Iran threatens to retaliate after Dutch expel two diplomats

:: Iran protested on Sunday against the Netherlands’ expulsion of two of its diplomats and threatened to retaliate for the “unfriendly and destructive move”. A spokesman for the Dutch intelligence service AIVD More »

Saudi Arabia says ready to pump more oil to balance market

:: Saudi Arabia has said it is ready to use its spare production capacity in order to help balance the global oil market, according to a Cabinet statement released on Tuesday. The More »

Turkey issues decree transferring powers to president

:: Turkey issued a decree on Wednesday transferring some powers to the president, in line with its move to an executive presidential system resulting from last month’s presidential and parliamentary elections. The More »

Iran’s Khamenei calls on securing ‘businesses’ amid economic protests

:: Iran’s supreme leader is urging the country’s judiciary to take measures to secure people’s “businesses and lives” amid economic protests that have struck the capital, Tehran. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said during More »

Saudi King, Crown Prince congratulate President Erdogan on re-election

:: Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday congratulated to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the occasion of his re-election for a new term. “On More »



British airlines cancel more Sharm el-Sheikh flights

A string of British airlines have again delayed the resumption of regular flights to the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh following a plane crash earlier this year. The airlines first suspended flights after the crash of a Russian airliner near

Egypt: Russia and Britain will resume flights in days

Egyptian authorities have announced that flights between Egypt and Russia will resume, headed to Cairo within days. The Russian government has suspended its ban on flights destined for Egypt days after they sought deeper reassurances about the security arrangements at

Saudi Arabian Airlines to continue running flights to Egypt

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud has directed Saudi Arabian Airlines to continue running flights to Sharm el-Sheikh from Riyadh and Jeddah, in support of Egyptian tourism. King Salman also stressed “full confidence” in Egyptian security, the army and the

Hysteria, conspiracy and blame – the politics of air disasters

Chris Doyle

By : Chris Doyle If, as it now increasingly appears, a bomb took down the Russian airliner over Sinai, serious steps must be taken at a security, political and economic level. Overreaction is almost just as dangerous as doing nothing.

Resolving the Russian plane crisis

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman al-Rashed A campaign by Egyptian officials and media figures in response to recent precautionary measures taken by western countries, including the suspension of flights and evacuating tourists from Sharm el-Sheikh, won’t impact any official government decisions made

Egypt: too soon for conclusions in plane crash probe

A cockpit record from the Russian jet which crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula one week ago registered a noise in the last second of recording, the head of an investigation committee into the crash said on Saturday. But the committee

Britain authorizes flights to bring tourists home from Sharm el-Sheikh

Flights to bring British tourists home from the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh will resume Friday, but passengers will only be allowed to carry hand luggage, the British government announced. “The government has decided, in consultation with the

Bomb ‘may have been carried’ onto Russian plane

Information intercepted by U.S. and British spies suggested a bomb may have been carried onto the Russian plane that crashed in the Sinai Peninsula last week, The Times reported in its Friday edition. The Times newspaper reported the information came

Egypt’s Sisi accepts cabinet’s resignation

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi Saturday tasked outgoing oil minister Sharif Ismail with forming a new government after the premier and his cabinet resigned, the presidency said. “The prime minister (Ibrahim Mahlab) handed the government’s resignation to the president who

Libya tells Arab summit arms embargo must be lifted to fight ISIS

Libya told an Arab summit on Saturday that a U.N. arms embargo on the country must be lifted to help prevent the advance of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants. “I say to those who oppose or delay

Sisi says won’t cling to power if Egyptians call for change

Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al Sisi said Sunday he would not wait around if Egyptians demanded new change in leadership in the country. “Egyptians are able to make changes … If the Egyptian people wanted to change [their leader] again

Kerry says ‘important gaps’ remain in Iran nuclear deal

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday that talks on Iran’s disputed nuclear program have made progress, but there were still “important gaps” to overcome. Kerry, who is attending a three-day international investor conference in Egyptian resort town

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