Yemeni vice president: Iran’s dangers are a threat to our nation’s future

:: Yemeni Vice President Lt. Gen. Ali Mohsen Saleh has described Iran as a “source of danger” and said it poses a threat to Yemen’s future. The official Yemeni More »

Tunisia’s Grand Mufti ‘to appear before the judiciary on corruption charges’

:: Controversy is brewing in Tunisia after several media outlets began reporting that the judiciary is mulling charging the country’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Othman Battikh with corruption charges. Local More »

Abdullah Al-Thani hopes ‘Qatar will cooperate to facilitate Hajj pilgrims’

:: Qatar’s Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al-Thani has said he regrets the inability of pilgrims from Qatar to travel to Saudi Arabia directly from Hamad International Airport via Saudia More »

Russian jets kill more than 200 ISIS militants near Syria’s Deir al-Zor

:: Russia’s air force has destroyed a large column of ISIS fighters on their way to the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor, killing over 200 militants, Russian news agencies More »

Pentagon’s Mattis again seeks to reassure US allies

:: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis travels to the Middle East and eastern Europe next week to play the increasingly familiar role of reassuring allies that the United States is 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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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