King Salman receives Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al-Thani

:: Saudi King Salman received in his residence in the city of Tangier in the Kingdom of Morocco, on Thursday night, Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali bin Abdullah bin Jassim More »

Iraq acknowledges abuses committed against civilians in Mosul campaign

:: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s office said on Thursday a unit of the security forces committed “abuses” against civilians during the offensive to oust ISIS insurgents from the More »

UAE Minister: Qatar must end politicization of Hajj after King Salman initiative

:: The UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar al-Gargash, said on Thursday that Qatar’s politicization of Hajj must come to an end following the initiative taken by More »

Iran reform leader Mehdi Karroubi on hunger strike over 6-year house arrest

:: Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, under house arrest for the past six years, was hospitalized Thursday after going on hunger strike a day earlier to demand a trial More »

Who is Abdullah Al Thani, descendant of ruling family which built modern Qatar?

:: Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali bin Abdullah Al Thani is the second son of the late Emir Ali bin Abdullah Al Thani, the grandson of the Emir of Qatar, More »

 

Daily Archives: March 10, 2017

Japan, a nation that survives and thrives

Turki AlDakhil

By : Turki Al-dakhil “The whole of Japan is a pure invention. There is no such country, there are no such people.” This is how Irish playwright, author and poet Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) described this marvelous country,

The Gulf states and anarchy in the Middle East

Dr. Ibrahim Al-Othaimin

By : Dr. Ibrahim Al-Othaimin Former US Secretary of State and National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger made an interesting remark in World Order: Reflections on the Character of Nations and the Course of History. The book addresses

The king of Saudi Arabia’s Asia tour

John Defterios

By : John Defterios The size of Saudi King Salman’s entourage on his tour of Asia has been stealing the show, but there are big business and political priorities that are driving this month-long journey. Those priorities

Brexit and the unthinkable – ‘Frexit’ next?

Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady

By : Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady The UK’s Brexit vote and Trump’s election triumph took many pundits by surprise. As Europe faces several national elections, more surprises can no longer be discounted, especially on a possible French

A future of partnership and innovation between the Gulf and the UK

Amir Ramzan

By : Amir Ramzan News that 2016 was the hottest year on record, and that 2015 and 2014 recorded the previous highest temperatures, is alarming for the world, but particularly for those of us who live in

Europe’s far-right parties and the future of European Muslims

Osama Al-Sharif

By : Osama Al-Sharif If polls are not to be trusted — which seems fair, especially after the polls wrongly predicted the outcome of the US presidential election and the Brexit vote last year — then the

US to host 68-nation meeting on countering ISIS

Rex Tillerson

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will host a 68-nation meeting in Washington this month to discuss the next moves by the coalition fighting ISIS, a senior Trump administration official said on Thursday. An official announcement about

France’s Macron seen on top in first round presidential vote

Emmanuel Macron

Centrist Emmanuel Macron would come out ahead of far right leader Marine Le Pen in the first round of France’s presidential election before going on to win a runoff vote against her, a Harris Interactive poll showed

Turkey’s Syria plans face setbacks as Kurds see more US support

Turkey has lost momentum in the war for northern Syria as the United States draws on Kurdish allies in the assault on ISIS-held Raqqa, but Ankara is still pressing Washington for a deal that allays its fears

Boris Johnson: Alternative to two-state solution is Israel apartheid

British foreign minister Boris Johnson has warned that the alternative to a two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an “apartheid system,” in an interview with an Israeli newspaper published Thursday. Johnson had a whistlestop 24-hour visit

Saudi Arabia, New Zealand agree to exchange political consultations

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir and his New Zealand counterpart Murray McCully on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding in Riyadh for the two countries to exchange political consultations. The ministers also discussed bilateral relations, and regional

US general says Russia deploys cruise missile, threatens NATO

Russia has deployed a land-based cruise missile that violates the “spirit and intent” of an arms control treaty and poses a threat to NATO, Vice Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Paul Selva said

Bodies and civilians trapped under rubble in Mosul streets

Iraqi forces announced on Thursday that they have liberated two neighborhoods west of Mosul. Abdul Amir Rashid Yarallah, the commander of the “We are Coming Nineveh” operations said that the counter terrorism forces have liberated al-Muallimin and

US marines deploy artillery battery to Syria

The United States has sent a Marine Corps artillery battery into Syria to help defeat ISIS militants in Raqqa, a US official said Wednesday. The official said troops from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit had deployed a

Death sentence for Egyptian who killed Coptic shopkeeper

A court in the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria sentenced a man to death after he stabbed a Coptic liquor store owner to death. During the court hearing, the defendant, Adel Aboul Nour Suleiman, admitted killing his

Suicide bomb blasts hit wedding near Iraq’s Tikrit

Iraq’s Defense Ministry says a twin suicide bombing targeting a village wedding north of Baghdad has killed at least 20 people. The ministry says two suicide bombers walked into the wedding party in al-Hajaj village, near the

UN envoy Ould Cheikh to propose new Yemen peace plan

Ismaiel Ould Cheikh.

Yemeni political sources have confirmed that UN special envoy Ismaiel Ould Cheikh is set re-open peace talks on Yemen by proposing a new peace plan. According to the sources, the plan involves four main quintessential points as

‘We need to get Iran’ out of Syria, says US envoy to UN

The United States supports the UN-led Syria peace talks, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Wednesday, saying Syria could no longer be a “safe haven for terrorists” and that it was important “we get Iran and their

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