In election victory speech, Erdogan says Turkey will advance in Syria

:: Turkey will continue to “liberate Syrian lands” so that refugees can return to Syria safely, President Tayyip Erdogan said in an election victory speech on Monday. Speaking to supporters from the More »

Iraq PM Abadi warns armed groups against stockpiling weapons

:: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi warned on Saturday he would not allow militias to stockpile arms, two weeks after a weapons depot belonging to an armed group exploded in Baghdad. At More »

UN’s Yemen envoy to present a peace plan to EU on Monday

:: The United Nations special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, is expected to present to EU foreign ministers next Monday a report on Yemen at a meeting in Luxemburg.. Official Sources confirmed More »

Turkey’s Erdogan, main rival stage final election rallies

:: President Tayyip Erdogan and his main challenger, Muharrem Ince, made a final push for support at rival rallies in Istanbul on Saturday, a day before presidential and parliamentary elections widely viewed More »

Lebanon’s Hariri signals new government near

:: Lebanon’s Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri said on Friday he was very close to forming a new government and would hold more talks with the country’s main parties. Foreign donors have said More »


Daily Archives: March 14, 2017

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to be released, lawyer confirms

Overthrown Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak will be released from detention in a military hospital, the public prosecutor ruled on Monday, his lawyers and judicial sources said. Reports suggested Mubarak will return to his private residence in Cairo’s upscale district of

Former Saudi justice minister tells EU parliament: Terrorism has no religion

Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa

The Secretary General of Muslim World League (MWL) Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa has warned of the extremist reaction against Islam as a result of Islamophobia, indicating that it will generate more sufferings and increase numbers of extremists who

Turkey formally protests minister’s treatment in Netherlands

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry on Monday summoned the Netherlands’ top diplomat to formally protest its treatment of a Turkish minister in that country over the weekend as well as what it said was “disproportionate” use of force against demonstrators in a

Saudi envoy: King’s visit to Japan has paramount importance, significance

Ahmed bin Younes Al-Barrak

King Salman’s visit to Japan is of vital importance and significance because he is highly respected and appreciated by the Japanese, Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Japan, Ahmed bin Younes Al-Barrak said. In a statement to Saudi Press Agency, Al-Barrak said

Syria rebels will not attend Astana peace talks

Syrian rebel factions will not attend a new round of negotiations with government figures in the Kazakh capital, an opposition delegation spokesman told AFP on Monday. “Rebel groups have decided not to participate in Astana,” said Osama Abu Zeid, saying

Yemeni army is approaching Sanaa, spokesman says

The spokesman of Yemen’s armed forces has announced on Sunday that they are approaching the cities of Arhab and Sanaa. According to the government-run Yemeni news agency, Abdullah Bamajalli – who is also a consultant at the General Staff of

Palestinian attacker killed by Israeli police in Jerusalem

Israeli border police shot dead a Palestinian who stabbed them at a police station in the old city of Jerusalem on Monday, police said. The attacker, armed with a knife, followed two officers in the early morning to a police

Israel last country to talk about justice, says Jordanian official

Ahmed Ben Younes Al-Barrak

Israel is the last country to talk about justice, as its hands are full of Palestinian blood, Nabil Al-Sharif, Jordan’s former minister of information, told News Agency on Sunday following Israeli reaction to the release of Ahmed Dagamseh after serving

Russia ready to resume contacts with US on Syria

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said on Monday that Moscow was ready to resume contacts with the United States on Syria, the Interfax news agency reported. “Up to this point, we’ve had no contacts with the US on a

King Salman’s Monday talks in Japan to focus on economic ties

King Salman and hundreds of business leaders from Saudi Arabia are in Japan for talks Monday mainly expected to focus on economic ties. The visit is the first by a Saudi king in 46 years, though King Salman visited more

Priceless remains lie in ruins at Mosul museum

It was once home to priceless archaeological treasures, but these days you get into Mosul museum in Iraq’s second city via a gaping hole in the basement. In the darkness lies a pile of rubble — all that remains of

US-Iranian, wife, charged over Tehran parties

A jailed US-Iranian and his wife have been formally charged with hosting parties in Tehran, while another couple were given the death penalty for running a ‘‘cult’’, the Tehran prosecutor said Monday. No names were given, but the dual national

Iraqi delegation in Riyadh for political, economic talks

Adel Al-Jubeir

An Iraqi delegation arrived in Riyadh on Sunday to discuss political and economic issues of mutual concern between the two countries, a Saudi Foreign Ministry spokesman told News Agency. The meetings were headed by the Saudi Foreign Ministry undersecretary for

Iraq forces face tough resistance in advance on Mosul’s Old City

Iraqi forces battling ISIS faced tough resistance from snipers and mortar rounds on Monday as they tried to advance on Mosul’s Old City and a bridge across the Tigris river in their campaign to retake the western part of the

US envoy: ISIS militants ‘trapped’ in Mosul after last road cut

Iraqi forces battling to retake Mosul have cut the last road out of the city, trapping ISIS militants inside, the US envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition said Sunday. ISIS “is trapped. Just last night, the 9th Iraqi army division, up

Israel denies entry to prominent British boycott activist

Israel’s ministry of strategic affairs said Monday it denied a prominent British boycott activist’s entry into the country. Revital Yakin-Karkovsky, a senior ministry official, said Hugh Lanning of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign was prohibited Sunday from entering Israel because his

S. Korea’s disgraced Park leaves Blue House, says truth prevail

Disgraced South Korean leader Park Geun-hye left the presidential Blue House on Sunday, two days after a court dismissed her over a corruption scandal, facing life as a private citizen and the possibility of jail. Park struck a defiant tone

Lindsay Lohan teases new ‘modest’ fashion line

Lindsay Lohan

It is not unusual for a celebrity to launch a fashion line but the one Lindsay Lohan is reportedly working on is a bit different. In an image on her Instagram account, Lohan posted a black-and-white portrait of herself wearing

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