Fighting corruption is a must to achieve development goals, says Muslim World League chief

:: Referring to corruption as a “black hole” that hinders the development process of a nation, Dr. Mohammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa called for confronting this menace in all ways possible. Al-Issa, More »

King Salman’s speech will serve as guideline for Shoura, says council member

:: Guidelines for addressing local and regional challenges with a special reference to domestic and foreign policies, will be spelled out by King Salman on Wednesday, and will set the tone for More »

Trump’s Jerusalem decision could help militants — UAE’s Sheikh Mohammed

:: US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital could provide a lifeline to militants after the setbacks they suffered this year, the de facto leader of the United More »

Saudi Crown Prince discusses bilateral, regional developments with Russian envoy

:: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Minister of Defense and Deputy Prime Minister welcomed Mikhail Bogdanov, the Russian presiden’ts Special Representative for the Middle East and African Countries and Deputy Foreign Minister, More »

Abbas: Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the State of Palestine

:: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday that Jerusalem was the “eternal capital of the State of Palestine” In a televised address in response to the US announcement President Abbas said More »


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Erdogan: We are ‘on same wavelength’ with the US in latest talks

:: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday his talks with U.S. President Donald Trump last Friday were the first occasion in a long time the two NATO allies were “on the same wavelength” and the communication would continue in

Gulen ‘money man’ back in Turkey from Sudan

:: Turkish spies working in Sudan have repatriated a businessman accused of links to wanted Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen after he was caught in a joint operation, state media reported Monday. Memduh Cikmaz is accused of giving millions to the

Turkey opens criminal probes into two US attorneys

:: Turkish prosecutors on Saturday launched a criminal probe against the American attorneys behind a case that has angered President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accusing them of faking evidence. Reza Zarrab, a Turkish-Iranian national, and Mehmet Hakan Atilla, the deputy chief

Turkey sends aid to disaster victims

:: Turkey has provided humanitarian aid following a 7.3-magnitude earthquake on Sunday in neighboring northern Iraq and Iran that killed more than 350 people and injured some 6,000. Turkish aid agencies, including the Red Crescent and the state-run Disaster and

Turkish PM hails US visa move, calls for Gulen’s extradition

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

:: Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Tuesday described the US’ move to partially resume issuing visas in Turkey as a positive step, but said Washington should extradite a cleric blamed for last year’s failed military coup in Turkey. “The

Baghdad to pay Peshmerga, Kurdistan civil servants

:: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi announced on Tuesday that federal security forces had redeployed in all disputed areas adjacent to the Kurdish region. He added that his government would pay the delayed salaries of Kurdish troops and government employees

‘Ankara, Riyadh poised for greater cooperation’

:: Relations between Saudi Arabia and Turkey have witnessed a rapid qualitative and quantitative improvement and are poised for major intensification in near future because the two countries today stand as “main pillars for regional stability,” said Turkish Ambassador Yunus

Turkey: Former minister forms party to challenge Erdogan

:: A former Turkish interior minister and deputy parliament speaker has formed a new party hoping to challenge President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in elections set for 2019. The 61-year-old Meral Aksener founded the center-right “Iyi Parti,” or “Good Party,” in

Iran’s Guards say missile programme will accelerate despite pressure

:: Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards said on Thursday that the country’s ballistic missile programme would accelerate despite pressure from the United States and European Union to suspend it, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported. In a major US policy

Turkey says will not submit to ‘impositions’ from United States in visa crisis

:: Turkey will not submit to “impositions” from the United States over an on-going visa crisis and will reject any conditions it cannot meet, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday. A delegation from the United States is visiting Turkey

Iran says Trump’s nuclear deal policy not to have high impact on oil prices

:: President Donald Trump’s hardened stance on a multinational nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers will not have much impact on global oil prices, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh told state TV on Sunday. Trump refused on Friday

Turkey’s Erdogan in Iran amid tensions over Iraqi Kurd vote

:: Iran’s state TV is reporting the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is visiting Iran as Tehran and Ankara weigh how to respond to the Kurdish independence referendum in Iraq. Erdogan arrived in Tehran on Wednesday and was greeted at

Turkey’s Erdogan says will impose further sanctions against northern Iraq

:: Turkey will impose further sanctions on northern Iraq over its independence referendum, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday. “We are managing with some embargoes in northern Iraq for now, but if they don’t come to their senses, this will

Turkey opens $50m training camp for Somali Army

:: Turkey opened its largest overseas military training camp on Saturday on a 400-hectare seafront site in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. The $50 million camp, which has been under construction since March 2015, was inaugurated by Somali Prime Minister

Turkey calls on Barzani to cancel northern Iraq referendum

:: Turkey made a directly appeal to the president of the northern Iraqi Kurdish region on Friday, calling on him to cancel an independence referendum planned for Sept. 25, warning that Ankara viewed the vote as illegal and unacceptable. In

Military drills show Erdogan’s stance before Kurdish independence vote

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

:: In a strategic move just a week before a planned independence referendum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, the Turkish Army announced major military exercises on Monday on the Turkey-Iraq border. The army said the exercises in the southeastern

Turkey says northern Iraqi referendum an issue of national security

Binali Yildirim

:: Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday that the planned independence referendum in northern Iraq is an issue of national security, and Turkey will take any necessary steps. On Friday, Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani said the vote

Turkey, Iran, Russia to deploy observers around Idlib

:: Russia, Iran and Turkey will post observers on the edge of a de-escalation zone in northern Syria’s Idlib region largely controlled by radical militants, the three nations said on Friday. The move is part of a broader plan under

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