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 »



Return home, Syrian FM urges refugees

Syria’s foreign minister on Monday called on the country’s refugees to return home, official media reported, without directly commenting on a US ban targeting them. Walid Muallem “renewed the invitation of the government to Syrian refugees living in neighboring countries

Donald Trump bars visitors from 7 Muslim countries

President Donald Trump on Friday put a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the United States and temporarily barred visitors from Syria and six other Muslim-majority countries, saying the moves would help protect Americans from terrorist attacks. The order limiting

Syrian girl blogger appeals to Trump: ‘We are like your children’

Seven-year-old Syrian girl Bana al-Abed, who came to international attention with her tweets giving a tragic account of the war in Aleppo, has written an open letter to new US President Donald Trump. In her letter Bana, who was evacuated

Saudi king orders treatment of 150 injured Syrian children

Saudi Arabia will bear the cost of treatment of 150 Syrian children injured in the ongoing fierce battle in Aleppo, the Saudi Press Agency reported. Ambassador Abdullah Al-Muallami, permanent representative of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations, said that Custodian

Homeland Security chief: US approves 4,700 Syrian refugees

The United States has approved 4,700 Syrian refugees who are awaiting resettlement to the country, while an additional 7,900 are awaiting security review, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Thursday. Johnson, speaking to a homeland security advisory panel

UN chief in Lebanon to ‘improve’ conditions for Syria refugees

UN chief Ban Ki-moon Thursday started a two-day visit to Lebanon aimed at improving conditions for Syrian refugees whose number is more than a quarter of the country’s own population. “We are here to find ways to improve conditions for

Erdogan mulls giant ‘refugee city’ in north Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has suggested building a new city in northern Syria to house some of the millions of refugees escaping the country’s civil war, reports said Saturday. Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul late Friday that

Record 1.25 mln migrants in EU in 2015

A record 1.25 million asylum seekers arrived in the European Union in 2015, more than double the figure from the previous year, official data showed on Friday as EU leaders prepared for a crucial summit with Turkey to try to

EU mulls ‘large-scale’ migrant deportation scheme

Turkey is under growing pressure to consider a major escalation in migrant deportations from Greece, a top European Union official said Thursday, amid preparations for a highly anticipated summit of EU and Turkish leaders next week. European Council President Donald

Greece prepares to help up to 150,000 stranded migrants

Greece conceded Wednesday it is making long-term preparations to help as many as 150,000 stranded migrants as international pressure on Balkan countries saw Macedonia open its border briefly for just a few hundred refugees. “In my opinion, we have to

France begins bulldozing ‘Jungle’ refugee camp

French authorities began bulldozing the southern half of the “Jungle” migrant camp in the northern port city of Calais on Monday, said Agence France-Presse reporters at the scene. Two bulldozers and around 20 workers began destroying dozens of makeshift shacks,

Germany expects arrival of 3.6 mln refugees by 2020

The German government expects a total influx of 3.6 million refugees by 2020, with an average of half a million people arriving each year, German media reported on Thursday, in a country that took in a record 1.1 million migrants

Turkey won’t close borders, expects 70,000 refugees

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Tuesday that his country will not close its border with Syria and expects a possibility of 70,000 refugees amassing at the gates. On Monday, at least 30,000 Syrians were at the Turkish border

Germany’s Merkel in Turkey for talks over migrants

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is meeting Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and other Turkish officials for talks on reducing the influx of migrants to Europe. Turkey, a key country on the migrant route to Europe, is central to Merkel’s diplomatic efforts

Refugees as entrepreneurs, but where are work permits?

Yara al-Wazir

By : Yara al-Wazir Earlier this week, a sum of $10 billion was pledged at a donors’ conference in London to ease the plight of Syrian refugees affected by the ongoing conflict. Although this was necessary in the short term,

Canada rejects U.S. security concerns over Syrian refugees

Canada rejected Wednesday U.S. security concerns over its fast-tracked resettlement of thousands of Syrian refugees, as the Senate in Washington prepares to hold a hearing on the repercussions for America. “We have put in place layers of security activity to

Cash aid for Jordan’s refugees an iris scan away

Filippo Grandi

Syrian refugees in Jordan will get faster access to United Nations cash aid through an iris-scanning ATM network, removing the need for bank accounts and cards. The project, launched in Amman last week by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees,

U.N. seeks mass resettlement of Syrians

The new chief of the U.N. refugee agency said Monday the world should find a fairer formula for sharing the burden of Syria’s crisis, including taking in tens of thousands of refugees from overwhelmed regional host nations. Filippo Grandi, who

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