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: USA

As Trump tweets, US ‘cold monster’ starts to awaken

Amir Taheri

By : Amir Taheri :: How is Donald Trump doing? In the past couple of weeks, this question has been making the rounds in political and punditry circles, as people ponder the new US president’s first six

Kuwait announces measures against North Korea

:: Kuwaiti authorities have begun taking measures against North Korea, including stopping direct flights to and from Pyongyang, state news agency KUNA cited an official source in Kuwait’s foreign ministry as saying on Thursday. The official source

Kuwait refutes ‘existence of large numbers of North Korean workers’

:: Kuwait’s foreign ministry rejected “recent media reports” on the “existence of large North Korean expatriate workers in Kuwait.” Previously, The Associated Press said that Kuwait will continue to grant visas to North Korean laborers whose wages

Rouhani: Iran will respond in kind to US breaches of nuclear deal

:: President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that Iran would respond in kind to any breach by the United States of the 2015 nuclear deal after the House of Representatives passed a new sanctions bill. “If the

Homeless invited for feast after $30,000 US wedding cancelled

:: An American bride, whose $30 000 wedding got cancelled, invited the homeless to her banquet instead of wasting all the money that was spent on the event. According to a BBC report, twenty-five-year old Sarah Cummins’

Iranian researcher denied US entry has ties to militia

:: An Iranian cancer researcher who was denied entry to the US previously headed a student branch of volunteer paramilitary militia, footage aired on state television Thursday showed. State television showed Mohsen Dehnavi arriving back in Tehran

US military advisors are operating in Raqqa

:: US military advisors are operating inside the city of Raqqa, ISIS group’s last major bastion in Syria, a US official said Wednesday. The troops, many of them special operations forces, are working in an “advise, assist

Trump to travel to Paris to discuss Syria and terrorism

:: U.S. President Donald Trump will travel to Paris on Wednesday to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron where the two leaders will seek to work together on Syria and countering terrorism, while avoiding the thorny issues

US Marine Corps says 16 dead in Mississippi military plane crash

:: A US military aircraft has crashed in the southern state of Mississippi, killing 16 people, US media reported Monday. The US Marine Corps confirmed that a “mishap” involving a KC-130 occurred in the evening, without providing

Trump sticks to guns on Mexico wall

:: US President Donald Trump said Friday he still wants Mexico to pay for a planned border wall, as he met his Mexican counterpart for the first time as head of state. Asked at the start of

US federal judge halts deportation of Iraqis nationwide

:: A federal judge halted late on Monday the deportation of all Iraqi nationals detained during immigration sweeps across the United States this month until at least July 10, expanding a stay he imposed last week. The

US Secretary of Defense praises Riyadh’s role in fighting terrorism in phone call with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince

:: Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, received a telephone call from US Secretary of Defense James Mattis. During the telephone conversation, they discussed the current situations and latest

Erdogan-Trump meeting was short, but significant

Yasar Yakis

By : Yasar Yakis :: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had an important meeting with US President Donald Trump on May 16. The pro-government media in Turkey applauded the meeting, held in Washington, as one of the

Arab NATO plan being studied to fight ISIS, isolate Iran

:: A NATO-style alliance for the Middle East was discussed on Thursday during a NATO summit, attended by US President Donald Trump in the Belgian capital Brussels, where leaders agreed to further discuss the so-called “Middle East

Pentagon: US approves sale of $2 billion in missiles to UAE

:: The US State Department has approved the possible sale of 160 missiles to the United Arab Emirates for an estimated $2.0 billion, the Pentagon said on Thursday. The UAE government has requested the possible sale of

Is Trump Palestine’s new hope?

Daoud Kuttab

By : Daoud Kuttab :: On his recent visit to Washington, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas surprised many by heaping praise on US President Donald Trump. Speaking through a translator, Abbas called Trump, who had promised to “get

Grammy Awards is coming back in New York after 14 years

:: After spending 14 years in Los Angeles, the 60th edition of Grammy Awards 2018 ceremony would be held in New York. Mayor Bill de Blasio and executives from Madison Square Garden, CBS and the Recording Academy

Closer US-Saudi defense ties more crucial than ever

Oubai Shahbandar

By : Oubai Shahbandar :: Tens of billions of dollars of advanced weapons sales are expected to go ahead between the US and Saudi Arabia as President Donald Trump gears up for his historic visit. The approval

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