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 »

Dialogue best way to promote peace, security: Saudi Shoura chief

:: Shoura Council President Abdullah Al-Asheikh said that the Kingdom, under the leadership of King Salman, believes in dialogue as an effective means to achieve security, peace and prosperity. Al-Asheikh delivered his More »

Commercial courts to boost investment in Saudi Arabia

:: Justice Minister Walid Al-Samaani has officially launched the commercial courts after they had started to operate on Muharram 1 of this year. Al-Samaani, who is also the Supreme Judicial Council chairman, More »

 

Tag Archives: Gaza

Two cheers (but only two) for Palestinian reconciliation

Chris Doyle

By : Chris Doyle :: Gaza is in massive humanitarian crisis — its water undrinkable, its beaches polluted, its economy non-existent. Over 40 percent of its workforce is unemployed. Basic medicines are barely available. Electricity flows for just two hours.

US to follow up on Gaza situation following Hamas, Fatah reconciliation

:: The US Department of State said it will closely follow up on the humanitarian situation in Gaza after rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation deal on Thursday. A US Department of State spokesperson welcomed the Palestinian

Abbas to visit Gaza within a month for Palestinian unity bid

:: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will visit Gaza for the first time in a decade within a month, a top official in his Fatah party said on Thursday, after reconciliation talks with rivals Hamas. Abbas “will be in Gaza within

Fatah, Hamas to discuss security in Gaza under unity deal

:: Negotiators from rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas will discuss security in the Gaza Strip at unity talks in Cairo on Tuesday, including a proposal that would see Fatah security personnel deployed to Hamas-dominated territory. The plan for 3,000

Israel strikes Hamas post after Gaza rocket fire

:: The Israeli military said on Sunday it destroyed an outpost belonging to the Hamas in the Gaza Strip on Sunday after Gaza militants fired a rocket toward Israel. The rocket set off air raid sirens in southern Israel but

Hamas arrests suspected militant leader in Gaza

:: Hamas police detained a suspected militant leader in Gaza on Saturday, a security source said, the latest in a series of arrests of those accused of ISIS group ideology. “This morning, security forces arrested Nour Issa, 27, who is

Palestinian rivals declare three stages to end decade-long split

:: Palestinian Authority Spokesperson Yousef al-Mahmoud has said that the agreement to end division between rivals Hamas and Fatah will be accomplished in three stages; the formation of committees to begin work on solving the problems of the crossings, electricity,

Egyptian officials in Gaza ahead of Palestinian unity talks

:: Egyptian delegates arrived in Gaza Sunday on the eve of a fresh attempt at reconciliation between the strip’s Hamas rulers and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s Fatah movement, an official said. West Bank-based Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah is to

UN chief calls for lifting of Gaza blockade in face of humanitarian crisis

:: UN chief Antonio Guterres called for the blockade of the Gaza Strip to be lifted on Wednesday as he visited the Palestinian enclave enduring “one of the most dramatic humanitarian crises” he had seen. “I am deeply moved to

Gaza gets its first proper cinema in three decades

:: Several hundred Gazans will be able to go to the cinema on Saturday for the first time in more than 30 years, albeit for one night only. The Samer Cinema in Gaza City, the oldest in the strip but

Hamas guard killed in suicide bombing at Gaza base

:: A suicide bomber killed a Hamas guard in southern Gaza early Thursday, officials said, in what sources described as a rare militant attack against the Palestinian group. “Early this morning security forces stopped two people approaching the southern border

Projectile from Gaza lands in Israel: Army

:: A projectile fired from the Islamist Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip landed late on Tuesday in southern Israel, the military said. The incident caused no casualties or damage, a military spokesperson added. Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008.

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 hold talks with

Palestinian president Abbas leaves hospital after ‘routine checkup’

:: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was discharged from hospital in the Israel-occupied West Bank on Saturday after a brief “routine checkup”, the official Wafa news agency reported. The 82-year-old president “was admitted to hospital in Ramallah for a routine checkup

Israeli artillery bombards sites in Gaza Strip

:: Israeli artillery fired several shells at positions in central Gaza Strip at dawn on Monday, according to Palestinian media sources. Local media sources said that the Israeli artillery fired several shells at the observation posts east of Deir al-Balah,

Ex-Gaza security chief says Hamas deal will open border

Mohammed Dahlan

:: An exiled Palestinian politician, who quietly negotiated a power-sharing deal for Gaza with Hamas, discussed the details for the first time in an interview, saying he expects it to lead to a swift opening of the blockaded territory’s border

Turkey: Jerusalem holy site closure ‘crime against humanity’

:: Turkey on Monday blasted Israel’s two-day closure of a Jerusalem holy site, following a deadly attack, as a “crime against humanity.”Israel closed the Haram al-Sharif compound, or the Noble Sanctuary of Jerusalem, on Friday and Saturday after the attack.

Target Israelis, says Hamas, after Jerusalem site attack

:: Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers are calling on Palestinians to attack Israeli forces in Jerusalem after a sacred site was closed following a deadly assault there. Hamas described the closure of the site – known to Muslims as the Noble

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