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 »


Saudi Arabia approves four decisions in 10 days to ‘boost women’s rights’

:: Saudi Arabia’s Justice Ministry has approved four decisions in support of women’s rights in the past ten days, the Saudi Okaz daily reported. The decisions pertain to protecting minors, divorcees, women who have custody of their

Iraq announces start of air bombing campaign on ISIS-held Tal Afar

:: Iraq has begun an aerial bombardment of Tal Afar, a town under ISIS control west of Mosul, Baghdad-based al-Sumariya TV said on Tuesday, citing an Iraqi Defence Ministry spokesman. The ground attack to try to take

Saudi Arabia: We reject any attempt to politicize Hajj

:: Saudi Arabia’s Council of Ministers, chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, held a meeting on Monday at the Salam Palace in Jeddah and stressed the importance of providing the highest levels of comfort and safety

Report: Qatar and Tehran’s conspiracy against Saudi Arabia revealed

:: Evidence has emerged pointing out that Qatar has been involved in attempting to spark war in the southern borders of Saudi Arabia, the pan-Arab Asharq al-Awsat newspaper reported. The newspaper referred to a conspiracy which Qatar,

675,143 pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia for Hajj

:: As many as 675,143 pilgrims have so far arrived in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The General Directorate of Passports said in its daily statistics that 663,860 pilgrims arrived by air; 10,796 by land; and 487

Three offers raise Uber’s value to $100 billion

:: Investment groups around the world are scrambling to seize a stake in Uber, the world’s largest passenger services company. The move comes amid speculation on the company’s reasons to sell its shares, despite a market dominance

Stung by boycott, some Qatari firms asking employees to take unpaid leave

:: Qatar’s feud with the four boycotting neighbors is making life harder for some foreign workers in the country. This is worsening the situation caused by layoffs due to low oil prices and a work-sponsorship system that

Details emerge on when UAE expects to issue tax laws

:: United Arab Emirates expects to issue laws on value-added tax and excise tax in the third quarter of this year, and to issue regulations covering implementation of those laws in the fourth quarter, a senior UAE

UAE’s Union National Bank opens Shanghai branch

:: Union National Bank (UNB), 50 percent owned by the Abu Dhabi government, has begun operations at its branch in Shanghai, becoming the first bank from the UAE to operate a branch in mainland China, the bank

Air Berlin files for insolvency after Etihad withdraws support

:: Air Berlin, Germany’s second-largest airline, filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday after key shareholder Etihad Airways withdrew funding following years of losses, leaving valuable runway slots up for grabs. The move offers Lufthansa and rivals a

Female stunt driver dies while filming ‘Deadpool 2’

:: “Deadpool 2” star Ryan Reynolds is mourning the death of a motorcycle stunt driver killed during production Monday. Reynolds released a statement on Twitter a few hours after the accident near the waterfront in downtown Vancouver.

Taylor Swift wins groping trial against DJ, awarded symbolic $1

:: Taylor Swift won her trial against a Colorado radio personality on Monday after a jury found that the former DJ assaulted and battered the pop star by groping her bare bottom, and awarded her the symbolic

Modi says India will fight foreign threats

Narendra Modi

:: India is strong enough to defend its borders against any threat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in an Independence Day speech as the nation faces a frontier showdown with China and aggravated tensions with Pakistan. “Security

Killing an incapacitated assailant is a crime, not heroics

Yossi Mekelberg

By : Yossi Mekelberg :: Wars and conflicts create heroes and villains, but most of all victims. All three were mixed in the sorry saga in which Israeli soldier Elor Azaria shot and killed Abed Al-Fattah Al-Sharif,

Turkey’s temptation for Afrin

Yasar Yakis

By : Yasar Yakis :: On Aug. 5, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: “By launching the military operation Euphrates Shield, we had thrust a dagger at the heart of the new terrorist formation in Syria. We

Freedom to speak, yes, but not to hate

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman Al-Rashed :: The late Ghazi Al-Gosaibi, the Saudi poet and novelist, was one of the most prominent figures to confront the hate movement in the early 1990s. His book “Until There Is No More

What Iran really wants from the nuclear deal

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

By : Dr. Majid Rafizadeh :: Iran’s ruling clerics frequently complain, without evidence, that the US is not complying with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear deal reached in 2015 between Tehran and six

Gunmen kidnap former Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan

:: Libyan sources said that unknown gunmen kidnapped former Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan while he was in a hotel in the Libyan capital Tripoli. According to the sources, an armed group raided the hotel “Al-Sharq” in

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