Tillerson off to Middle East, South Asia with eye on Iran, Iraq

:: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson heads to the Middle East, South Asia and Europe this week on a diplomatic mission focused on conflicts in Iraq and Syria and blunting Iranian More »

King Salman makes telephone call to Iraqi PM Abadi

:: King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud made a telephone call to Prime Minister Dr. Haydar Al-Abadi of Iraq today. According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), during the telephone conversation, they reviewed More »

Saudi-Iraqi military talks held in Riyadh

:: The Iraqi Defense Ministry said that Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Othman Al-Ghanmi headed a high-level military delegation on Monday for a two-day official visit to Saudi Arabia at the More »

UAE says to announce government reshuffle

:: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, said in a tweet a government reshuffle will be announced later on More »

Emir of Qatar: We are ready for dialogue to solve the crisis

:: Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said during the conclusion of his Asian tour in Indonesia that Doha is ready for dialogue to resolve the Arab boycott crisis. Sheikh Tamim More »


Category Archives: Egypt

Saudi Arabia cancels female Egyptian star Sherine’s concert

:: Saudi Arabia’s entertainment authority says it has cancelled plans for a concert featuring a famous Egyptian singer named Sherine, known for her rags-to-riches story. The General Entertainment Authority said in a statement Sunday that the concert, which had been

24 militants, six soldiers killed in attacks in Egypt’s Sinai, military says

:: At least 24 militants and six soldiers were killed on Sunday in attacks on military outposts in North Sinai, the Egyptian military said in a statement. The statement did not give details, but security and medical sources said about

Saudi Crown Prince receives phone call from Egyptian president

:: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a telephone call from the Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi Saturday night. During the call, the president expressed gratitude and appreciation of the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the

Coptic priest stabbed to death in Cairo suburb

:: A Coptic priest of a church in Egypt’s governorate of Beni Suef was stabbed to death in a street in a Cairo suburb on Thursday, according to local sources. The priest, Samaan Shehta, was in Cairo to attend a

Pop star Sherine in Riyadh for charity concert, crazy ticket prices

:: The #Sherine_in_Riyadh hashtag went viral on Twitter following reported news that Egyptian singer Sherine will give a concert in the Saudi capital. The director of the Sanad Children’s Cancer Support Association, Reem Al-Hujailan, explained to Makkah Newspaper that “the

Egypt extends state of emergency for three months

:: Egypt has extended a state of emergency for another three months, starting Friday, the official gazette said on Thursday. Egypt first imposed the state of emergency in April after two church bombings killed at least 45 people. It was

Egypt condemns eight to death over police station attack

:: An Egyptian court on Tuesday sentenced eight people to death for allegedly killing three officers during the storming of a Cairo police station in 2013, a judicial official said. The court also handed life sentences to 50 other defendants,

Saudi Crown Prince congratulates Sisi on Egypt’s qualification to World Cup

:: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has congratulated Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Egypt’s qualification to the World Cup for the first time in 28 years. The 2018 World Cup is set to take place in Russia. The

Egyptian diplomat leads race to be UNESCO head

:: An Egyptian diplomat is among the favorites to be the next head of UNESCO, the UN’s cultural agency. Moushira Khattab, 73, a former minister of family and population and a leading activist for women’s and children’s rights, is one

Killer of slain Syrian activist and daughter in Turkey confesses

:: Two weeks after the murder of the Syrian opposition activist Orouba Barakat and her daughter Hala, their killer has finally confessed. Ahmed Barakat, their Syrian relative, was shortly arrested in Istanbul on suspicion of killing his cousins and has

Egyptian actress killed in car accident on Cairo highway

:: Young Egyptian actress Dalia Al-Tuni was killed in a car accident this week in northern Cairo. Security sources said Tuni was killed after her car collided with another car in Cairo-Ain Sukhna highway, and her body was transferred to

Egypt’s non-oil business activity hits three-month low

:: Egypt’s non-oil private sector business activity shrank at its sharpest pace in three months in September amid contractions in new orders and outputs, but companies were optimistic that growth will pick up in the coming year, a survey showed

Saudi channel begins airing Umm Kalthoum music concerts

:: The Saudi Cultural Channel, Al-Thakafiyah TV, began airing music concerts at midnight. The channel said on its official Twitter page that it will air music concerts for renowned Egyptian singer Umm Kalthoum for the first time in 30 years.

Forest Whitaker and Arab stars crown closing ceremony of El Gouna Film Festival

:: Egypt’s El-Gouna Film Festival, GFF, wrapped up its first edition with smashing success amid huge presence of top Egyptian, Arab stars and international guests. The star-studded red carpet brought to red sea resort middle-eastern celebrities including actress Yussra, Bushra,

Egypt’s population stands at nearly 95 mln, according to latest census

:: Egypt says its population stands at nearly 95 million, in addition to an estimated 9.4 million who live abroad, according to the latest census figures. The figures were announced during a televised ceremony on Saturday in which the findings

Arrest made in murder of Syrian opposition figure and her daughter

:: An arrest has been made in the murder of Syrian opposition figure and her daughter, according to Turkish media reports. The suspect has been named as Ahmad Barakat and was arrested in Bursa. Orouba Barakat and her daughter Hala

Egypt’s foreign debt up 42 pct to $79 bln

:: Egypt’s foreign debt rose to $79 billion in the 2016-17 fiscal year which ended in June, up 42 percent from 2015-16, the central bank said. The cash-strapped country has been borrowing from abroad to fund its budget deficit and

Libya arrests ISIS militant involved in 2015 beheadings

:: Libyan authorities have arrested a suspected ISIS militant they believe was involved in the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya in 2015. Chief Prosecutor Al-Sadiq al-Sour told reporters on Thursday that the beheadings took place behind a

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