King Salman orders establishment of ‘King Salman Complex’ for Prophet’s Hadith

:: Saudi King Salman issued a Royal Decree on Tuesday establishing the “King Salman Complex”, the compound of King Salman for the Prophet’s Hadith. According to the royal order, the complex will More »

Iraqi president Masum calls for urgent Baghdad-Kurdish dialogue

:: Iraqi President Fuad Masum gave a televised speech on Tuesday on the latest developments on the ground in Kirkuk where he said that any Peshmerga supervision of the province “did not More »

Anies Baswedan sworn in as new Jakarta governor

:: Former Education Minister Anies Baswedan and businessman-turned-politician Sandiaga Uno were sworn in Monday as the new governor and deputy governor of Jakarta at a ceremony held by President Joko Widodo at More »

Saudi Crown Prince meets with the commander of the Pakistani Army

:: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Pakistani Army Commander Lieutenant General Javed Bajwa on Monday. The meeting reviewed the bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, especially in the More »

King Salman stresses kingdom’s support for united Iraq in phone call to Abadi

:: Saudi King Salman held a telephone call Monday evening with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq, Dr. Haider al-Abadi, in which he stressed the Kingdom’s support for the unity More »


Tag Archives: BEIRUT

Lebanon: 16-year-old murders father and two more in Beirut

:: A shocking new crime is shaking the center of Beirut, shedding light on weapons that are taking onto the streets of Lebanon, local news station MTV reported. A 16-year-old, Mohammad Younis, shot and killed his father, the building’s doorman

US-backed SDF to let Syrian ISIS fighters leave Raqqa

:: Syrian ISIS fighters are set to abandon Raqqa in a withdrawal agreed with US-backed Syrian militias that have them surrounded, a militia spokesman said on Saturday, as the extremist’ defeat in their former Syrian capital edged closer. Officials gave

Turkish forces set up positions in Syria’s Idlib

:: Turkey’s military has begun setting up observation posts in northwest Syria’s Idlib province, its General Staff said on Friday, part of a deployment that appears partly aimed at containing a Kurdish militia. Turkey sent a convoy of about 30

Syrian rebels hand border crossing to opposition government

:: A rebel group in northern Syria handed control of a major border crossing to a Turkey-backed Syrian opposition government on Tuesday, a senior rebel official said. By handing over the Bab Salama crossing at the Turkish border, the Jabha

Monitor: Russian strikes kill 14 civilians in eastern Syria

:: Russian air strikes killed 14 civilians as they were crossing the Euphrates river near the militant-held town of Mayadeen in eastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday. “They were crossing the river on makeshift rafts

3,000 killed in Syria in deadliest month of 2017

:: Syria’s war killed at least 3,000 people including 955 civilians in September, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said on Sunday, in the deadliest month of the conflict this year. “More than 70 percent of the civilians were

Report: Syrian army, allies seize more of Jordanian frontier

:: The Syrian army and its allies seized control of nine positions at Syria’s border with Jordan, expanding their control at the southern frontier, a military news outlet run by the Lebanese militia Hezbollah said on Saturday. The captured border

Lebanon civil servants on strike amid wage hike crisis

:: Lebanon’s civil servants are on strike to pressure the government to pay them recently approved wage hikes amid a new crisis over how to finance them. The Cabinet is meeting on Tuesday to discuss new ways to finance the

Lebanese Cabinet to look at ways to fund public sector pay rise

Saad Al-Harirs

:: Lebanon experienced a nationwide strike involving all public sector institutions as well as both public and private schools on Monday, with those on strike demanding a public sector pay rise. A new salary scale was approved by Parliament only

US-backed SDF captures major Syria gas fields

:: US-backed Syrian fighters captured on Saturday the country’s largest gas field — a pre-war gas treatment facility — from the Daesh militant group in an eastern province of Deir Ezzor that borders Iraq as they race with government forces

Lebanon takes steps toward long overdue elections

:: The speaker of the Lebanese Parliament, Nabih Berri, put forward an urgent draft law on Monday to end Parliament’s term on Dec. 31 this year, instead of May 2018. That would mean parliamentary elections — set to be held

Syria army advances towards ISIS-held Deir Ezzor

:: Syrian government soldiers and allied fighters have advanced further towards a government enclave besieged by ISIS in the country’s east, a monitor said on Sunday. Syria’s army, backed by Russian military support, has been advancing towards Deir Ezzor city

US-led coalition says ISIS Syria convoy split in two

:: An ISIS evacuation convoy trying to reach ISIS territory in east Syria has split in two, with some buses remaining in the open desert after others turned back into government-held areas, a US-led coalition fighting the group said on

Lebanese parties reject coordination with Syria over Daesh

Michel Sleiman

:: Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah’s remarks about “the importance of official coordination with Syria in case Lebanon decides to start negotiating with Daesh” has provoked criticisms about pushing the government to communicate with Damascus. Saudi Minister of State for the

ISIS counterattack kills 34 Syria regime forces in Raqqa

:: At least 34 Syrian soldiers and allied fighters have been killed in an ISIS counterattack in the east of Raqqa province, rolling back regime gains, a monitor said Friday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the militant group

Lebanese Army nears victory over Daesh

:: The Lebanese Army needs to liberate Martbia, Siraj Hiqab Al-Shir and Al-Shahut in the barrens of Ras Baalbek and Al-Qaa to declare victory over Daesh, a Lebanese military source told Arab News. The Lebanese military command said in a

Lebanese president signs public sector pay rise and tax hike laws

:: Lebanese President Michel Aoun signed off on public sector wage increases and related tax hikes on Monday, the national news agency NNA said. Aoun had held off ratifying the two laws since parliament approved them last month, amid concerns

Lebanese army advances against ISIS in battle on Syrian border

:: Lebanese soldiers renewed fire on ISIS group positions on the country’s eastern border with Syria on Sunday after capturing a third of the territory held by militants in the area. Lebanon’s army began its operation in the Jurud Ras

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