Staffan de Mistura urges Putin to press for Syria elections

:: The United Nations peace envoy for Syria called Wednesday on Russian President Vladimir Putin to “have the courage” to convince his ally in Damascus to hold new elections in the war-ravaged More »

US envoy Nikki Haley to present ‘irrefutable evidence’ on Iran

:: US Ambassador Nikki Haley will present “irrefutable evidence” that Iran has tried to cover up violations of international obligations, the US mission said Wednesday. Haley will hold a press conference in More »

Saudi Arabia pledges 100 million Euros to fight extremism in Africa

:: Saudi Arabia announced support in the amount of 100 million Euros for the launch of a new joint force to combat terrorism in the Sahel countries. Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign More »

King Salman orders $19 billion stimulus for Saudi Arabia’s private sector

:: King Salman on Thursday issued a decree allocating 72 billion Saudi riyals of stimulus funds to support the Saudi private sector. The package aims to boost the role of the private More »

Mahmoud Abbas: Trump’s ‘crime’ over Jerusalem prevents US peace role

:: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Muslim leaders on Wednesday that a US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was a crime, which showed that Washington should no longer play a More »

 

Category Archives: Europe

British foreign secretary raises detainee’s case in Iran talks

:: British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson raised the case of a detained dual national on Sunday when he met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a “worthwhile” two-day trip to Tehran. The British Foreign Office says Johnson raised the case

Palestinian rage over holy city fuels fears of bigger conflict

:: Palestinians on Wednesday warned that a bloody third “intifada” could follow a decision by US President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Manuel Hassassian, the Palestinian Ambassador to the UK, branded Trump’s policy shift as

British security services foil Theresa May assassination plot

:: British security services believe they have foiled a plot to assassinate Theresa May in Downing Street, British daily The Independent reported on Wednesday. Two men have been arrested on suspicion of plotting to kill the Prime Minister by using

London mayor calls for UK apology over colonial-era massacre in India

:: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan called on the British government on Wednesday to make a formal apology for the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre in which nearly 400 Sikhs were shot dead by British Indian army soldiers. During a visit

UN voices alarm about spread of HIV in Egypt amid social stigmas

:: The UN is voicing alarm over the spread of HIV in Egypt, where the number of new cases is growing by up to 40 percent a year, and where efforts to combat the epidemic are hampered by social stigma

British PM May embarks on visit to Saudi Arabia, Jordan

:: Prime Minister Theresa May left London late Tuesday for a three-day visit to the Middle East, where she will meet Saudi and Jordanian leaders in a bid to bolster regional ties. The British leader will hold talks on issues

Trump, Macron say UN’s Syria talks in Geneva ‘only legitimate forum’

:: The leaders of the United States and France on Monday insisted UN-backed talks on Syria’s future were the only way forward, after a no-show by the Damascus government. Presidents Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone and agreed

Muslim World League chief on mission to wipe out extremist ideology

:: Dr. Mohammed Al-Issa, head of the Muslim World League (MWL), told Reuters during a European tour that his organization will no longer sit by and let Islam be taken hostage by extremists. The push for a more moderate Islam

Mugabe resigns for ‘smooth transfer of power’

:: Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe says he is resigning immediately and voluntarily in order to have a “smooth transfer of power” after 37 years in charge. The letter was read out in a cheering, dancing Parliament, which had been pursuing

Saudi Arabia steps up oil diplomacy ahead of OPEC meeting

:: Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih and his staff are busy these days. The minister and some of his aides are in continuous talks with global producers to convince them to attend the meeting of OPEC in Vienna on Nov.

North Korea rules out negotiations on nuclear weapons

:: North Korea on Friday ruled out negotiations with Washington as long as joint US-South Korea military exercises continue, and said that Pyongyang’s atomic weapons program would remain as a deterrent against a US nuclear threat. In an interview with

Saudi Arabia issues protest note over German foreign minister’s comments

:: Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador in Germany on Saturday for consultation over the German foreign minister’s comments. The kingdom also issued a protest note over the German diplomat’s comments, the Saudi foreign ministry said, adding that the kingdom resents

Macron says Iran misunderstands France’s ‘balanced’ position in region

:: President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that Iran misunderstood France’s “balanced” position in the region, which centered on not taking sides between Sunni and Shi‘ites, adding that Tehran should be less aggressive in the region. Speaking in Gothenburg, Macron

Lebanon’s Saad Hariri arrives in Paris after refuting ‘rumors and lies’

:: Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived in Paris on Saturday. French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed Saad Hariri for talks on Saturday, an AFP reporter said, hours after arriving from Saudi Arabia. Hariri was also due to have lunch

UK’s Johnson makes fuller apology for remarks on jailed aid worker in Iran

:: British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson issued a second, fuller apology on Monday for remarks about an Iranian-British aid worker jailed in Iran that critics said might have prompted Iran to extend her prison sentence. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager

Britain considers diplomatic protection for jailed aid worker in Iran

:: British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government is considering granting diplomatic protection to a jailed aid worker in Iran as part of an effort to secure her release from a jail in the Islamic Republic. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager

Two tons of drugs seized in Europe, with Dubai Police help

:: A huge drug haul worth $5.83 million (€5 million) was seized by seven European countries, after Dubai Police tipped counterparts in Europe that led to the arrests of 80 suspects. Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Merri, Head of Dubai

France: Iran non-interference in Lebanon is key for regional stability

:: France’s foreign ministry said on Monday it was an important condition for the stability of the region that Iran not interfere in Lebanon’s domestic affairs. “We wish that all those who exert an influence in Lebanon allow all the

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