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 9, 2017

The UK and EU: Divorce by letters

Yossi Mekelberg

By : Yossi Mekelberg The moment that some wished for and others dreaded arrived last Wednesday when British Prime Minister Theresa May sent EU Council President Donald Tusk a letter triggering the beginning of the end of her country’s EU

Narratives and facts about Turkey’s referendum

Sinem Cengiz

By : Sinem Cengiz On April 16, 2017, Turks will head to the ballot box in a major referendum on replacing the current parliamentary system with an executive presidency. People will vote on 18 proposed constitutional changes. In the current

The west’s strategic mistake

Harun Yahya

By : Harun Yahya When the concept of war on terrorism was first introduced, advocates of this notion were of the opinion that this problem would be solved in no time through advanced weapons, while believing that they would bring

President Trump garners Arab, international praise for decisive action

Donald Trump

Saudi Arabia said Friday it supported the US strikes on a Syrian airbase and held the regime responsible for the attacks. In a phone call with President Trump Friday, King Salman congratulated the US president “on this courageous decision which

Uzbek man held over Swedish truck attack that killed four

Swedish police arrested a 39-year-old Uzbek man on suspicion of ramming a hijacked beer delivery truck into crowds in central Stockholm, killing four people and wounding 15 in what they called a terror crime. Police were increasingly confident they had

Basque militants ETA surrender arms in end to decades of conflict

Basque militant group ETA effectively ended an armed separatist campaign after almost half a century on Saturday, leading French authorities to the sites where it says its caches of weapons, explosives and ammunition are hidden. ETA, which killed more than

UK’s Johnson cancels Moscow visit after Syria gas attack

Britain’s foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday he had cancelled a visit to Moscow due to take place on April 10 after developments in Syria where a poison gas attack in a rebel-held area prompted the United States to

N Korea blasts US strikes on Syria, says justify nukes

North Korea has said the US missile strikes on Syria were an “intolerable act of aggression” that “proves a million times over” that strengthening its nuclear program was the right choice, state media reported Saturday. The comments were Pyongyang’s first

Explosives found in truck used in Stockholm attack as driver arrested

Police have found explosives in the truck used in the attack in Stockholm, Swedish television said on Saturday citing multiple unnamed police sources. Swedish public broadcaster SVT said that police had found a bag containing explosives. The head of the

Trump and King Salman to stay in close contact ‎on range of regional issues

US President Donald Trump and Saudi’s King Salman have said they remain committed to maintaining close contact on a range of regional and bilateral issues, according to a White House statement released Saturday. The statement follows a telephone conversation on

Chinese state media cheer Xi-Trump meeting, say confrontation not inevitable

Chinese state media on Saturday cheered the meeting between US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping as one that showed the world that confrontation between the two powers was not inevitable. The official China Daily newspaper said

Airstrike on Syrian town hit by chemical weapons kills 1

Warplanes struck a northern Syrian town Saturday where a chemical attack killed scores of people earlier this week, killing one person and wounding another as Turkey described the US missile attack on an air base as a “cosmetic intervention” unless

Somali pirates suspected of hijacking bulk carrier ship

Somali pirates are suspected of hijacking a bulk carrier ship, the head of a maritime security company said on Saturday, the latest in a string of attacks after years of calm. Graeme Gibbon-Brooks, the head of private company Dryad Maritime

ISIS militants hang dead bodies from electricity poles in war-torn Mosul

ISIS militants have killed dozens of civilians attempting to flee Mosul in recent days, hanging several dead bodies from electricity poles as Iraqi forces fight to retake the city, witnesses said. Troops are meeting fierce resistance as militants retreat into

Pakistani police say 10 militants killed in gun battle in Lahore

Pakistani police said on Saturday 10 militants from Jamaat-ur-Ahrar, a faction of the Pakistani Taliban, died in a gun battle in the eastern city of Lahore, including a key suspect behind a February blast that killed 13 people. The clash

Six militants killed in gun battle with police in Indonesia

Indonesian police say they killed six suspected militants in a gun battle Saturday that followed a failed attack in East Java. National police spokesman Martinus Sitompul said the men were cornered in a village of Tuban district after attempting a

Less than 24 hours after US strikes, Syrian jets take off from Shayrat airbase

Syrian warplanes have reportedly taken off from the air base targeted by US air strikes, less than 24 hours after it was pounded by dozens of Tomahawk missiles. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Syrian army jets had

India woos Bangladesh with defence loan, credit

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday offered $4.5 billion in concessional loans to Bangladesh, underlining surging ties between the neighbors, but a contentious water-sharing deal remained elusive. Modi also announced $500 million for defense procurement after bilateral talks in

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