Staffan de Mistura urges Putin to press for Syria elections

:: The United Nations peace envoy for Syria called Wednesday on Russian President Vladimir Putin to “have the courage” to convince his ally in Damascus to hold new elections in the war-ravaged More »

US envoy Nikki Haley to present ‘irrefutable evidence’ on Iran

:: US Ambassador Nikki Haley will present “irrefutable evidence” that Iran has tried to cover up violations of international obligations, the US mission said Wednesday. Haley will hold a press conference in More »

Saudi Arabia pledges 100 million Euros to fight extremism in Africa

:: Saudi Arabia announced support in the amount of 100 million Euros for the launch of a new joint force to combat terrorism in the Sahel countries. Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign More »

King Salman orders $19 billion stimulus for Saudi Arabia’s private sector

:: King Salman on Thursday issued a decree allocating 72 billion Saudi riyals of stimulus funds to support the Saudi private sector. The package aims to boost the role of the private More »

Mahmoud Abbas: Trump’s ‘crime’ over Jerusalem prevents US peace role

:: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Muslim leaders on Wednesday that a US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was a crime, which showed that Washington should no longer play a More »


Daily Archives: March 13, 2017

Significant escalation in Trump’s war with media on cards

Ahmad al-Farraj

By : Ahmad al-Farraj President Trump suffered greatly from the biased US media. It is the same media that significantly contributed to his rise as a star because the media outlets were not expecting to be helping him on the

Iran and Israel’s conflict in Syria

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman al-Rashed Due to the weakness of the Syrian forces, a number of regional and international powers have warned against sealing a peace deal in Syria that parties who support the regime and Iran, can benefit from. This

Europe could be missing an opportunity in its Iran policy

Dr. Manuel Almeida

By : Dr. Manuel Almeida The gap between the new US administration and Europe in their respective approaches to Iran is only growing wider, as events this week illustrate. Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, on Wednesday confirmed

The mispriced risk of infectious diseases

Dambisa Moyo

By : Dambisa Moyo Global business leaders and investors are largely transfixed by two kinds of risk: Macroeconomic and geopolitical. In the near term, this means a focus on the US Federal Reserve’s impending rate hikes and the upcoming elections

Saudi Arabia and Japan: Toward a sustainable partnership

Dr. Naser Al-Tamimi

By : Dr. Naser Al-Tamimi In a move that reflects the growing importance of the Kingdom’s relationship with Japan, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman is visiting the East Asian country this week. Saudi Arabia is Japan’s top oil supplier and a

Gulf Arabs, poetry and prose

Turki AlDakhil

By : Turki Aldakhil Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan had recently taken part in the children’s television show Sesame Street and read out a story to kids. The minister said he participated following an invitation from

Trump’s White House planning meeting with Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince

Prince Mohammed bin Salman

The current United States administration is planning a meeting this coming week with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, CBS News has learned. The visit comes as the United States expands its military mission against al-Qaeda in the Arabian

Dutch PM defends expulsion of ‘undesirable’ Turkish minister

Mark Rutte

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte Sunday stood by his government’s decision to expel a Turkish minister, saying she had been an “undesirable” visitor to The Netherlands. “What happened yesterday is totally unacceptable,” Rutte told the public NOS broadcaster, after Turkey’s

Trump hails secret service’s ‘fantastic job’ over intruder arrest

Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump on Saturday praised the Secret Service for a “fantastic job” following their late-night arrest of an intruder who breached the White House grounds while the president was there. After scaling a perimeter fence at the Washington

King Salman arrives in Japan

King Salman arrives in Japan

King Salman arrived in Japan on Sunday in the fourth leg of a seven-nation tour that started on February 26. The King was received at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo by Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan, Saudi Ambassador to Japan

Trump tried to call prosecutor before firing

Preet Bharara

US President Donald Trump reached out through a secretary to Manhattan’s top prosecutor two days before he was fired by the Justice Department, but the two men never spoke. Attorney Preet Bharara reported the call to the Justice Department and

German MPs reject declaring N. African states ‘safe’

Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel suffered a setback when the Parliament rejected a proposal to declare three North African states “safe countries of origin” in refugee law. The proposed designation for Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco aimed to make it easier for

Turkey promises harsh retaliation after Netherlands bars ministers

Turkey told the Netherlands on Sunday that it would retaliate in the “harshest ways” after Turkish ministers were barred from speaking in Rotterdam, as a row over Ankara’s political campaigning among Turkish immigrants escalated. President Tayyip Erdogan said “Nazism is

California gives green light to self-driving car tests

The US state of California is easing its rules for autonomous car testing, by allowing testing of vehicles in which there is no human driver. The new rules have yet to be submitted for public consultation, with a final version

Jabhat Fateh al-Sham claims responsibility for deadly Damascus bombings

Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham Front on Sunday said in a statement it was behind twin bombings targeting Shiite pilgrims in the center of Damascus that killed 74 people. “On Saturday… a twin attack was carried out by two

Iraqi general says 30% of west Mosul recaptured from ISIS

Iraqi forces have retaken around 30 percent of west Mosul from ISIS, a commander of the elite Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) said on Sunday, as soldiers pushed into more districts. Federal police and Rapid Response units said they had entered

43 American tank transporters, vehicles arrive to Manbij outskirts

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that 43 American tank transporters and vehicles arrived to the outskirts of Syria’s Manbij to aid in a battle against ISIS. This military support will aid Syria’s Democratic Forces, which are backed by

Pakistan says Iran has fired nine mortar rounds into its territory

Nine mortar shells were fired onto Pakistani territory during the early hours of Saturday, Pakistan’s Express Tribune reported. The shells landed near populated areas, however, there were no reports of injuries or fatalities reported. According to Assistant Commissioner Mehrullah Badini,

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