Barzani: Referendum first step for Kurds to express their will

:: Iraqi Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has held a press conference in Erbil and told reporters that the scheduled referendum on independence on Monday would go ahead as planned. “We ask More »

Bangladesh says reports about plot to kill PM are ‘baseless’

:: The office of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikha Hasina on Sunday denied as “completely baseless” some media reports of a plot by her bodyguards to kill her last month. However a senior More »

Trump: ‘Not much’ of a nuclear deal after Iran tests missile

:: Iran’s test launch of new medium-range missile calls into question a landmark nuclear deal with the United States and other world powers, President Donald Trump said Saturday, while also accusing the More »

North Korea says Trump insult ensures attack on US mainland

:: North Korea’s foreign minister told world leaders Saturday that US President Donald Trump’s insult calling leader Kim Jong Un “rocket man” makes “our rocket’s visit to the entire US mainland inevitable More »

Saudi FM: We demand Qatar abide by Riyadh agreement promises

:: Speaking at the United Nations 72nd General Assembly in New York, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister reiterated the Anti-Terror Quartet’s demands that Qatar abide by the Riyadh agreements it had made, including More »

 

Daily Archives: August 1, 2017

Residency regulations revisited!

Dr. Khaled M. Batarfi

By : Dr. Khaled M. Batarfi :: EVERY now and then, regulations are issued without justification and interpretation, and it is difficult for us, as commentators and writers, to explain them to the public. One of those is the new

What we gain and lose from expat dependents fees

Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi

By : Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi :: There has been confusion in the Saudi employment market as well as among expatriates following the recent imposition of a monthly fee on the dependents of expatriates working in the Kingdom. This is because

Macron attempts a gamble in Libya

Christian Chesnot

By : Christian Chesnot :: The joint statement adopted – but not signed – by Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and his rival General Khalifa Haftar at Celle St-Cloud in the Paris region on July 25 is a nice diplomatic

US blacklists IRGC, affiliates for terrorism

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

By : Dr. Majid Rafizadeh :: A powerful bipartisan sanctions bill, the Countering Adversarial Nations Through Sanctions Act, has been passed by the US Congress on Russia, North Korea and Iran. The bill is veto-proof because 419 voted in favor

Panama Papers: Pakistan’s justice system catches up

Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady

By : Dr. Mohamed Ramady :: Who says the long arm of justice does not catch up one day, irrespective of the position of the highest office holder? The news that Nawaz Sharif has resigned as prime minister of Pakistan

Upcoming talks on Syria

Yasar Yakis

By : Yasar Yakis :: The seventh round of talks on Syria was held on July 12-14 in Geneva. Several processes are underway for a political settlement. Their scopes overlap occasionally but they do not repeat each other. The meeting

Australia foils plot by two Lebanese to explode flight using meat-mincer bomb

:: Security remained heightened in airports around Australia with more intense screening of luggage after law enforcement officials thwarted what a police chief described on Monday as a “credible attempt to attack an aircraft.” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Border

French minister vows to tackle militants in Sahel countries

:: French Defense Minister Florence Parly arrived in Chad on Sunday, at the start of a tour of three Sahel countries, assuring that French troops in the region will have the means to carry out their mission against militants. “You

Turkey detains more than 1,000 in latest anti-terror raids

:: Turkish authorities detained 1,098 people over the last week for suspected links to militantgroups or last year’s failed coup attempt, the interior ministry said on Monday. In a statement, the ministry said 831 of those were detained for suspected

Scaramucci out after 11 days as Trump communications director

:: White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci was forced out Monday after barely 10 days in his post, as Donald Trump’s new chief of staff asserted his authority on his first day in office. John Kelly, who had served as

One prisoner of Hezbollah to be exchanged for each group that leaves for Syria

:: The second stage of the prisoners swap between Hezbollah militia and al-Nusra Front fighters began Monday morning. In this context, buses carrying the militants of al-Nusra front and their families from Flitah arrived at Jarud Arsal, according to the

Attempt to prosecute Blair over Iraq fails in London High Court

:: A British court on Monday rejected an attempt by a former Iraqi general to bring a private prosecution against former Prime Minister Tony Blair over the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Blair’s decision to join the US-led coalition that

King Salman to host 1,000 families of Egyptian martyrs in performing Hajj

King Salman

:: A thousand families of Egyptian security forces who have lost their lives defending their homeland will be performing Hajj this year as guests of King Salman, the Saudi ambassador to Cairo said on Monday. Ambassador Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Qattan

Australia airport security stay heighted over terror plot

:: Security remains heightened in airports around Australia with more intense screening of luggage after law enforcement officials said they had thwarted a plan to bring down an airliner. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton on

Food access in Raqqa at ‘critical turning point,’ say aid groups

:: Food access in Syria’s battle-torn Raqqa is now at “a critical turning point,” aid organizations said Monday, with markets shuttered and residents depending fully on their dwindling stockpiles. Raqqa has been gripped by fierce fighting for nearly two months

Nine hurt as vehicle plows into Los Angeles crowd in what police call accident

:: Nine people were injured, one critically, in Los Angeles on Sunday when a van that collided with a pickup truck jumped the curb and slammed into an outdoor dining area, authorities said, calling it a “complete accident.” Eight people

Saudi crown prince launches ambitious Red Sea tourism project

:: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Monday announced the launch of an international tourism project in the Kingdom under the name of the Red Sea Project, which will be built in one of the world’s most beautiful and diverse

Egyptian driver gets five years in prison for sexually harassing woman

:: An Egyptian driver has been handed a five-year-imprisonment for sexually harassing a woman as she walked down a street in Cairo, a court announced on Sunday. A year ago, the story of the brave Hind Abdel Sattar had been

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