GCC members call for Arab unity against terror, Iran meddling at Riyadh summit

:: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman said on Sunday the Kingdom is keen to maintain the entity of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and strengthen its current and future role. “In order to More »

King Salman to launch Tarif district restoration program

:: King Salman will patronize the inaugural ceremony for the restoration of the Tarif historical district on Sunday. It is part of a program aimed at the development of the ancient Ad More »

Saudi elected as Arab Parliament speaker

:: Saudi Arabia’s Shoura Council member Dr. Mishaal bin Fahm Al-Salami was elected as the speaker of the Arab Parliament at a special session on Saturday. His election is a seen as More »

Saudi Cabinet welcomes creation of supreme council with Algeria

:: The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday reviewed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s tour of Arab countries and the Kingdom’s participation at the G20 Summit in Argentina. The Cabinet welcomed the Kingdom’s decision More »

Rouhani threatens to block all Gulf oil exports if Iran can’t export oil

:: Iran has threatened to block the waterway in which oil exports are shipped on Tuesday, with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reiterating that the United States will not be able to stop More »

 

Houthi militiamen storm mixed-gender hotel café in Yemen’s Sanaa

:: Houthi militiamen raided a coffee shop in the Burj al-Salam Hotel in the Old City of Sanaa and arrested two of its employees because the cafe allows for men and women customers; a mixed-gender environment. This is not the

Syrian army tightens noose around Palestinian camp held by ISIS

:: Syrian troops tightened the noose on Sunday around a Palestinian refugee camp held by ISIS militants in southern Damascus where hundreds of civilians face an uncertain future, state media, witnesses and residents said. Nearly two weeks into a campaign

Unidentified missiles against Syrian regime fighters kill mostly Iranians

:: Missile strikes against Syrian regime forces in the central province of Hama overnight killed 26 pro-regime fighters, mostly Iranians, a monitor said Monday. The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights said the fighters had been killed in a raid, “probably”

In first for Tunisia, police and soldiers head to polls

:: Police and soldiers went to the ballot box for the first time in Tunisia on Sunday, casting votes in municipal elections after the lifting of a longtime ban. Most Tunisians will vote on May 6 in the municipal polls

Israeli soldiers shoot dead Palestinian on Gaza border

:: Israeli soldiers shot two Palestinians on Sunday as they tried to enter the country from the Gaza Strip, killing one of them and arresting the other, the army said. “2 suspects attempted to infiltrate Israel from the southern Gaza

Duterte derided for asking Filipino workers in Kuwait to return home

:: A Philippine labor group and a senator accused President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday of gambling with the livelihoods of tens of thousands of Filipinos in Kuwait, after he asked them to come home amid a diplomatic dispute over reported

Rouhani tells Macron Iran nuclear deal ‘not negotiable’

:: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday told his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron that the nuclear deal his country reached with international powers was “not negotiable”. “The nuclear deal or any other subject under its pretext is not negotiable in

UK Interior Minister Amber Rudd quits over growing immigration scandal

:: Britain’s interior minister resigned Sunday amid a scandal over authorities’ mistreatment of long-term UK residents wrongly caught up in a government drive to reduce illegal immigration. Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said late Sunday that May had accepted the

Syrian army says captured villages from US backed forces

:: The Syrian army said on Sunday it had captured a string of villages from US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) east of the Euphrates river near the border with Iraq where Kurdish-led forces are in control, state television said. The

Rivals see ruse in Palestinian political forum to be convened by Abbas

:: Political rivals accused Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday of pushing ahead with a rare and disputed national decision-making meeting to tighten his grip on power and sideline them. Abbas has billed Monday’s convening of the Palestinian National Council

Iran confirms holding British-Iranian academic on security charges

:: Iran confirmed on Sunday that it had arrested a British-Iranian academic on security charges, state media reported, the latest in a string of arrests of dual nationals in the Islamic Republic over the past few years. On Wednesday, the

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman heads to Jeddah

:: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has left Riyadh for Jeddah Sunday, state news agency SPA reported. He flew from King Salman Air Base Airport, where he was seen off by Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Region,

Saudi king, WHO chief discuss ways to enhance cooperation

:: King Salman received Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Sunday. The meeting reviewed ways to increase cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the WHO. Recently, in response

Saudi King Salman meets US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

:: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received on Sunday US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is using the Middle East leg of his first trip abroad as America’s top diplomat to call for concerted international action to punish Iran for

Deadly explosions rock Afghan capital during morning rush hour

:: At least 21 people were killed, including Agence France-Presse chief photographer Shah Marai and three other journalists, when two suicide blasts ripped through Kabul early Monday, the health ministry has confirmed. At least 27 people were wounded and rushed

Armenia opposition stages show of force

:: Supporters of Armenia’s protest leader Nikol Pashinyan took to the streets Sunday, hoping that a massive show of force will propel the opposition politician to power in a key election two days away. Ex-Soviet Armenia has been in the

ICRC Lebanese employee killed in Yemen laid to rest

:: Hanna Lahoud an International Committee of the Red Cross staff member shot and killed in Yemen’s Taiz last week, was laid to rest on Saturday in his hometown of Brih in Lebanon. Lahoud was killed last Saturday while on

UN team arrives in Bangladesh to meet Rohingya refugees

:: A UN Security Council delegation has arrived in Bangladesh to visit Rohingya refugee camps and discuss the crisis with local officials. The visit comes amid the delayed repatriation of some 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled to Bangladesh from

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