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 18, 2017

The second year of Europe

Richard N. Haass

By : Richard N. Haass :: More than four decades ago, US National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger declared 1973 to be “The Year of Europe.” His aim was to highlight the need to modernize the Atlantic relationship and, more specifically,

Defense of the indefensible

Harun Yahya

By : Harun Yahya :: Propaganda is a political exercise intended to accustom societies to concepts that would otherwise be impossible for them to accept. Modern propaganda employs various psychological methods to influence our subconscious minds. Absurd, immoral practices or

Why is Ahmadinejad coming back?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

By : Dr. Majid Rafizadeh :: In 2015, when there was no expectation of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s comeback, or talk of his potential registration for Iran’s 2017 presidential elections, I wrote that he “can present a viable challenge to the incumbent

Suu Kyi’s silence on ethnic cleansing

Gwynne Dyer

By : Gwynne Dyer :: “I’m just a politician,” Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi told the BBC last week. “I’m no Mother Teresa.” Fair enough: She has a country to run and an army to hold at bay. But

Working with Assad to do what?

Amir Taheri

By : Amir Taheri :: The recent US missile attack on a Syrian regime air base may or may not have been a turning point in American foreign policy, but it surely put the thorny issue of President Bashar Assad’s

Mexico seeks extradition of fugitive former governor

Javier Duarte

Mexico has asked Guatemala to extradite a fugitive former governor suspected of embezzling hundreds of millions of dollars, officials said. Javier Duarte of Veracruz state was arrested at a luxury hotel in the tourist resort town of Panajachel on Saturday,

No decision yet on location of EU agencies, UK says

The future location of the two EU agencies based in London will be a matter for Brexit negotiations, the British government’s Brexit department said on Monday, but EU officials said there was no doubt they would be moved. London is

Kyrgyzstan jails three opposition members over coup plot

Three members of Kyrgyzstan’s opposition were jailed for between 12 and 20 years Monday over an alleged coup plot captured on a disputed audio recording aired on the Internet. The sentences are likely to add to fears of a crackdown

North Korea says ready to react to ‘any mode of war’ from US

North Korea is preparing for “any mode of war” triggered by US military action, Pyongyang’s envoy to the United Nations warned Monday, saying his country would respond to a missile or nuclear strike “in kind.” The statement from North Korean

Suspected acid attack in London club injures 12

Twelve people were injured when a corrosive substance was sprayed inside a packed London nightclub, police and fire services said, amid a sharp rise in acid attacks in Britain’s capital. Two of the victims, both men in their twenties, are

ISIS seeking alliance with al Qaeda, Iraqi vice president says

ISIS is talking to al Qaeda about a possible alliance as Iraqi troops close in on ISIS fighters in Mosul, Iraqi Vice President Ayad Allawi said in an interview on Monday. Allawi said he got the information on Monday from

King Salman holds talks with Russian Parliament speaker

King Salman held talks on Sunday with Valentina Matviyenko, speaker of Russia’s Federation Council, on “relations between the two countries and the prospects of bilateral cooperation,” according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA). “Besides King Salman, Russian Parliament speaker Matviyenko

Manhunt widens for Facebook murder suspect Steve Stephens

Police in Ohio urged residents in surrounding states on Monday to be on alert for a man who they said shot and killed an elderly passerby seemingly at random and then posted a gruesome video of the killing on Facebook.

Clashes erupt between tribes and ISIS militants in Sinai

Three people were injured in clashes between militants and local tribes in the Sinai peninsula in a fight that began when militants shot at a truck smuggling cigarettes, Egyptian security officials said Monday. The officials told The Associated Press that

UN: Nearly half a million Iraqis have fled Mosul fighting

The United Nations says nearly half a million civilians have fled Mosul since US-backed Iraqi forces launched a wide-scale military operation last October to retake the city from ISIS militants. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said

Saudi Shoura member in favor of women driving

Abdulrahman Al-Rashed, head of Shoura Council’s committee on economy and energy, said he is in favor of women driving “as long as there is a clear system to enable them to drive.” He said in an interview with Okaz newspaper

Turkish PM: People’s message clear, referendum has ended all arguments

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Monday that the people’s message was clear after a referendum which will hand President Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers, and said the vote had ended all arguments. Election authorities said preliminary results showed

KSRelief provides health services to Yemeni people

The King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSRelief) has provided health and medical services to Yemeni civilians in the crisis-hit country. The KSRelief carried out health and medical projects in Yemen and in Saudi Arabia in cooperation with

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