Category Archives: Middle East

Qatar Airways chief says laptop ban not designed to hurt Gulf carriers

Qatar Airways’ chief executive said on Monday he did not believe the ban on carrying most electronics in the cabins of passenger flights to the United States from eight Muslim majority countries was designed to hurt Gulf airlines. The US

Trump administration mulls escalating military role in Yemen

Jim Mattis

US President Donald Trump could reverse two-year-long restrictions placed by his predecessor Barack Obama on military engagement in Yemen, reported the Washington Post. The White House and other agencies are reportedly completing a review on the conflict and considering “lifting

Outrage in Egypt after man rapes 20-month old baby girl

A 35-year old man has admitted that he kidnapped and raped a 20-month old baby girl by laying her down and opening her diaper, in a crime that has left many Egyptians in shock this week. The girl’s life was

Arab Parliament speaker to stress unity

Mishaal bin Fahm Al-Salami

Mishaal bin Fahm Al-Salami, speaker of the Arab Parliament, will review at the 28th Arab Summit the challenges and serious threats to the security of the Arab world. His speech will cover the Israeli occupation of the Arab territories in

King Salman reaches Amman, to meet Jordan’s King Abdullah prior to Arab summit

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz arrived in the Jordanian capital of Amman on Monday and is scheduled to hold a summit meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan. The King was received by the King of Jordan at the

Iraqi forces launch renewed attack on Mosul’s Old City

Iraqi forces launched a renewed attack against militants in Mosul’s Old City on Monday, a senior commander said. The United Nations has warned that 400,000 people are “trapped” in the central Mosul area under siege-like conditions, as Iraqi forces battle

Sudan, Saudi to hold first joint air force drill

Sudan said Sunday it will begin this week a joint air force drill with Saudi Arabia, the first such maneuvers since Khartoum allied with Riyadh after breaking ties with Tehran in 2015. The exercises will be held Wednesday until April

Pence revives talk of Tel Aviv embassy move to Jerusalem

US Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday revived talk of the possibility the United States may move its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, saying President Donald Trump was seriously considering the matter. During the 2016 US presidential campaign, Trump’s

Saudi King Salman to meet Jordan’s King Abdullah ahead of Arab summit in Amman

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz is scheduled to meet with King Abdullah II of Jordan ahead of his participation in the 28th Arab Summit to be held in Amman. King Salman’s visit will involve the signing of 15 agreements

Syrian Democratic Forces take ISIS-held airport near Euphrates dam

A US-backed alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters took full control Sunday of the Tabqa military airport in the country’s north from ISIS, a spokesman said. The advance comes as the Syrian Democratic Forces alliance prepares for an assault

American University of Beirut settles US lawsuit over Hezbollah media training

A Lebanese university will pay $700,000 to settle a US lawsuit over allegations it provided “material support” to entities linked to Hezbollah, US officials said. The American University of Beirut confirmed in a statement Friday it was settling the lawsuit,

Is this the end? Adele hints she won’t ever tour again

Adele

As Grammy-winning superstar Adele wraps up her world tour, many fans have wondered whether this could be the 28-year-old’s last. Speaking at her final concert in New Zealand, Adele told a rain-soaked crowd that this could be her last such

Syrian children ‘easy prey’ for terror recruiters

The 2.8 million Syrian children deprived of an education are highly vulnerable to terrorist recruiters, the Arab League secretary-general warned on Sunday. “This is a serious challenge to address,” Ahmed Aboul Gheit said. “Leaving this vulnerable group uncared for makes

Iran warns US of clashes in the Gulf

Masoud Jazayeri

Iran said it would hold the US responsible for any clashes in the Gulf. It also threatened to impose sanctions on 15 US companies for their support for Israel and its “terrorist actions.” Separately, Iran’s central bank said it would

King Abdallah to depart for US days after Arab Summit

King Abdallah

Topics leading the agenda in King Abdallah’s meeting with Trump will include the Palestinian issue and Arab counterterrorism efforts, Jordan’s Minister for Media Affairs and Communications Mohammed Momani said Sunday. The minister said that the Arabs are at the forefront

Bahrain arrests terror cell with links to IRGC, Hezbollah Brigades in Iraq

Bahrain security forces have arrested a terror cell that plotted to assassinate important senior government and community figures. The suspects were arrested on Sunday, a statement from Bahrain’s interior ministry has confirmed. During security operations in several cities across the

61 bodies pulled from collapsed Mosul site boobytrapped by ISIS

Iraqi’s military said on Sunday 61 bodies had been recovered from a collapsed building that was boobytrapped by ISIS in Western Mosul, but there was no sign it had been hit by a coalition strike though a large vehicle bomb

Egyptian court jails 56 over migrant boat shipwreck

An Egyptian court sentenced 56 people to prison on Sunday over the capsizing of a migrant boat that left over 200 people dead last year. The defendants were sentenced to at least seven years in jail, judicial sources said, with

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