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 2, 2017

How Qatar mesmerizes activists?

Turki AlDakhil

By : Turki Aldakhil :: Qatar belongs to a category of countries that has its own ways of setting traps and hunting preys. It finds others’ weaknesses and suddenly pounces on its prey without making it feel enslaved. It finds

Muqtada al-Sadr in Riyadh

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman al-Rashed :: Iran’s domination over everything in Iraq from controlling commerce, construction and supply of bad products to controlling banks, the government, the parliament and political parties can be clearly seen. A New York Times report described

Christopher Wray confirmed as FBI director

:: The US Senate has confirmed Christopher Wray as the new director of the FBI on Tuesday, three months after President Donald Trump fired his predecessor James Comey. The criminal lawyer was convincingly confirmed after senators voted 92-5 with widespread

Tillerson: We aim to avoid civil war in Syria after defeating ISIS

:: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday that the US aims to avoid a civil war in Syria after defeating ISIS. He added, America’s view that there is no future for Assad’s regime in Syria remains, stressing

Morocco hosts spectacular allegiance ceremony for king

:: As is customary every year, King Mohammed VI, in his capacity as the Commander of the Faithful in Morocco, presided over his pledge of allegiance to the royal palace in Tetouan, northern Morocco, on the occasion of the 18th

UN: Yemen food crisis is man-made, partly as a war tactic

:: The crisis in Yemen that has left millions hungry and on the brink of famine is “a man-made disaster” driven not only by decades of poverty and lack of investment but also by economic strangulation being used as a

Prisoner exchange between Nusra, Hezbollah militias begins

:: An exchange of prisoners between the Lebanese Hezbollah militia and the Nusra Front began on Wednesday with four detainees held by the Lebanese security forces being handed over for three members of the militia. The exchange deal comes after

Bahrain’s King reiterates firm support of Saudi Arabia’s anti-terror efforts

:: Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa has held talks with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah where both leaders discussed their countries’ deep-rooted historic relations, in addition to latest regional and international developments and issues of

US: Qatar spreads terrorist ideology, tolerant of its funding

:: A subcommittee of the US House of Representatives along with experts, provided a detailed analysis of the current Qatar crisis. Most speakers cited contradictions in its policies, describing them as an environment that tolerates and supports terrorism and its

US to test ICBM following North Korea’s missile launch

:: The US military is set to conduct a test of an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile, officials said Tuesday, days after North Korea conducted its own ICBM launch. Tests at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California are typically scheduled weeks

New routes used by Iran to smuggle weapons to Houthis uncovered

:: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have started using a new route across the Gulf to funnel covert arms shipments to their Houthi allies in Yemen’s civil war, sources familiar with the matter have told Reuters. In March, regional and Western sources

Jordan scraps controversial rape law

:: Jordan’s parliament on Tuesday scrapped a controversial article in the penal code that allowed a rapist to escape punishment if he married his victim. “Lawmakers agreed to remove the controversial Article 308, which stops the punishment of a perpetrator

UAE minister Gargash says Qatar’s attempts to politicize Hajj will fail

:: UAE’s minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash said Qatar’s failure to politicize matters through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is an early warning which points that Doha’s attempts to politicize Hajj will also fail. Gargash said

US-backed Syria force advances in south of ISIS bastion Raqqa

:: US-backed forces battling to oust ISIS from its Syrian bastion Raqqa have advanced in the city’s south, seizing a new neighborhood, a spokesman and monitor said Tuesday. The Kurdish-Arab Syrian Democratic Forces militia (SDF) began a campaign to capture

UN says it has received no formal request for intervention in Qatar crisis

:: Chinese UN Ambassador Liu Jieyi, who currently holds the Security Council presidency, said on Monday that the Council has not received a formal request for intervention in the Gulf crisis. Earlier in the week, Qatar’s foreign minister called for

Etihad Airways assisting Australian police with plane attack probe

:: Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways said on Tuesday it was helping Australian Federal Police with an investigation that police began into an “ISIS-inspired” plot to bring down a plane and resulted in stricter security screening at Australian airports. Four men

Saudi Arabia: Iran refused to fully investigate 2016 embassy attack

:: Saudi Arabia has condemned Iran for delaying and refusing to complete investigations into the attack on Riyadh’s embassy in Tehran last year. A statement released by Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that Iranian authorities refused to accommodate and

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

:: A Turkish court arrested three soldiers allegedly filmed beating up and verbally abusing four young Syrians who attempted to cross the border illegally, state media reported Monday. The video, widely shared on social media but which could not be

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