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 2, 2017

What next for global jihad?

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

By : Dr. Azeem Ibrahim Global jihadism is a phenomenon that has been around in its current, recognisable form since the ‘90s, and has, by now, become a permanent feature of the world order. It all started with Al Qaeda,

Brexit will test UK-GCC special relationship

Dr. Manuel Almeida

By : Dr. Manuel Almeida A handful of historic decisions made in London have had a lasting impact in the Middle East, and the Gulf is certainly no exception. The formal British withdrawal from the Gulf, initiated in the early

Macron throws electoral net wide, meeting Sarkozy’s man in the south

Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron met hard-line southern French conservative Christian Estrosi on Saturday, a sign of how widely the favorite to win France’s presidential election is throwing his centrist electoral net. The warm encounter in Marseille with the president of the Provence-Alpes-Cote

Trump’s orders target trade abuses, import duty evasion

Donald Trump

President Donald Trump sought to push his crusade for fair trade and more manufacturing jobs back to the top of his agenda on Friday by ordering a study into the causes of US trade deficits and a clampdown on import

UK defense secretary says no future for Assad

Michael Fallon

British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said Friday that the UK does not “see a long-term future in Syria for (Syrian President Bashar) Assad.” However, the White House said that the US must accept the political reality that the future of

Trump seeks to ‘reboot’ US relationship with Egypt in Monday talks

President Donald Trump will seek to rebuild the US relationship with Egypt at a Monday meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi focused on security issues and military aid, a senior White House official said on Friday. “He wants to

Australia bolsters security checks for flights from Middle East

Australia will conduct additional security checks on passengers flying directly from Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East to prevent security threats. The new rules follow similar measures introduced by Britain and the United States, but do not include the same

Revealed: The personal finances of wealthy White House staffers

President Donald Trump on Friday released details of the personal finances of his staffers late on Friday, including his son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka, confirming that he has surrounded himself with some very affluent advisers. White House ethics officials

Saudi marine security units boast highly trained frogmen

Recent military developments have highlighted missions carried out by the Saudi Royal Navy in the sea off Yemen, particularly the operation carried out last week in which naval mines were identified and deactivated. Retired Marine Rear Adm. Dr. Shami Mohammed

Teaching hospital opens at PNU in Riyadh

Faisal bin Bandar

Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar on Thursday opened the 300-bed King Abdullah University Hospital (KAUH) on behalf of King Salman. KAUH, at Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University (PNU) in the Saudi capital, is a teaching hospital with outpatient clinics,

PM Hariri: Lebanon at ‘breaking point’ due to refugees

Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said Lebanon was close to “breaking point” due to the strains of hosting 1.5 million Syrian refugees, and he feared unrest could spiral from tensions between them and Lebanese communities. Refugees who fled the six-year-long conflict

Turkish FM: 50,000 return to areas Ankara controls in Syria

Tens of thousands of displaced Syrians and refugees have returned to an area controlled by Turkey and Turkish-backed opposition fighters in northern Syria, Turkey’s foreign minister said Saturday, and US-backed Kurdish-led fighters pressed their offensive in the north near a

ISIS uses man with special needs as suicide bomber in West Mosul

New video footage appears to show how ISIS recently used a man with special needs as a potential suicide bomber in West Mosul during an attack against Iraqi forces. Al Arabiya’s sister channel Al Hadath obtained the video which showed

Palestinian stabs three Israelis, is shot dead: police

A Palestinian from the occupied West Bank stabbed and wounded three Israelis in Jerusalem’s Old City on Saturday before being shot dead by border guards, police said. The suspect attacked two Jewish passers-by before fleeing. He later wounded a border

Egypt’s president leaves Cairo for Washington to meet Trump

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi left Cairo for Washington on Saturday where both sides will seek a renewed relationship after tensions over Sisi’s crackdown on opponents. As well as meeting President Donald Trump, Sisi will see the top officials at

Brothers recount Indian mob attacks leaving Africans fearful

The Amalawa brothers were wandering through a mall in a New Delhi suburb when the phone rang with warnings from a friend: Hurry home, mobs of Indians are attacking Africans across the area. The brothers, Nigerians who came to India

US Defense Secretary James Mattis: Iran continues to sponsor terrorism

Iran is continuing to behave as an exporter of terrorism and still sponsors militant activity, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said in London on Friday. Asked about comments Mattis made in 2012 that the three primary threats the United States

Landslide buries over 2 dozen people in central Indonesia

More than two dozen people were reported missing on Saturday after a rain-triggered landslide struck a village on Indonesia’s main island of Java. The landslide hit up to 30 houses and farmers harvesting ginger on a hillside in Banaran village

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