Kuwait to give $2 billion in loans, investments for Iraq

:: Kuwait’s Emir said it would lend $1 billion and commit a further $1 billion of investments to Iraq, joining a group of international backers that have this week pledged funds to More »

“France will strike” if proven chemical bombs used in Syria

:: President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that “France will strike” if chemical weapons are used against civilians in the Syrian conflict but that he had not yet seen any evidence that More »

King says Jordanians ‘let down’ by international community

:: Jordan’s King Abdullah II says that “life for Jordanians today is very, very tough” as a result of a large refugee influx and that he feels the international community has “let More »

King Salman’s call for cultural diversity wins praise

:: The Saudi Cabinet has welcomed King Salman’s address to guests at the 32nd Janadriyah festival emphasizing the importance of culture as a basic pillar for a nation’s identity and values. Chaired More »

Sami Anan blackmail documents revealed, Egyptian army investigates

:: The Egyptian military said Monday it would take legal action against the country’s former anti-corruption chief Hisham Geneina and former military chief-of-staff Sami Anan, who is currently under arrest. Geneina, who More »

 

UN Security Council condemns Houthi missile attack on Saudi Arabia

:: The UN Security Council has condemned this week’s ballistic missile attack by Houthi militias in Yemen against Saudi Arabia’s capital “in the strongest possible terms.” A statement approved Friday by all 15 council members “also expressed alarm at the

Congratulations pour in on third anniversary of King Salman’s rule

King Salman

:: The third anniversary of King Salman’s accession to the throne was marked by hope and optimism as congratulations poured in from senior Saudi officials and foreign dignitaries. Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah congratulated the Saudi monarch and

Theresa May voices concern over Houthi militia’s blockade of aid to Yemen

:: British Prime Minister Theresa May has expressed her concern over the continued blockade by the Iranian-backed Houthi militias of humanitarian aid reaching the Yemeni people as well as their efforts to destabilize the region, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Retweet by UAE FM about Ottoman commander turns into feud with Edrogan

:: A tweet shared on Saturday by UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahayan, which said Ottoman troops led by Fakhreddin Pasha stole money and manuscripts from Medina in 1916, resulted in a feud between him and Turkish

Hamas chief in Gaza says Palestinian unity deal is collapsing

:: Palestinian Islamist group Hamas’s leader in Gaza said on Thursday a reconciliation deal with President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction was collapsing, just 10 weeks after the agreement was reached. The rivals signed a deal brokered by Cairo on Oct.

Saudi crown prince receives Palestinian president

:: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. During the meeting, the pair discussed the latest developments in the Palestinian territories, ways to intensify practical efforts to ensure the legitimate rights of

Putin condemns Houthi missile attack

:: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday joined world leaders in condemning this week’s missile attack on Riyadh by Yemen’s Houthi militias. He also called for a thorough investigation of the incident during Thursday’s phone call with King Salman, the

Iraqi Kurdish ministers resign amid violent protests

:: Two political parties have withdrawn from Iraq’s Kurdish regional government amid street protests over delayed salaries, poor services and rampant corruption, a Kurdish lawmaker said Thursday. Thousands of Kurds have taken to the streets in recent days in Sulaimaniyah,

Kurdish-led Syrian groups plan to attend Sochi talks, officials say

:: Kurdish-led Syrian groups plan to attend Russia’s proposed Syria peace talks in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Kurdish officials have said. The Syria peace congress was originally scheduled for November 18th but was postponed and the Kremlin said

Civil war is pushing South Sudan closer to starvation

:: Writhing in agony on the dirt floor of his hut, Bob Wol traced the recent gunshot wounds on his thigh and back with his fingers. “I was trying to get food and my government tried to kill me,” the

US military captures Iranian watercraft in Houthi-controlled Hodeidah

:: The US military captured an Iranian watercraft, known as Shark 33, in the Ras Isa marine dock near the port of Houthi-controlled Hodeidah, a US military source revealed in statements to CNN. The source said that the captured watercraft

Myanmar bars UN rights investigator just before visit

:: The UN independent investigator into human rights in Myanmar has been barred from visiting the country for the rest of her tenure, she said on Wednesday. Yanghee Lee, UN special rapporteur, said she had been due to visit in

Full Brexit in Jan. 2021 as EU sets transition deadline

Michel Barnier

:: The European Union wants a transition period after Brexit to end no later than the last day of 2020, according to the European Commission’s negotiating directives agreed on Wednesday. That date, coinciding with the end of the EU’s seven-year

Erdogan rival vows to overturn executive presidency

Meral Aksener

:: A dissident Turkish nationalist who founded a new political party and is now viewed as a possible rival to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to scrap her opponent’s vision of a super-presidency if elected. Meral Aksener, 61, Turkey’s

US Congressmen call secret Qatar deal into question

:: The Washington Post reported that members of the Congress, in both parties, are calling agreement a US-Qatar Memorandum of Understanding that was signed six months ago, into question. The newspaper added that they are asking to release the deal

Egypt court sentences presidential hopeful to six years

:: An Egyptian military court on Tuesday sentenced an army colonel to six years in prison after he announced his intention to run against President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi in next year’s elections, his defense lawyer told The Associated Press. The lawyer,

More than 120 US airstrikes in Yemen in 2017

:: US forces have conducted more than 120 air strikes against jihadists in Yemen this year, officials announced Wednesday, under a long-running campaign that has intensified since President Donald Trump took office. Most of the strikes have been against Al-Qaeda

Turkey bans New Year celebrations at Taksim Square

:: Turkish authorities will not allow New Year celebrations at Istanbul’s iconic Taksim Square for security reasons, state media reported Wednesday, quoting local officials. Ismail Kilic, local police chief of Istanbul’s Beyoglu district, said security measures had been doubled this

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