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 »



U.N. appeals for nearly $8 bln for Syria aid

With the war in Syria headed for a sixth year, U.N. agencies on Tuesday appealed for $7.73 billion in funding to help 22.5 million people affected by the conflict. The appeal for funds from U.N. member-states covers help for 13.5

14 dead in two deadly migrant bus crashes in Turkey: report

Fourteen people, most of them Syrian refugees, were killed and dozens more injured in two deadly bus accidents in Turkey in the past 24 hours, reports said Saturday. Early on Saturday, a bus carrying migrants hoping to catch a boat

Iran row won’t affect Syria efforts: Envoy

Saudi Arabia’s decision to break off diplomatic ties with Iran will not affect its own efforts to secure peace in Syria and Yemen, said Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Saudi ambassador to the UN, on Tuesday. “From our side it should have no

Aylan Kurdi’s relatives go to Canada to rebuild

Relatives of Aylan Kurdi — the toddler whose limp body was photographed on a Turkish beach, becoming a heartbreaking symbol of the Syrian refugee crisis — arrived Monday in Canada where they hope to rebuild their lives. Canadian media showed

Canada may miss Syrian refugee target by year end

The Canadian government still has a target of accepting 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year, Immigration Minister John McCallum said on Wednesday, although he conceded that number of migrants may not arrive in the country by then.

Kingdom gives over 5,000 blankets to Syrian refugees

The Saudi National Campaign (SNC) to help Syrian refugees distributed more than 5,000 blankets to their families. “This is part of the 2 million packages allocated to Syrian refugees during the winter,” SNC Regional Director Badr bin Abdul Rahman Al-Samhan

U.N.: People who reject Syrian refugees are allies of extremists

People who reject Syrian refugees are the “best allies” of ISIS militants and other extremists, the United Nations refugee chief said on Monday after U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump proposed an entry ban on foreign Muslims. More than 4.3

Pope says Syria, Libya agreements raise hopes of peace

Pope Francis welcomed on Sunday two agreements aimed at ending the civil war in Syria and forming a national unity government in Libya. Francis, who turned 79 on Thursday, told crowds around the Christmas tree in St. Peter’s Square he

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

First Canadian plane with Syrian refugees arrives

A plane carrying 163 Syrian refugees has arrived in Canada, kicking off a drive to take in thousands from the war-torn country. Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was at Toronto’s airport to greet them. The government hopes to bring in

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

Australia says checks on Syrian refugees could take a year

Greece Migrants

The Australian government has remained committed to resettling 12,000 Syrian refugees, but security checks could take more than a year, officials said on Monday. Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced in September that the 12,000 refugees would be resettled from

U.S. Republican presidential hopefuls: no refugees

U.S. Republican presidential hopefuls said Sunday that in the wake of the Paris attacks America must not take in Syrian refugees because they might include Islamic State militants. “It’s not that we don’t want to, it’s that we can’t,” Florida

Syria’s swimming sisters find new home in German waters

Sarah and Ysra Mardini pull bathing caps over their long, black hair and slide into the water, disappearing among the throng of swimmers with powerful, practiced strokes. Two months ago the sisters were swimming for their lives, after jumping off

Canada eyes taking in Syrian refugees from Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey

Canada will soon discuss with Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey taking 25,000 Syrian refugees off their hands and resettling them in this country by year’s end, the immigration minister said Monday. “The government is committed to welcoming 25,000 refugees by the

Germany has ‘no plans’ to limit Syrians’ asylum rights

The German government assured Friday there had been no changes to its refugee policy for Syrians, after the interior minister said they would be given a lesser status that excluded family reunifications. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said “a change” to

U.S. to launch Syrian refugee screening centers

The Obama administration is moving to increase and accelerate the number of Syrian refugees who might be admitted into the United States by opening new screening outposts in Iraq and Lebanon, administration officials told Reuters on Friday. The move comes

EU gives 28 million euros to Syrian refugees in Jordan

The European Union on Sunday said it was allocating an extra 28 million euros to Jordan to help it meet the urgent needs of Syrian refugees as winter sets in. EU humanitarian affairs commissioner Christos Stylianides made the announcement during

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