King Salman receives Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al-Thani

:: Saudi King Salman received in his residence in the city of Tangier in the Kingdom of Morocco, on Thursday night, Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali bin Abdullah bin Jassim More »

Iraq acknowledges abuses committed against civilians in Mosul campaign

:: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s office said on Thursday a unit of the security forces committed “abuses” against civilians during the offensive to oust ISIS insurgents from the More »

UAE Minister: Qatar must end politicization of Hajj after King Salman initiative

:: The UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar al-Gargash, said on Thursday that Qatar’s politicization of Hajj must come to an end following the initiative taken by More »

Iran reform leader Mehdi Karroubi on hunger strike over 6-year house arrest

:: Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, under house arrest for the past six years, was hospitalized Thursday after going on hunger strike a day earlier to demand a trial More »

Who is Abdullah Al Thani, descendant of ruling family which built modern Qatar?

:: Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali bin Abdullah Al Thani is the second son of the late Emir Ali bin Abdullah Al Thani, the grandson of the Emir of Qatar, More »


Daily Archives: April 17, 2017

Unpredictable Trump unsettles China as North Korea policy wobbles

Joanna Chiu

By : Joanna Chiu :: From Twitter threats to Tomahawk missiles, US President Donald Trump’s unorthodox and seemingly impulsive approach to foreign policy has unsettled China, piling new pressure on its hands-off North Korea policy. As tensions

Contours of a Russian-American ‘deal’ on Syria

Raghida Dergham

By : Raghida Dergham :: The bargaining for a potential Russian-American deal on Syria has started. It is without a putative “grand bargain” that would take into account Ukraine and Western sanctions on Russia, which remain a

The road to Raqqa passes through Damascus

Baria Alamuddin

By : Baria Alamuddin :: Many Western observers have been seduced into the false narrative that we face two incompatible options in Syria: Either we combat the regime of President Bashar Assad, or we wage a full-blooded

US power is back

Dr. Amal Mudallali

By : Dr. Amal Mudallali :: Washington feels good about the week before 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency. It “reset” its entire foreign policy and reasserted US leadership in the Middle East and the world, to

Arab Coalition’s priority in Yemen is to protect civilians: Asiri

The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen considered sending in thousands of troops, but decided against this approach to minimize casualties, coalition spokesman General Ahmed Asiri told Al Arabiya News’ general manager Turki Aldakhil in a special interview aired

Fireworks in Istanbul as ‘Yes’ side seems to claim victory

With 97 percent of the ballots counted in Turkey’s historic referendum, those who back constitutional changes greatly expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers had a narrow lead Sunday night, the official Anadolu news agency said. The results

Pope decries ‘vile’ attack on Syrians in Easter address

On Christianity’s most joyful day, Pope Francis lamented the horrors generated by war and hatred, delivering an Easter Sunday message that also decried the “latest vile” attack on civilians in Syria. Both in his impromptu homily during

Turkish referendum: “Yes” on 57% with half the ballots counted

Voting has ended in Turkey’s historic referendum on whether to approve constitutional changes that would greatly expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The result of Sunday’s referendum will determine Turkey’s long-term political future and will

Syrian army regains key town in north Hama province

The Syrian army regained the strategic town of Soran near the city of Hama in the central part of western Syria on Sunday with an assault backed by heavy Russian air strikes, rebels and residents said. Most

Saudi, Jordan forces carry out joint drill

Units from Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army (JAF), on Saturday, arrived at the Saudi King Abdulaziz Naval Base (KANB), while a group of Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) arrived at the Marka military airport in Amman, to carry

PM says Britain uniting around Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday that Britain was beginning to unite behind Brexit, 10 months after the divisive referendum that saw the country narrowly vote to leave the European Union. “This year, after a period of

Yemeni forces launch ‘Operation Naval Arrow’ to remove Houthi mines

Yemen’s legitimate forces launched an operation codenamed Naval Arrow on Sunday in an effort to remove naval mines which they say were planted by Houthi militias. The mines, which are believed to have been sourced from Iran

Who was Mashal Khan, the student killed in Pakistan?

Mashal Khan

Who was Mashal Khan, the student who was killed by a large mob in Pakistan on Thursday over accusations of blasphemy? According to Pakistani media reports, Khan described himself as ‘The Humanist’ on his Facebook page. It

191,000 narcotic pills seized at Saudi-Jordanian border

Border guards and customs officers thwarted the smuggling of about 191,000 pills in three operations, two at the Durra border crossing and one at Tarif. In the first operation, border guards at the northern border foiled the

Russian parliamentary official: Saudi Arabia key partner in combating terror

A top Russian parliamentary delegation arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday on a three-day visit, the Russian TASS news agency reported. Valentina Matviyenko, the chairperson of the federation council which is the Russian parliament’s upper house, said

Iranian official admits Tehran bid to supply missiles to Houthis

Iranian cleric Mehdi Taeb, who also heads the Ammar Strategic Foundation, admitted that Tehran supplies the Houthis in Yemen with weapons. In a video which activists circulated on social media, Taeb, who is close to the Supreme

Jeddah governor launches King Abdullah Exhibition

Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed launched the second stop of the five-day convoy of the King Abdullah Exhibition 2018 “Values and Wisdom” tour at the Red Sea Mall. The launch event was attended by Prince Turki

British FM Boris Johnson says Syria’s Assad is an ‘arch-terrorist’

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is an “arch-terrorist” and it is time Russia realised he is “literally and metaphorically toxic”, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Sunday. Johnson said Assad’s ally Moscow still had time to be on

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