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 »



Syria sides meet again in Geneva, with expectations low

:: Syria’s government and opposition meet on Monday for a seventh round of UN-sponsored peace talks in Geneva with little expectation of a breakthrough to end the six-year conflict. The Geneva process has been increasingly overshadowed by a separate track

UN Syria envoy issues document on transition

The Syrian government and main opposition group remain far apart in their vision of a political transition, despite some common ground, the United Nations Syria envoy said on Thursday. UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura, in a seven-page document issued

Syrians vote for new parliament in govt areas, world reacts

Bashar Assad

Syrians in government-controlled areas headed to polling stations Wednesday to elect a new 250-member parliament that is expected to serve as a rubber stamp for President Bashar Assad. Voters began turning up shortly after the stations opened at 7 a.m.

Syria grimly marks fifth civil war anniversary

Syria on Tuesday marked its fifth war anniversary, a grim milestone as peace talks were underway in Geneva with international powers aiming to end the conflict. The U.N. refugee agency released a statement on the anniversary, saying international solidarity with

Syria truce breaches amid mounting refugee crisis

Brooklyn Middleton

By : Brooklyn Middleton The two-week cessation of hostilities that began on Feb. 27 has reportedly been marred by a number of breaches by the Syrian regime and its backers, including Russia. Nonetheless, the bloodshed has been significantly reduced, and

‘Huge drop’ in civilian deaths after Syria truce

Twenty-four civilians have been killed in the first five days of a landmark truce in parts of Syria, a sharp drop for a war where dozens die daily, a monitor said Thursday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told AFP

U.N. aims to restart Syria peace talks on March 9

The United Nations will delay the next round of Syria peace talks by two days to allow the cessation of hostilities in force since Saturday to take hold, U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said. International observers have acknowledged violations

Assad labeled ‘deluded’ after latest interview

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is “deluded” if he thinks there is a military solution to the war in Syria, nearly five years into a brutal conflict that has killed more than 260,000 people, a U.S. official said. In an exclusive

Turkey hails world powers’ Syria plan as ‘important step’

Turkey on Friday hailed a plan agreed by world powers to cease hostilities in Syria within a week as an important step and an opportunity to find a solution to the almost five-year civil war. The agreement by the 17

World leaders react to the halt of Syria peace talks

World leaders reacted on Thursday to the suspension of the Syria peace talks in Geneva, placing the blame on the intensified attacks by the Syrian army, backed by Russian airstrikes, on opposition-held areas. Staffan de Mistura announced a three-week pause

UK: Syria talks must lead to ‘transition away from Assad’

Britain said Monday that the U.N.-brokered peace talks on Syria being held in Geneva must lead to a political “transition away” from President Bashar al-Assad. “Syrian peace negotiations must deliver a political transition away from Assad and end the suffering

U.N. rights boss: War crimes should not be part of any Syria amnesty

Starvation of Syrian civilians is a potential war crime and crime against humanity that should be prosecuted and not covered by any amnesty linked to ending the conflict, the top United Nations human rights official said on Monday. Zeid Ra’ad

Army of Islam member, chief opposition negotiator, heads to Syria talks

A member of the powerful Army of Islam rebel group told AFP Sunday he was coming to Geneva to serve as the Syrian opposition’s lead negotiator in thorny U.N.-brokered peace talks. “I’m on the way. I will be the chief

Syria peace talks get off to shaky start

Peace talks aimed at ending Syria’s five-year civil war got off to a shaky and chaotic start Friday, with the main opposition group at first boycotting the session, then later agreeing to meet with U.N. officials – while still insisting

Fanfare in the West and proxy war in the East

Camelia Entekhabi-Fard

By : Camelia Entekhabi-Fard It has taken more than a decade for Iranians to see their president travel to western countries respectfully and pursue restoration of diplomatic relations and economic partnerships. President Hassan Rowhani arrived in Rome on Jan. 25

Talks on ending Syria conflict to include Iran

Iran will be invited to participate in talks in Vienna on Friday to discuss ending the conflict in Syria, a dialogue aimed at finding a framework for political transition in Damascus, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday. An official

Syria contact group including Russia, U.S. to meet in October: Moscow

Russia and the United States are expected to take part in Syria peace talks in October, along with Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Egypt, Russia’s deputy foreign minister said Monday. A meeting of an international contact group of the “most

Russia invites U.N. envoy to Syria peace talks

Russia has invited U.N. envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura to attend the peace talks between Syria rivals in Moscow next month, de Mistura’s spokeswoman said on Tuesday. “It’s a Russian initiative that focuses on intra-Syrian negotiations,” spokeswoman Juliette Touma

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