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: April 4, 2017

Turkey-Russia relations put to test in Syria

Yasar Yakis

By : Yasar Yakis After the turbulence that Turkish-Russian relations went through due to Turkey downing a Russian jet fighter in November 2015, they may now face a new challenge, again because of Syria. Turkey has legitimate worries about the

Russia is no stranger to terrorism

Maria Dubovikova

By : Maria Dubovikova Russia knows all too well what it means to be targeted by terrorists. Terrorist groups have targeted Moscow on several occasions, and those attacks have left a traumatized people. Among the past targets of terrorists in

Iran and ‘opposite orientalism’

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

By : Dr. Majid Rafizadeh Orientalism, which emerged in the late 1970s in Western academia, is defined as the Western sense of superiority over the East. This includes stereotyping, patronization and distortion regarding the Middle East. The concept in turn

The end of poverty in China?

Hannah Ryder

By : Hannah Ryder One of the most cited statistics about China may well be the number of Chinese who have been lifted out of poverty over the last 35 years. At over 800 million, it is a huge number

Trump turns up the heat on global warming

Yossi Mekelberg

By : Yossi Mekelberg After taking a short break from signing controversial executive orders, US President Donald Trump was at it again, instructing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to roll back his predecessor’s Clean Power Plan. In his obsessive drive

Trump welcomes Sisi in landmark visit, praises ‘fantastic job’ in Egypt

US President Donald Trump on Monday welcomed Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to the White House, the first such visit from an Egyptian president in almost a decade. “I just want to let everybody know that we are very much behind President

First videos reveal immediate aftermath of St. Petersburg blasts

At least 10 people have been killed and 50 others injured after a blasts rocked a metro station in St. Petersburg, Russia. Footage of the initial panic in the aftermath of the bombing, which occurred between Sennaya and Technology Institute

Houthi leader proposes prisoner swap deal

Houthi leader Abdul Malik al-Houthi proposed a deal to swap prisoners with the legitimate government which – through its envoy – requested the United Nations pressure the rebels to release those detained and ignore Houthi’s statements, Al-Arabiya television channel reported.

Saudi visit by British PM ‘to boost economic ties’

The visit to Saudi Arabia by the British prime minister is set to boost economic ties, and the UK is keen to participate in the Kingdom’s ambitious reform plans, an expert has said. Sheikh Nasser Al-Mutawa Al-Otaibi, co-chairman of the

Families in flood-hit Colombian city search for children as death toll rises

Jose Albeiro Vargas last saw his grandson the night a fierce rain came and unleashed havoc on this small city surrounded by rivers and mountains in southern Colombia. From what the store owner has been able to gather, the torrents

Riyadh governor lays foundation for 911 Unified Security Operations Center

Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar on Sunday laid the foundation for the headquarters of the 911 Unified Security Operations Center in Riyadh. The center will consolidate emergency call-taking services into one physical location by utilizing a single emergency number

Seven aid workers released in Yemen

Five staff members of the International Medical Corps and two contracted drivers were safely released Sunday, the aid organisation said, a day after announcing their detention by Yemen’s Houthi militia. The seven — all “locally hired” — had been at

Saudi Arabia provides $584.4 million relief assistance to Yemenis

The King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid has provided relief assistance worth $584.4 million to aid Yemeni citizens, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA). Headed by Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, the center has been developing partnerships with international

Britain’s Theresa May begins Jordan, Saudi Arabia trip focused on security, trade

British Prime Minister Theresa May landed in Amman on Monday for a three-day trip to Jordan and Saudi Arabia focused on security and post-Brexit trade efforts. In Jordan, May is expected to announce that British military trainers will be sent

Houthi leader reveals mass exodus of militants near Lahij

A Houthi leader from to the northern province of Omran surrendered to Poplar Resistance and Yemen’s army forces in the Karash front north of Lahj province and revealed that masses of militias have abandoned the fight. Colonel Abdulhakim al-Shuaibi, head

Doha meeting pledges more than $260 mln in Syrian aid

More than $260 million has been pledged in humanitarian aid for Syria following a meeting in Doha on Sunday involving the United Nations and 25 non-governmental organizations from across the region. Qatari state media said the total number of pledges

Record 143,000 visitors in four days at heritage festival

More than 143,000 people visited the Jeddah Heritage Festival in Balad through late Saturday since starting March 29. The Saudi Tourism Information and Research Center MAS recorded 130,582 visitors through Friday night, then an additional 13,000 on Saturday. Abdullah Saeed

After his release: What future awaits Libya’s Saif al-Islam Gaddafi?

After more than five years in prison, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi resurfaced as a free man – his name back in the limelight, especially among supporters of his father, Muammar Gaddafi, who began mobilization efforts to bring the heir to the

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