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 19, 2017

Hopefully it is the beginning of the end for Assad

Eyad Abu Shakra

By : Eyad Abu Shakra :: Forget about fake “nationalist” condemnation and crocodile tears for a doubtful “sovereignty,” since Syria has become nothing but a mailbox where regional and international political messages are exchanged. Instead, look deeper at a situation

Has Marine Le Pen really exorcised her party of its demons?

Nabila Ramdani

By : Nabila Ramdani :: As the most bizarre presidential election in recent French history heads towards a conclusion, the alleged financial crimes of two of the favourites continue to dominate the campaign. Both François Fillon, of the conservative Républicains,

US banks’ Trump card – rolling back banking regulations?

Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady

By : Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady :: The 2008-09 global financial crisis tsunami, triggered by excessive banking risk taking in derivative and leveraged financial services which bankrupted not only banks but countries, brought about wide ranging regulations to ensure that

Trump’s threats of action against Syria to N. Korea need more than force

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman al-Rashed :: North Korea’s foreign minister longs for Barack Obama’s days, as he recently said that his successor Donald Trump seems to be evil judging by his tweets and statements. Irans Supreme Leader feels the same as

Budget deficit worries recede for KSA and other Gulf countries

Frank Kane

By : Frank Kane :: Saudi Arabia has achieved the biggest improvement to its public finances in 25 years, according to the authoritative London-based think tank Capital Economics (CapEcon). The boost to the Kingdom’s economy has come about through a

Why Turks can’t get enough of Erdogan

Mahir Zeynalov

By : Mahir Zeynalov :: Hardly is there any politician in modern times who is as good as Turkish president at winning polls. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, again, declared victory on Sunday in a referendum that significantly expanded his powers. Erdogan’s

Erdogan strengthens secular, moderate Muslim governance

Ray Hanania

By : Ray Hanania :: In any other election, if someone were to receive more than 51 percent of the vote (a 2.5 percent margin) over a highly controversial issue, the mainstream news media would declare it a decisive victory

North Korea threatens ‘weekly’ tests as Pence arrives in Japan

North Korea has threatened to launch missile tests “every week,” keeping up its drumbeat as Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Japan with a renewed security commitment designed to soothe nerves over Pyongyang’s atomic weapons program. The North, which is

Politics hasn’t stopped the growth of Ivanka Inc.

Ivanka Trump

Since her father was elected president of the United States, global sales of Ivanka Trump merchandise have surged and her company has applied for at least nine new trademarks in the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Canada and the US— signs that

British PM Theresa May announces snap general election

British Prime Minister Theresa May called for an early general election on June 8 in a surprise announcement on Tuesday as Britain prepares for delicate negotiations on leaving the European Union. “We need a general election and we need one

Air Canada apologizes for bumping youth off oversold flight -father

Air Canada

Air Canada has apologized and offered compensation for bumping a 10-year-old off a flight, the boy’s father said on Monday, after the Canadian family’s story sparked headlines following a high-profile incident involving overbooking by US carrier United Airlines. Brett Doyle

Two held over attack plot days ahead of French vote

French police on Tuesday arrested two men suspected of preparing an “imminent” attack, sources close to the probe said just days ahead of the first round of France’s presidential vote. The suspects, aged 23 and 29, were arrested by French

Mattis visits Saudi Arabia, promises to put an end to ‘Iranian’ Houthi rockets

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced on Tuesday that his country is pushing for UN-sponsored negotiations to put an end to the conflict in Yemen “as soon as possible.” Mattis was speaking to reporters on the plane that took

Suspect in Facebook video murder kills self in Pennsylvania

The man who police said posted a video of himself on Facebook killing an elderly man shot and killed himself after a “brief pursuit” by Pennsylvania State Police officers on Tuesday, police said. Steve Stephens was accused of shooting Robert

Trapped Mosul civilians could face worst catastrophe of Iraq conflict, UN warns

The battle to dislodge ISIS from the Old City of Mosul, where hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians are trapped, could turn into the worst humanitarian catastrophe in the war against the militants, the United Nations warned on Tuesday. About

US-backed Syria forces set up post-ISIS Raqqa council

The US-backed Kurdish-Arab force leading the fight for the ISIS’s Syrian bastion Raqqa announced Tuesday the creation of a “civilian council” to administer the city after its capture. “The civilian council of Raqqa will be charged with administering Raqqa and

North Korea accuses US of creating situation for nuclear war

Kim Chang Min

North Korea’s deputy UN ambassador accused the United States on Monday of turning the Korean Peninsula into “the world’s biggest hotspot” and creating “a dangerous situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment.” Kim In Ryong

United vows better customer treatment after dragging incident

United Continental reported sharply lower first-quarter earnings Monday but they still bested analyst expectations, and the airline vowed to remake its customer service after its rough treatment of a passenger stoked global outrage. Net income for the period ending March

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