Saudi King Salman, Tillerson discuss regional developments in Riyadh

:: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman in the Yamama Palace on Sunday and discussed recent regional developments, bilateral relations and means of cooperation between the More »

Russian president: King Salman’s visit to Moscow a great honor

:: Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Saudi King Salman’s visit to Moscow was a great honor for Russia, and described it as a “historical event” because it was the first visit More »

Yemen PM: Iranian ship seized near the coast of Socotra

:: The Yemeni government announced on Saturday that it had seized an Iranian ship carrying 19 sailors off the coast of the Socotra archipelago, east of the country. “The Iranian ship was More »

Saudi’s Al-Falih says global oil market improving, stabilizing

:: The global oil market is improving and stabilizing, Saudi Oil Minister Khalid Al-Falih said in Baghdad on Saturday. In a speech at the opening of the Baghdad International Exhibition, Al-Falih praised More »

US Treasury Secretary to visit Middle East over Iran threats

:: US Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin will be visiting the Middle East this week to discuss the Terrorist Financing Target Center (TFTC) partnership and other matters on Iran. Accompanying Mnuchin is More »

 

Category Archives: Africa

UN ends month-long Libya talks in Tunisia without proposing new date

:: Month-long UN-backed talks aimed at bridging differences between rival Libyan factions ended on Saturday with no discernable progress towards stabilizing the country and paving the way for elections. A month ago UN envoy Ghassan Salame, the latest in a

GCC expats exempt from Tunisian visa

:: Tunisian Tourism Minister Salma Loumi announced that expats living in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states are now exempted from visas previously required to enter Tunisia, which cost SR200 ($53) and was available for 15 days, according to Sabq. This

Qaddafi family forms legal team to sue Qatari figures

:: A lawyer representing the family of former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi has announced the formation of a team of five international lawyers to prosecute Qatari figures before the International Criminal Court. In a press conference held in Tunis, the

EU aims to boost anti-terror info sharing with Tunisia

:: EU anti-terror chief Gilles de Kerchove on Tuesday called for a boosted exchange of information with Tunisia, which has seen its nationals involved in deadly attacks abroad and on its soil. During a visit to Tunis, for talks with

Fighting in Libyan capital closes airport

:: The Libyan capital’s Mitiga airport was evacuated on Tuesday and civilian flights were repeatedly suspended as rival armed groups clashed nearby, officials said. Flights had restarted around midday on Tuesday after being suspended for several hours during the morning

Funerals begin as Somalia truck bombing toll reaches over 300

:: More than 300 people are dead after the truck bombing in Somalia’s capital and scores of others remain missing, authorities said Monday, as the fragile Horn of Africa nation reeled from one of the world’s worst attacks in years.

Saudi Crown Prince condoles Somali president over terrorist attacks

:: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent a cable of condolences to the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Mohammed Abdullah Faramaju, following the two terrorist bombings in the capital Mogadishu. The crown prince said: “I received with

276 killed in deadliest single attack in Somalia’s history

:: The most powerful bomb blast ever witnessed in Somalia’s capital killed at least 276 people with more than 300 injured, a senator said Sunday, making it the deadliest single attack in this Horn of Africa nation. The toll could

‘Nigeria to issue visas on arrival for Africans’

Kwesi Quartey

:: Nigeria has decided to start issuing visas on arrival for all Africans, the African Union (AU) said Friday, in a major step toward the goal of free movement on the continent. Kwesi Quartey, the continental body’s deputy chairman, praised

At least 20 dead in ‘huge’ Mogadishu blast

:: More than 20 people were killed when a car bomb exploded on a busy street in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Saturday, a police official said. “Initial reports from emergency departments indicate more than 20 bodies picked up off the

Morocco arrests 11 suspects linked to ISIS

:: Moroccan police on Saturday arrested 11 members of an “extremely dangerous terrorist” cell linked to ISIS and seized chemical products used to make bombs, the interior ministry said. The suspects were active in the neighboring northern cities of Fez

Majority of Libya now under national army control, says Haftar

:: The Libyan army is now in control over most parts of the country said Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. Only a few areas remain outside of their control, he added. During a meeting with officers and soldiers from the Libyan

Former soccer star Weah leads Liberia presidential polls

:: Former soccer star George Weah maintained his lead over Liberian Vice President Joseph Boakai on Friday as more provisional results from the West African country’s presidential election were announced. If current trends hold, the rivals would meet in a

Tunisia: At least 8 migrants drown as boat collides with navy vessel

:: At least eight migrants have drowned after their boat sank following a crash with a Tunisian navy vessel in the Mediterranean, the defence ministry said Monday. Spokesman Belhassen Oueslati told AFP that eight bodies were found and 38 people

Libya: Arrest warrants issued for 826 people, mostly in Qatar, Turkey

:: The Libyan Attorney-General issued arrest warrants and travel bans on Monday against more than 826 people in cases involving terrorism, many of them in Qatar and Turkey. Libyan media reported that the arrests, carried out in the city of

Boris Johnson: Sirte can be next Dubai – only if ‘dead bodies are cleared away’

:: British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson came under fire Tuesday for saying Libya could become a magnet for tourists and investors — if it can “clear the dead bodies away” first. Reflecting on his August visit to Libya, strife-torn since

30 feared dead as DR Congo army plane crashes

:: A military transport plane belonging to the Congolese army crashed near Kinshasa on Saturday, killing “several dozen” people, military and airport sources told AFP. The Antonov transport plane had just taken off and had “several dozen people” on board,

EU plans to take 50,000 refugees from Africa, Mideast

:: The EU unveiled plans on Wednesday (Sept 27) to take at least 50,000 refugees directly from Africa, the Middle East and Turkey to discourage migrant boats from making the risky Mediterranean crossing. The proposal involves admitting refugees to European

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