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 10, 2017

Despite shortcomings, Abbas remains vital for a peace deal

Osama Al-Sharif

By : Osama Al-Sharif :: As if Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas does not have enough problems and challenges on his hands, the US Senate is about to pass legislation that would compel the State Department to cut off funding to

Syria’s war criminals must not go unpunished

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman Al-Rashed :: Up to half a million people have died in Syria since 2011, but not a single person has been brought to trial. With the departure this week of Carla Del Ponte from the UN Commission

Tillerson: Trump’s tough talk aims to send message to North Korea

:: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson played down President Donald Trump’s incendiary warning to North Korea on Wednesday, saying he was just trying to send a strong message in language its leader would understand. Tillerson, speaking to reporters before

Long wait for captive Yazidis’ return spent rebuilding shrine in Iraq’s Bashiqa

:: Yazidi men and boys in the town of Bashiqa north east of Mosul are rebuilding a shrine destroyed by ISIS as they wait for the return of women from their community taken captive years ago by the extremists. They

French police locate car and arrest suspect over soldier attack

:: French security forces have shot and arrested a man suspected of being behind an attack on a group of soldiers on Wednesday morning in a Paris suburb, security sources told AFP. The man, aged in his late 30s, was

Jordan issues new work permits to Syrian refugees

:: Jordan on Wednesday became the first Arab country to issue Syrian refugees with a new type of work permit that opens up the growing construction sector, the United Nations labor agency said on Wednesday. The International Labor Organization (ILO)

Four policemen killed in attack in Egypt’s North Sinai

:: Four Egyptian policeman were killed on Wednesday when gunmen fired at a patrol car in the northern Sinai city of al-Arish, state newspaper Al-Ahram reported. Authorities in Arish, the capital of North Sinai province, were on the hunt for

Trump’s ‘fire and fury’ parallels North Korean rhetoric

:: President Donald Trump ventured into North Korean territory with his vow to respond to threats from the isolated dictatorship with “fire and fury” unparalleled in history. Trump’s remarks seemingly implying a nuclear strike came Tuesday as a report revealed

Iran’s Rouhani names two female vice presidents

Massoumeh Ebtekar

:: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appointed two female vice presidents on Wednesday, a day after coming under fire from reformists for nominating no women ministers. Massoumeh Ebtekar, known internationally for her role as spokesperson during the 1980 US embassy hostage

UN: Up to 50 migrants ‘deliberately drowned’ off Yemen

:: Up to 50 migrants from Somalia and Ethiopia were “deliberately drowned” when a smuggler forced them into the sea off Yemen’s coast, the UN migration agency said Wednesday, calling the incident “shocking and inhumane.” International Organization for Migration staffers

Israeli soldier convicted of fatal shooting enters prison

:: A soldier convicted of fatally shooting an incapacitated Palestinian attacker has begun serving his prison term. Elor Azaria arrived at the military prison inside the Tzrifin base in central Israel on Wednesday to serve out his 18-month sentence. Azaria

Exclusive: How Saudi forces found Awamya after ousting terror elements

:: Exclusive photos obtained by Al Arabiya from inside Al Masawara district reveal the extent of damages inflicted by terrorists to the infrastructure of the city. Security forces cleared out more than 90 percent of the terrorists in Awamya city

Kissinger: ISIS’s eradication would create ‘radical Iranian empire’

Henry Kissinger.

:: Former US Foreign Minister Henry Kissinger has warned that the eradication of ISIS would create an “Iranian radical empire.” The former diplomat has suggested that once ISIS is defeated, and if Iran occupies the free territory, this could lead

Pictures show Turkey building ‘security wall’ along Iran border

:: Turkey has begun building a “security wall” along part of its border with Iran, regional officials said today, in a move aimed at stopping Kurdish separatists. Pictures showing huge concrete blocks being moved into place were published on the

Saudi’s air and land ports receive more than 440,000 pilgrims until Tuesday

:: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s air and land ports received until yesterday 447,302 pilgrims who came to perform Hajj rituals this year 2017, amid integrated readiness being caried out by concerned authorities to receive pilgrims at various outlets. The

Houthi militias execute Yemenis allied to Saleh

:: A military commander in the Yemeni army has revealed ongoing executions within the Houthi militias of and ousted Ali Saleh coup in Bayhan and Usaylan, the last stronghold in the province of Shabwa in eastern Yemen. Members of the

Lebanon: Army deploying about 3,000 troops to fight ISIS

:: The Lebanese army completed all preparations for its battle with ISIS in the Arsal area, Ras al-Baalbek and the town of Al-Qaa on the Lebanese-Syrian border, according to al Hadath. This comes after the army strengthened its presence by

Four dead in Kashmir violence

:: Three rebels and one civilian were killed in violence in Indian Kashmir on Wednesday, police said, two days after soldiers killed five fighters along the de-facto border with Pakistan. Inspector general of police Muneer Ahmed Khan said soldiers and

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