McMaster as his new national security advisor, President Donald Trump picked a widely respected military intellectual, and a storied military commander known for his bold initiatives on the battlefield, independent thinking,

The age of contagious chaos

Ibrahim Kalin

By : Ibrahim Kalin Is the current global disorder a symptom of a malfunction within the system or is the entire system faulty? The optimists may opt for the first answer and argue that a better and wiser implementation of

Will Jubeir end a quarter-century estrangement?

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman al-Rashed The public opinion is like a herd of sheep. It’s led and it does not lead. The rejection, anger, tension and accusations we witness today are only a result of the political mood of the moment.

Iraqi forces battling ISIS reach Mosul bridge

Iraqi forces reached one of Mosul’s five destroyed bridges on Monday as they pushed deeper into the western half of Iraq’s second largest city, driving ISIS militants back with the help of US-led airstrikes. Maj. Gen Thamir al-Hussaini said the

Trump expected to sign new refugee order on Wednesday

Donald Trump.

President Donald Trump is expected to sign a new refugee and immigration executive order on Wednesday, one day after addressing lawmakers at a joint session of Congress. That’s according to a senior administration official. Trump initially planned to sign the

Samsung delays its new phone, and showcases tablets instead

Samsung’s product showcase Sunday is notable for what’s missing: a new flagship phone. Instead, Samsung is spotlighting new Android and Windows tablets after delaying the Galaxy S8 smartphone – an indirect casualty of the unprecedented September recall of the fire-prone

‘Big Ben of the East’ to start ticking again in Aden

After decades of silence, the iconic “Aden’s Big Ben” in the Yemeni port city, will be put back into use Monday after undergoing intensive restoration works. The overhaul works were done by a team of specialized engineers, according to local

Indonesia police shoot dead suspected militant during attack

Indonesian police said they shot and killed a suspected militant in the West Java capital of Bandung on Monday after his bomb exploded in a vacant lot and he fled into a municipal building and set it alight. National police

Rafsanjani’s daughter: Mysterious cause behind my father’s death

Fatima Rafsanjani, daughter of former Iranian President and chairman of the Expediency Discernment Council, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, said that the reasons behind her father’s death are still ambiguous. On January 8, Rafsanjani died at the age of 83 after a

Saudi Arabia, Malaysia sign four MoUs during King Salman visit

Saudi Arabia and Malaysia signed four Memorandums of Understanding between them on Monday during a visit by King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud to Kuala Lumpur. The first memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed was related to the trade and investment sectors

A brave policeman foils heroically suicide attack in Algeria

A policeman managed to foil an attempted suicide attack in eastern Algeria on Sunday, opening fire on the bomber and triggering the explosives belt he was wearing, officials said. The national police force said the attacker had been approaching a

Opposition: We have evidence that confirms Syrian regime’s ties to ISIS

Colonel Fateh Hassoun, a member of the Syrian opposition, confirmed during the Geneva discussions that the delegation is in possession of visual evidence, which confirms that the Syrian regime is closely involved with ISIS. According to Hassoun, the involvement included

Iran tests new versions of the Nasir, Dehlaviyeh missiles in naval exercises

Iran’s navy has test-fired the latest versions of the Nasir and Dehlaviyeh missiles during military exercises in the Gulf, local media reported on Monday. “The latest naval cruise missile called Nasir was test-fired during Velayat 95 naval manoeuvres in the

E-authentication services of Justice Ministry privatized

Walid Al-Samaani

Justice Minister Walid Al-Samaani recently launched the privatization of the ministry’s electronic authentication services across the Kingdom. The step allows issuance of powers of attorney and legalization of company documents through offices run by the private sector throughout the week.

Russia wants Kurdish representatives in Geneva talks

Mikhail Bogdanov.

Russia hopes the Syrian opposition will form a joint delegation for the Geneva peace talks, RIA Novosti news agency reported on Monday, citing Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov. The agency also quoted Bogdanov as saying that Kurdish representatives should

Israeli forces shoot Palestinian woman at West Bank crossing

A Palestinian woman suspected of intending to attack Israeli guards at a West Bank checkpoint into Jerusalem was shot and injured by security forces Monday, police said. The 30-year-old woman allegedly walked towards the guards at the Qalandia checkpoint using

Poll: Israelis believe Gaza policies hurting security

A new poll shows that 67 percent of Israelis believe the government’s policies in the Gaza Strip have worsened security. Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, leading to the takeover of the territory by Hamas militants two years later. Israel

Saudi cultural mission in Washington hosts over 100 visitors from US universities

The Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission, an affiliate of the Kingdom’s Embassy in Washington, recently hosted a delegation of more than 100 people from a number of US universities. Dr. Mohammed Al-Eisa, the cultural attaché in Washington, said that the mission

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