Tens of thousands rally in Indonesia in support of Palestine

:: Tens of thousands of Indonesians protested Sunday against the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the latest show of support for the Palestinians in the country with the world’s More »

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 »


Daily Archives: April 7, 2017

Time to end Assad’s WMD

Oubai Shahbandar

By : Oubai Shahbandar A new mass chemical weapons attack in Syria seems to have been launched against civilians on Tuesday morning, according to initial reports from medical workers and first-responders. In a scene eerily reminiscent of the regime’s sarin

Is it now Trump’s turn to bring misery to Syrians?

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

By : Dr. Azeem Ibrahim I have written extensively (such as this article) about the fact that the Obama administration could and should have ended the civil war by intervening in Syria to enforce their own chemical weapons “red line”.

Storm clouds over Korea

Joschka Fischer

By : Joschka Fischer Decades after the end of the Korean War and the partition of Korea, the conflict on the Korean Peninsula remains one of the most dangerous and intractable problems of our time. And today it is more

Trump’s regional priorities

Osama Al-Sharif

By : Osama Al-Sharif One day after Arab leaders, gathered in Jordan, recommitted themselves to the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative and to a comprehensive political deal between Israel and the Palestinians, while rejecting Israel’s unilateral actions in East Jerusalem and

The attack on Khan Sheikhun changes everything

Maria Dubovikova

By : Maria Dubovikova Syria, which had just seemed to have a real chance at stabilization and the start of a political process, is once again on the brink of catastrophe. The chemical attack on the town of Khan Sheikhun,

Arab interior ministers meet in Tunis to discuss security

Arab interior ministers on Wednesday met for their 34th session in Tunis, Tunisia, under the patronage of President Beji Caid Essebsi. The Saudi delegation was led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, honorary president of the Council of Arab Interior

Two suspected ISIS members arrested in Philippines

Philippine authorities said on Thursday they had foiled a possible terror attack after arresting a Kuwaiti man and his Syrian wife, both alleged members of ISIS. Police nabbed Husayn Al-Dhafiri and Rahaf Zina at an upscale district of Manila following

Tillerson, Mexico foreign minister meet in Washington

Rex Tillerson

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met in Washington on Wednesday with his Mexican counterpart for wide-ranging talks on regional and bilateral economic and security issues, the State Department said. The agenda for the top US diplomat’s meeting with Mexico’s

Responding to Idlib attack, Trump considering military action in Syria

Donald Trump

CNN quoted US sources reported that US President Donald Trump told members of Congress that he was thinking of military action against Syria. Earlier, the US has not excluded a military response to a poison gas attack that killed scores

UN urges 72-hour ceasefire to allow aid to Syria’s eastern Ghouta

The UN called Thursday for an urgent ceasefire in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta region, near Damascus, to allow in desperately needed aid and avoid a repeat of the devastation seen in Aleppo. “We need a 72-hour pause for Eastern Ghouta, and

Two Iraqi pilots killed when helicopter shot down over Mosul by ISIS

Two Iraqi army pilots were killed on Thursday when their helicopter was shot down over the city of Mosul by ISIS, according to a military statement. The helicopter was providing air support to Federal Police forces battling ISIS fighters on

Merkel, Trump talk over concerns over Afghanistan, Ukraine

Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel’s spokesman says the German chancellor has talked with US President Donald Trump, exchanging thoughts on the current situation in Afghanistan and in eastern Ukraine. Steffen Seibert said in a statement Thursday that the two leaders had talked by

Turkey says tests on Syria attack victims point to possible sarin exposure

Initial results of tests on victims of an attack which killed dozens of people in Syria’s Idlib province point to possible exposure to sarin gas, Turkey’s health ministry said on Thursday. It said 31 people hurt in Tuesday’s attack were

Somalia leader declares country a war zone, replaces chiefs

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed

Somalia’s new president on Thursday declared the country a war zone and replaced its military and intelligence chiefs while instructing the army to prepare a new offensive against Al-Shabab extremists. The shakeup is an attempt to improve the worsening security

Loud explosion heard in residential building in Russia’s St. Petersburg

A loud explosion has been heard from a residential building in Russia’s St. Petersburg close to the site where explosives were found earlier, witnesses told local media. No one was hurt during the explosion, RIA news agency reported citing emergencies

Korea to cooperate on Vision 2030, bolster industrial ties with Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia and South Korea agreed to work closely on joint industrial projects including Vision 2030 that aims to make the Kingdom a pioneering global model of excellence. To strengthen the bilateral ties South Korean Minister of Trade, Industry and

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi says no ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said ethnic cleansing was too strong a term to describe what was happening in the Muslim-majority Rakhine region, the BBC reported on Wednesday. “I don’t think there is ethnic cleaning going on,” Suu Kyi

China cancels Australian lawmakers’ trip as tensions deepen

China canceled a visit by Australian lawmakers to meet law enforcement officials in what some say is punishment for Australian interference in Chinese internal affairs in a period of deepening diplomatic tensions. Craig Kelly, chairman of the Parliamentary Joint Committee

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