India arrests senior Kashmir leader under controversial law

India arrests senior Kashmir leader under controversial law

:: A Parliament member who is a senior pro-India politician in Indian-controlled Kashmir was arrested Monday under a controversial law that allows authorities to imprison someone for up to two years without More »

Saudi oil production cut by 50 percent after attacks: Energy minister

Saudi oil production cut by 50 percent after attacks: Energy minister

:: The latest attacks on Saudi Aramco oil facilities resulted in the halt of an estimated 5.7 million barrels of crude oil supplies, or about 50 percent of Saudi Aramco’s production, Saudi More »

Prince Khalid bin Salman meets with Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi

Prince Khalid bin Salman meets with Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi

:: Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman met in Riyadh with Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, and conveyed to him the regards of King Salman and the Crown More »

Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman appointed Saudi Minister of Energy

Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman appointed Saudi Minister of Energy

:: On Sunday, Saudi Arabia announced that Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud would take on the role as Minister of Energy, replacing Khalid al-Falih. The appointment was announced by the More »

Turkey’s Erdogan defies pressure not to have nuclear warheads

Turkey’s Erdogan defies pressure not to have nuclear warheads

:: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday lashed out at pressure on some countries – including his own – not to acquire missiles with nuclear warheads. “Some (countries) have missiles with More »


Daily Archives: March 9, 2016

US has no battlefield plans to storm ISIS ‘capital’

The commander of US special operations said Tuesday that while coalition forces have put ISIS under pressure there is no immediate battlefield plan to take its de facto capital. Briefing US lawmakers in Washington, senior generals said the US-led anti-ISIS

‘No offense taken’ after Bibi snubs Obama

Israel would have shown good manners had it informed the United States directly rather than through the news media that it was turning down a proposed summit meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, the White House said on Tuesday. But

ISIS fire from Syria kills two in Turkey

Eight rockets fired from a militant-controlled area of Syria slammed into a Turkish border town on Tuesday, killing two people including a four-year-old child, reports said. Some of the Katyusha-type rockets hit empty areas of the town of Kilis, but

Russia, West differ on UN’s Iran nuclear report

Russia and the West overcame differences to strike a landmark nuclear deal with Iran but are now divided on how well the UN atomic agency is reporting on whether Tehran is meeting its commitments. Western nations want more details while

Biden tells Arab crowd of ‘nasty’ US campaign

Speaking before an Arab audience in his trip to the UAE, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden offered his views Tuesday on the “petty, venal and mean” politics in America ahead of the November presidential election. Biden, a Democrat, blamed gerrymandered

Lebanon’s PM urges Hezbollah not to attack Saudi

Tammam Salam

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Tammam Salam has urged the head of Shiite movement Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah to not attack Saudi and Gulf countries, in an exclusive interview with Al Arabiya News Channel late Monday. Salam stressed the importance of strengthening Lebanon

Iran fires missiles, US Congress to push for sanctions

Iran launched several ballistic missiles during a military exercise on Tuesday, the official IRNA news agency reported, before the US Congress said lawmakers would push for new sanctions. In response, US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said on Tuesday

Iranian couple in Cambodia resettlement deal return home

An Iranian couple who resettled in Cambodia under an expensive program funded by Australia to keep asylum-seekers from its soil returned to their homeland, Cambodian and Australian officials said Tuesday. Gen. Tan Sovichea, head of the refugee office in Cambodia’s

Al-Qaeda in Syria seizes key hilltops from regime

Al-Qaeda’s Syria affiliate and allied militants seized a set of strategic hilltops held by pro-regime forces in the country’s north late Monday, a monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the militants battled government loyalists and overran

Palestinian woman tries to stab Israeli police, shot dead

A Palestinian woman attempted to stab Israeli police in Jerusalem’s Old City on Tuesday and was shot dead, Israeli authorities said, the latest in a five-month wave of such attacks. The incident occurred hours before US Vice President Joe Biden

Syrian opposition still undecided over Geneva

The main Syrian opposition coalition will decide later this week on whether to take part in peace talks scheduled to resume Wednesday in Geneva, the head of the group said Monday, while violence across the north of the Syria claimed

‘North Thunder’ drill readies region: Asiri

A spokesman for the Saudi defense ministry said Monday that “North Thunder” – a military exercise which kicked off in the kingdom last month – promoted the exchange of military expertise between the 21 participating countries. Speaking at a press

Biden in UAE on Mideast tour, vows to destroy ISIS

Joe Biden

US Vice President Joe Biden kicked off a Middle East tour Monday, vowing that the United States and its allies would “squeeze the heart” and destroy ISIS. Biden spoke before several hundred US airmen as drones rolled the down the

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