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 16, 2017

Russia in Libya: Wasn’t that expected?

Mashari Althaydi

By : Mashari Althaydi The Russian Defense Ministry’s Tuesday statement denying media reports that special Russian forces were deployed in Libya is nothing new. Reuters published an interesting report about Russian intervention in Libya’s internal struggle between parties affiliated with

Gulf investors flock to Trump’s America

Frank Kane

By : Frank Kane The story of President Donald Trump’s two-month-old administration can be summed up in two words: Not yet. Has some damning piece of evidence of foreign entanglement come to light that would throw open the possibility of

Why India should scrap parliamentary democracy

Shashi Tharoor

By : Shashi Tharoor India’s parliamentary system, inherited from the British, is rife with ineffiencies. By the logic of Westminster, you elect a legislature to form the executive, and when the executive does not command a secure majority in the

The US withdrawal brings back Russia to Afghanistan

Huda al Husseini

By : Huda al Husseini The reason behind Russia’s return to the Afghan scene through its openness to Taliban is because it believes that the Western military presence led by the United States in that country is no longer efficient,

The significance of the Trump-Mohammed bin Salman meeting

Faisal J. Abbas

By : Faisal J. Abbas “Patience is a virtue,” according to an ancient piece of wisdom. There is no doubt that for the eight long years of Barack Obama’s presidency, Riyadh’s patience was tested to the max by an administration

After EU headscarf ruling, UK says govt should not tell women what to wear

It is not right for government to tell women what to wear, British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday, after the European Union’s top court ruled that companies may ban staff from wearing Islamic headscarves under certain conditions. The

EU ‘will not be intimidated by threats’ on Brexit: Tusk

Donald Tusk

The EU will not bow to British “threats” that it is prepared to walk away from Brexit talks without a deal, the bloc’s president, Donald Tusk, said Wednesday. “We will not be intimidated by threats and I can assure you

Consensus on strong US-Saudi strategic relationship

US President Donald J. Trump and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at their meeting at the White House on Tuesday, reaffirmed their support for a strong, broad, and enduring strategic partnership based on a shared interest and commitment

UK solider wins appeal of Taliban war crime conviction

A London court on Wednesday reduced the conviction of a British soldier found guilty of killing an injured Taliban fighter to manslaughter from murder, in a high-profile case that has divided the country. Alexander Blackman is currently in jail for

King Salman visits China, his fifth Asian destination

King Salman

King Salman arrived to China on Wednesday, his fifth destination in the historic trip to Asia. The Saudi King concluded his visit to Japan by attending the closing session of the Forum on the Business vision between Saudi Arabia and

Iraqi forces seize Iron Bridge in battle for Mosul

Iraqi government forces battling ISIS militants in Mosul on Wednesday took control of the Iron Bridge linking the eastern sector with the ISIS-held Old City, federal police said. Federal police and Interior Ministry Rapid Response units seized the bridge, a

Brazil reaffirms support to Hadi-led govt in Yemen

Brazil, the largest economy in Latin America and currently negotiating key bilateral agreements with the Kingdom, has reaffirmed its support for the legitimate government of Yemen led by President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. “The Brazilian government has very closely followed

Suicide bomber strikes Damascus justice building, killing 30

At least 25 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack at a court house in Damascus on Wednesday, state media reported, the second bomb attack in the Syrian capital in five days. The attack targeted the Palace of Justice

Turkey may cancel migrant readmission deal with EU, says foreign minister

Turkey may cancel a migrant readmission agreement with the European Union, and is also re-evaluating a $6 billion refugee deal with the bloc, foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a televised interview late Wednesday. Cavusoglu’s remarks came at a time

Next round of Syria peace talks in Astana scheduled in May

Delegations from Russia, Turkey and Iran issued a joint statement on the latest Syria talks in Astana and scheduled the next meeting in May, Kazakhstan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Akylbek Kamaldinov said on Wednesday. The next round of talks will take

Saudi-China business talks to boost trade and investment — official

Abdullah Al-Mobty

The meeting of the Saudi-China Business Council in Beijing on Thursday is expected to help boost trade and investment between the Kingdom and China, an official has said. Abdullah Al-Mobty, chairman of the council, told News Agency that the business

Libya government forces overrun Tripoli militia HQ

Forces loyal to Libya’s UN-backed unity government overran the headquarters of a rival militia on Wednesday as artillery exchanges rocked the capital for a third day, a security source said. Libya has experienced years of violence and lawlessness since the

UN envoy urges speedier Syria talks to avoid seventh year of war

Negotiations to end the war in Syria must speed up, UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura told Reuters on Wednesday, on the sixth anniversary of the start of the conflict. So far talks to end the war, which has killed

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