Saudi Arabia’s FM Jubeir: Iran’s role in Lebanon, Syria and Yemen is a ‘major threat’

:: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said Tuesday Iran was the biggest source of danger in the region because of its role in Lebanon, Yemen and Syria. “Iran supplied the Houthis More »

Sisi vows to protect Egypt’s water supply

:: President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi vowed Monday to protect Egypt’s water supply while striving for peace with the Nile upstream countries of Sudan and Ethiopia, which is building a controversial dam. “Egypt More »

Palestinian Central Council calls for struggle against Israel “in all forms”

:: The Palestinian Central Council instructed the Executive Committee of the Palestinian Administration to suspend the recognition of the state of Israel on Monday. The Council furthermore announced its support for the More »

Sisi stresses Egypt’s ‘strategic relationship’ with Saudi Arabia

:: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday stressed the “strategic and discrete” nature of the Egyptian-Saudi relations. Sisi was speaking during a meeting in Cairo with Saudi Minister of Civil Service More »

Saudi King Salman orders new allowances to offset rising cost of living

:: Saudi King Salman issued a royal decree, on Friday, approving annual gratuity for Saudi civil and military personnel. Based on suggestions by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the decree was approved More »

 

Myanmar burned Rohingya villages despite refugee deal: HRW

:: Myanmar’s army burned down dozens of Rohingya homes within days of signing a refugee repatriation deal with Bangladesh, showing the agreement was a mere “public relations stunt,” Human Rights Watch said Monday. The rights group, citing analysis of satellite

Gunmen assassinate mayor of Libya’s biggest port city

:: Gunmen fatally shot the mayor of Libya’s third-largest city, Misrata, late on Sunday, ambushing his car inside the city, security officials said. The North African oil producer has been in chaos since the 2011 uprising that unseated Muammar Gaddafi,

Turkey to open ‘embassy to Palestine in Jerusalem’: Erdogan

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

:: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed hope on Sunday that Turkey would soon be able to open an embassy to a Palestinian state in East Jerusalem, as he stepped up his attacks on Donald Trump’s recognition of the city as

Merkel to meet bereaved a year after Berlin Christmas market attack

Angela Merkel

:: A year after an extremist plowed a truck into a Christmas market crowd, killing 12, Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet Monday with the victims’ families for the first time. The private gathering on the eve of the anniversary of

Palestinians in Gaza fire rockets at Israel, says army

:: Palestinians in the Gaza Strip fired two rockets at southern Israel on Sunday night, the Israeli army said in a statement without giving further details. State-owned Kan 11 TV said nobody was injured, despite one of the rockets apparently

Israeli jets ‘target Hamas training compound’ in northern Gaza

:: Israeli aircraft targeted a Hamas facility in the northern Gaza Strip early Monday, hours after two rockets fired from the Palestinian enclave struck southern Israel, the army said. “In response to the rockets launched towards southern Israel, IAF (Israel

US tip-off helped Russia halt terrorist attack

:: Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned US President Donald Trump on Sunday to thank him for information that allowed Russia to prevent a terrorist attack on its soil, Interfax news agency quoted the Kremlin as saying. Information provided by the

Egypt raises security level to maximum alert in preparation for Coptic holidays

:: Egyptian authorities announced that they will raise security levels to maximum alert on Sunday in preparation for Coptic Christmas festivities and possible Sinai terrorist attacks. Following a meeting chaired by the Minister of Interior, Magdy Abdel Ghaffar, the ministry

Yemen calls on relief organizations to work from Aden

:: In light of international relief organizations arriving in Sanaa to evacuate their staff, Yemeni Minister of Local Administration and Chairman of the Higher Relief Committee, Abdul Raqeeb Fath, invited them to move to the city of Aden to run

Newly printed Qur’anic edition of King Fahd press

:: The changes made to the latest Hafs Qur’anic edition did not include using a different script variant (handwriting), but a new theme and new motifs as well as printing it in different sizes, said Uthman Taha, the calligrapher who

Iran airs “confessions” of researcher facing death for spying

:: Iranian state television broadcast on Sunday what it described as the confessions of an Iranian academic with Swedish residency who it said had provided information to Israel to help it assassinate several senior nuclear scientists. His wife, speaking by

War against ISIS in Syria will be won by February, says France’s Macron

:: French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday predicted the ISIS group would be crushed in Syria by February, pushing for the Syrian government and opposition to come together for fresh peace talks early next year. “We have just won the

No VAT on expat remittances in Saudi Arabia, say bankers

:: Senior bankers clarified on Sunday that money sent home by expatriate workers will not be taxed under the value-added tax (VAT) reform initiative to be launched by the Saudi government on Jan. 1 next year. It was also announced

Relatives of Yemen’s slain ex-president Saleh arrive in Aden

:: Relatives of late former President Ali Abdullah Saleh arrived to Aden from Sanaa on Saturday night, governmental sources in Aden said. Hani Bin Brek, a former minister of state, confirmed reports via Twitter. “They will be looked after and

Eight killed as suicide bombers attack Pakistan church

:: Two suicide bombers attacked a church in the Pakistani city of Quetta on Sunday, killing eight people and wounding 42 others, officials said. The Islamic State group later claimed responsibility for the attack. Sarfaraz Bugti, home minister for the

Libya’s Haftar announces end of Skhirat Agreement

Khalifa Haftar

:: Libya’s national army commander Khalifa Haftar announced on Sunday the end of the Libyan Political Agreement, which was signed in Skhirat in Morocco in 2015, and said he does not recognize any decisions issued by the political bodies linked

North Korea threat on agenda when South Korean FM visits Japan

Kang Kyung-wha

:: South Korea’s foreign minister will visit Japan this week to meet her Japanese counterpart, the foreign ministry said on Sunday, with Seoul and Tokyo seeking to boost cooperation over the handling of North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. The

Assad forces enter Idlib, one of four de-escalation zones

:: Syrian army forces have entered parts of the Idlib province in north-west Syria, one of four “de-escalation” zones which foreign powers including turkey, Iran and Russia agreed to establish after years of civil war. This follows weeks of attacks

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