Saudi Crown Prince, US Secretary of Defense discuss troop deployment

Saudi Crown Prince, US Secretary of Defense discuss troop deployment

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a phone call on Wednesday from the US Secretary of Defense during which they discussed ongoing arrangements to send US troops of a More »

Saudi Energy Minister confirms restoration of Kingdom’s gas production capacity

Saudi Energy Minister confirms restoration of Kingdom’s gas production capacity

:: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy confirmed on Wednesday the restoration of production capacity, affirming the Kingdom’s position as a reliable energy supplier in the global market. The energy minister, Prince Abdulaziz More »

Egypt calls Erdogan statements ‘ironic,’ accuses Turkey of sponsoring terrorism

Egypt calls Erdogan statements ‘ironic,’ accuses Turkey of sponsoring terrorism

:: Egypt’s foreign ministry spokesman, Ahmed Hafez, slammed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statements at the UN General Assembly this week where he urged the UN to “handle the suspicious death of More »

Saudi Crown Prince: Attacks are test of int’l resolve against destructive acts

Saudi Crown Prince: Attacks are test of int’l resolve against destructive acts

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Wednesday that the attacks on Saudi Aramco oil facilities are a test of international resolve in the face of destructive acts that More »

Saudi Crown Prince says attacks on oil facilities are a ‘dangerous escalation’

Saudi Crown Prince says attacks on oil facilities are a ‘dangerous escalation’

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said the recent attacks on Saudi Aramco facilities represented a “dangerous escalation not only toward the Kingdom but also the entire world.” The Crown More »


Tag Archives: GERMANY

German airforce runs first refueling mission over Syria

Germany’s military staged its first aerial refueling mission of allied fighter jets targeting Syria’s ISIS group, the armed forces said Wednesday. The A310 MRTT refueled two combat aircraft Tuesday before returning from its five-hour mission shortly after midnight to the

Germany says overestimated migrants with fake Syrian passports

The proportion of people entering Germany with fake Syrian passports is far less than the 30 percent announced by the interior minister in September, the government has said. Germany has to date maintained an open-door policy for Syrians escaping their

Merkel wants to ‘drastically reduce’ refugee arrivals

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she wanted to “drastically decrease” the number of refugees coming to Germany, signaling a compromise to critics of her open-door policy from within her conservatives on the eve of a party congress. Merkel has resisted

Lufthansa to take delivery of first Airbus A320neo jet

Germany’s Lufthansa is set to become the first airline to fly Airbus’s revamped single-aisle A320neo jet, the airline said on Thursday, replacing Qatar Airways which has expressed concerns over the technical performance of its engines. The A320neo, seen as a

Volkswagen says pollution cheating dates back to 2005

Volkswagen said the roots of the global pollution-cheating scandal it is currently engulfed in date back to 2005, and while the current situation was difficult, it would not break the company. In a news conference detailing the latest developments in

German spy chief sees 430 extremists as acute risk

Germany’s domestic intelligence chief says 430 Islamic extremists in the country are considered so dangerous that they might commit a serious crime at any time. Hans-Georg Maassen told public broadcaster MDR late Thursday that these extremists are being closely watched

German vice-chancellor warns of rising nationalism in European

Germany’s vice chancellor has warned against the rise of nationalism in Europe, citing the far-right National Front that scored strongly in recent French regional elections. Sigmar Gabriel told members of his Social Democratic Party on Friday that movements such as

Merkel named Time’s Person of the Year

Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been named Time’s Person of the Year, praised by the magazine for her leadership on everything from Syrian refugees to the Greek debt crisis. Time also cited Merkel’s strong response to “Vladimir Putin’s creeping theft

IMF calls for ‘wise’ taxes to foster greener fuels

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has called for tax reforms to be included in a global climate deal to raise incentives for consumers to reduce their energy consumption and to boost demand for cleaner fuels. In an opinion piece

More powers enter Mideast fray. But still no real strategy

Raghida Dergham

By : Raghida Dergham The scattered approaches of the U.S., Russia, Turkey, Britain, Germany, France, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE, Qatar and others – those involved in military operations in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya – are, despite all pretenses,

Germany approves anti-ISIS military action in Syria

Germany’s lower house of parliament on Friday approved government plans to join the military campaign against Islamic State in Syria. Of the 598 lawmakers who took part in the vote, 445 voted for, 146 against and seven abstained. The mission

Germany asks EU to pay $3.2 bln refugee fund

Germany wants every European Union state to contribute to a 3 billion euro ($3.2 billion) aid fund for Syrian refugees in Turkey, saying it is a question of “European solidarity,” while member state Slovakia said that it was challenging to

Germany approves military aid for ISIS fight

The German cabinet on Tuesday approved a mandate offering military assistance to back the international fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) jihadist group following the Paris attacks. The package, which still requires parliamentary approval, covers Tornado

EU, Turkey agree on 3 bln euro deal on migrants

German Chancellor Angela Merkel confirmed after an EU-Turkey summit on Sunday that the European Union has offered Ankara three billion euros ($3.2-billion) to help Syrian refugees in Turkey in return for Turkish help in stemming migrant flows. Merkel also confirmed

Army chief: Germany planning to deploy 1,200 troops for ISIS fighting

From a military point of view, around 1,200 soldiers would be necessary to run the planes and ship,” army chief of staff General Volker Wieker told Bild am Sonntag newspaper, adding that the mission would begin “very quickly once a

Suspects arrested in Berlin had links to ISIS

Two people arrested in Berlin on Thursday had links to ISIS, which may have been planning an attack in the western city of Dortmund, a German newspaper said on Friday, citing security sources. German police commando units arrested two men

German arms dealer probed over possible link to Paris attacks: prosecutor

German prosecutors said Friday they were investigating whether an illegal arms dealer had sold four assault rifles to a person in the French capital and whether there were “possible links to the attacks in Paris.” The 24-year-old German national from

Germany frees two held for alleged ‘act of violence’ plot

German police said Friday they had released two men detained on suspicion of planning a “serious act of violence” following raids in Berlin that targeted militants. “I can confirm that both suspects were freed from custody at 4:30 am (0330

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