Abe targets N. Korea after storming to ‘super-majority’ vote win

:: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stormed to a landslide “super-majority” in snap Japanese elections, near complete projections showed Monday, with the hard-line nationalist immediately pledging to “deal firmly” with North Korea. Abe’s More »

Saudi King Salman, Tillerson discuss regional developments in Riyadh

:: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman in the Yamama Palace on Sunday and discussed recent regional developments, bilateral relations and means of cooperation between the More »

Russian president: King Salman’s visit to Moscow a great honor

:: Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Saudi King Salman’s visit to Moscow was a great honor for Russia, and described it as a “historical event” because it was the first visit More »

Yemen PM: Iranian ship seized near the coast of Socotra

:: The Yemeni government announced on Saturday that it had seized an Iranian ship carrying 19 sailors off the coast of the Socotra archipelago, east of the country. “The Iranian ship was More »

Saudi’s Al-Falih says global oil market improving, stabilizing

:: The global oil market is improving and stabilizing, Saudi Oil Minister Khalid Al-Falih said in Baghdad on Saturday. In a speech at the opening of the Baghdad International Exhibition, Al-Falih praised More »


Daily Archives: April 1, 2017

Iran and Turkey at odds over refugee crisis

Sinem Cengiz

By : Sinem Cengiz Exactly 38 years ago — on April 1, 1979 — Iran officially became an Islamic republic. The change of the system in the country — which marked the creation of the world’s first Islamic Republic —

The last WhatsApp message

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman al-Rashed Westminster attacker Khalid Masood had reportedly sent an important WhatsApp message but the British security could not decrypt it because the WhatsApp is now providing encrypted messages service. Since the terrorist was under surveillance, the security

The repercussions of misunderstanding history

Eyad Abu Shakra

By : Eyad Abu Shakra It is never a must that all those engaged in politics should hold university degrees in history. Actually, many of the world’s prominent statesmen never majored neither in history nor political science. Among those, some

UN and the question of Quran’s interpretation

Mashari Althaydi

By : Mashari Althaydi During the recent Arab summit, that was held in Jordan next to the holy land in Palestine, one of the scenes that caught everybody’s attention was the speech of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the

Scotland makes formal request to UK for independence vote

The Scottish government on Friday formally asked British Prime Minister Theresa May for a second referendum on independence, deepening a crisis sparked by the Brexit vote. “I am… writing to begin early discussions between our governments to agree an Order

Army regains territory lost in central Syria

Syria’s army and allies have regained most of the territory they lost during an assault by rebels and militants earlier this month in the country’s center, a monitor said Friday. “The regime has recaptured 75 percent of the territory it

Deposed South Korean president arrested, jailed after long saga

South Korea’s disgraced former President Park Geun-hye was arrested and jailed Friday over high-profile corruption allegations that have already ended her tumultuous four-year rule and prompted an election to find a successor. A convoy of vehicles, including a black sedan

Yemen: Houthi militia holding dozens of trucks filled with food

Houthi militia and Saleh loyalists stopped and held on to trucks filled with food items in Dhamar, as well as goods coming in from Aden’s port, in order to impose customs fees on them. Yemen’s news agency, Saba, reported from

Muslims protest with street prayer in Paris suburb

Hemmed in and closely watched by police, hundreds of Muslims have unrolled rugs and mats and prayed outdoors in the busy streets of a Paris suburb to protest the closure of their prayer hall. The show of strength on Friday

Coalition air raids strike Houthi sites on the outskirts of Sanaa

The Arab coalition launched several air strikes on Houthi militia and ousted-president Saleh loyalists on the outskirts of Sanaa. Security sources revealed that 17 raids have struck security camps and weapons’ caches affiliated with Saleh militias in suburbs south of

Arab coalition: Next goal is to retake Hudaydah

Yemen’s government welcomed the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen to set up a plan to use different ports instead of al-Hudaydah port in order to deliver humanitarian and relief aid to 17 million starving civilians in the country’s provinces.

Turkey will maintain military presence in Syria

The Turkish army said Friday it will keep a military presence in Syria despite officially ending its offensive in the country’s north against the ISIS militants. “Our activities continue for the protection of our national security, to prevent any undesirable

Prince Khaled: Makkah transport projects must keep pace with pilgrim numbers

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal said that local transport projects should keep pace with the increasing number of pilgrims. Prince Khaled recently chaired a meeting of the Makkah Region Development Authority, which was held with Rumaih Al-Rumaih, president of the

Lebanese PM urges world help to cope with refugee influx

Lebanon’s prime minister is appealing to the international community to invest in the country’s infrastructure and educational system to help alleviate the enormous burden of hosting more than a million Syrian refugees. Speaking to a group of journalists ahead of

One killed and four wounded by a suicide bomb in Iraq’s Rutbah province

News Agency correspondent reported that a suicide bomber blew up a car killing one and wounding four in Iraq’s Rutbah province, west of Anbar. Security sources revealed that the suicide bomber detonated the explosives-rigged car at an Iraqi army search

Pro-Houthi protesters attack Saudi military spokesman in London

Pro-Houthi protesters ambushed Maj. Gen. Ahmed Al-Assiri, the military spokesperson for the Saudi-led coalition to restore the legitimate UN-backed government in Yemen, as he attempted to speak at an event organized by the European Council on Foreign Relations in London

Hariri: Only way to achieve diverse Syria is to eliminate tyranny and extremism

The head of the delegation of the Supreme Commission of the Syrian opposition in the Geneva negotiations Nasr al-Hariri said that the only way to achieve a diverse Syria is by eliminating tyranny and extremism. Hariri said that they discussed

Iranian diplomat: We have no exit strategy from Syria

Mustafa Zahrani

Mustafa Zahrani, head of strategic affairs at the Institute for Political and International Studies of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, revealed that his country does not have a strategy to get out of the war in Syria. He added

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