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 »

De Mistura: October will be ‘decisive’ in Syrian crisis

:: The United Nations hopes for a “serious negotiation” between the government and a still-to-be-formed unified Syrian opposition in October or November, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said More »


Tag Archives: Russia

Washington relies on Moscow to influence Tehran

Raghida Dergham

By : Raghida Dergham :: Kurdish national ambitions are hitting Iranian, Turkish and Arab roadblocks — all for different reasons. Tensions and radical differences are growing more intense between conflicting projects, amid a clamor regarding partition and

Libya: Haftar heads to Moscow to meet with Lavrov

:: Libya’s military General Khalifa Haftar will visit Moscow on Saturday for discussions over a peace plan including a ceasefire and political talks, a Russian official said Friday. Haftar will discuss “the issue of his eventual meeting

Dozens dead in central Syria as ISIS battles regime push

:: Dozens of regime forces and militants have been killed in central Syria as the ISIS group strives to hold off a regime advance there, a monitor said Wednesday. With Russian backing, Syria’s army has been waging

Tillerson tells Russian FM: Election meddling created ‘serious mistrust’

:: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday he had told his Russian counterpart that Moscow’s meddling in the US presidential election had created “serious mistrust” between the two countries. After meeting Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in

US-Russian convergences and divergences on Syria

Raghida Dergham

By : Raghida Dergham :: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has “reassured” the world that he has an accord with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Syria. Meanwhile, the US Defense Department said it will retrieve

Russia’s ex-ambassador to US rejects accusations of meddling

:: The former Russian ambassador to the United States on Saturday strongly denied the accusations of meddling in the US presidential election. Sergei Kislyak, who has just returned from Washington, said on Russian state Rossiya 24 television

Russian says US exit from Paris pact ‘terrible mistake’

:: Russian on Saturday criticized the US decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement as “terrible mistake”. “It is a terrible mistake!!! President Trump will actually pull the US — the largest player — out of the

Rockets, gunfire test new Russia-backed truce near Homs

:: Warring sides exchanged rocket and gunfire north of the Syrian city of Homs overnight, hours after a Russia-backed truce took effect, a war monitor said on Friday, while heavy rocket fire also marred a similar deal

Russia: Truce in Syria’s Homs province after safe zone agreed

:: Syrian regime forces and “moderate” rebels will cease fire in northern parts of Homs province on Thursday after Russia struck a deal with the opposition on implementing a safe zone, Moscow said. “From 1200 local time

North Korea and swimming in the big chaos

Ghassan Charbel

By : Ghassan Charbel :: When Kim Jong-Un makes an appearance surrounded by his generals, the world should expect an interesting news. Then, he laughs out loud and you know that his country’s missile arsenal has a

Trump signs bill imposing sanctions on Russia

:: White House officials say President Donald Trump has signed a bill to impose new sanctions on Russia. Two White House officials said that the president signed the bill on Wednesday morning. The package of stiff financial

Christopher Wray confirmed as FBI director

:: The US Senate has confirmed Christopher Wray as the new director of the FBI on Tuesday, three months after President Donald Trump fired his predecessor James Comey. The criminal lawyer was convincingly confirmed after senators voted

Upcoming talks on Syria

Yasar Yakis

By : Yasar Yakis :: The seventh round of talks on Syria was held on July 12-14 in Geneva. Several processes are underway for a political settlement. Their scopes overlap occasionally but they do not repeat each

Putin says US will have to shed 755 from diplomatic staff

:: President Vladimir Putin said the United States would have to cut its diplomatic staff in Russia by 755 people and that Moscow could consider additional measures against Washington as a response to new US sanctions approved

Moscow orders US to reduce its diplomatic presence in Russia

:: Russia’s foreign ministry on Friday announced counter measures in response to tough new sanctions proposed by the United States, ordering Washington to reduce its diplomatic staff. Moscow ordered the US to reduce its diplomatic presence in

Maliki’s Russia visit sparks controversy in Iraq

:: Former Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki’s recent visit to Russia, which his office said was a protocol engagement, sparked controversy in Iraq as it reopened the wounds of what is described as corrupt military deals between

US House decisively passes sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea

:: Eager to punish Russia for meddling in the 2016 election, the House on Tuesday overwhelmingly backed a new package of sanctions against Moscow that prohibits President Donald Trump from waiving the penalties without first getting permission

Russia’s deputy nuke negotiator visits N.Korea

Dmitry Rogozin

:: Russia’s deputy nuclear negotiator has visited North Korea to discuss issues on the divided peninsula, Pyongyang’s state media reported on Tuesday. Oleg Burmistrov, Russia’s ambassador-at-large, met with North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister Sin Hong-chol and also

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