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 »


Monthly Archives: April 2017

A man’s world

Nawar Fakhry Ezzi

By : Nawar Fakhry Ezzi :: “How are the boys?” is a question that I am asked in Arabic all the time even though I am a proud mother of girls! Arabic like many other languages is a “gendered” language

Another part of the story: Turkish diaspora and politics

Sinem Cengiz

By : Sinem Cengiz :: As we all still speak about the results of Turkey’s April 16 constitutional referendum to replace the country’s parliamentary system with a presidential model that ended with a victory for the “yes” camp, let us

Not being convinced means voting no confidence for the electoral commission

Adnan Hussein

By : Adnan Hussein :: The secret voting might have blemished the credibility of Iraq’s High Electoral Commission during the parliamentary meeting that was held several days ago. The council decided that it was not convinced by the Commission’s answers

Russia’s neo-feudal capitalism

Anders Aslund

By : Anders Aslund :: Vladimir Putin’s Russia is looking more and more like the sclerotic and stagnant Soviet Union of the Leonid Brezhnev era. But in one area, Putin’s regime remains an innovator: Corruption. Indeed, in this, the 18th

Erdogan: Turkey and US can turn Raqa into ‘graveyard’ for ISIS

Turkey and the United States can join forces to turn ISIS’s defacto capital of Raqa in Syria into a “graveyard” for the militants, the Turkish president said on Saturday. “The huge America, the coalition and Turkey can join hands and

France’s Le Pen says would appoint Dupont-Aignan prime minister

French far-right presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen said on Saturday she would appoint defeated first-round candidate Nicolas Dupont-Aignan as her prime minister if she was to be elected on May 7. Right-winger Dupont-Aignan, who scored 4.7 percent of votes in

Merkel says she has ‘good relationship’ with Trump despite frosty start

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday that she and President Donald Trump have built a “good working relationship” even though the two had frosty exchanges last year that raised fears of damage to the pivotal US-German partnership. “President Trump

Three charged over 2015 Paris attacks

Three people have been charged with supplying arms to militants who staged deadly attacks in 2015 on a Jewish supermarket in Paris and the Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly, a judicial source said. Those charged this week include Samir L., believed

Saudi embassy plotter made campaign manager in Iran’s presidential elections

Kerd Meehan

Several news outlets in Iran are reporting that the main instigator behind the attacks on Saudi Arabia’s embassy and consulate in Iran on January 2016 has been named as a campaign manager for one of the presidential election candidates. Eshaq

4,000 Saudi doctors to be trained annually under NTP 2020

Some 4,000 Saudi doctors will be trained annually in accordance with the latest medical advances, as part of a new program by the Health Ministry under the National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020. The program will develop the skills of health

Polisario Front withdraws from buffer zone in Western Sahara

The Polisario Front independence movement has pulled back fighters from a buffer zone in Western Sahara, in a move seen as a boost to efforts to re-start talks on ending the conflict, the United Nations said Friday. “This action should

Lavrov says Russia ready to cooperate with US on Syria

Moscow is ready to cooperate with the United States on settling the Syrian crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday, Russian news agencies reported. Russian authorities reiterate periodically that they stand ready to renew cooperation with Washington on

Govt plans to improve Haj, Umrah system, facilities

Bakri bin Maatouq Assas

The Saudi government, and all related authorities and institutes, especially the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Institute for Haj and Umrah Research Center, are keen to improve and develop the Haj and Umrah system and facilities. “The government and

North Korea test-fires ballistic missile in defiance of world pressure

North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday, the South Korean and US militaries said, defying warnings from the United States and the reclusive state’s main ally, China, which have tried for years to rein in its arms programs. The

Saudi Arabia sending aid to all of Yemen including Houthi areas: Official

Abdullah Al-Rabeeah

Saudi Arabia is distributing life-saving assistance throughout Yemen, including areas held by Iran-allied Houthi rebels, sometimes by donkey or camel, a top Saudi aid official said Thursday. “Our programs have been reaching all regions of Yemen, I want to emphasize

Security tight as Pope Francis celebrates open-air mass in Cairo

Pope Francis celebrated a Mass in Cairo on Saturday, the last day of a brief visit during which he urged Muslim leaders to unite against religious violence as Islamic militants threaten to rid the Middle East of its ancient Christian

Austria calls for new EU relationship with Turkey

Christian Kern

Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern says Turkey should not be allowed to join the European Union, with membership talks between the EU and Ankara at a standstill. Kern told reporters in Brussels Saturday that “we have to bring our relations to

Coalition air strikes kill Saleh forces, Houthi militias in Yemen

Two field commanders and at least eight members belonging to militias loyal to former Yemeni leader Ali Abdullah Saleh were killed in raids north of the Khaled bin al-Waleed military camp at al-Mukha northwest of Taiz. According to sources of

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