Gargash: Doha seeking the satisfaction of Washington, Iran

:: UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Friday that Doha’s opportunism is out in the open, and that Qatar is floundering in its own contradictions, appealing to More »

Russia’s Putin: Trump’s foes have blocked his agenda

:: President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia remains open to cooperation with Washington even though President Donald Trump’s political foes in the US have tried to prevent him from fulfilling More »

Baghdad court issues arrest warrant for Iraqi Kurd VP

:: A Baghdad court on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for the vice president of Iraqi Kurdistan on charges of “provocation” against Iraq’s armed forces, the judiciary said. Kosrat Rasul had referred More »

Tillerson off to Middle East, South Asia with eye on Iran, Iraq

:: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson heads to the Middle East, South Asia and Europe this week on a diplomatic mission focused on conflicts in Iraq and Syria and blunting Iranian More »

King Salman makes telephone call to Iraqi PM Abadi

:: King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud made a telephone call to Prime Minister Dr. Haydar Al-Abadi of Iraq today. According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), during the telephone conversation, they reviewed More »

 

Daily Archives: March 6, 2017

Season of US-Russia deals, from Syria to Ukraine

Raghida Dergham

By : Raghida Dergham The prospect for US-Russia understandings remains open, despite the decrease in momentum recently due to resurgent distrust. A survey of views encountered at the Valdai Club in Moscow this week suggest that trade-offs are still possible

The Iraqi parliament does not deserve this

Adnan Hussein

By : Adnan Hussein The new fierce attack – as Iraqi parliament speaker Salim al-Jabbouri put it – against the parliament was launched by patriotic media figures and social media activists. It was particularly launched by the civilians in the

What next for Democrats?

Amir Taheri

By : Amir Taheri “What next for Democrats in the US?” This was the question put by a small group of journalists at a private dinner to a Democratic Party grandee during a recent event in London. Insisting on Chatham

Mubarak’s innocence through the eyes of history

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman Al-Rashed After the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia in 1917, Tsar Nicholas II was arrested and accused of several charges. In the following year, he was executed along with his family, after a quick trial for treason, killings

France’s Fillon makes no promises to stay as party fights for electoral survival

Francois Fillon

Embattled French presidential candidate Francois Fillon delivered a defiant speech to thousands of supporters in central Paris on Sunday, but made no pledge to fight on as pressure from his conservative party mounted on him to step aside. Once the

US lawmaker asks Muslims: ‘Do you beat your wife?’

An American lawmaker known for anti-Islam remarks is requiring Muslims to answer several written questions — including, “Do you beat your wife?” — before agreeing to meet with them. The office of Rep. John Bennett, a Republican from the state

Mystery over revised travel ban Donald Trump expected to sign

President Donald Trump is expected to sign a revised travel ban on Monday, but it is unclear what changes he plans to make. This comes just over a month after his original decree sowed controversy across the United States and

Sessions pledges to enforce civil rights laws: NAACP headline

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been on the job less than a month but has already made some civil rights groups nervous by indicating the Justice Department will likely soften its focus on protecting voter rights and monitoring troubled police

France’s Fillon battles to keep campaign afloat

French conservative candidate Francois Fillon battled to keep his presidential bid afloat on Saturday by unveiling his policy platform in the eye of a storm over a fake-jobs scandal. Marking his 63rd birthday, Fillon is trying to turn the page

Has Pakistan’s Karachi turned into a deadly ‘rubbish bin?’

Neighbours forced their way into Mohammad Umair’s home battling smoke and flames in a desperate bid to rescue his young family — he and his wife survived, their children did not. The fire began in a heap of garbage which

Suspected Al Qaeda militants kill 6 Yemeni troops, civilian

Suspected Al Qaeda militants opened fired on a Yemeni military checkpoint in the southern province of Abyan on Sunday, a security official and residents said, killing six troops and a civilian. The attack comes after the United States launched several

66,000 displaced in recent north Syria fighting

A total of 66,000 people have been displaced by fighting along two fronts in Syria’s fractured north, the United Nation’s humanitarian coordination agency (OCHA) said Sunday. “This includes nearly 40,000 people from Al-Bab city and nearby Taduf town, as well

Iranian Sunni bloc angered by MP who ‘insulted’ Prophet Mohammed’s companions

The Ahlus Sunnah Iranian parliamentary bloc has demanded an investigation into MP Javad Karimi Ghoddousi’s alleged insults of the companions of Prophet Mohammed. In a letter the bloc submitted to Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani on Saturday, the bloc voiced anger

King’s Brunei visit will boost ties: Ambassador

The Saudi ambassador to Brunei, Hisham bin Abdul Aziz, said the visit of King Salman will strengthen bilateral relations, particularly due to the Kingdom’s religious, political and economic importance. Saudi Arabia’s solid relations with the countries of the world help

Cousin of ISIS leader Baghdadi arrested in Iraq’s Mosul

Iraqi security forces arrested a man who is believed to be the cousin of the self-proclaimed caliph of ISIS Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Mosul, Iraqi news outlets reported. According to Iraqi media reports, Baghdadi’s cousin – who was not named

Jail term of son of Iran’s dissident cleric suspended

Ayatollah Montazeri

The jailed son of Ayatollah Montazeri, one-time heir to Iran’s former supreme leader Ayatollah Khomeini, has been granted a conditional release, a news agency linked to the judiciary said Saturday. The Saturday report said the six-year prison term of Ahmad

Saudi Arabia’s Watan 87 ‘a vital military drill to eliminate terror cells’

Maj. Gen. Saad bin Hassan Al-Jabari, commander of security forces’ installations, said that the joint tactical training exercise Watan 87 has received support from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif. He said the joint exercise is important in

Syrian military plunges near Turkish border

A video released by Syrian rebel group Ahrar al-Sham purports to show a Syrian military plane crashing in Turkey on Saturday near the country’s border with Syria. The plane crashed in the Turkish province of Hatay, the Turkish state-run news

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