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 13, 2017

Terrorism in Egypt: the cultural myth

Mohammed Nosseir

By : Mohammed Nosseir :: Many of our problems in Egypt are simply a reflection of cultural traits that stimulate our thinking process. Terrorism, the most complicated challenge in modern history, is heavily shaped by our culture. The Egyptian state

Church explosions and Brotherhood’s hesitant condemnation

Turki AlDakhil

By : Turki Aldakhil :: What a horrific scene it was. The smiling child at Alexandria’s church could not survive as a terrorist sneaked among the crowds, evaded all security checkpoints and blew himself up. Dozens of innocent people fell

Suu Kyi’s position on ethnic cleansing in Myanmar

Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi

By : Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi :: In a recent interview with the BBC, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is a Nobel Laureate, denied that there was any ethnic cleansing taking place in her country. She said: “I don’t

Toward an enlightened environmentalism

Mark Malloch Brown

By : Mark Malloch Brown :: The relationship between business, politics and the environment is about to become more complicated. As US President Donald Trump’s administration threatens to dismantle vital environmental protections, some of which have existed for decades, business

Universities are for learning, they’re not for politics and guns

Adnan Hussein

By : Adnan Hussein :: A disturbing event happened in an Iraqi university on Sunday. It could have been avoided – or rather it shouldn’t have happened to begin with. Members of the armed forces entered the campus of the

A shining example of transparency for Gulf businesses

Khalid Abdulla-Janahi

By : Khalid Abdulla-Janahi :: Some of the key contributors to our region’s collective growth are gathering at the King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) in Saudi Arabia to celebrate and help further develop the most important factors driving business. Chief

Egypt’s economy shows positive signs but big risks remain

Dr. Naser Al-Tamimi

By : Dr. Naser al-Tamimi :: Egypt has many advantages that theoretically qualify it to become one of the most important economic success stories in the Middle East. These include a strategic geographic, a significant regional influence despite its decline

Killing of key militant a success and worry for Philippines

Moammar Askali

The killing of a Muslim extremist leader on a resort island in the central Philippines this week was a clear victory for the military, but it also drove home an unsettling reality: that the militants are venturing farther from their

Tillerson: ‘Low level of trust’ between US and Russia

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday there was a “low level of trust” between Moscow and Washington after talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. “There is a low level of trust between our two countries,” Tillerson said

Lebanese president blocks expected extension of parliament’s term

Lebanese President Michel Aoun suspended a parliamentary session for a month on Wednesday, temporarily blocking proposed plans to extend parliament’s term for the third time in a row since 2013. Parliament was expected to vote on Thursday to extend its

Raging Yemen clashes leave 18 dead

Intensified confrontations between government forces and Houthi militia on Yemen’s southwestern coast have killed 18 fighters in the past 24 hours, military officials and medical sources said on Wednesday. Clashes have raged as government forces, backed by warplanes from the

Egypt reveals identity of Alexandria church suicide bomber

Mohamed Hassan Mubarak Abdullah

Egypt’s interior ministry identified suicide bomber in Alexandria church attack as 31-year-old Mohamed Hassan Mubarak Abdullah, a resident of Suez province, a statement said on Wednesday. Two bomb blasts have hit Coptic churches in Egypt on Sunday, with the latest

World’s heaviest woman sheds half her weight after treatment in India

Egyptian Eman Ahmed weighed 500 kg when she was airlifted to India in February this year, making her arguably the heaviest woman on the planet. However, after two months of treatment that included surgery and a special diet, Eman has

Stockholm attack suspect tried to join ISIS in Syria

The Uzbek national suspected of mowing down pedestrians in Stockholm last week had tried to join the ranks of the ISIS militant group in Syria, an Uzbek source told Russian agencies. The 39-year-old suspect, Rakhmat Akilov, “fell under the influence

Egypt church curtails Easter celebrations after bombings

Egypt’s Coptic Church announced on Wednesday that it would cut back Easter celebrations to a simple mass after twin bombings killed 45 worshippers last weekend. “Given the current circumstances and our solidarity with the families of the dead, we are

Afghanistan: Child Labor In Coal Mines

Shir Ahmad, 12, spends all day working in the pitch darkness of a coalmine in the Dara-e Suf district of northern Samangan province. His face black with dust, he said he spent his time loading a donkey with coal to

Pakistani gangster in military custody for leaking sensitive information to Iran

Uzair Baloch

A notorious gangster who was arrested in Pakistan last year was taken into military custody Wednesday early morning apparently for leaking sensitive information to Iran, the Pakistan Army has announced. According to a news report, Uzair Baloch has been arrested

Trio who tried to blow up US plane gets 15-year jail in Jordan

The State Security Court in Jordan on Wednesday handed over a 15-year imprisonment sentence along with hard labor to three terrorists who were convicted of plotting to carry out attacks and provide the funding for terror operations. The public hearing

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