Category Archives: Middle East

Libyan females barred from traveling abroad unguarded

Military ruler for the region of eastern Libya, General Abdul Razek al-Nazouri, announced his decision to bar Libyan women from leaving the country unguarded by a male. The region of eastern Libya is managed by the internationally recognized government and

US defense chief visits UAE in first Middle East trip

Jim Mattis.

US President Donald Trump’s defense secretary arrived in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday for talks with one of Washington’s closest allies in the Middle East. Jim Mattis, on his debut trip to the region as Pentagon chief, was expected

Syrian opposition: Saudi Arabia not involved in choosing Geneva delegates

The spokesperson of the Syrian High Negotiations Committee has confirmed that Saudi Arabia was not involved in deciding the delegates of the Syrian opposition who will be heading to Geneva in the coming week for peace talks. “Saudi Arabia has

350,000 children trapped in west Mosul: Save the Children

Around 350,000 children are trapped in western Mosul, Save the Children warned on Sunday as Iraqi forces launched a fresh offensive on jihadists defending the strategic city. “Iraqi forces and their allies, including the US and UK, must do everything

Zarif: Use of chemical weapons in Syria cannot be condoned

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, pointing to Sunni Islamist militants in Syria fighting against its allies in Damascus, told the Munich Security Conference that the use of chemical weapons can never be condoned. Damascus, an ally of majority-shi’ite Iran,

Yemen requests UN to designate Houthis as ‘terrorists’

The legitimate government of Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi has requested the United Nations Security Council to designate Houthi militias as “terrorists”. In a letter read out by Yemen’s envoy to the United Nations Khaled al-Yamani on Saturday, Iranian interferences

Al-Jubeir: Iran is the main sponsor of global terror

Adel al-Jubeir.

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister on Sunday rejected Iranian calls for dialogue saying Tehran was the main sponsor of terrorism in the world, a destabilizing force in the Middle East and wanted to “destroy us.” “Iran remains the single main sponsor

Meet the ‘silent sheikh’ who hasn’t spoken since 1990

More than 25 years ago, Sudanese Sheikh Bashir Mohammed Bashir decided to no longer talk and he’s been dubbed the silent sheikh since then. Bashir communicates with people by writing down what he wants to say on paper. He participates

Syrian regime launch deadly rocket attack on funeral

Sixteen people, including two women, were killed Saturday when government forces launched a barrage of rockets that hit a funeral on the edges of the Syrian capital, a monitor said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said “seven rockets and

Sudan’s president accompanies UAE’s rulers to defense show

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has accompanied two of the United Arab Emirates’ most-powerful rulers to a defense show. Al-Bashir was flanked by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nayhan and Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

UN report exposes Houthi violations in Yemen

A report issued by UN experts on the situation in Yemen revealed that Houthi rebels’ violations range from corruption to torture. The report exposed the militias’ financial corruption and said that they violated the humanitarian international law during the ongoing

Australia and UAE to explore deeper defense ties, Aus$1 bn in sales

Australia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will explore closer defense ties after a meeting on Sunday between a senior Australian government minister and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan. Australia’s Defense Industry Minister Christopher Pyne and

Iran dismisses new US pressure, calls for ‘mutual respect’

Iran’s foreign minister brushed aside new pressure from the United States on Sunday, declaring that his country is “unmoved by threats” but responds well to respect. President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran, the US

Egyptian pound strengthens on weaker dollar demand from importers

The Egyptian pound strengthened on Sunday, reaching a three month high, as importers’ demand for dollars at banks eased, bankers told Reuters on Sunday. Banks were selling dollars at around 15.8 pounds per dollar on Sunday, stronger than Thursday’s rate

Iraqi forces recapture six villages from ISIS west of Mosul

As Iraqi forces prepare to launch their offensive to retake west Mosul, at least six villages were retaken from ISIS militants near the area. The campaign’s commander Lt. Gen. Abdul Amir Rasheed Yarallah confirmed in a statement on Sunday that

Palestinian director wins Berlin Film Festival award

Palestinian director Raed Andoni won the Berlin Film Festival’s award for original documentary film for the movie “Ghost Hunting”. “The president of the United States yesterday called the press the enemy of the people,” said American filmmaker Laura Poitras in

Dubai police summon Russian model who dangled from skyscraper

Dubai police have summoned a Russian model who posed for a video while dangling from a skyscraper to sign a pledge not to put her life in danger again, a local newspaper reported on Saturday. A video of the model,

Syria’s ‘White Helmets’ get US visas to travel to Oscars

Rescue workers from Syria’s White Helmets – the subjects of an Oscar-nominated documentary – said on Saturday they have received US visas to attend next week’s prestigious Academy Awards ceremony. For weeks, the rescuers and the film’s staff had been

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