Barzani: Referendum first step for Kurds to express their will

:: Iraqi Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has held a press conference in Erbil and told reporters that the scheduled referendum on independence on Monday would go ahead as planned. “We ask More »

Bangladesh says reports about plot to kill PM are ‘baseless’

:: The office of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikha Hasina on Sunday denied as “completely baseless” some media reports of a plot by her bodyguards to kill her last month. However a senior More »

Trump: ‘Not much’ of a nuclear deal after Iran tests missile

:: Iran’s test launch of new medium-range missile calls into question a landmark nuclear deal with the United States and other world powers, President Donald Trump said Saturday, while also accusing the More »

North Korea says Trump insult ensures attack on US mainland

:: North Korea’s foreign minister told world leaders Saturday that US President Donald Trump’s insult calling leader Kim Jong Un “rocket man” makes “our rocket’s visit to the entire US mainland inevitable More »

Saudi FM: We demand Qatar abide by Riyadh agreement promises

:: Speaking at the United Nations 72nd General Assembly in New York, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister reiterated the Anti-Terror Quartet’s demands that Qatar abide by the Riyadh agreements it had made, including More »

 

Daily Archives: March 22, 2017

Prospects of political transition in Yemen

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman al-Rashed The Arab coalition has recently heightened the intensity of its operations in Yemen and this signifies that the war there has greatly shifted in their favor. Coordination between the coalition forces, led by Saudi Arabia, and

Strength of the Arab world lies in its mothers

Yara al-Wazir

By : Yara al-Wazir The strength of women in the Middle East cannot be directly measured using international indices and metrics. It can be exemplified in the strength of the mothers in the region who have pulled through despite the

Out of time in North Korea

Richard N. Haass

By : Richard N. Haass There is a growing consensus that the first genuine crisis of Donald Trump’s presidency could involve North Korea and, more specifically, its ability to place a nuclear warhead on one or more ballistic missiles possessing

On those angry at the Trump-Mohammed bin Salman meeting

Turki AlDakhil

By : Turki Aldakhil United States was the destination for Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s this time around. This was a first meeting of historic proportions between an Arab Muslim leader and US President Donald Trump. As a

What is in the offing for Daesh in Syria?

Yasar Yakis

By : Yasar Yakis There is light at the end of the tunnel in the fight against Daesh in Syria and Iraq, but it is not clear how soon the end of the tunnel will be reached. Russian, Iranian and

Trump daughter Ivanka to get West Wing office

Ivanka Trump

President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, is getting an office in the White House West Wing, stepping up her highly visible role in helping advise her father. A White House official on Monday confirmed reports that Trump’s 35-year-old daughter would

French candidate Macron seen winning TV debate with Le Pen

Centrist Emmanuel Macron solidified his status as frontrunner in France’s presidential election on Monday in a televised debate during which he clashed on immigration and Europe with his main rival, far-right leader Marine Le Pen. A snap opinion poll showed

CCTV footage shows moment Orly Airport attacker grabs soldier’s gun

Footage has emerged of the moment a man was shot dead on Saturday by French police after seizing a soldier’s gun at Paris Orly airport in France. The recording, which was made available on Monday, shows 39-year-old Ziyed Ben Belgacem

IRA fighter turned peacemaker McGuinness dies

Martin McGuinness

Northern Ireland’s former deputy first minister and one-time Irish Republican Army commander Martin McGuinness has died aged 66, his Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein said on Tuesday. McGuinness played a central behind-the-scenes role in negotiating a peace deal in 1998

US, UK ban laptops, tablets from cabins on flights from Middle East

US authorities are planning to ban passengers traveling on certain US-bound foreign airline flights from carrying into the cabin larger electronic devices in response to an unspecified terrorist threat, US officials told Reuters on Monday. The new rule is expected

Scottish lawmakers debate new independence referendum

Scottish lawmakers on Tuesday begin a two-day debate on First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s call for an independence referendum — a major headache for Prime Minister Theresa May as she prepares to launch Brexit. The Scottish parliament is expected to vote

UN says all Syrian sides confirm to attend peace talks

Syrian government and rebel delegations have confirmed their attendance at peace talks set to resume in Geneva this week, the United Nations said on Tuesday, despite renewed fighting around Damascus. “All invitees who had already attended the previous round of

UN rejects coalition call to supervise Yemen port

The United Nations on Monday rejected a call by the Arab coalition for the key port of Hudaydah to be placed under its supervision. The coalition made the appeal following an attack on a boat carrying Somali refugees off the

Turkey arrests 3 Lebanese-German citizens with ‘links’ to Berlin attacker

Turkey arrested three German citizens of Lebanese origins, suspected of having links to the slain perpetrator of an ISIS attack on a Christmas market in Berlin last year, the Interior Ministry said on Monday. Police detained the three men identified

Somalia’s new president names 26-minister cabinet

Somalia’s new president named a 26-strong cabinet on Tuesday, including a former foreign affairs chief as finance minister and a BBC journalist as the country’s top diplomat. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed — better known by his nickname, Farmajo — was

King Salman lauds Asian leaders’ keenness to bolster bilateral relations

King Salman has briefed the Cabinet on the outcome of his visit to a number of Asian countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Japan and China. Presiding over the Cabinet session Monday at Yamamah Palace, King Salman appreciated the keenness expressed

Car bomb near presidential palace kills four in Somali capital

At least four people were killed on Tuesday when a car bomb exploded at a checkpoint less than a kilometre away from the presidential compound in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, police said. Security officials at the scene told Reuters the checkpoint

Makkah governor pledges $20 million to protect endangered heritage sites

Prince Khaled Al-Faisal

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, the head of the Saudi delegation to donors to the International Fund for Protecting Endangered Cultural Heritage, announced that the Kingdom has donated $20 million to the fund. The fund was established to help preserve

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