Putin and Erdogan warn of rising tension after Trump’s decision on Jerusalem

:: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned against the repercussions of Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel asserting it would be the cause More »

Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage chief highlights tourism’s role in maintaining peace

:: Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) President Prince Sultan bin Salman on Monday iterated that Saudi Arabia’s care for tourism and heritage represents its care for the global human More »

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 »


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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 Arab Emirates (UAE) has warned. Abu Dhabi Crown

Palestinian president, Coptic Pope not to meet Pence

:: Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will not hold a planned meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence following Washington’s controversial policy shift on Jerusalem, an Abbas aide said on Saturday. “There will be no meeting with the vice president of

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 that the Palestinian issue has now entered a

Palestinian rage over holy city fuels fears of bigger conflict

:: Palestinians on Wednesday warned that a bloody third “intifada” could follow a decision by US President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Manuel Hassassian, the Palestinian Ambassador to the UK, branded Trump’s policy shift as

Future status of Jerusalem must be negotiated: UN envoy

:: The UN envoy for the Middle East peace process said Wednesday that Jerusalem’s future status must be negotiated between Israelis and Palestinians and warned of the repercussions of any action over the disputed city. “The (UN) secretary general has

Palestinian president warns US against Jerusalem recognition

:: The Palestinian president has warned that the American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would jeopardize the White House’s nascent Mideast peace efforts. According to the official Wafa news agency, President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday that recognizing Jerusalem

Hamas threatens ‘intifada’ over US moves on Jerusalem

:: The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas which controls Gaza called Saturday for a new “intifada” if Washington recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel or moves its embassy to the disputed city. Reports in Washington have suggested US President Donald

Israel bars Swiss diplomats from Gaza after Hamas talks

:: Israel will refuse Swiss diplomats access to the Gaza Strip until further notice after recent meetings were held with Hamas leaders, an Israeli official said Wednesday. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman issued the order to prevent the diplomats from travelling

Palestinians reject ‘extortion’ in face of US move to close mission

:: The Palestinian foreign minister says the Palestinians will not give in to “extortion” after a US threat to close their diplomatic mission in Washington. In an interview on Palestine Radio on Saturday, Riad Malki said the Palestinians are waiting

Israel signals free hand in Syria as US and Russia expand truce

:: Israel signaled on Sunday that it would keep up military strikes across its frontier with Syria to prevent any encroachment by Iranian-allied forces, even as the United States and Russia try to build up a ceasefire in the area.

Israel downs Syrian drone over Golan Heights: army

:: The Israeli army said it had shot down a Russian-made Syrian drone carrying out a reconnaissance mission over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Saturday. The drone was intercepted by a Patriot missile in the demilitarized zone between the Israeli-

Israel approves 240 east Jerusalem settler homes

:: Israeli authorities on Wednesday approved building permits for 240 new homes in settlement neighborhoods in Jerusalem’s eastern sector, Deputy Mayor Meir Turjeman told AFP. A city planning committee approved 90 units in Gilo and another 150 in Ramat Shlomo,

Netanyahu signals Gaza militant bodies to be bargaining chips

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:: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signalled Monday Israel would use the bodies of Palestinian militants as bargaining chips to retrieve the remains of soldiers believed held by Gaza’s Hamas rulers. Israel blew up a tunnel stretching from the Gaza Strip

Israeli and Palestinian ministers meet in Trump peace push

:: Israel and Palestinian officials held a rare high-level meeting in Ramallah as the United States seeks to kickstart stalled peace efforts, officials said on Monday. President Donald Trump’s special envoy for international negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, wrote on Twitter that

Palestinian PM, Israeli minister discuss economic ties

:: Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah `met Sunday with Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon to discuss strengthening economic ties between the two sides. US President Donald Trump’s special Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt tweeted Monday that the meeting in Ramallah yielded

Netanyahu’s personal diplomatic envoy steps down

:: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s personal diplomatic envoy and confidant announced Wednesday he was relinquishing his voluntary position on the backdrop of growing public criticism of his undefined function. “I respectfully request that you discharge me from my position

Israel approves 176 settlement homes for east Jerusalem

:: Israeli authorities approved on Wednesday a major expansion of a Jewish settler enclave in the heart of a Palestinian neighborhood of East Jerusalem, issuing building permits for 176 new housing units. The construction, which a Jerusalem municipal spokeswoman said

Israel arrests 51 Palestinians in East Jerusalem raid

:: Israeli police raided a Palestinian neighbourhood in annexed East Jerusalem overnight and arrested 51 people accused of violent protests against security forces, authorities said Monday. The 51 Palestinian suspects from Issawiya were arrested for participating in recent “riots and

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