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 5, 2017

Otaiba, secularization and the ideological uproar

Fahad Suleiman Shoqiran

By : Fahad Shoqiran :: Late thinker Mohammed Arkoun often complained of the vagueness of the concept of secularism when translated into Arabic. He said using the French term “laïcité” conveys the concept better than the Arabic word. Arkoun noted

Why are Jroud Arsal significant to Iran?

Huda al Husseini

By : Huda al-Husseini :: Hezbollah fought and negotiated with al-Nusra Front and then swapped prisoners and corpses. As if what happened is in a state other than Lebanon but it’s in fact Lebanon and we’re particularly reminded of that

JASTA: Time to move on from unjustified lawsuits

Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady

By : Dr. Mohamed Ramady :: The issue of JASTA – or the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act – is now in the news as the Kingdom has started legal action to throw out lawsuits against it in the

Qatar crisis and the invasion of Kuwait

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman al-Rashed :: Supporters of Doha’s government are trying to unjustly recall the invasion of Kuwait and falsely project it on Qatar’s current crisis. They have promoted the idea that Qatar is currently in danger like Kuwait once

Suicide bomber kills NATO soldier in Afghanistan, 6 personnel wounded

:: A Taliban suicide bomber attacked a convoy of foreign forces in Afghanistan late Thursday, killing one Nato soldier and wounding six other personnel, the coalition said. “The patrol was conducting a partnered mission with the Afghan National Army when

Trump administration goes on the attack against leaks

:: US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, taking up an issue that has infuriated President Donald Trump, went on the attack against leaks on Friday, and said that the government was reviewing policies on compelling journalists to reveal sources. “One of

Police: ISIS directed Australian men to build bomb for Etihad Airways flight

:: A senior ISIS commander directed a group of Australian men to build a bomb destined for an Etihad Airways flight out of Sydney, police alleged Friday. The improvised explosive device was due to be smuggled onto the July 15

Egyptian plane lands safely in Medina after smoke alert

:: An Egyptian plane landed safely, shortly after taking off from Medina Airport in Saudi Arabia because of smoke reported in the pilot cabin. The General Authority of Civil Aviation said in a press statement that the air control unit

Italian ship arrives in Tripoli port despite threat

:: The Libyan navy chief off staff’s media office has released a video of an Italian navy ship arriving to the port of Tripoli, while stressing that its arrival does not impede on the Libya’s sovereignty. The Libyan Naval Command

Rockets, gunfire test new Russia-backed truce near Homs

:: Warring sides exchanged rocket and gunfire north of the Syrian city of Homs overnight, hours after a Russia-backed truce took effect, a war monitor said on Friday, while heavy rocket fire also marred a similar deal east of the

US says took part in Somalia raid that killed commander

:: The United States said on Friday it took part in a July 30 raid that killed a senior member of the al Shabaab network, which Mogadishu blames for several terrorist bombings. The Somali information ministry said on Monday the

Anti-terror quartet reiterate firm position in Jeddah meet

:: The anti-terror quartet (ATQ) countries — Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt — on Thursday reiterated their firm stance against terrorism in all its manifestations. In this regard, the ATQ reaffirmed that various media channels should

Israel launches preliminary investigation of Amman embassy shootings

:: Israel said on Friday it would conduct a preliminary investigation into the July 23 shooting to death of two Jordanians by a guard at its Amman embassy who the kingdom says should face criminal prosecution. Citing the guard’s diplomatic

Pakistan’s new Cabinet takes oath after Nawaz Sharif’s removal

:: Forty-three members of new Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s Cabinet were sworn in on Friday by President Mamnoon Hussain. Abbasi was elected interim prime minister on Aug. 1, winning an unprecedented number of votes in Parliament after then-Prime

UN chief to make first visit to Israel, Palestinian territories

:: United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres will pay his first visit since taking the UN helm to Israel and the Palestinian territories, including the Gaza Strip, at the end of the month. The UN chief will hold talks with

UN urges all countries to halt weapons flow to Daesh, Al-Qaeda

Nikki Haley

:: The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution urging all countries to eliminate the supply of weapons to Daesh and other “terrorists” including by taking legal action against suppliers and marking arms to improve their traceability. The resolution,

Venezuela crisis due to ‘not killing oligarchs,’ says London ex-mayor

:: Outspoken former London Mayor Ken Livingstone on Thursday suggested that one of the causes of Venezuela’s current crisis was that former President Hugo Chavez “didn’t kill all the oligarchs.” “There are real problems and (current President Nicolas) Maduro’s got

Pakistan’s new PM backs sex harassment probe against Imran Khan

Imran Khan

:: Pakistan’s new prime minister Friday backed a parliamentary investigation into allegations of sexual harassment leveled by a female lawmaker against firebrand opposition leader Imran Khan, in a scandal that has gripped the conservative country. The scandal erupted after Ayesha

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