King Salman receives Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al-Thani

:: Saudi King Salman received in his residence in the city of Tangier in the Kingdom of Morocco, on Thursday night, Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali bin Abdullah bin Jassim More »

Iraq acknowledges abuses committed against civilians in Mosul campaign

:: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s office said on Thursday a unit of the security forces committed “abuses” against civilians during the offensive to oust ISIS insurgents from the More »

UAE Minister: Qatar must end politicization of Hajj after King Salman initiative

:: The UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar al-Gargash, said on Thursday that Qatar’s politicization of Hajj must come to an end following the initiative taken by More »

Iran reform leader Mehdi Karroubi on hunger strike over 6-year house arrest

:: Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, under house arrest for the past six years, was hospitalized Thursday after going on hunger strike a day earlier to demand a trial More »

Who is Abdullah Al Thani, descendant of ruling family which built modern Qatar?

:: Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali bin Abdullah Al Thani is the second son of the late Emir Ali bin Abdullah Al Thani, the grandson of the Emir of Qatar, More »


Police: ISIS directed Australian men to build bomb for Etihad Airways flight

:: A senior ISIS commander directed a group of Australian men to build a bomb destined for an Etihad Airways flight out of Sydney, police alleged Friday. The improvised explosive device was due to be smuggled onto

Egyptian plane lands safely in Medina after smoke alert

:: An Egyptian plane landed safely, shortly after taking off from Medina Airport in Saudi Arabia because of smoke reported in the pilot cabin. The General Authority of Civil Aviation said in a press statement that the

Italian ship arrives in Tripoli port despite threat

:: The Libyan navy chief off staff’s media office has released a video of an Italian navy ship arriving to the port of Tripoli, while stressing that its arrival does not impede on the Libya’s sovereignty. The

Rockets, gunfire test new Russia-backed truce near Homs

:: Warring sides exchanged rocket and gunfire north of the Syrian city of Homs overnight, hours after a Russia-backed truce took effect, a war monitor said on Friday, while heavy rocket fire also marred a similar deal

US says took part in Somalia raid that killed commander

:: The United States said on Friday it took part in a July 30 raid that killed a senior member of the al Shabaab network, which Mogadishu blames for several terrorist bombings. The Somali information ministry said

Anti-terror quartet reiterate firm position in Jeddah meet

:: The anti-terror quartet (ATQ) countries — Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt — on Thursday reiterated their firm stance against terrorism in all its manifestations. In this regard, the ATQ reaffirmed that various

Israel launches preliminary investigation of Amman embassy shootings

:: Israel said on Friday it would conduct a preliminary investigation into the July 23 shooting to death of two Jordanians by a guard at its Amman embassy who the kingdom says should face criminal prosecution. Citing

Pakistan’s new Cabinet takes oath after Nawaz Sharif’s removal

:: Forty-three members of new Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s Cabinet were sworn in on Friday by President Mamnoon Hussain. Abbasi was elected interim prime minister on Aug. 1, winning an unprecedented number of votes in

UN chief to make first visit to Israel, Palestinian territories

:: United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres will pay his first visit since taking the UN helm to Israel and the Palestinian territories, including the Gaza Strip, at the end of the month. The UN chief will

UN urges all countries to halt weapons flow to Daesh, Al-Qaeda

Nikki Haley

:: The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution urging all countries to eliminate the supply of weapons to Daesh and other “terrorists” including by taking legal action against suppliers and marking arms to improve their

Venezuela crisis due to ‘not killing oligarchs,’ says London ex-mayor

:: Outspoken former London Mayor Ken Livingstone on Thursday suggested that one of the causes of Venezuela’s current crisis was that former President Hugo Chavez “didn’t kill all the oligarchs.” “There are real problems and (current President

Pakistan’s new PM backs sex harassment probe against Imran Khan

Imran Khan

:: Pakistan’s new prime minister Friday backed a parliamentary investigation into allegations of sexual harassment leveled by a female lawmaker against firebrand opposition leader Imran Khan, in a scandal that has gripped the conservative country. The scandal

Police: Violence, arson at S.Sudanese refugee camp in Sudan

:: Violence and arson broke out on Thursday at the biggest South Sudanese refugee camp in Sudan, which houses tens of thousands of people, a security official said. The scale and cause of the violence at the

Malaysian PM under pressure over French sub deal

Najib Razak

:: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak faced renewed questions Thursday over a 2002 sale of submarines to his country after a close associate was charged in France over alleged kickbacks. Najib, then defense minister, oversaw the deal

Two killed, three wounded in Egypt attack near Luxor

:: A policeman and a civilian were killed and three people wounded in an attack late on Thursday on a patrol in Esna, south of Luxor, the Interior Ministry said. The police patrol had stopped a vehicle

China: India building up troops amid border stand off

:: China’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday said India has been building up troops and repairing roads along its side of the border amid an increasingly tense stand-off in a remote frontier region beside the Himalayan kingdom of

FBI arrests cyber expert who ended WannaCry attack

:: A cyber security researcher widely credited with helping to neutralize the global “WannaCry” ransomware attack earlier this year has been arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the US Marshals Service said on Thursday. Marcus Hutchins,

Mubadala sells second stake in US chipmaker AMD

:: Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Investment Company on Friday said it sold a 3.9 percent stake in US-based semiconductor company Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). The transaction is Mubadala’s second sale of AMD shares this year. Mubadala sold 40

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